Sunday, July 15, 2007

Monday Menu July 16th

As we are on a budget and I am trying very hard to stick with it (this is big stepping stone for me), I have been meal planning for the last two months. Meal planning has helped tremendously. When I don't meal plan, my tendency is to buy a lot of excess food that we don't need or eat and it spoils and I spend way too much time wondering what to have for dinner and way too much time and money doing so.
To be honest, my family eats healthier and better when I meal plan. So in saving money and attempting to eat healthy too here is an article that talks about healthy eating on tight budget. This may be helpful to some of you!

My next goal: Eventually, I would like to get to the point where I can do OAMC ( Once a Month Cooking)....especially in the winter season and when the baby comes.

Also, I am currently working out system of meals already planned for the month. (Maybe even have a few months altering --seasonal too) I am not sure---still sorting through with that idea.

For this week's Plan:
Darling Husband leaves early Thurs. morning for a trip to, I have planned a short week. However my Mom is coming over (so we will have some company). I have planned my week a little different. Instead of listing Day by Day what we are having for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner...I am listing the Dinners in one category and I am excluding Breakfast & Lunch this time.

Grilled Fish Tacos w/ Chipotle Cream (See Recipe Below)
Homemade Refried Beans
Fruit (Slices of Cantaloupe or Watermelon)

Green Salad
Crusty Garlic Bread

Red Beans and Rice
Crescent Rolls
Green Salad

Tom Yum Corn Curry
w/ tofu
Brown Rice
Summer Rolls w/ peanut sauce


1/2 lb. Mahi Mahi fillets (per person) cut into approximately 4 long strips (Tip: Costco has frozen wild Mahi Mahi fillets individually packaged. Each is about 1/2 lb.)
OR you can use 2 lb tilapia (or any firm white fish) cut in 1" strips

1. Heat grill and baste with olive oil spray (or similar)
2. Brush Mahi Mahi with marinade
3. When grill is hot, place Mahi Mahi on grill and turn after about 4 minutes. Brush on more marinade and cook another 5 minutes or so.

Grill Tortillas and Top with Fish and favorite garnishes
Here are our favorites:
Green Cabbage
Green Scallions
Fresh Mango Chunks
Chipotle Cream Sauce

1/4 cup canola oil
2 lime, juiced
1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Pour into a bag w/ fish and marinade for 15-20 minutes.

Chipotle Cream Sauce
1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (Kosher salt has the best flavor)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 chipotle chilies in adobo, minced
1/2 lime Juiced
Dash of sugar
Salt to taste


  1. you are the 2nd person with fish tacos this week. What a wonderful meal plan. I'm making the mock tuna salad this week you had on the plan last week:)

  2. Anonymous10:20 PM

    Your fish taco recipe sounds excellent!

    Have a wonderful week,


  3. I am very impressed with your menu plan considering you are on a tight budget.

    Happy cooking and happy eating!

  4. Menu planning really does help with the budget, doesn't it? I know it's the only way I'm consistently able to stay within mine! Your menu sounds delicious.

    Have a great week!

  5. Happy Monday!
    Your menu looks delicious!
    My Life as Annie!

  6. I agree, that the fish tacos look absolutly wonderful! Thanks for sharing your menu!

    I would love to put your recipes on my recipe exchange blog.


  7. Great menu, everything looks yummy!


    Menu Plan Monday

  8. For the OAMC, you'd like Larissa's pre-made mix and recipes. Or maybe you girls have already talked about it.

    Hey, that was an 8-point walk for me last night!

  9. Yes...the mix book is great. I borrowed it from Larissa.
    8 points --woo hoo

  10. Thanks for giving me permission to use your recipes! If you would like, I have a blog button that says you are a recipe contributor, that you can put on your blog. If you would like a bloggy button, email me from the link on my blog. I will make sure that the recipes link back to your blog too. The more the merrier!

    God bless!

  11. Everything looks delicious!! I love to see what other vegetarians are eating... (although my husband and two of the kids are not vegetarian). We just had fish tacos a couple days ago. OAMC is hard for a vegetarian diet, but definitely do-able. I do meat entrees in marinades, etc, for my husband, but also a lot of manicotti, spaghetti sauce, fish entrees, and some egg casserole/quiche like meals -(usually mexican flavors). Manicotti is a little time consuming to prepare, but if you freeze them on a tray individually before bagging them together, they are great. You can use it for a large or small meal, just pull out whatever you need. It's also perfect for giving as a meal for others having a baby or whatever, just toss in the manicooti, cover with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella, and they can cook it at their convenience. And have you tried restaurant supply stores? They help keep your budget down, and prices are better than Costco, with less packaging, just giant containers! I'll check back when I have more time, your blog looks so interesting!

  12. Fish taco recipe sounds so good.

  13. Thanks for coming by! Your blog background and banner are just so precious! It's great to run into others who are into budgeting and OAMC! I just did a freezer session a while back and have been enjoying that. Have a wonderful week! :)


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