Menu Plan Monday – February 1, 2010

Well, last week’s plan to ‘steal’ recipes failed miserably, but for good reason. I lost my job on Tuesday. As a single mom of a 13 year old with little in the bank, I figured we were better off just eating what we had.

Thursday night my daughter, Jaiden, was distraught over the fact we were out of rice and almost out of oatmeal (her two favorite snacks, weird I know), so her school counselor referred us to the Backpack program – feed a family of four for 3-4 days. We stopped at the school’s food pantry (FP) and were allowed to choose 40 lbs worth of imperishable foods. The volunteers were so nice and made us feel comfortable, as uncomfortable as the situation was. Now we have oatmeal and rice. Lots of it! And Jaid chose a lot of other things she can eat as snacks.
We’ve always had enough in our pantry/freezer to eat for awhile, but finding things Jaid is happy to eat is sometimes a problem. My stress levels are super high but her’s don’t need to be, so I’m catering to her this week… Our menu is based on what we have and what she’ll eat. We did spend about $20 on groceries: meat, produce and dairy. With no job, I’ll be cooking breakfast. It’ll be whatever Jaid wants, but she has limited options.

Breakfast Choices
* pancakes and eggs
* eggs and toast
* cereal and toast

Supper: Pasta Alfredo (FP) with ham (on hand), green beans (on hand), Texas toast (on hand)

Supper: BBQ prime rib sandwich (everything on hand), homemade fries (10 lbs of Russet potatoes for $1.66!)

Supper: Leftovers

Supper: Pork country style ribs (looking for a good recipe, we got 4 lbs of ribs for $5.00, but I’ve never cooked them before), canned pears (on hand), mashed potatoes

Supper: Spaghetti-Os (on hand) with hotdogs (we don’t usually buy hotdogs but Jaid noticed how cheap they were, good eye kiddo!), corn

Supper: Leftovers

Supper: Chicken drummies (on hand), homemade fries


7 responses to this post.

  1. i am so sorry to hear about your job, was this expected?


  2. Posted by simplykerri on February 1, 2010 at 4:18 am

    No, it wasn’t but I know things will be ok. We have a lot of support from the community and our family. I have faith things will be ok.


  3. Posted by Penny Saver on February 1, 2010 at 5:45 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your job! How scary! I hope you’re able to find a new one soon. There are a lot of community resources around here; hopefully you’ll find more helpful resources like the food pantry you already found.


  4. I’m so sorry about the job loss – I remember how scary it was for me as a single mom when my son was young. 😦

    If it helps with the country ribs, they’re from basically the same part of the pig as the shoulder – I’d braise them “low and slow” – covered in the oven (or the crockpot) with maybe a little apple (or even orange!) juice and some salt & pepper, maybe a little sage or whatever seasonings you like together. . . or maybe a little barbecue sauce?


  5. Lovely blog! Thanks for the useful information.

    I will have to bookmark this and stop by more often.


  6. Posted by Carla on February 2, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Just wanted to say sorry about your job. We love ribs in the crockpot with barbeque sauce, if they are boneless and you have leftovers you can shred the meat and serve as barbeque sandwiches for another meal.


  7. Posted by Colleen P. on March 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Oh we love country style ribs-brown them first and then put them in the crockpot with bbq sauce, or, oddly enough, teriyaki sauce, and onions, and they’re great with rice.

    I’m so sorry about your job loss. My DH was unemployed for 9 months last year and it was really tough and sometimes disheartening. You do what ya gotta do though, and you get through it. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!


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