Food Goals for 2011 and Menu Plan

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Now on to my 2011 Food Goals and Menu Plan!

So, a few weeks ago I watched Food, Inc. with my daughter. While there wasn’t much in the movie that surprised me, it was a good reminder about the food we are eating (or not eating). As a family we eat healthier than most, but we still have a long way to go.

Food goals for 2011.

  • Food budget: $700 or less per month. (We are a family of 9)
  • Meat: Find a source for local, grass fed beef and free range poultry.
  • Produce: Join a co-op or CSA. Eat more seasonal produce.
  • Grains: Experiment with new bread recipes. Reduce use of white flour in baking.
  • Overall Diet: Incorporate more of the 14 SuperFoods into our diet.
  • Meal Prep: Kids make 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner a week. Make more healthy convenience food.
  • Recipes: Try 1 new recipe a week.

Menu Plan: New Year


Whole Wheat Pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk


Homemade English Muffins

served with fruit

Whole Wheat Waffles

served with eggs, fruit


served with spinach smoothies

Our Lunch List:

  • Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled cheese
  • Leftovers
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Baked Potato
  • Sweet Potato


Easy Bean Burritos

Beef Stroganoff without Mushrooms

served with peas


Whole Wheat Pizza

served with carrot sticks

Pink Pasta

served with salad

No new recipe this week as I am going to be gone a few nights.

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  1. Food Inc. really opened my eyes to what we were being very ignorant about. I have a lot of the same food goals, I just can’t stomach the norm anymore. We have another baby on the way and my goal is to be extra prepared in the food department so we can keep on the healthy track even when things get hectic. Your recipes are a great help!

  2. I love your food goals. I have spent most of the last year educating my kids on the benefits of whole foods and the one show that really made it for us was the series Jamie Oliver did last year. My kids were not fans of the school food to start with and rarely bought lunch, but after Jamie’s show they all decided they would never buy school food again. I gladly pack all three lunches.

  3. We haven’t seen Food Inc. yet, and I’m kind of hesitating… Ignorance can be a bit of bliss, kwim? Do I really want to know how bad it is? I mean, I know it’s bad, and I’m pretty picky about our food and avoiding as many toxins as I can, but the issues can be so big… sigh…

    Anyhoo, I do want to make our whole wheat buttermilk pancakes much more often this year and cut back on the packaged cereals we still have too often- and I think one worthy goal for this year, for us, is to train my children to make and serve the pancakes a couple times a month 🙂

  4. I really liked your food goals for the year and your menu sounds really good. Thank you for sharing and you have a great week!

  5. Is the $700 budget a straight food budget or does it include other grocery items like toiletries, cleaning products, ect…? I am trying to get on a workable budget and was wondering how others categorize “grocery budget”.


    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Food and toiletries, but not disposable diapers. I don’t buy a ton of cleaning products, but I try to use super sales and coupons when I do buy them.

  6. Hi Toni,
    What kind of waffle iron do you use? I figure you use yours a lot so its got to be a good recommendation for us!

  7. Sounds like a yummy recipe. I love the name pink pasta

  8. Pink pasta! What an awesome name! I’ll have to try it out for my girls, the oldest loves all things pink!

    And beef stroganoff without mushrooms! YUM!

  9. $700 for a family of nine, wow! We are a family of four and our budget is $500 for just food, I thought I was doing pretty good. Getting kids involved in cooking is the best way to show them about healthy food choices. Good for you!

  10. Thanks for sharing your food goals. It made me think about what mine will be.

    I just stumbled onto a website the other day called Eat Wild. It lists, by state, farms that you can buy grass-fed meat, eggs & dairy products from. I think you mentioned you were now in Florida. Here’s the link fo FL: Hopefully you will find a farm for grass-fed beef for your family. I was surprised there was one close to where we lived in Nor Cal. I am working out our budget so that we can buy a half a beef hopefully later this spring. 🙂

  11. I’d love to win.

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