Menu Plan ~ 3 Moms

This begins the first week of the 3 Moms ~ 3 Kitchens ~ 31 Days series, a real look at my kitchen. Or should I say, The Happy Housewife’s Kitchen- Unwrapped! The two most important aspects of feeding my family are my menu plan and my budget. Usually my budget determines what we are eating for the month. Many people argue that you can’t healthy on a budget and I disagree. I hope after hanging out in my kitchen for a month you will see that you can eat healthy on a budget. My budget for March is $600 for a family of 9.

Breakfasts: I’m sure you have noticed that we eat very little cereal. Healthy cereal is expensive (most of the time) and it takes 2 or 3 boxes plus a gallon of milk to feed my family. Whole grain pancakes, waffles, or oatmeal are cheap, healthy and my kids stay full until lunch time.

Whole wheat pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk

Whole wheat waffles

served with fruit, orange juice, milk

Oatmeal or Breakfast leftovers

Eggs/ Bacon

served with toast

Pioneer Woman’s Biscuits

served with fruit, yogurt, orange juice

French Toast

Lunch: There is nothing I would love more than to do away with lunch. It is a total interruption to our homeschooling day and my kids have a hard time getting back on track after the lunch break. To be honest I don’t do much for lunch. My kids, including the littles are on their own. Now before you think that my 4 year old is having an oreo and peanut butter sandwich, let me clarify. Most of the time I cut up fruit and veggies and give the kids a few choices, such as peanut butter sandwich or turkey sandwich, crackers and cheese or yogurt. Anyone 7 and up makes their own lunch, with approval from me.

Dinner: Dinner is our big meal of the day, we eat together as a family most of the time. This meal is where my kids learn to try most of the new foods. I’ll discuss that in later posts.


served with tortillas, and all the fixin’s

BBQ Pork

served with Bobby Flay’s potato salad, chips, cut veggies

Turkey (making a 15 lb turkey this week to use in many meals to come)

served with mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, carrots, rolls

Shepherd’s Pie

Hamburgers and Hotdogs (hoping the weather cooperates enough to use the grill)

served with veggies, fruit, leftover potato salad (if there is any)

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  1. Just a question about breakfast…do you make a lot of waffles and then freeze for later use? An another question after grocery shopping do you prepare your veggies then or later when you need them? I am so looking forward to the rest of the month post.

  2. You have just totally made my day! Every homeschooling year I vow to make lunches better, but I don’t. Because, just as you said, they are a total interruption to the day. I’ve been feeling rather guilty about my poor fare at lunch, but now I will just do what you do: cut up fruit, veggies, and cheese, and let them all make toast, too, if they want, or grab leftovers, but it’s not my problem.

    My kids are older, too, and as long as we eat a big breakfast, lunch shouldn’t be a big deal. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has issues with that midday meal!

    Sheila from To Love, Honor and Vacuum

  3. I just had to comment on your statement that it’s hard to get the kids back on track after lunch. This is not an unusual problem. As a classroom teacher for 8 years I can tell you it was always harder to keep kids focused after lunch than the mornings. Many times I found doing a short (15 min?) read aloud was helpful to get us settled and back into the swing. I don’t know if this would work for you, but I thought I’d toss the idea into the hat.

  4. just a granny says:

    In the late 70’s, when my youngins were starting to school (parochial), I was “required” – for sanity’s sake (mine) – to have my kiddos make their own lunches. They all had different tastes – some were pickier than others about what they ate, etc. So – when they started 2nd grade – they learned how to put a sandwich together, grab some veggies and a piece of fruit, and maybe something sweet, and put it all in a sack (oh yeah – and to write their name on the sack). They bought milk at school. They survived. There were some moms that thought I was either cruel or crazy – some that wouldn’t think of allowing their kids to “mess-up the kitchen”, etc. But it worked for me – and they didn’t starve. I am looking forward to following this 31 day adventure. Have fun!

  5. When I was in elementary school my teachers always read to us after lunch…the mystery is solved. I’m so looking forward to this month, thanks for opening your home and kitchen to us.

  6. I’ve never made whole wheat waffles, but I bet they are good. We make whole wheat pancakes and freeze them to use later. I love pancakes topped with frozen or fresh fruit and plain fat free yogurt.

    I love your menu plan! Have a terrific Monday!

  7. I’m curious to learn if you clip coupons. I follow another blogger who lets us know about all the available coupons, but then when I check them out they are mostly for things I don’t want / need anyway – like pricey cereals, cookies, etc. She says she ‘saves’ so much money with the coupons, but if it’s for buying things you don’t want to eat, what’s the point? What’s your opinion?

    • I seem to be running into the same problem…we recently gave up all processed foods and generally that’s what the coupons are for. I follow numerous blogs like that but don’t get too much out of them unless i see a really great deal.

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