Menu Plan Monday: Where’s the Beef?

I have written many posts about saving money with meatless meals. While my husband will eat meatless meals without complaint, he and my boys prefer a little beef. I have found that I can incorporate beef into my meal plan without busting the budget if I chose certain cuts of meat as well as shop the bargain meat bin.

I know some people are hesitant to purchase marked down meat, but I have been doing it for years and we have never once been sick. Usually the meat is frozen, so after I purchase it, I put it directly into the freezer and thaw only when I am ready to use it. Reduced price beef allows our family to splurge on a steak dinner once in a while and still stay on budget. If you have trouble figuring out what cut of meat to buy for your family, you can try this interactive meat case tool that will help you select a cut perfect for your family’s tastes and budget.

This week I am working with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. They have challenged me to try top round in my menu plan this week. To be honest, before I visited the website I couldn’t tell the difference between top round, bottom round, or anything in between. My usual beef purchases are roasts and ground beef. I find these to be the easiest to stretch. This week I’ll be trying something new with the top round cut and letting you all know if it is something that works for my family and budget. And, as always I want you to be able to try something new too, so check back later this week for my top round recipes and (2) $100 Visa gift card giveaways!

Oh, and did I mention that this is my first week menu planning in forever! After spending a month traveling and eating on the fly I am ready to get back into a routine. Although it was fun to try other people’s favorite recipes over the past month!

Our Menu Plan for the Week:


Homemade English Muffins

Served with eggs and bacon

Whole wheat pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk

Whole Wheat Waffles

served with fruit, milk

Steak and Egg Burritos

I’m hoping to have some leftover steak to use for breakfast. I have made these once before and they were a big hit!

Oatmeal, Cereal, or Breakfast leftovers

Our Lunch List:

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


Sumptuous Steak Stir-Fry

trying out my first top round recipe

shredded beef burritos

Shredded Beef Burritos

A great way to use up  leftover roast

Panini Sandwiches (Visit my sandwich party post to win one of 4 Panini Makers I am giving away)

Served with fruit, veggies, and salad

Red, White and Beef Salad

Sounds similar to my Cuban chicken salad. I think it will be a hit with the fam!

Chicken Tetrazinni

served with salad and whole wheat bread

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  1. dgsandbjsmom says:

    Deni MT48 48 Blade Meat Tenderizer is the best $25 you will ever spend on It will make the toughest piece of meat so tender that you can cut it with a fork. I first heard about it on Alton Brown’s TV show Good Eats on FoodNetwork. My Mom went and bought one after eating steak tenderized with ours.

  2. Mmm, I should add some shredded beef tacos or burritos to our menu this week! It’s been a while since I’ve made those…

    Looks like you’ll be eating well this week! I need to hurry up and finish up our menu so I can get the grocery shopping done in the morning 🙂

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I think shredded beef tacos are one of my family’s favorite meals. So good and fills you up!

  3. You know, I have to admit, I did get food poisoning once from marked down meat. Maybe I was asking for it, we purchased marked down lobster tails from the frozen foods section. We had made a special meal for my birthday one year and I was sick for days afterward. I will never do it again. 🙁

  4. I’m so excited about your breakfast recipes! I linked to your blog on mine! Thanks!!!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes… and for your awesome blog… I always enjoy reading it…

    I did have a question… have you ever heard of Geostring?

    I was wondering if you had an opinion on this?

    Thanks so much!

  6. Your pictures are great! Good luck with the top round. I’ll check back for recipes!

  7. Wow your meals sound great! You must like being in the kitchen, it sounds like a lot of work to me. Our breakfasts aren’t nearly so exciting, homemade English Muffins!!! Wow. The shredded beef burritos also look delish and sound like something my husband would like and a great way to use leftovers.

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