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Here's what is on our dinner menus for the week (lunch is either some leftover dinner &/or sandwiches; breakfast is either cereal/oatmeal, or pbj) for our family (2 adults, 2 elementary school kids): Sunday: Meatloaf, Green Beans, & Mashed Potatoes * All of this is Leftover from last

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    Here's what is on our dinner menus for the week (lunch is either some leftover dinner &/or sandwiches; breakfast is either cereal/oatmeal, or pbj) for our family (2 adults, 2 elementary school kids):

    Sunday: Meatloaf, Green Beans, & Mashed Potatoes
    * All of this is Leftover from last Friday night dinner
    * Any leftovers will be turned into lunch for dad
    Monday: Tamale Pie & Salad
    * Pie is a mix from Target ($4.99; feeds 4-6 adults)
    * Salad is leftover from last week
    * Leftovers will turn into lunches for mom and dad
    Tuesday: Vegetable-cheese chowder & Homemade Bread
    * Chowder: using frozen mixed veggies I bought on sale last week;
    the leftover cheddar cheese from last week; have to buy a can of cream
    condensed chicken soup; use a cup of milk or make a cup from dry
    Wednesday: Pizza & Salad
    * We don't have much time Weds. to cook so I keep premade indiv.
    frozen pizzas to cook for dinner every week (usually these are premade
    by the store, but someday the goal is to premake them and freeze them
    myself; so far my pizza skills are not that good so the kids don't eat
    much of my homemade pizzas); I usually make an adult pizza using
    whatever we happen to have in the house.
    * Salad is leftover from last week
    * Any leftovers will be eaten as lunches.

    Thursday: Leftover veggie-cheese chowder and homemade bread
    Friday: Steak, Sweet Potatoes, Zuchinni
    * Steak was bought on sale last week
    * Sweet potatoes & zuchinni I'll buy this week.
    * Any leftovers will be popped in a Tupperware & dad will take to
    work for lunch next week.
    Saturday is our monthly date night (we swap babysitting w/another family), so Mom and Dad will eat out while the kids have leftovers.

    So, for dinners it seems I have to buy a can of soup, frozen pizza dough, tomato paste (for the pizza sauce), sweet potoatoes, & zuchinni. Not bad for a week's worth of dinners! I'll see how many weeks I can do this before we run out of menu options in our pantry & freezer!

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    AWESOME!!!!
    You are obviously very accomplished at using your leftovers!!!

    Sounds Yummy!
    Shelly

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    Tuesday's meal turned out pretty good (though the kids weren't too impressed w/the soup, I really enjoyed it).

    SOUP: I used a package of mixed frozen veggies that I thawed, mixed it in a saucepan w/1 can of cream of chicken soup and 1 can full of milk, brought that to a boil, removed from heat and added a few oz shredded cheese. After that was stirred in and melted, I poured batches into the blender and blended until smooth. Then I added a few more oz. shredded cheese and mixed until it melted in the soup. I garnished the soup w/a few more shreds of cheese and fresh ground pepper.

    SALAD: I ended up making a spinach salad using baby spinach, crumbled blue cheese, diced pears (from our tree), candied pecans, and raspberry vinegarette.

    I added some french bread w/melted margarine on the side.

    Yum, yum!

    B/C I knew the greenish soup wouldn't appeal much to my kids, they got some additional protein (frozen meatballs for my son; edamame for my daughter), and their bread had melted cheese on it.

    This was a really easy dinner, taking under 30 mins. to make. I would definitely make it again!

    The only problem is that I don't think there will be any leftovers, or enough leftovers, to have as dinner on Thursday!!! I guess we'll open a can of baked beans and call it dinner, LOL!

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    Okay it is only 10:30 am folks, after reading this menu I have to go fix lunch-sounds delicious and now I am totally beyond belief starving! Of course my lunch will be nothing compared to this menu-maybe if I close my eyes and imagine...

    thank you for posting your menu!

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