Meng Menu (tight budget week)

Sunday:  Slow cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches, strawberry spinach salad, chips
Monday: Broiled Asian chicken thighs, rice, green beans 
Tuesday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, broccoli cheese soup
Wednesday: Breakfast casserole for small group potluck
Thursday: Salmon cakes, Garlic Oil sautéed pasta and broccoli (<–this is really yummy and a cheap and healthy side dish!)
Friday: Spinach lasagna roll ups, rolls, salad
Saturday: Hellmans Parmesan chicken, mashed potatoes, corn 
As my title says, this was a tight budget week. My goal was to spend $100 (normal budget is $125). I ended up spending $108 but that was including guinea pig food, so I think I did pretty well. 
Plus I am proud that I have some yummy and healthy meals lined up for this week. I got an awesome deal on chicken at Kroger this week (on both thighs and breasts). Plus adding two meat-less meals into the mix (grilled cheese and spinach roll ups) always helps. 
Whenever I have a “lean” week, I try to think of food that are both filling and cheap. Adding bread to a meal is always a good way to do this. I only have 6 lasagna noodles in my pantry so I added rolls and a salad to help fill up my family’s bellies. I also usually add bread to a “breakfast for dinner” meal as sometimes eggs are not as filling as a good ol’ meat and potatoes dinner. 
What are you go-to meals on a “lean” week? How to satisfy your hungry husband and kiddos? 

  1. I love Salmon cakes…but I don't like to actually make them. 🙂 Do you have a recipe for this?

    As for lean weeks…breakfast is usually a go to as well as chili and beans, fried potatoes and cornbread. Chili usually lasts for 3 meals and beans/potatoes/cornbread is usually 2-3 meals.

  2. I usually make them differently every time. I look at recipes on allrecipes a lot and then just adapt. I use canned salmon, cleaned of skin and bones. Then I usually add a beaten egg, some bread crumbs (sometimes I use fresh, sometimes dried Itialian), a bit of mayo, garlic (fresh or dried), parsley (fresh or dried), green onion, maybe a little mustard. Sometimes I add cheese, like parmesan or cheddar. Then I form the patties (I usually get 6 out of one can) and dip them in a bit of dried bread crumbs. I have heard that refrigerating for about 20-30 minutes can help the patties “set” so they don't fall apart so easily in the pan (a problem I have frequently) so I am going to do that this time. Then fry them in a little bit of olive oil for about 4-5 minutes per side.

    Anyone else have a favorite salmon patty recipe?

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