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Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly Meal Plan

Since this week’s meal plan began with fish and ended with shellfish, I had to break up the seafood with some pork and beans in the middle.  Not pork and beans mixed together, although I do love that meal.  The beans we ate this week were not one but two nights.  Tuesday’s garbanzo beans sautéed with fresh sage (pictured above) were delicious.  Heat a skillet until it’s hot and toss in chopped onions and sage.  Add minced garlic, several cups of cooked garbanzo beans, and some broth or water.  Once everything is hot, dinner is done.  You’ll want to spice it up with some Old Bay, Tony’s or Frank’s, of course.  Served hot over quinoa, it’s a hearty meal.  Is your stomach growling?  Do what I do and cook the beans during the day in your Crockpot, just make sure you soak them first.

Weekly Meal Plan

This meal plan is from Monday, April 16, 2012 to Sunday, April 22, 2012

Monday:  fish, brown rice, roasted broccoli

Tuesday:  sautéed garbanzo beans with fresh sage and quinoa

Wednesday:  sauteed cabbage and onions with ground pork

Thursday:  sauteed cabbage and onions with ground pork (leftovers)

Friday:  pinto beans (freezer) and cheese burritos with fresh salsa

Saturday:  egg strata with vegetables

Sunday:  shrimp scampi with green salad

Frugal Weekly Meal Plan

My daughter made dinner Saturday night.  With fresh eggs from our chickens and chopped up fresh vegetables, we dug out all the bread scraps from our freezer and tossed those into the strata as well.  You know the last piece of bread (usually the heel) to not get eaten in a loaf of bread?  I freeze all of those lonely bread slices and use them when we make strata.  It’s a great way to use every piece of bread in a loaf.  My son made dinner Sunday night.

Related Links:
Spicing it up in the kitchen
All the meal planning posts are here
How to meal plan is here and it’s simple
Slow food and slow families
How to soak and cook garbanzo beans – and make it into hummus – is here

6 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan

  1. This is great. I just cut and pasted into my plan for next week. I have most of these food items on hand. You just made my next week easy. I love how you have two of the same meals listed. I do that often, and just put a little color into it to make it “look” different to my family. Looking forward to next weeks’ meal planing. Blessings, Elizabeth


    1. Elizabeth! I’m so glad it will work out for you. We don’t eat fancy just simple and easy – and it sounds like you do, too. Happy eating next week 🙂


  2. The garbanzo beans with fresh sage sound great. I will have to try it soon.

    We also have chickens. We eat a lot of scrambled eggs with vegies. I had not done a strata until a few weeks ago when you had it on your weekly meal plan. It was a hit and a nice change from the scrambles.


    1. Kristen, it’s amazing how good garbanzo beans are with spice and sage. My family like the dish heavy on the broth and spices – almost soupy like but I don’t like so much broth. Whoever is making it gets to decide! Try it…let me know how it goes!!


  3. Huh, the garbanzo beans and sage is a new one to me. I’ve always used sage with poultry but your application makes sense. I’ll give that a try! Thanks for the idea.


    1. Al, that was just a spur of the moment experiment that really took around here. We use sage in our Thanksgiving stuffing and you’re right it goes great with poultry. I have lots in my garden…it’s a good plant because it’s so tough to kill! Thanks for the comment!


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