Monthly Menu Plan –May

Are you ready to save money on your grocery bills this month?  I know I am.  Let’s see how much we can save this month instead of spend.  First, do your inventory.  If you want my inventory chart email me and I’ll email it to you.  Then, use that inventory to plan out your monthly menu.  Make note on your menu planner of the dinners that will need to be Minute Meals and ones where it just needs to be reheat.   There is no sense planning a meal you have no time to make because you only have 15 minutes between soccer practice and the evening meeting.  This is when that inventory that includes the cooked foods in your freezer makes all the difference in the world.

Please leave a comment if you are going to try this for May.  Make sure you count up how much you spent on groceries last month and then at the end of May.  Then at the end of the month let us know how much money you saved.  It can be a % or a $ amount.

Here is my menu based on what I have on hand and I’ll buy a few fresh foods to accompany the meals.

1- NFCA Washington DC Gluten Free Cooking Spree– eating out right out of the gate!
2- Beef & Noodles
3- Blackened Tilapia, green beans, quinoa
4- Mediterranean Tuna Pasta
5- Fish Tacos, Chicken Taquitos, refried beans, My Margaritas
6- Ostrich Steaks with herbed red potatoes
7- Pork BBQ with coleslaw and beans
8- Shrimp and Polenta
9- Filets and mushroom risotto
10- Indian turkey legs with lentils
11- King Crab Legs
12- Pasta with an ostrich meat sauce
13- Beef Brisket and beans
14- Jerk Chicken Breast
15- Roast turkey breast, smashed potatoes and peas
16- Mini black bean cakes, mini burgers with tomatillo salsa
17- Dover Sole filets, polenta
18- BBQ chicken drumsticks
19- Frito Haddock
20- Beef Burgers, fries
21- Leftovers
22- Chicken cacciatore
23- Turkey burgers
24- Pork chops
25- Shrimp
26- Pasta with Beans and tomatoes
27- Chicken Tacos
28- Dover Sole, quinoa, veggies
29- London Broil, sweet potatoes, broccoli
30- Pork Enchiladas
31- Duck Breast

4 Responses to Monthly Menu Plan –May

  1. Alisa - Frugal Foodi April 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    This sounds like fun! I will do my best.

  2. kirstesn May 3, 2009 at 7:52 am #

    Hi Diane,
    Do you have a favorite recipe for the pork bbq and for the pork chops?

  3. Diane Eblin May 3, 2009 at 8:19 am #

    Kirsten- Real simple, I use Bone Suckin' Sauce for the wet BBQ and a long list of seasonings for the dry rub. I usually go with the easy one. For the pork chops I fry them up in a pan with salt and pepper. I like the thin ones as they cook up fast and easy. Use a splatter screen!
    Alisa- YEAH! Let me know if you want to use any of my tools. I have an inventory and menu planner.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. kirsten May 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm #

    Thanks, Diane! I would also love to see your inventory/menu planner tool if you don't mind sharing 🙂