Well, our first week of planned meals went really well. We went out to dinner one night, using a gift card that hubby got for Christmas, and went out to lunch twice. All in all, much better than before on the eating out front! We stuck fairly well to the menu, too. We didn't eat everything on it, and one night I made Swedish meatballs and spaetzle instead of tuna casserole. But, I made enough meatballs for two more meals, so that will make for some quick dinners (especially since I just ordered a potato ricer, which will make the spaetzle making go much faster, too!
We just went to the grocery store and did our big shopping trip. I spent about $100, but other than milk, produce, and maybe eggs, it should last us for two weeks and then some with no problems.
I've come up with a list of 16 dinners that we can choose from over the next couple of weeks. There's a good mix of quick dinners for after work, and things that take a little longer for the weekends. We don't have to eat everything here, of course, and we can have leftovers one or two nights. We can have:
glazed pork chops
impossible chicken pie
"leftover roast beef" casserole
chicken sausage alfredo
Ham and pasta
BBQ chicken pizza
bean soup with linguica
fish sticks and oven fries
pecan crusted chicken tenders
roast pork tenderloin
tequila lime chicken
Tonight I'm going to make the bean soup with linguica. I've never had linguica before (it's a Portugese sausage), but I got it ultra cheap in the discount meat bin one day so I thought I'd give it a shot. Hubby isn't a big fan of soup, other than canned chunky chicken noodle, but he said he'd try it. I'll make some of his favorite buttermilk cornbread to go with it. I figure this will leave me plenty of extras to freeze for lunches, too.
Tomorrow night we'll have tacos, before hubby has a chance to eat all the Doritos! I took some pork roast out of the freezer, too. It should be thawed by Tuesday, and I'll cut it into chops and glaze it. We'll wing it off the list from there - we have plenty of choices!