A Meal Plan for an Easy Week

Sometimes you just gotta take it easy. While some might go out for take-out, I’m shopping my freezer and using up what we have. A Meal Plan for an Easy Week - Sometimes you just gotta take it easy. While some might go out for take-out, I'm shopping my freezer and using up what we have. Some weeks you just need to take it easy. This would be one of those weeks for me. Last week’s heatwave wiped me out, and I didn’t want to follow my plan at all. Instead, I faked it. Dinners weren’t that good last week. I’m looking forward to an easier week in the kitchen — and hopefully tastier meals. I decided that I really need to get that deep freeze emptied. Really. There’s a lot of grain in there but hopefully, I can use up the other stuff. I made a meal plan based on what’s on hand and did a small amount of shopping to fill in the gaps. Here’s our plan for the week:

Breakfasts

all served with fresh fruit or applesauce

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Creamy Coleslaw That Won’t Go Soggy

Forget that stop at the deli salad counter! Mix up this easy and delicious slaw from good cheap ingredients.

Creamy Coleslaw - Forget that stop at the deli salad counter! Mix up this easy and delicious slaw from good cheap ingredients.

Salads and sandwiches make up some of my favorite foods on the planet. It used to be I would make my mom take me to the deli to pick up all the fixings — back in the days when grocery stores didn’t have in-house delis. Yes, really. Can you imagine?

Or I’d order a special sandwich and side salad at Bob’s Big Boy, my very favorite diner. Bob’s doesn’t exist anymore, not really. But, I still think about it.

Last week I took my daughter out to lunch at The Broken Yolk, just the two of us. We’ve always loved their breakfasts, so I figured we’d love lunch. We shared a club sandwich and potato salad.

My daughter, aged 6, is somewhat of a connoisseur of food now. She can’t even remember eating at some fast food restaurants that we used to frequent. She was too little, and now we’ve cleaned up our diet. She took one bite of the potato salad — it was the sweet kind that they probably bought in a container — and said, “I don’t like it. Yours is better.”

Oy.

Well, she was kinda right. My Deli Potato Salad is better than the sweet kind you buy in a cardboard container. Ahem. [Continue reading...]

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats - When life gets hectic, it

When life gets hectic, it’s so nice to pull a meal from the freezer to make your evening easier. Try some of these easy-to-prep freezer meals. I’ll confess. Currently, there are no freezer meals in my deep freeze. I’ve been trying to get it empty so that I can defrost it before winter hits. As […]

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Plain Yogurt is a Good Cheap Eat

Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt is a good cheap eat that you can enjoy plain as well as in cooking and baking. It’s a must-have in our kitchen. It wasn’t until we found ourselves buried in debt that I really gave plain yogurt a chance. Previously, I bought the more expensive sugared varieties in individual packaging. Once I […]

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Where in the World is Good Cheap Eats?

Where in the World is Good Cheap Eats?! We

We’re gonna play a little game. I really hope you’ll join in! Also, before I forget, thank you for your purchase of Good Cheap Eats! Your support helps keep this show on the road. Did you get your copy of Good Cheap Eats? I hope it arrived safe and sound, or that it’s on your wish […]

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Six-Layer Nachos that You Can Make & Freeze

Six-Layer Nachos that You Can Make & Freeze - Viva la fiesta! These six-layer nachos are packed with flavor and are freezer-friendly. They go well poolside as well as at a tailgate party.

Viva la fiesta! These six-layer nachos are packed with flavor and are freezer-friendly. They go well poolside as well as at a tailgate party. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but […]

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A Meal Plan for the Week

A Meal Plan for the Week - Make a meal plan for the week so you can shop ahead of time, cook ahead of time (where applicable), and save money by NOT eating out.

Make a meal plan for the week so you can shop ahead of time, cook ahead of time (where applicable), and save money by NOT eating out. Last week I told you how I created a double meal plan so that I could save time in the kitchen — and most importantly — delegate the […]

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What Folks are Saying about Good Cheap Eats

What Folks Are Saying About the Good Cheap Eats Cookbook - Not quite sure that the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is for you? Check out these reviews or enter a few giveaways.

Not quite sure that the Good Cheap Eats cookbook is for you? Check out these reviews or enter a few giveaways. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly […]

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Going with the Grain

Poppy Seed Cakes

As the school year gets under way, I find my days much fuller than they were a month ago. Since I teach our six kids at home, I really have to hit the ground running. My days are full with lessons, chores, and writing projects. It can be extremely tempting to shrug off good nutrition […]

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Spiced Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Bake yourself happy with this spiced zucchini cake topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.

Bake yourself happy with this spiced zucchini cake topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting. When it rains zucchini, it pours. At least in my neck of the woods. And when it does, I have two lines of defense: Ratatouille (to appease FishChick7) and baked goods (for the rest of the family). We have some […]

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