Monday, September 12, 2011

Menu Planning?

 This post brought to you by Dayquil.  Not as in a sponsored post, as in I consumed some Dayquil and have an urge to operate heavy machinery irresponsibly. 

 There are several websites that do a "Menu Plan Monday" feature, and some that go over the meals that the author had the previous week , and I really get a kick out of seeing what other people post about what they eat for the week - it's a peek into someone else's life (aside from all of the oversharing people do on the faceyspace). I'm not known for being the most traditional of gals (see that whole shacking up and adopting a kitten before being hitched thing), but I do believe that one of the best ways to show affection (and to blow off steam - who doesn't want to chop the hell out of some veggies after someone's been an ass at work) to your loved ones is to cook for them. 

So, I've always shopped the sales at the grocery stores, and loosely "planned" around that, but I've been trying to attempt to write out a plan, and stick to it.  The only hitch that I keep coming up on is that Sam objects to "Pizza" for dinner every night.  Apparently he has standards. Anyone else do the meal planning thing?  Any tips? 

I've also been trying out this whole couponing thing, and I'm actually having some success with it.  I managed to score 2 cases of Clif Builder Bars (Sam's favorite) at Whole Foods for over 50% off, using their secret case discount, and by snagging eleventeen of the Whole Deals booklets, which have lots of coupons and are good through October 31.  I also have managed to build a pretty good stockpile of goods that the local animal shelter, and the local women's shelter can use at little to no cost to me.  After watching Extreme Couponing, and seeing the gluttonous ways of the people on that show, it feels pretty good to know that you can help other people out, instead of being the people who hoard shitloads of stuff.  

I digress (and blame the rambling on the Dayquil, which I have a coupon for, BRING IT COLD SEASON).  

Here's a random picture of Hunter battling a snake, and a recipe for pizza sauce that makes me happy.  I'm a sauce type of person when it comes to pizza, so finally making one at home that tastes the way I wanted it to makes me all sorts of happy.  Maybe I will put pizza on the menu every night this week. Dayquil!

Pizza Sauce

1 (14.5 oz.) can tomato sauce

3 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 garlic clove, finely minced

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil (or 1 tsp. dried basil)

1 tsp. dried oregano

0.5 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. dried marjoram

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

0.5 tsp red pepper flakes

splash of red wine

1 tsp. sugar

  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.  Cook over medium heat until bubbles begin to rise (and pop) at the surface.  Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for another 15 minutes.


  1. You make me laugh with Dayquil! I feel I do better with meal planning too. But my biggest issues is I feel like every 2 weeks I am having the same stuff but just on different days of the weeks. I need to learn to branch out. Anyway I digress. Good job on couponing! Isn't it nice to save money? I think I tend to save the most getting stuff at like Rite Aid or Target over food, but it is a great feeling to get some essentials like sugar for a great price with a coupon!

  2. How far out do you plan, Mal? I'm lucky if I make it a week.