02/20/2012 2:54 pm · 4 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

What is on a the menu at our house?

I get an email at least once a week asking me what I feed my family. Most of them are  just wanting to learn how to cross over from the habit of shopping daily for that days menu plan.  While others are convinced we eat  nothing but processed food.  They see the photos of what I buy that week and can not seem to wrap their brain around the idea of cooking from that weeks promo items and your stockpile.

Some of you “type A” personality’s  are much more organized than me, and I am sure there is a rotation chart or something fancy that would make menu planning easier.  But I do what works for me, I plan my meals around the fresh promo items that I get that week.  As well as what I get in my Bountiful Basket that week.  I then use my food storage or stockpile items, as well as freezer items to plan my meals.

Being that I do not write my menu out a week in advance  I am sharing last weeks menu with you!  Hope it helps you understand that eating from your stockpile can be made a way of life,  is both rewarding and thrifty!




  • Breakfast- Cranberry Orange Pancakes in a heart shape, and grape juice
  • Lunch- Left over soup, and bread and butter and apple slices
  • Dinner- Picked up Mongolian BBQ Valentines Day with my kids ( Matt was working)


  • Breakfast- Ham and Cheese omelet
  • Lunch- Cottage Cheese and Cucumber spears
  • Dinner-Chicken Cordon Bleu, green salad and rice




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Great Job your such a good mom!!


I have had a stockpile for as long as i can remember, and have never gone in a grocery store and bought food for one meal, unless it was a cook-out or special occasion. I always buy ONLY what is on sale, weather I will use it that wk or not. I also have my husband in the practice of doing this. The only thing I do different is, my meals are larger. I have to cook a 3 or 4 course meal, one meat, 2 veggies, and bread, for every meal, unless it's a stew or casserole. If I am out of something for a specific meal, I usually make due with something I already have such as using rice, when I wanted creamed potatoes. I get a lot of vension, and have it ground up into burger meat, stewing meat, sausage, etc. I add a little bit of rice to a lot of dishes to stretch them. I put rice in my soup, chicken & pastry (delicious) and use rice a lot! I dont think I have EVER paid full price for a can of vegetables, and my cabinets are full of them. Buy them 3/1.00 and load up. I use canned mackeral (1.00 can at dollar store) to make fish cakes, and it makes about 25 and they are yummy. My only problem with some of your lunches, is that they seem more like appetizers to me. I couldnt get full off of cucumber sticks and dip, but...I NEED to eat it more often!!!It's really how you start your family out, I guess. Anyway, to have 4 kids, hubby, and job, I think u do great just to manage to get anything at all on the table!!!


Everything looks delicious!

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