Frugal $5 Dinner Menu Week 50 of 2012

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My goal is to provide dinner for my family for an average of $5 except on special occasions. We don’t have to eat beans and rice to accomplish this goal!  I shop the grocery sales each week.  Then I plan my menu based on the foods I have already at home (at a great price). I balance more expensive meals with less expensive ones. We typically only cook a main dish 4 or 5 times a week. Each main dish cooked will serve 4-6, and the leftovers will be for easy dinners on the weekend, or to freeze for another week. This cuts down on cleaning, cooking, and meal planning- saving at us lots of time!

Oh dear.  Week 50 already???  This week I’m hoping to clear enough freezer space so I can collect the things I put in a friend’s deep freeze before Thanksgiving.

This week we’ll be cooking (in no particular order): 
Spaghetti with meatballs, Green Beans, Pineapple and Texas Cheese Toast  
Cheese Topped Baked Potatoes, Grilled Pork,Green Beans, Pineapple
Chicken Enchiladas, Leftover Veggies/Fruit
Chicken Quesadillas, Chips and Cheese Dip, Pineapple
Little Caesar’s Pizza and Apple Slices (would it be my menu plan without a pizza??)
For 2012, I will no longer be showing the cost breakdown for our meals.  If you’d like to see some $5 menu ideas with cost breakdowns, please browse my pages for $5 Dinner Plans

This post is being linked up to Menu Plan Monday over at OrgJunkie.