This Week’s Menu Plan – July 8, 2012

The Elegant Steak Dionne, last week, was a good recipe.  It was a new one for us that turned out to be so easy and tasty.  I made two.  One went straight into the crockpot and one went to the freezer.  You dump the ingredients in the freezer bag, add the meat and freeze.  When you are ready to use the recipe, thaw overnight and place the contents in a crockpot.  So easy.

Freezer meals have quickly become a favorite of mine.  I did not do much with these until last winter.  I had heard how great they were, but thought it was just hyped up.  Boy was I wrong.  I will admit it.  I was wrong.  Not only are the meals already made, but the time savings is great.

To show you just which recipes are able to be made ahead and froze, and also to demonstrate their presence on my menu plan, I will put an * by the freezer recipes this week.


  1. Crepes, fruit
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, fruit
  4. Strawberry Bread and cream cheese spread
  5. Shakes
  6. Eggs, toast, fruit, meat


  1. Eat out
  2. Spaghetti
  3. Salad
  4. Pizza
  5. *Sweet and Tangy Pork Loin
  6. *Grilled Flank with green onion ginger chimichurri
  7.  Spicy pan fried steak with noodles


  1. Beef curry, rice, bananas
  2. *Salisbury steak, rice
  3. Toast/sandwiches, tea
  4. Sandwiches, fruit
  5. Leftovers
  6. ????

Also, a friend of mine asked if I had ever tried homemade pizzas.  I had not mentioned it here, but the pizzas on my menu are mostly homemade.  I do buy the dough as a frozen dough ball, from GFS, add my homemade sauce and toppings.  We like the flavor more, the size is larger than we get at the store, and they cost less than a frozen pizza.  There is a bit more time involved.  However, this would be less if I didn’t add so many toppings and as much sauce as I do.

After buying flank steak last week, for this week’s menu, I will for sure be watching ahead for sales after this month if we find we like the recipe.  It isn’t exactly on the budget friendly side.  Okay, not a all.  The first store I found it at, it cost $6.99/lb.  Any suggestions for a substitution?

What is on your menu this week?  Have you tried something new that you liked or perhaps something you decided was not quite to your liking?  Please share.