Monday, January 28, 2013

Menu Plan Monday

Another week, another shopping trip.
My goal is to budget $150 a week for groceries for 3-4 people.
This week, I spent $150.
Except for the $35 that my daughter spent yesterday,
picking up some of her expensive healthy foods.

I am finding it harder and harder to stay on a budget.
My husband and I like regular, old fashioned meals
like mom used to cook.
Our daughter eats super healthy
and she cooks most of her own meals.
Our boys eat here only occasionally. 
Nick will eat anything.
Dan eats junk.
It is very hard to come up with meals everyone will eat.
Mostly, I don't.
So I usually come up with meals for my husband and me,
and the food is here if they want it.
We usually bring leftovers to work for lunch,
so I plan for that too.
My hubby just bought me The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook,
so I planned a few meals from it and they are marked
with an *.
Here is this week's menu:
Sunday - *Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork & Salad 
Monday - Spaghetti and Meatballs w/Garlic Bread, Salad
Tuesday - *Italian Meatball Soup w/homemade bread
Wednesday - *Fried Chicken Tacos and Corn Chowder
Thursday - Chicken Parmesan with Pasta, Bread, Salad
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - New England Boiled Dinner
Here is the reciped for the pulled pork. 
Just plan on at least 6 hours for cooking.
Pioneer Woman's Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
1 whole pork butt
2 onions, peeled and quartered
salt & pepper
11 oz. can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
 (I used 7 oz. can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, not sure if it's the same thing)
two 12 oz. cans Dr. Pepper
 (I used a 2 liter bottle and filled the chipotle pepper can 3 times)
4 tablespoons brown sugar
This reciped is soo easy. 
Put onions in pot and place pork butt on top.
Salt & pepper pork to taste.
Open the can of chipotle peppers/chiles and pour over top.
Then mix together
brown sugar and Dr. Pepper and pour that over the top.
Warning - Handle the Dr Pepper very carefully.
Ok, now that I have changed, here is what it will look like before it is cooked.
Cover and place in 300 degree oven for at least 6 hours
That's it.  Super duper easy.  It has been cooking for about 1 hour now and smells heavenly.
And here it is after 6 hours.
Spicy & delicious!


  1. The pulled pork recipe looks great to serve for a crowd. Put it in the crockpot and forget about it! My husband and I are going to go a lot more vegetarian around here to help keep the grocery budget under control but also for more healthy eating. It seems that each week I see something else in the grocery store that has gone up in price!

  2. Delish! I miss pulled pork since going low carb. You really need that sugar in there to make it taste right.

  3. I understand how challenging it can be to please all tastes and diets. My daughter likes to eat gluten free, my daughter in law is vegan, my grandson is dairy free, the men are huge meat eaters! I gave up and just cook what I want, and you know what? They all eat it! I got the Pioneer Woman's latest book for Christmas and just love all her recipes. Your pulled pork looks so good, can't wait to try that! Thanks

  4. Mmm, that pork looks delicious but like Linden Townhouse above posted, you can put it in the Crockpot instead of the oven. I bet it's really spicy with an entire can of adobe peppers in it!


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