Friday, April 17, 2009

Printable Grocery Lists for Cheap Menus

This week, I'm going with the cheap theme for these printable grocery lists and menus. Most of the meals revolve around beans, rice, pasta, peaches and chicken. As you can tell, the peaches and applesauce were the cheapest fruit in the store this week. I figured with our economy in the mess it is in, I would do us all a favor and stick to a low budget menu this week. If beans aren't your thing, you can print out a menu from a prior week and use that. Remember, you may have to copy and paste into another document to print the whole thing. Thanks for the support.

Day 1: Chicken Noodle Soup p. 554, Dinner Rolls p. 152, Salad, Peach Cobbler p. 273

Day 2: Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry p. 470, Rice, Peach Cobbler

Day 3: Spicy Black Beans and Rice p. 90, Peas, Apple Sauce

Day 4: Split Pea Soup p. 559, Salad, Dinner Rolls p. 152, Peach Pie p. 439

Day 5: Chicken with Black Beans and Rice p. 463, Corn, Peach Pie

Day 6: Lemon Chicken Pasta Toss p. 419, Green Beans, Apple Sauce

Day 7: White Chicken Chili p. 543, Corn Bread p. 134, Apple Sauce

Shopping List

5 Onions
2 Bell Peppers
2 Jalapeno Peppers
Green Onions
1 Cup Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
22 Cloves Garlic
3 Tbsp. Lemon Juice

Egg Noodles
6 oz. Dried Multigrain Penne
White, Jasmine, or Basmati Rice
Brown Rice or Long Grain Rice
1 1/2 Cups Dry Split Peas
Tortilla Chips (optional)

Sliced Water Chestnuts
2 (15 oz.) Cans Black Beans (or use dry beans and soak and boil beans first)
3 (15 oz.) Cans Great Northern, Pinto, or Cannellini Beans (or use dry beans and soak and boil)
1 (14.5 oz.) Can Mexican-Style Stewed Tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz.) Can Diced Tomatoes with Onion and Green Pepper
1 Cup Tomato Juice
Apple Sauce
4 (14 oz.) Can Chicken Broth
Green Beans

Butter or Margarine
2 oz. Cheddar Cheese
Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese (optional)
1 (3 1/2-4 lb.) Chicken, cut up or 2 1/2 lbs. Meaty Chicken Pieces
1 -to 1 1/2 lb. smoked pork hocks or meaty ham bone
Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Dinner Rolls (or make your own)
Vanilla Ice Cream (optional)
5 lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
11 Cups Frozen Peach Slices
Pastry Crust or make your own


Make Sure You Have: salt, pepper, bay leaves, flour, yeast, sugar, shortening, baking powder, cinnamon, cornstarch, soy sauce, rice vinegar or white wine vinegar, oil, cayenne pepper, marjoram, tapioca, nutmeg, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cornmeal, Breakfast, lunch, and snack items

Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Week with Weight Loss Menus

Finally, another menu for those of us trying to lose weight in time for summer. This online printable grocery list is just right for trimming a few pounds. Remember to limit portion sizes of protein and carbohydrates. One portion is as big as the palm of your hand. Fill up on vegetables. Eat 6 small meals a day, consisting of a protein and a carbohydrate. Veggies are free and you can eat as much as you want. This goes along with the body for life plan works well with the Skinny Mom webinar.

Breakfast: Choose from oatmeal, fresh fruit, eggs, lean meat, cottage cheese, toast

AM Snack: Choose from fruit, melba toast, whole wheat bread, cottage cheese, lean meat

Lunch: Choose from tuna sandwiches, lean meat, bread, leftovers, vegetables

PM Snacks: Choose from fresh fruit, lean meat, toast, salad, vegetables


Day 1: Cacciatore-style Chicken Kabobs with Linguine p. 333, Asparagus

Day 2: Roasted Chicken, Brown Rice, Spinach, Carrots

Day 3: Basil Halibut Steaks p. 306, Wheat Rolls, Sliced Tomatoes, Salad

Day 4: Meat Loaf p. 377, Baked Potatoes, Peas, Corn

Day 5: Spicy Black Beans and Rice p. 90, Salad with Broccoli and Peas

Day 6: Chicken Lo Mein p. 469, Brown Rice, Steamed Carrots

Day 7: (Easter Dinner. Use Whichever Day You Want) Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, rolls

Shopping List

Fresh Fruit
Fresh Vegetables
Red Pepper
10 oz. fresh Mushrooms
4 Onions
7 Medium Tomatoes
Fresh Basil
Fresh Parsley
Green Salad
Fresh Ginger
Red Onion
2 Cups Sugar Snap Pea Pods

Melba Toast
8 oz. Dried Linguine
Brown Rice
Dry bread crumbs
10 oz. Dried Chinese Egg Noodles, Spaghetti, or Angel Hair Pasta

Tuna Fish
Italian Salad Dressing
1 (16 oz) Jar Pasta Sauce
1 (15 oz.) Can Black Beans
1 (14.5 oz.) Can Mexican Style Stewed Tomatoes
Oyster Sauce
Rice Wine, Dry Sherry, or Apple Juice
Sesame Oil

Lean Meat for lunches and snacks
Cottage Cheese
Butter or margarine
2 oz. Cheddar Cheese
2 1/2 lb. Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast Halves
Shredded Fresh Parmesan Cheese
Whole Roasting Chicken
6 Fresh or Frozen Halibut Steaks cut 1 inch thick
1 1/2 lbs. Ground Beef, Ground Lamb, or Ground Pork

Artichoke hearts
Wheat Rolls (or make your own)

Whole Wheat Bread

Be sure you have: oatmeal, garlic, oil, nonstick cooking spray, salt, pepper, sage, basil, oregano, ketchup, brown sugar, flour, sugar, yeast, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, soy sauce,

Friday, March 27, 2009

Printable Grocery Lists for Healthy Weight Loss

This printable grocery list is designed for all my friends who are trying to lose weight. I concentrated on healthy choices and many small meals rather than 3 large meals. So, I included breakfast, snacks, and lunch items that you can use as you wish. This is different from my other lists because I want you to have healthy choices for snacks instead of relying on what's in the snack aisle (junk food). There are plenty of fruits and vegetables and a balance of protein and carbs with an emphasis on whole grains. Don't forget low-fat dairy products, which may help you lose weight.

Breakfast: Choose from toast, oatmeal, fruit, eggs, cottage cheese

Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Snacks: Choose from fruit, Melba Toast, Whole Wheat Bread

Lunch: Choose from Tuna or Lean Meat Sandwich, Salad, Vegetables, Leftovers


Day 1: Chicken with Firecracker BBQ Sauce p. 331, Brown Rice, Salad, Fresh Tomatoes

Day 2: Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry p. 470, Brown Rice, Salad, Broccoli

Day 3: Fajitas p. 374, Wheat Tortillas, Cauliflower, Carrots

Day 4: Pepper-Lime Chicken p. 467, Mashed Potatoes, Chard, Fresh Tomatoes

Day 5: Grilled Fish With Favorite Seasonings p. 358, Brown Rice, Summer Squash and Zucchini

Day 6: Southwestern Tri-Tip Roast p. 370, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus, Celery Sticks

Day 7: Spicy Black Beans and Rice P. 90, Green Beans, Spinach

1 Peppers
4 Onions
5 Slicing Tomatoes
2 Roma Tomatoes
Red Onion
Green Onions
1 Cup sliced Fresh Mushrooms
2 heads Garlic
2/3 Cup Lime Juice
2 Avocados
5 Limes
10 lbs. Potatoes

(Choose lots of fruit for snacks including your favorites. The following are suggestions.)


Melba Toast
2 lb. Brown Rice
Fajita Seasoning
Dried Chipotle Chili Pepper


Tuna Fish (enough for lunches)
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
Water Chestnuts, sliced
1 (15 oz.) Can Black Beans
1 (14.5 oz.) Can Mexican Style Stewed Tomatoes

Lean Meat (enough for lunches)
Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Low-Fat Sour Cream
2 oz. Cheddar Cheese
Skim Milk
Heart Healthy Margarine
16 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
12 Oz. Beef Flank Steak
1 1/2 to 2 lb. Boneless Beef Tri-Tip Roast
1 1/2 lbs. Dressed, Whole Fish

Green Beans
Summer Squash and Zucchini

Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas (8 inch)

Make Sure You Have: oatmeal, ketchup, white wine vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, oil, salt, pepper, thyme, basil, oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Printable Grocery Lists with Twitter Search Requests

This week, I tried something new with the printable grocery lists. I searched on Twitter for people who were cooking dinner and read what they were cooking. Then, I used those menus for the basis of this week's printable grocery lists and menus. This is so fun to be the weekly menu planner. I'm learning to plan better for my family as I offer this service to others. I love my new cookbook and I'm learning new recipes as well. YUM! I can't wait for this week. We've got some great ideas from some twitter folks. The recipes are from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book 14th Edition.

Day 1 Cream of Potato Soup p. 565, Green Salad, Rolls, Sliced Oranges

Day 2 Swedish Meatballs p. 379, French Bread, Salad, Apple Slices

Day 3 Chili p. 553, Cornbread p. 134, Salad, Berries with Whipped Cream

Day 4 Cilantro -Lime Trout p. 339 (Grilled), Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Bread, Lemon Slices, Lemon Meringue Pie p. 442

Day 5 Chicken with Mushroom Stuffing p. 542 (Crockpot), Broccoli, Lemon Meringue Pie

Day 6 Herb-Rubbed Leg of Lamb (or Roast Beef) p. 401, Asparagus, Rice, Sliced Oranges

Day 7 Lamb, Rice, Broccoli, Berries with Whipped Cream

4 Onions
Green Pepper
Green Salad
6 Oranges
6 Apples
Parsley or Cilantro
Lime Juice (3 Tbsp.)
Lemons (to make 1/3 cup lemon juice)
4 Cups Sliced or quartered mushrooms

1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts

4 Cups Chicken Broth
2 15 oz. Cans Kidney Beans
2 14 1/2 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
1 15 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
Mint Jelly (optional)

Spray Whipped Cream
Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
2 lb. Ground Beef
8 oz. Ground Pork or Lamb
8 8-10 oz. Fresh or Frozen Dressed Trout, heads removed
8 small chicken legs, drumstick-thigh portion (about 5 lbs), skinned
1 5-7 lb. Whole Leg of Lamb or Beef Roast

Dinner Rolls (or make your own)
2 Bags Frozen Berries
Pie Crust (or make your own)

French Bread
10 oz. Sourdough Baguette

Make sure you have: flour, salt, dill, basil, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, beef bouillon granules, garlic, chili powder, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, oil, cornstarch, vanilla, cream of tartar, nonstick cooking spray, sage, rosemary, onion salt, Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack items

Friday, March 13, 2009

Favorite Printable Grocery Lists

This is the week when we do favorites and requests again on Printable Grocery Lists. Luckily, I've got the new cookbook and we're all on the same page. I have to tell you, I am impressed. This new book is very different than the last one. Of course, It has been over 13 years since I got the last one, but they seriously have added so much to the book that I didn't recognize it. But, I love it a bunch. No wonder people were frustrated not being able to find the recipes I was referring to. This book is now twice as thick as the old one. It has twice as many pages in it. With so much to look through, I didn't realize what the problem was until I got the new book. So, now I'm so excited to help for real with recipes you can find. By the way, the Mostaccioli recipe is from my friend, Wendy Kershaw, whose mother is Italian and cooks great stuff! Her blog is Whole Hearted Mom.

Day 1 Calzones p. 151, Green Salad, Orange Slices

Day 2 Barley Beef Soup p. 549 (crockpot), Green Salad, Dinner Rolls p. 152, Strawberry Chiffon Pie p. 444

Day 3 Steak and Potato Kabobs p. 325 (BBQ), Potluck Pasta Salad p. 504, Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Day 4 Waffles p. 139, Bacon, Eggs, Grapefruit

Day 5 Mostaccioli, Italian Vegetables, Berries with Whipped Cream

Day 6 Manchego and Mushroom Quesadillas p. 73, Spanish Rice p. 88, Corn, Applesauce,

Day 7 Roast Beef with onions, potatoes, and carrots (crockpot), Apple Pie p. 436

5 Onions
1 Red Onion
Green Onions
3 1/4 cups sliced Mushrooms
12 Green or Red Pepper
1 medium Zucchini
Green Salad
3 Oranges
6 Grapefruit
2 1/4 pounds cooking apples
Lemon Juice
Cherry Tomatoes

Parmesan Cheese
Quick Cooking Barley
unflavored gelatin
8 oz. Dried Wagon Wheel Macaroni
1 (16 oz.) Box Mostaccioli
6 -7 or 8 inch Flour Tortillas
Long Grain Rice

1 Jar pizza sauce
1 Can Sliced Olives
1 Can Pitted Olives
4 (14 oz.) Cans Beef Broth
3 (14.5 oz.) Can Diced Tomatoes
Red Wine Vinegar and Oil Salad Dressing
8-Cups of your favorite meat or marinara sauce
1 -4 oz. Can Diced Green Chili Peppers

2 1/2 lb. Beef Chuck Roast
12 oz. Stew Meat
2 Boneless Beef Sirloin Steaks
12 Italian Sausage
4 oz. sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup cooked ham or Canadian bacon
8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
12 oz. Cheddar Cheese
6 oz. Manchego Cheese
1- Cup Parmigiano Reggiano
3 Gallons Milk
2 Dozen Eggs
1 lb. Butter
1 Cup Whipping Cream
1 Can Whipping Cream Spray

Vegetables (for soup)
Dinner Rolls (or make your own)
2 Pie Shells (or make your own)
20 oz. package Potato Wedges
Italian Vegetable Mix

Make Sure You Have: flour, yeast, salt, oil, cornmeal, oregano, basil, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, shortening, vinegar, thyme, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, baking powder, vanilla, crushed red pepper, chili powder, hot sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, BREAKFAST and LUNCH and SNACK items

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Got My New Cookbook Just In Time for Favorites and Requests

I just got my new cookbook. Yay! Now, we're all on the same page with the current edition of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. So, send me your favorites and requests for this month. I'll include them. Then, your family will thank you for cooking such great meals. Remember, the recipes don't have to come from the cookbook, but give me a link to where I can find them if they don't. Thanks a ton and I'm looking forward to this month's requests and favorites. My kids are already giving me ideas.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Printable Grocery Lists with Requests

Well, I'm still waiting for my new cookbook. I looked today and it wasn't there, so while we wait, I'm adding some favorites of some of my readers. The rest of the recipes in our printable grocery list are from the 1996 version of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. I think I'll have the new edition in hand by next week. If you order now, Amazon has a special where you can sign up for an Amazon card and get $30 credit, which makes your book free with credit left over. I don't get much from Amazon for your book, I just want you to be on the same page with recipes so you don't get frustrated when you're cooking. Life is hard enough.

We're starting the request month a couple weeks early. Who said I had to follow my own rules? So, the corn pudding recipe and the Barbecued Mullet are from Jack Simmons' blog, EatnBetter. The Pull Apart Pizza and the Beef Stew are from Lynn Di Carlo's blog, Lynn's Kitchen Life. Make sure you click on the links and print out those recipes to make your meal planning easier. Thanks for all the suggestions that came in. We're not through with the requests. My kids requested the pizza and Tamale Pie. If you have a request for a favorite dish or a recipe you'd like included, you can e-mail me or comment.

Day 1: Chili p. 461, Corn Pudding, Brussel Sprouts, Applesauce Spice Cake p. 132

Day 2: Mac and Cheese p. 361, Peas, Ham, Applesauce Spice Cake

Day 3: Barbecued Mullet with Grandma Simmons Sweet BBQ Sauce, Thick Fries, Mixed Veggies, Berry Pie

Day 4: Tamale Pie p. 64, Corn, Berry Pie

Day 5: Benjamin's Pull Apart Pizza, Salad, Pears

Day 6: Hamburgers, Salad, Peaches, Chocolate Milkshakes

Day 7: Beef Stew with Dumplings, Rolls, Cherry Cobbler

6 Onions
2 Bell Peppers
2 Tomatoes
1 Lemon
Fresh Cilantro or Parsley
Green Salad

1 box Jiffy corn meal muffin mix
Elbow Macaroni
Hamburger Buns
1 pkg. McCormick® Beef Stew Seasoning Mix
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix

14 1/2 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) Cans Kidney Beans
15 oz. Can Pinto Beans
8 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can cream style corn
6 oz. Can Vegetable Juice Cocktail
4 oz. Can Diced Green Chili Peppers
1 Jar Pizza Sauce
Black Olives

12 oz. Ground Beef
8 oz sour cream
6 oz. American Cheese or Sharp Cheddar
2 oz. Cheddar Cheese
1 lb. Ham Steak
2 Cans Refrigerator Biscuits
2 Cups Mozarella Cheese
Sliced Pepperoni
2 lbs. stew beef

Chocolate Ice Cream (for milkshakes)
Vanilla Ice Cream (for Cobbler)
Hamburger Patties
Thick French Fries
Mixed Vegetables (your favorite medley)
Pitted Tart Red Cherries
Mixed Berries
Brussel Sprouts
Pie Crust or make your own
Rolls or make your own
Fish "Select fresh silver mullet (not the red European variety) about 1-11/2 pounds each. Allow one fish for every two people unless the fish are small. Then allow one per person." (Jack also said that chicken, beef, and pork work well with the BBQ sauce if you can't find the fish you like)

Make Sure You Have: garlic, chili powder, basil, pepper, oil, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, shortening, vanilla, catsup, dried minced onion, French's mustard, brown sugar, cumin, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, salt, cornstarch