Menu Plan Week of May 5

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Stretchy BeansWe had a terrific, but way to short, trip up to Joe’s parent’s house this past weekend. They live about four hours from us and we honestly don’t see them as much as we’d like. Our little boy had a wonderful time with Grandma and Grandpa and kept saying how much he missed them the entire drive home. In fact, he was rather sad that we were going home and not staying at Grandpa’s!

I have a pretty busy week scheduled. I’m still playing catch up from being gone to Oregon the week before last and have a couple of extra things going on this week.  Good thing my goal is always easy real food!  Joe’s folks gave us two bags of locally grown beans when we were visiting.  One is pinto beans and the other is a white bean.  I’m going to cook up the white beans this week to try them out. I’m told they have a different flavor than most white beans.  My menu will be rather loose due to this.  I’ll make them into Stretchy Beans and we’ll have a simple dish the first night to determine the flavors. I’m not sure what the following two nights will bring.  I also need to stop by the market. We have plenty of dried produce (that I put up last fall) but not much fresh.  I’m marking our sides to be determined (tbd) because of this.

Menu Plan

Sunday- Tuna gravy over rice (a super quick dish that worked well after our four hour drive home)

Monday- Design a Crock Pot Dish (stew meat with seasonings and coconut milk cooked in the crock pot) over rice (find the formula in my eBook), sauteed greens and pickled carrots

Tuesday- Stretchy Beans Night 1, sides tbd

Wednesday- Stretchy Beans Night 2, sides tbd

Thursday- Stretchy Beans Night 3, sides tbd

Friday- Clean Out the Fridge Soup Night, sourdough corn bread

Saturday- Crock Pot chicken, sides tbd


I told you this would be a simple menu!

What is on your menu this week? What are your favorite meals for busy weeks?

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Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at

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