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This week’s dinner menu

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Here is our dinner menu for the next week. I’m experimenting with monthly menu planning and once to twice a month grocery shopping this month so it will be interesting to see how this all works out for us. I made my big grocery trip to Costco, Trader Joe’s and Fred Meyer on Friday, had a produce coop pickup on Saturday and so far have spent about $160. With the careful planning of an entire month’s menu, I was able to buy about 90% of our groceries organic!

Sunday – Taco Salad, apples
Monday – Oven roasted chicken, bread, green salad
Tuesday – Shrimp fried rice, green salad
Wednesday – Saucy broccoli chicken bake, rice, fruit salad
Thursday – Nachos, fruit smoothies
Friday – Spaghetti with brown rice pasta, green salad
Sunday – Leftovers/Eat out

Our simple oven roasted chicken ‘recipe’? Rub olive oil all over the outside of the chicken, then liberally sprinkle salt and pepper over top. Bake uncovered at 375°F degrees for about an hour (depending on size of chicken), until internal temp of chicken is at least 160°F. This always yields me a delicious and simple meal. Don’t forget to save the carcass to make broth!

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