I looked at my meals for this coming week and thought well, this isn't terribly exciting. (Way to sell it, Marla.) However, (1) they're real and (2) economical. I stay within a budget, and try to keep dinners on the nutritious side. If you want realism, here you are.
Some people don't like leftovers. We happen to, and we're very good about not wasting food. I usually make the full amount of a recipe, as opposed to cutting it in half. I have found that being able to heat up lunch, or pull a Ziploc out of the freezer, help me save time, money, and energy.
Without further ado . . .
Sunday: Turkeyburgers and home-made French fries. If you have not made your own fries, they are really easy. Just wash potatoes, slice them, and toss with olive oil and seasonings. Bake at 450 for about a half-hour
Monday: Leftover Beef Bourguignon and French bread. If you don't have leftovers, there some very nice pre-cooked, packaged dinners out, now. Check the meat section of your grocery store.
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon over mixed greens; couscous with peas.
Wednesday: Shredded Chicken Burritos, pinto beans, and iceberg lettuce salad. (To my shredded chicken, I add a package of cream cheese, a can of chiles, and about a cup of salsa. Mix; roll mixture into whole-wheat burritos. Place in pan and cover with foil; bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.)
Thursday: Grilled Pork Chops, home-made macaroni and cheese, and green beans.
Friday: Pizza night! I'm picking up a store-made one from Safeway.
Saturday: Turkey Chili and Cornbread. Note: Dennison's makes a canned chili that is quite good. It has a lot of "zing" and is much better than one would expect of a canned chili.
I hope you have a wonderful week and are enjoying the Christmas season. :-)