When I moved out of my parents’ house, I brought along my mom’s tattered copy of “Great Dinners with Less Meat” by Dorothy Ivens. Its frugal menus include dinners that serve up to 10 people with one pound of meat or less, and all of the menus include recommendations for appropriate starters, side dishes, and wine pairings. As a new home maker, it was great for getting ideas of what to pair with what, and I’ve been happily finding ways to stretch the meat in our meals with this book for the past 10 years. Since meat is the most expensive part of most of our meals, this can add up to a big savings!
This week’s menu comes exclusively from the cookbook, which can be found used for pennies on amazon.com. Perhaps I should get my own copy and return my mom’s to her after all these years!
Monday: Zucchini meatloaf, potatoes, broccoli
Tuesday: Chicken and spinach crepes, fruit salad
Wednesday: Mediterranean salad with rice (meatless)
Thursday: Piroshki (beef turnovers with dill and horseradish cream), cauliflower, and beet salad.
Friday: Lentil soup (meatless), corn bread, green salad
Saturday: Ham balls with pasta, orange and cucumber salad
For more menus, check out Menu Plan Monday at Orgjunkie.com.