Menus July 1-4 (and book winner!)

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Here are our meals so far this month.  Tonight we’re planning our annual 4th of July BBQ/Waterfight Extravaganza with the kids and their spouses.   Pictures coming if I can get them without endangering the camera.  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

July 1

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal with raisins, OJ
  • Lunch- Tomato tortellini soup, homemade bread, salad, watermelon
  • Dinner- (soccer) Peanut butter tortilla roll-ups, potato chips, watermelon

July 2

  • Breakfast- Pancakes with homemade jam, OJ
  • Lunch- White bean and ham soup, tortilla chips, salsa
  • Dinner- Steak, homemade mac and cheese, spinach salad, cookies

July 3

  • Breakfast – Cereal and bananas
  • Lunch- Hamburgers and home fries
  • Dinner- Tex Mex Beef Casserole, applesauce, spinach salad, watermelon

July 4

  • Breakfast- Oatmeal with raisins, OJ
  • Lunch-Tex Mex Beef Casserole, bananas, homemade bread
  • Dinner- Cheeseburgers on homemade buns, watermelon, applesauce, bacon cream cheese jalapenos, potato chips, root beer floats


  1. Yum! Lots of fruits and veggies, too!

  2. Sounds like a great day! Your food for the first days of July look great also. I am hoping to clean out my pantry as well this month, because it is quite full and because it is going to be an extremely tight month for our budget.
    I do have a quick question for you. I have 5 kids, the oldest is 7. We eat very similar to your family, but my kids are always hungry for a snack between meals. We try to have fruit and vegetables, sometimes a cookie, sometimes a PB & Jelly sandwich, and things like that. I am wondering what you have for snacks between meals for your family?

  3. We don’t snack tons, but if we do, it is usually half a banana, a homemade cookie, a popsicle, or maybe popcorn in the evening with a movie. Often when we do pancakes for breakfast, there are a few pancakes left over, so I set those out in the afternoon when kids have the munchies too. Just before dinnertime, I will sometimes set out a big bowl of carrot sticks for snacking.

  4. That’s interesting that you do not snack much. Did you not do that with little ones either? And I suppose then you do not buy food that is specifically for snack time. If you get hungry kids do you just say “no” and wait until mealtime? Would love to know your take. I think I spend to much money on snack food and give into it then they don’t eat enough at the meal or they don’t eat their vegs.

    • I’ve always asked my kids to eat at least a few bites of each thing at a meal– that helps them not be as ravenous between meals. We do an afternoon snack 2-3 times a week and an evening snack once or twice a week, just not every day. And the snacks tend not to be ‘exciting’– if they are really hungry they can eat a banana or some carrot sticks or zap a pancake from the freezer. Sometimes I’ll offer them a cookie, esp if it is cookie-baking day. (We make — and eat — at least 8 dozen cookies a week!) But I tend to offer the dessert-type things after meals, and I don’t routinely buy chips and granola bars or fruit snacks, etc… One more observation–mine are age 6 or older– sometimes preschoolers need to eat a bit more often. And speaking of needing to eat more often, sometimes my teen boys who stay up late will raid the cereal cupboard at bedtime. 🙂

  5. I want to know more about snacking too! We do eat three good meals a day, but still snack a lot. I have no idea how to curb this.

  6. christy says:

    My kids snack a lot too. We eat healthy meals but they are always hungry. especially the teenage boy.

    I love this pantry challenge. A great way to use up odds and ends too.