Meal Plan Monday: Cheap Tapioca Dessert

Part of having a solid meal plan is making sure you have a list of possible snacks and desserts.  Not only does it help to keep the kids happy during the week, but you know when you shop what you need on hand to make these in-between meals dishes.  Once in awhile, I like to try a new recipe with the kids that is both simple and indulgent.  I found this Tapioca with Berries in the most recent issue of All You Magazine.  The kids (except for one) really enjoyed it!

First, I made my tapioca, according to the recipe.  I used salted butter, and it had a bit more flavor.

The berry compote was actually a thawed out container of frozen strawberries in sugar.  I completely covered the pudding when I served it.  The contrast of the warm pudding with the cold berries was amazing!

Keeping a box of quick-serve tapioca on hand can make for some very frugal and delicious desserts.  I can use up older eggs and milk and end up with affordable results.

Here's the meal plan for this week; many recipes were taken from old issues of All You Magazine that I had lying around.  (You can find them online at the links provided.) I needed to clean up my office a bit, and I cut out recipes while recycling the rest of the magazines to make more room!

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Roasted Purple Potatoes
Glazed Carrots

Neat Sloppy Joes
Sweet Potato Fries

Beef Tamale Casserole
Side Salad

Cajun Chicken Fingers
Steamed Veggies

Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups (made with Panda Brand Lettuce Wrap Sauce)
Fruit Salad

Grilled Salmon
Steamed Veggies

Taco Chicken Veggie Stew
Crescent Rolls

What recipes will you try this week? Will any of them be from a magazine?  

*For more meal ideas, visit Money Saving Mom and Menu Planning Monday)