Weekly Meal Plan for 8/6/18

August 06, 2018

Another week, another round of meals! For some reason, this week came together pretty easily. There are definitely other weeks that I spend what feels like hours trying to come up with a plan. I much prefer the easy weeks 😉


Monday: Bacon and Spinach Quiche, Salad. Total for meal: $2.64
Using pie crust and spinach from last week. I have some eggs, but had to buy more. Aldi was out of the bacon I usually buy, so I had to get a more expensive one. Not cool, Aldi.
TuesdayGarlic Butter Chicken Thighs, Parmesan Zucchini and Corn. Total for meal: $1.31
Finishing up the chicken thighs I bought last week. We used half of the package and threw the rest in the freezer to use this week. 
Wednesday: Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas, Spanish Rice. Total for meal: $2.59
This is a delicious meat-less meal if you're trying to bring your monthly food budget down!
Thursday: Date Night!
Kids will be eating chicken nuggets (I had some already), mac and cheese, and mixed veggies. Cost for meal: $.62!
This weekend I'm headed out of town to Hilton Head Island for the leadership training for our MOPS group. I'm so excited to spend a few days away with these ladies as we prepare for our new year starting in Sept! Here's what Clarence and the kids are having:

Friday: Chicken Fried Rice, Fruit. Total for meal: $1.30
We like the fried rice recipe in the link above, but will dice up some chicken (which we had leftover from last week and is in the freezer) and add it to the dish. I also already had onion and soy sauce. Red grapes were on sale for $.89 a pound so I grabbed some and they'll have that on the side.
Saturday Lunch: Leftovers

Saturday Dinner: Bangers and Mash and Broccoli. Total for meal: $5.38
Bought a package of brats and the refrigerated/microwavable Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes. We had a package of frozen broccoli leftover, so he can heat that up as well. Super easy!
Sunday Lunch: Leftovers

Sunday Dinner: Bacon Chicken Bake and Asparagus. Total for meal: $7.34
I'll hopefully be back to share this with the fam, cause it sounds delicious. I bought chicken breasts on sale for $1.49 a pound this week and have a ton leftover to use for the next few weeks. 
I'm going to make my own alfredo sauce, omitted the mushrooms cause I don't like them (sorry everyone else in the fam), and will dice and cook some of the chicken I bought on sale. We'll have plenty for Monday lunch leftovers!
Total at the store this week: $59.51

Also bought: 3 boxes of tissues, apple juice, granola, an adorable preschool workbook for Haven, croutons, cereal bars, milk, rice, garlic salt, avocado, ranch dressing, flour, tub of yogurt, kefir, bananas, cantaloupe, and bread. I also got Haven a few things on her list for preschool: disinfecting wipes, gallon ziplock bags, and a box of tissues.

Even though I was over this week, there were a lot of extras, so I'm completely fine with the total!

So that's what we've got going on this week. What about you??



Weekly Meal Plan for 7/30/18

July 30, 2018


I'm taking food to a couple friends this week, but was still able to stay right on budget, thanks to Aldi!

Monday: Homemade Shepard's Pie. Total for meal: $6.23
I'm making extra of this meal and taking some to a friend who recently had surgery.
Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu and Zucchini. Total for meal: $0
We had family movie night Friday night and I just didn't feel like cooking, so we ate Arby's instead. #truelife. Since we didn't eat this dish last week, we'll eat it tonight.
Wednesday: Chicken and Rice Soup and Rolls. Total for meal: $6.30
I'm doubling this and taking it to a friend of mine who recently had a baby. 
Thursday: Pork Chops, Rice, Green Beans. Total for meal: $.38
I'm going with some MOPS friends to the Rachel Hollis "Made for More" documentary and having dinner ahead of time. We had some leftover pork chops from this past week, so Clarence will whip those up with some rice and green beans for him and the kids. 
Friday: One Pan Chicken & Potato w/ Garlic Parmesan Spinach Cream Sauce, Salad. Total for meal: $7.39
Whenever Aldi has chicken thighs on sale for .79 a pound, I grab it! I splurged for the baby potatoes which are more expensive, but I have some leftover heavy cream in the fridge I didn't have to buy, so that evens out, RIGHT??
Saturday Lunch: Out!

Saturday Dinner: Spaghetti, Broccoli, Garlic Biscuits. Total for meal: $4.62

Sunday Lunch: Leftovers

Sunday Dinner: We are going to the local baseball game with some MOPS families so we'll eat there. Nothing like eating out twice in a weekend....😊

Total at the store this week: $49.71

Also bought: a package of chicken nuggets, cereal, bag of frozen hash browns, hot dogs, peas, tub of yogurt, apple juice, bananas, strawberries, bread, and a couple disposable containers for my friends food.

Weekly Meal Plan for 7/23/18

July 23, 2018

We had a great time with family this weekend! I'm one of 5 kids, so when we're all together with our kids, it is loud and crazy and I love every minute :) Can you tell which of the five of us are siblings??


Now that we're back, I guess I have to make sure we have food to eat. Dang it. Here's our meal plan for this week.


Monday: One Pot Beef & Broccoli. Total for meal: $5.88
I have a frozen bag of riced cauliflower I'm going to use for this dish. I'm also splitting the broccoli with Thursday's meal. We subbed ground turkey for beef. This is the first time we've made this meal so we'll see how it is...
Tuesday: Chicken Spinach Bake with Garlic Biscuits. Total for meal: $3.80
I'll use some chicken leftover from last week to bring down the cost of this meal.
3 chicken breasts cooked and cut into pieces
8 oz penne pasta
8 oz chive and onion cream cheese
Frozen spinach (as much as you would like, thawed and drained well)
15 oz can of Italian Style tomatoes (basil, oregano, and garlic, I believe)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Cook noodles and chicken. Mix together, pasta, chicken, spinach, cream cheese, tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Top with cheese and bake for about 30 minutes.
Wednesday: Ham and Bean Soup. Total for meal: $4.32

Thursday: Broccoli, Onion, and Goat Cheese Quiche with Fruit. Total for meal: $4.00
I'm going to need to buy a pie crust because Aldi doesn't carry it except for during holiday season. I got this recipe from my friend Louisa and put it below. She actually sent me a recipe for the crust, but I'm lazy so I'm just going to buy one ;)
1 onion, cut into half rings
Olive oil
5 eggs
About 1/3 of a carton of whipping cream
S and P
About half a head of broccoli cut into small florets
1 4oz/125g package goat cheese 
 To make the filling:
1. Place the oil in a pan and heat gently, add the onions and cook gently until they are browned. This may take about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool
2. In a bowl mix the eggs, cream, S and P
 
To assemble to quiche:
1. Preheat the oven to 400F
2. Roll out the pastry in a 8" quiche pan, taking care to fit all the corners
3. Place the caramelized onions in the bottom, then place the broccoli pieces evenly around, and in between dot large knobs of goat cheese
4. Carefully pour over the egg mixture and sprinkle the top with cheese (if wanted)
5. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until slightly browned and puffy
Friday: Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole and Zucchini. Total for meal: $4.36
Using the last of the chicken from last week to cut down on cost. 
Saturday Lunch: Leftovers
Haven and I are going to a friend's baby shower today, so we'll leave the boys home to eat leftovers for lunch :)
Saturday Dinner: Garlic Herb Pork Chops, Wild Rice, Edamame. Total for meal: $5.61
Just bought the pork chops and pack of wild rice. I already had edamame in the freezer. 
Sunday Lunch: Leftovers

Sunday Dinner: Out

Total at the store this week: $50.50

Also bought: Fruit pouches, 6 yogurts, Kefir, eggs, strawberries, peaches, juice bowls, raisins, mac and cheese, bananas, bread.

Weekly Meal Plan for 7/16/18

July 16, 2018

This is a short week for us because we'll be spending time with my entire side of the family for the weekend, but here's what we have for the days we'll be home. Three meals for a little over $6. Boom!


Monday: 20 Minutes Skillet Chicken and Spinach Parmesan, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Veggies. Total for meal:  $2.50
This is called "use what is in the fridge/cabinets". I had a little bit of mozzarella, spaghetti sauce, and spinach, so just bought chicken for the main dish. I bought a family package for $5.70 and used part for this meal, part for tomorrow, and will have more for next week. I also had three potatoes I used to make mashed potatoes and finished off the mixed veggies from last week.
Tuesday: One-Pan Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice, Fruit, Crescent Rolls. Total for meal:  $3.50
Bought broccoli and chicken, everything else I had on hand. 
Wednesday: Date Night! Grilled Cheese, Pretzels, and Fruit for the kids. Total for meal: $.20 for the amount of bread I'll use.

We leave Thursday to spend time with family and will come back Sunday. We'll help with meals and also eat out some, so a smaller total at the store is great!

Total this week: $25.73

Also bought: apple juice, 2 kefirs, tub of yogurt, strawberries, milk, avocado, bananas, bag of apples, edamame, goldfish

Weekly Meal Plan for 7/9/18

July 09, 2018

So, something amazing happened to me recently that never happens...I won a contest! A local organization Your Milk Shoppe was giving away a weekend in a cabin at a local lake and I won!! Our good friends, Chris and Louisa, from our small group are going to stay with our kids this weekend while Clarence and I get to go spend time together at the cabin. I am so excited!! And so thankful for our friends who our kids love! So our meals do not include whatever food Clarence and I need to take for the weekend. We will try to spend as little as possible though.

I'm shopping through Walmart Grocery Pickup this week because a friend of mine used my code for $10 off her order, which also gave me $10 off of mine. Here is that code in case anyone else wants to use it for their first order.

I'm still getting a handful of things from Aldi.

Here's what we've got going on:


Monday: Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Asparagus. Total for meal: $0
We had some leftover hamburger buns from our cookout we need to quickly use and Clarence's friend gave him a can of chili, so we're gonna make it a meal. We have french fries in the freezer and asparagus we didn't make for dinner Saturday that we'll also use.
Tuesday: Sausage Spinach Rice Bowl, Watermelon. Total for meal: $1.54
I'm going to split a pound of turkey breakfast sausage for this meal and a breakfast meal I'm doing this week (I'll post below). I'll add more spinach and more rice so it will feed all of us. I only had to buy sausage and spinach for this meal. We had everything else.
Doesn't this sound delicious? I'm going to throw some green beans in there too for a full meal. I'm also doubling this to take to a friend of mine who recently had a baby so that total is for both of us. I bought chicken drumsticks for .69 a pound at Aldi. It was only $3 for enough chicken to feed two families!
Thursday: Tex Mex Taco Pie, Mixed veggies. Total for meal: $7.51
Not the healthiest of meals or the cheapest, but I was trying to find a way to use the rest of the tortillas I bought for a breakfast meal and this sounded interesting. I couldn't find the jalepeno cream cheese, so I got regular.
Friday: Ravioli, Broccoli, Garlic Bread. Total for meal: $2.84
Clarence and I will leave before dinner, but we have ravioli I bought last week along with spaghetti sauce in the fridge. I bought some steamable broccoli and garlic bread to round out this easy meal.
Saturday Lunch: Frozen Pizzas and Salad. Total for meal: $6.06
Another easy meal. We didn't eat the pizza I bought last week because I forgot about a baby shower we were going to. They can eat it today and I bought one more and a salad.
Saturday Dinner: Chicken Zucchini Casserole over Rice. Total for meal: $8.50
This sounds really yummy and I'm sad I don't get any. I'll have to get an update on how it is and eat it again sometime soon when Clarence and I can eat it too. I just had to buy chicken, pesto, and zucchini. I had everything else. 
Sunday Lunch: Grilled Cheese, Veggies Straws, Fruit. Total for meal: $1.00 for bread
Another easy meal so our sweet friends don't hate us :) We might be back, but planned something easy just in case we're not. 
Sunday Dinner: Small Group Leaders Meeting (dinner provided)

Here are the few new breakfast meals we're trying in an effort to be better about eating breakfast daily!

Tex-Mex Egg and Sausage Tacos
1/2 lb lean ground turkey breakfast sausage4 large eggs1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp pepper8 corn tortillas1/2 cup refrigerated salsa 
Cook sausage in a nonstick skillet overmedium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes or untilbrowned and crumbly. Drain; return to pan.Whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper. Add eggmixture to sausage. Reduce heat to medium;cook, without stirring, until mixture begins to seton bottom. Cook, stirring constantly, until eggsare thickened and set. Meanwhile, warmtortillas according to package directions. Serveegg mixture in tortillas with salsa.

Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Smoothies 
4 large bananas, cut in half
⅓ cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp unsweetened baking cocoa
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1 (5.3-oz) carton fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups crushed or cubed ice 
Process all ingredients in a blender until
smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Pour
into 4 glasses.

Total at the store this week: $61.68

Also bought: 2 boxes of fruit pouches, spreadable butter, muffins, kefir, mac & cheese, puffs, paper towels, strawberries, olive oil, bananas, grapes, 2 small yogurts, 1 tub of yogurt, granola, sliced cheese, salsa, eggs.

Weekly Meal Plan for 7/2/18

July 02, 2018

Let's get right to it! Here is our meal plan for this week:



Monday: Beef Stroganoff and Green Beans. Total for meal: $0
Yes, this was supposed to be eaten last week, but Clarence has an inability to follow a meal plan when I am not here, so it didn't get fixed. 😂 No worries, we'll have it tonight! 
Tuesday: Creamy Parmesan Garlic Chicken, Rice, Roasted Broccoli. Total for meal:  $4.72

Wednesday: Cookout! Total for meal: $9.90
We are having friends over for a cookout. Everyone is bringing their own meat and we're providing the buns, toppings, plates, drinks, and a few sides because I couldn't help myself! I bought a watermelon and some corn to grill.
Thursday: Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Soup and Tortilla Chips. Total for meal: $4.18

Friday: French Toast, Bacon, Fruit. Total for meal: $3.34

Saturday Lunch: Frozen Pizza. Total for meal: $2.69

Saturday Dinner: Bacon Carbonara and Asparagus. Total for meal: $3.94
Clarence doesn't really follow a recipe when he makes this but this one sounds good. He also uses heavy whipping cream and adds peas. 
Sunday Lunch: Leftovers

Sunday Dinner: Small Group Leaders Meeting (dinner provided)

Total at the store this week: $59.61

Also bought: 2 packages of fruit bowls, kefir, parsley, cinnamon, paprika, diapers, 4 individual yogurts, tub of yogurt, fruit pouches, apple juice, milk, string cheese, 2 packages of ravioli, Strawberries, Bananas, veggie straws.

Weekly Meal Plan for 6/25/18

June 25, 2018

So, this week I increased the budget a little bit. I've been trying to be better about the breakfast we eat. The kids and I are notoriously bad about eating a good breakfast. I'm sure they follow after me, but neither seems to have a big appetite in the morning (though Abel is starting to change). I bought 3 months of the eMeals breakfast meal plan and we are trying a few of the recipes this week. I didn't go crazy because otherwise that would affect our budget even more. I'll share the breakfast recipes at the end of the post.


Monday: Burrito Bowls. Total for meal: $3.00
We actually make this a vegetarian meal and cut out the chicken. There are enough flavors that it's still a really good dish! I already had onion, and spices.
Tuesday: Pasta in a Bag. Total for meal: $0
This just keeps appearing every week on the meal plan haha. We're actually going to use it this week! Clarence and I have a date night tonight, so I'll make this for the kids to eat. 
Wednesday: Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potato/Brussel Sprouts. Total for meal: $9.19
We are having a couple friends over for dinner tonight, so I grabbed a rotisserie chicken to cook in the crock pot. This is more cost-effective when there is a better sale and you can use leftover chicken for other meals, but not bad to feed four adults and two kids! Also, we tried this side dish when my parents were here a few weeks ago and it was so good; you've got to try it!
Thursday: Meatball Bombs and Frozen Veggies. Total for meal: $5.39
I bought a pound of grass fed ground beef and will use half to make meatballs for this dish, and half for Sunday night. We were going to eat broccoli with it, but Aldi was out so we bought a pack of asian blend veggies instead.
Friday: Church event. Free!
I am actually headed out of town for the weekend to attend a technology-free weekend at a lake nearby, headed by A-GAP. I'm looking forward to a free weekend to disconnect and spend some time with God and other women! Clarence will be with the kids for the weekend and our church is hosting a hangout at a local park, so he's taking them to that. 
Saturday Lunch: Out
Not my problem, I'm gone. Muahahahaha! Actually, Clarence offered to just figure out lunch with them.
Saturday Dinner: Sausage, Spinach, and Sweet Potato Skillet. Total for meal: $6.88
I actually just noticed the chicken sausage was apparently mislabeled, so I might take that back and get a less expensive sausage for them. 
This meal was on the breakfast emeals plan, but sounded good and perfectly suitable for a dinner.
12 oz pkg fully cooked chicken sausage links, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
10 oz pkg frozen diced sweet potatoes (we will use real and cook them first for longer)
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
5 oz pkg baby spinach  
Cook sausage in 1/2 Tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 4-6 minutes or until browned. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Add 1/2 Tbsp oil to skillet. Add potatoes, onion, thyme, salt, and pepper; cook 8-10 minutes or until tender. Stir in sausage and spinach. Cook 1-2 minutes or until spinach is wilted and sausage is thoroughly heated.

Sunday Lunch: Leftovers

Sunday Dinner: Beef Stroganoff and Green Beans. Total for meal: $6.28

Total at the store this week: $74.13

Also bought, Eggs, tub of yogurt, pack of diapers, 4 individual yogurts, honey, riced cauliflower, sliced almonds, two boxes of fruit pouches, apple juice, 2 avocados, 2 kefirs, raisins, ranch dressing, milk, canned fruit cocktail (a Haven request...), chicken bouillon, bag of peaches, bread, lunch meat, blueberries

Here are the breakfast recipes we're trying this week:

Blueberry-Peach-Oat Smoothies

1 cup old-fashioned oats
2 cups 1% low-fat milk
2 peaches, cored and chopped
1 (4.4-oz) pkg blueberries
1 1/4 cups fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp turbinado sugar (omitting this)
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup crushed ice (or use cubed)

Combine oats and milk in a bowl; let stand 10
minutes. Process oat mixture, peaches,
blueberries, yogurt, sugar, and cinnamon in a
blender until smooth, scraping sides as needed.
Add ice; cover and pulse until smooth. Pour into
4 glasses.

Fresh Blueberry Parfaits with Coconut-Almond Granola

2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 cup old-fashioned oats
3 Tbsp unsweetened flaked coconut
2 cups fat-free vanilla Greek yogurt
1 (4.4-oz) pkg blueberries

Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk together
syrup, oil, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt in a large
bowl. Stir in almonds and oats. Spread in a
single layer on a parchment paper-lined rimmed
baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until lightly
browned, stirring after 10 minutes. Add coconut
to pan; bake 5 minutes. Cool. Layer . cup
yogurt, 2 Tbsp blueberries, and 2 Tbsp granola
in each of 4 glasses. Repeat layers once.
Note: You can make the granola ahead, cool
completely, and store in an airtight container up
to 5 days.

Broiled Peaches with Walnut Crumble and Honey-Vanilla Yogurt

1 1/2 cups fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnut halves
1 Tbsp butter, divided
⅛ tsp kosher salt
4 peaches, halved and pitted

Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together yogurt,
honey, and vanilla in a bowl. Process nuts, 2
tsp butter, and salt in a food processor until
finely chopped. Spread on a rimmed baking
sheet. Bake 6 to 10 minutes or until toasted.
Remove from oven. Increase oven temperature
to broil. Place peaches, cut sides down, on a
broiler rack or baking sheet greased with 1 tsp
butter. Broil 3 minutes; flip and broil 1 minute.
Sprinkle peaches with toasted nuts. Serve with
Honey-Vanilla Yogurt.
Note: Make walnut crumble ahead of time;
store in an airtight container until ready to
serve.

 

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