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.
 

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