Below is the meal plan for our family this week. It will feed 3 adults and one child (my dad is still staying at our place). I changed a few meals around last week because I’ve been trying to focus on eating more vegetables and fruits and less meat in the meal plan. I’ll be keeping with that theme this week. This isn’t because I’m against meat—we choose to buy most of our meat from local farmers who raise the animals with as much care and as ethically as possible. It isn’t because meat is all that expensive—we really don’t eat that much to begin with so that we can buy better quality meat when we do. It has more to do with the plethora of fresh ingredients at my fingertips right now. With the rain earlier this week, the increased time I can give to the garden, and the succession plantings starting to fruit, we have a few more vegetables coming from our home garden. I’ve also been buying more at the farmers market and at our church vegetable stand so that I can preserve some for the off season, and having the food in the house is inspiring.
Note—when estimating the cost of the meal I add the cost to the initial serving. Any leftovers are then priced at $0.
Black eyed peas (bought at closeout sale) 65cts
White Rice (bought on sale and with a coupon) $0
Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad (made with blue, red, and Yukon Gold potatoes from the farmers market) $4
Okra and Tomatoes (veggies bought from vegetable cart at church) $2
Cucumbers (free from garden) $0
Red onion slices (free from garden)
Approximate cost $6.65
Eggs and Rice (brown rice and veggies from the garden) $2
If we pick peaches, we’ll have those for dessert--not sure what the price will be yet.
Approximate cost $2-??
Pasta with vegetables from the garden (a friend said that she’s been having the same general meals each week, and I thought I’d give it a try with a weekly pasta night. My pasta always turns out different based on what I have on hand. It usually consists of veggies cooked in olive oil with a dash of lemon juice and some cooking water to thicken the sauce. Then I’ll add whatever kind of cheese we have on hand—feta, cheddar, Parmesan.)
Approximate cost $2 (pasta was free with a coupon, veggies free from the garden, cheese is only expense)
Depending on if the lettuce is in any way still edible, and it probably is, we’ll have BLTs. Otherwise I’ll make Provolone and Tomato Sandwiches which I head under the broiler. (cheese bought on sale with coupon, bread on sale with coupon, tomato and lettuce from the garden) $2
Squash Casserole (veg from the garden) $2
Cowboy Caviar (a vinaigrette dressed black-eyed pea dish—will try to post the recipe later, BEPs are leftovers) 50cts
Approximate cost $2.50
Annie’s macaroni and cheese (I’ll make extra in case we want to serve it with the pizza tomorrow night) $3
Any leftovers that need using
Approximate cost $3
Our daughter will be having a sleepover. We’ll have kid friendly food tonight. We’ll order pizza and have homemade popcorn with a movie.
Approximate cost 75cts (cost of organic popcorn and coconut oil that I use to make it. The pizza will come out of our “entertainment” budget)
We’ll be eating at a friend’s for supper tonight. Depending on if we pick peaches and corn or not, I’ll either bring a peach cobbler, creamed corn, or maybe another dessert.
Approximate cost ??