Below is our meal plan for this week. It will feed 2 adults, 1 child, and an occasional guest or relative here and there. This week is a little more expensive than usual. However, the suppers that I’ve planned are also a lot bigger than I normally make. We might end up eating leftovers a few times and not actually cooking some of the meals that I have planned.
Most weeks it works that way. We’ll either nix a meal for another that we get a hankering for, or we might decide to go out to eat with a great coupon or deal that we have. Having the meals planned and ready to go, though, keeps me from getting way off track with our budget.
Note—when estimating the cost of the meal I add the cost to the initial serving. Any leftovers are then priced at $0. Dining out pulls from a different part of our family budget and prices are not shown below as a result.
Stir Fry (chicken on sale, organic vegetables from CSA basket we picked up this weekend while a friend was out of town, some veg free from the garden) $12
Rice (free after coupon and sale) $0
Approximate cost $12 (LOTS of leftovers)
Depending on how the day works, we’ll either have leftovers or:
Salad with goat cheese and eggs (salad and some of the veg from farmers market, cheese from farmers market)
Approximate cost $0-$8.50
Grilled eggplant (from the farmers market) $2.50
Grilled okra (my cousin’s recipe, okra from the garden) $0
Grilled squash (free from the garden) $0
Braised cabbage 50cts
Beans and leftover rice (beans were free from my uncle) $0
Approximate cost $3
I’ll be helping with the children’s program at church tonight. We’re probably going to make pinwheel sandwiches, veggies and dip, and apples. We have a birthday to celebrate so there will also be cupcakes.
Approximate cost $0
Tonight will be a busy night, so we’re keeping it easy:
Macaroni and cheese (Free after coupon)
Carrot sticks, cucumbers, and apple slices $2
Approximate cost $2
Homemade soup (organic chicken marked down and coupon, most of the veg from the garden)
There will be plenty for the freezer, lunches, and other meals
Approximate cost $6
Sausage dressing (leftover broth, sausage bought on sale with coupon, cornbread free with coupon, most other veg from the garden) $4
I’ve been promising one of my husband’s coworkers that I would right down this recipe. Because I so often cook by adding a little of this and a little of that, I have to jot down notes while cooking in order to share a recipe. ;)
Leftover veggies as side dishes
Approximate cost $4