Yesterday was a busy day, and I didn’t get time to post the meal plans. If you have read on my Facebook page, I’m now procrastinating on cleaning our home office so I thought now would be a perfect time to post them!
NOTE—The meal plan below is for Hubby, me, and our daughter with an occasional guest or family member joining us. I often make enough food to freeze or have for another meal. Because of this, leftovers are counted as $0 on the menu. If we go to a restaurant, it counts in a different part of our family budget. Prices below are before taxes.
Last night Hubby made the meal because I was catching up at work.
Jose Ole Taquitos 49cts
Spanish Rice $0
Sour cream and salsa 50cts
Ways I saved on this meal—The taquitos were super cheap at Kroger last week. I matched a coupon and sale at Kroger for free Spanish rice a couple of months ago. The salsa is from Three Rivers Market. We buy a case a year, and it is made by a local producer. The case discount for share owners helps to make the cost a little cheaper. The natural sour cream was from Kroger last week on sale.
Approximate cost: $1
Italian Sausage $8
Steamed broccoli $0
Leftover Spanish rice $0
Okra and Tomatoes from the freezer $0
Ways I saved on this meal—Notice how I try to offset the cost of a more expensive ingredient with less expensive side dishes? The Italian sausage was made by a local farmer and friend and is well worth the price we paid. The broccoli was free after Birds Eye vegetable coupon at Kroger a few weeks ago. The okra and tomatoes are, I think, the last ones from last year’s garden. How sad! How I’m looking forward to this year’s garden!
Approximate cost: $8
Last week’s Kid Konnection was cancelled due to Knox County Schools being out for the snow. We’ll have the meal this week instead.
Tater Tot Nachos
Ways I saved on this meal—A friend and I will be making supper for the children’s program at church on this night. According to her kids who have raved to me on numerous occasions, she “makes the best nachos in the whole wide world!” I can’t wait to try them out!
Approximate cost: $0 (From church budget)
Snack supper—our daughter’s favorite kind
Boiled eggs 70cts
Veggies and hummus 50cts
Mandarin oranges 33cts
Any leftovers from the fridge that I need to use $0
Peanut butter and graham crackers 50cts
Ways I saved on this meal—I found a great price for TN cage free eggs at Earth Fare a couple of weeks ago. The hummus was free at Kroger a few weeks back and the organic veggies were on sale at Three Rivers Market. The oranges were on sale at Walgreens in November and I stocked up. The organic peanut butter wasn’t cheap, but it was a little less expensive because I bought the Kroger generic version of organic as opposed to name brand. The graham crackers were some that I bought with a coupon and sale at Kroger in October of last year. See how having a stockpile helps?
Approximate cost: $2.03
Pizza from the freezer $2.19
Fruit salad $1
Ways I saved on this meal— I bought the pizza at Kroger last week as part of the Mega Event. The fruit will be a mixture of berries that we picked last summer with a little cream that I sweeten with honey. The cream is one of the many benefits of buying milk from Cruze Dairy Farm. Since their milk isn’t homogenized, the cream rises to the top and can be poured off if you desire.
Approximate cost: $3.19
Sausage Dressing $2.50
Sautéed pears with vanilla ice cream $0
Ways I saved on this meal—Since my cousin had already made a dessert last week, we didn’t use the pears and ice cream last week. I’m sure that my family will be happy to have it tonight instead! The sausage for the dressing was bought on sale at Kroger. All of the veggies except for the celery are from our garden last year and were frozen. If the green onions end up perking up outside, I’ll pull some of those to use as well. The cornbread mix was free after coupon and sale at Kroger. The corn is the last of what I froze last year. I caught a deal at Earth Fare where locally grown corn was 10cts an ear. The peas are some more of the Birds Eye veggies I mentioned above. BTW, I don’t steam these in the microwave. We would rarely use that many peas in one serving. Instead I use half of the bag for one meal and the other half in the future.
Approximate cost: $2.80
I’ll be having what we call “Seed Talk” at my house this afternoon. Some of my closest gardening friends and I sit around, sip tea, eat girlie food, and flip through garden catalogs. We plan what we will be ordering, talk about what did and didn’t work in the garden last year, and enjoy each other’s company. Because we always have tons of leftovers, we’ll probably enjoy those for supper.
What I’ll be making for Seed Talk, others usually bring goodies, too:
Egg and Caper Salad $2.50
5 minute bread Recipe $1
Ways I saved on this meal—I mentioned the deal on the eggs above. I buy the capers in a large jar at World Market—it is the best price I’ve found for these anywhere. The mayo was on sale and I had a coupon and RR deal at Walgreens a few weeks back. The yeast from the bread was on sale, the wheat I buy in bulk and mill myself. The cookies are probably the most expensive per unit because of the butter, but I did catch a good deal on organic at Kroger last week. I bought the organic tomatoes for the soup during Three Rivers Market’s last sale ad. I had coupons for 50cts/2, and since I bought a case, I received an additional 10% off. The broth for the soup is homemade from leftover turkey carcass. The cream will be poured off of the milk from Cruze Farm, as I mentioned above.
Approximate cost: $8.50
I guess this means that it is time to clean the office, huh?