April 11, 2011

Meal Planning, Week of 4/11

Wow!  I guess I’m getting old because all I can say when I look at the date is, “I can’t believe it is already____” (fill in the blank for the month).  I can’t believe that Easter is almost here and this week I’ll be planting the summer garden.  It seems like there was so much more I wanted to accomplish by this time in the year.  Better get to work!

Remember that the meals are for a three person family, and we factor the cost of the meal when I first make it.  Leftovers, therefore, will say $0 beside them.  We usually dine with my dad or other friends or family at least once a week.

Monday

Baked potatoes with all the fixings

Approximate cost--$2

Ways I saved on this meal—Why is it that Mondays are so busy?  Mondays are still one of my favorite days of the week and give me the feeling of a fresh start and renewed hope.  At the end of a Monday, though, I often am ready to kick my heels up and relax.  Tonight to honor that desire, I’ll make a simple supper of baked potatoes.  We’ll have some leftover veggies of peas, roasted asparagus, and sautéed spinach to make it a little healthier.

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Tuesday

I’ll make a small pot roast tonight.  I didn’t make it last week.

Approximate cost--$7

Ways I saved on this meal—When I make roast, I sear it on all sides then cook it at the lowest setting possible for a long time, usually around 5 or more hours.  I’ll add potatoes, carrots, and celery to up the nutrients.  The beef was from a pastured, organically grown cow that we bought with friends.  The cost per pound comes out to be around $3.10.  The potatoes were bought in bulk sale.  The carrots were bought when Three Rivers Market was giving an additional 10% off in honor of their 30th birthday.

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Wednesday

Kid Konnection is off today because of TCAP testing, so we’ll enjoy supper at home tonight. 

Leftover Roast

Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese

Dressed salad greens from the garden

Approximate cost--$1

Ways I saved on this meal—The mac and cheese was bought with coupon and sale at Three Rivers Market (TRM) and I bought a case for an additional 10% discount.  I’m guessing we might be ready to start blanching asparagus for the freezer at this point, and if so, I might add a spear of it to a salad of radish, broccoli, beet, spinach, and lettuce greens with pea shoots and green onions.

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Thursday

We’ll go over to my dad’s house for supper and a movie tonight. 

I’ll most likely bring some pasta with asparagus and other veggies from the garden and a little fruit salad.

Approximate cost--$1

Ways I saved on this meal—Dining with family or friends lowers the cost of the meal for everyone.  We usually rotate who hosts.  He came by not long ago and enjoyed quiche at our house, and we’ll stop by and spend some time with him on this occasion.  The pasta was free after Mega Event and coupons at Kroger.  The veggies are free from the garden, and I’ll add a bit of lemon and olive oil as a dressing.  The fruit salad will be a mixture of whatever I pick up at the grocery and what we canned and froze last year.

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Friday

Nosh meal—the most relaxed and simplest of all meals.  Our daughter feels like she’s a princess because she gets so many treats, and I secretly feel like a queen because they are all relatively healthy foods.

Boiled eggs, pepperoni, frozen peas (I know, weird.  Our daughter likes them better than cooked), carrot and celery sticks, fruit

Approximate cost--$2

Ways I saved on this meal—The eggs are from a friend who passed them our way.  The pepperoni were only 50cts a pack after sale and coupon.  The peas were on sale at Kroger last week, and I had a coupon. 

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Saturday

Tuna Fish Salad

Carrot and Celery Sticks

Crackers

Apple Slices

Approximate cost--$4

Ways I saved on this meal—The tuna was bought on sale.  The crackers were part of a Kroger Mega Event, and I had coupons.  This time of the year when the weather is warmer, you’ll see more prepared meals instead of cooked meals on my meal plans.  I don’t want to heat up the kitchen by using the stove or oven, and so when I do, I try to double recipes or make larger portions.  See above for how I use the pot roast for two meal instead of one.  When I boil the eggs that I will use for part of Friday’s meal, I’ll add a few extras to the water for the tuna salad tonight.  For me, it isn’t just about saving the money on the ingredients for the meal, but it is also saving money on how I prepare the meal.

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Sunday

Burgers

Black beans from the freezer

Carrot salad

Approximate cost--$8

Ways I saved on this meal—I’m not sure if we’ll be making lamb burgers or beef burgers today and will let the family decide.  The buns are on sale this week for $1 at Kroger, but sometimes we eat the burgers sans bun.  I thought I’d give a try for carrot salad since I haven’t made it in a very long time and it will be something different.

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