May 23, 2011

Meal Planning, Week of 5/23

As many of you know, last week we were at Disney World.  After a little more than a week of almost entirely restaurant food, we are happy to be back home to our dinner table.  While the food was fantastic, it wasn’t great for my waistline!  I also noticed that our daughter had a lot more sugar and a lot less fruits and veggies.  It was vacation, and we very much enjoyed it but this week will have healthier fare on our supper plates.

This meal plan is for a family of 3.  We often have at least one friend or family member over to share a meal with us during the week.  Since I factor the cost of the meal when I first prepare it, leftovers will be marked as $0.  When we dine out, it comes from a different part of the family budget and those expenses will also show $0.


BBQ Pork Chops at PawPaw’s

Garden Salad

Approximate cost--$0

Ways I saved on this meal—My dad is looking forward to hearing all about our trip and has made us some BBQ pork chops for supper.  I just picked a large salad from the garden with spinach, broccoli, Romaine, Butterhead, the first of the snap peas, the first of the carrots, tons of radishes, chive flowers and green onions.  Since the salad is from the garden, it is free.  Since my dad made the pork chops, there is no OOP for this meal for us.



Pasta with veggies—Kraft Cooking Sauce mixed in

Leftover salad

Approximate cost--$0

Ways I saved on this meal—The pasta is Ronzoni that was free after Mega Event and coupon at Kroger.  The veggies are free from the garden.  The Kraft Cooking Sauce was free with the Kraft First Taste program coupon I received in the mail.  I made up a lot of salad today and suspect that there will be plenty for leftovers on Tuesday.



Veggie Stir Fry

Brown Rice

Sauce—soy sauce, ginger, sesame seeds, and molasses

Approximate cost--$1

Ways I saved on this meal—If I make it to the store, I might pick up some meat for this stir fry, but most likely I’ll just use veggies.  We have bok choy that is quickly bolting, and I’m hoping I can salvage some of it.  I’ll pick the first of the Chinese cabbages and maybe some of the smaller green cabbages.  I’ll add in the last of the garlic scapes, some broccoli, snap peas, green onions, frozen bell peppers from last year’s garden, and some frozen asparagus from this year’s garden.  The organic brown rice was bought in bulk at Three Rivers Market when it was last on sale.  The soy sauce was free after coupons.  The organic ginger and sesame seeds were bought through Frontier when on sale.  I’ll add a bit of molasses to the sauce to add a punch of sweetness, and it was bought from a local farmer.



Pot Roast at my dad’s

Approximate cost--$8

Ways I saved on this meal—I’ll bring some pot roast over to my dad’s place for tonight’s supper.  We went in with friends on a buy of 1/8 of a pastured steer earlier in the year, and the approx price per pound is $3.10.  I’ll add whatever new potatoes and carrots I can dig from the garden with some of our onions.  While I didn’t plant any potatoes this year, these were some volunteers I had come up.  We’ll most likely add some radishes, snap peas, and pickled beets to the side as a snack.




Approximate cost--$0

Ways I saved on this meal—Cook once, eat twice!



Lamb Burgers on the grill

Veggies from the farmers market

Approximate cost--$8-$10, depending on the veggies

Ways I saved on this meal—We have a little more lamb left from the half of a lamb we purchased from a local farmer with a friend last fall.  I’m in the mood for grill food, and this should hit the spot.  If we make it to the farmers market, which I hope we do.  I’ll pick up some veggies to add to the side and supplement with what is in the garden



Grilled Chicken on top of salad

Approximate cost--$5

Ways I saved on this meal—I’ll grill some chicken with a simple marinade of olive oil and lemon juice.  I’ll add it to a salad with eggs, cheese from the farmers market, and dried cranberries (bought on sale in bulk at Three Rivers Market a couple of weeks ago).


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