May 30, 2011

Meal Planning, Week of 5/30

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.

Monday

Memorial Day BBQ

Steak Kabobs

Garden Salad

Potato Salad

Relishes

Approximate cost--$8

Ways I saved on this meal—The steak is some that we have from the 1/8 of a pastured steer we bought earlier in the year.  The salad is free from the garden, and I’ll dress it with some of the Annie’s dressing that I bought for free after coupon and Mega Event.  The relishes were ones that I canned and a few that other gave us.  The potato salad will have potatoes, eggs, pimento, celery, green onions, dill, mayo, and a bit of mustard in it.  I might add a bit of the green bell pepper from last year’s garden that I froze, too.  The eggs were free from a friend, the onions and dill are free from the garden.  Mustard, mayo, pimento and potatoes were all bought on sale.  If I get inspired, I might make up some deviled eggs, too.

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Tuesday

Leftovers steak in a salad with boiled eggs and extra cheese

Toast points

Approximate cost--$1

Ways I saved on this meal—When I buy bread, I buy whole wheat. My price point for a loaf is no more than $1.99, and I try to keep it around $1 with coupons or by purchasing at a Merita bread outlet.  When I find a good deal, I buy extra and freeze it.  Bread in the fridge becomes stale, but in the freezer it does just fine.  ~~~~~

Wednesday

Roasted chicken

Braised cabbage

Roasted herbed potatoes

Sugar snap peas

Approximate cost--$5.50

Ways I saved on this meal—When I went to Kroger last week, I found some marked down organic chicken and put it in the freezer.  I’ll roast the potatoes at the same time as the chicken so that I don’t waste the heat that the oven is generating.  The cabbage, herbs and sugar snap peas are free from the garden.

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Thursday

Leftover chicken shredded and added to pasta with veggies from the garden

Approximate cost--$0.50

Ways I saved on this meal—The only expense will be the small amount of olive oil and lemon juice that I’ll use to make a sauce for the pasta.  The pasta is some Ronzoni that was free after coupon and Mega Event at Kroger.

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Friday

Pizza from the freezer

Approximate cost--$2.49

Ways I saved on this meal—At a recent Mega Event at Kroger, I stocked up on Freshetta pizzas and had a coupon that made them a great price.  I’ll probably add a little salad or fruit to the side to make this meal a little healthier.  Bonus—this meal is a cinch for Hubby to pop in the oven and has very little clean up.  It isn’t as good as homemade, but every so often I really like a break away from the kitchen and frozen pizzas come to the rescue.

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Saturday

One Skillet Dinner 

Veggies from the garden

Approximate cost--$6

Ways I saved on this meal—The beef is some of the steer that we purchased with friends from a local farmer.  The other ingredients for the one skillet dinner were all bought on sale.  I’ll use whatever veggies we have in the garden as side dishes.

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Sunday

Leftovers

Approximate cost--$0

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

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