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.


Memorial Day BBQ

Steak Kabobs

Garden Salad

Potato Salad


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.



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.  ~~~~~


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.



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.



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.



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.




Approximate cost--$0

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


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