June 13, 2011

Meal Planning, Week of 6/13

I’ve decided to change up my meal planning posts a little bit.  Normally I would post which days I plan to prepare what, but I’ve found that I rarely follow that for every day.  Instead, I’m going to post Meal 1, Meal 2, etc.  I might switch meals around based on how busy our evening is or what leftovers we have on hand.  Sometimes I prepare these meals at my dad’s, sometimes we stay in, sometimes we abandon the plans altogether and enjoy a night out at a restaurant.  Having the plan is key for me, though.  When I don’t make up a meal plan, I find we are much  more likely to dine out and spend more money. 

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.

Meal 1

Mini Patty Melts

Corn

Peas

Dressed salad greens

Leftover red potatoes with dill and a bit of butter

Approximate cost--$5.75

Ways I saved on this meal—Since we are running low on ground beef from the steer we bought early in the year, I picked up a couple of packs of Laura’s Lean Beef with a $1 off coupon for each.  I used one pack ($4.27 after coupon).  I melted a few slices of Sargento Provolone I picked up at Kroger with a sale and coupon.  Since I didn’t have many veggies picked from the garden, I opened a couple of cans of Libby’s veggies I had picked up with a coupon and sale (less than 50cts each).  The salad greens were some from the garden I had cleaned over the weekend, and the Annie’s salad dressing was free at a Mega Event at Kroger after a coupon.  The red potatoes were leftovers that I had bought at the farmers market a couple of weeks ago. 

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Meal 2

Hebrew National Hot Dogs

Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese

Dressed salad greens

Squash from the garden

Approximate cost--$2.50

Ways I saved on this meal—I mentioned the salad greens savings above.  In the next few days I should have some more squash ready to pick from the garden, and I’ll post likely steam it.  Unfortunately a critter has eaten a few of them, probably a rabbit, and I’m hoping they aren’t too greedy with our veggies.  I bought the Hebrew National hot dogs at Kroger last week with a $1/1 coupon that was sent in the mail, making them only $1.50 each.  We will serve them without buns to save money and calories.  The Kraft was some I bought when on sale and I had a $1/1, making it only 99cts each. 

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Meal 3

Chicken and pasta, Philadelphia Cream Sauce

Veggies from the garden mixed in

Approximate cost--$3

Ways I saved on this meal—The organic chicken was some I bought marked down, plus I had a $1.50/1 coupon that sweetened the deal.  I’ll just use a couple of the pieces for this meal, and I’ll boil them in a small pot so that I can save the broth for the freezer when I make the next pot of soup or rice.  The cream sauce was bought at a Mega Event with coupon, and as I remember, it was around 75cts after both discounts.  The pasta was some Ronzoni that was on sale at Kroger for $1, and I had a $1/1 coupon, making it free.  The veggies will most likely be broccoli, kale, carrots, maybe some squash, and herbs.

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Meal 4

Rosemary Chicken (roasting the rest of the package of chicken mentioned above)

Braised Kale from the garden

Baked potatoes

If we’re still hungry I’ll probably make up a smoothie with almond milk, frozen strawberries, and frozen bananas

Approximate cost--$3

Ways I saved on this meal—See above for the savings on the chicken.  The rosemary is free from the garden, and I’ll use some lemon juice and olive oil as a marinade before roasting.  The kale is prime for the picking, and while I wanted to save it for some potato and kale soup, I need to pick it before it bolts.  The potatoes were some I picked up a Kroger, and I need to use the rest of them.  (Now that potatoes are fresh at the farmers market, I almost exclusively buy them there).  I’ll add a little organic butter and salt and pepper on them (butter bought on clearance at Kroger). The almond milk for the smoothie was free after a coupon I received from Silk.  The strawberries were picked at Rutherford’s earlier in the year, and the bananas were given to me by a friend.

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Meal 5

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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Meal 6

Omelet with veggies from the garden

Cheese toast

Dressed salad greens

Approximate cost--$2

Ways I saved on this meal—See above for the savings on the salad greens. I bought Eggland’s Best eggs at Kroger, using a 50ct/1 coupon from the Curves coupon book that a friend gave me.  A friend at church just gave me the hookup for a farmer who I might be able to purchase eggs from in the future at a good price, and I’ll probably start doing that in the next week or so.  The cheese is some more of the Provolone I mentioned above, and the whole wheat bread is some of the Arnold brand that was $2 per loaf at Kroger.  That’s not a great price and didn’t have a coupon, but we needed bread!  If it isn’t too hot when I make this meal, I might whip up a batch of biscuits.  After the cost of butter and the ingredients, the price of the cheese toast and biscuits is about the same.  The veggies will most likely be squash, herbs, and onions from the garden with some of the asparagus and sugar snap peas that I froze earlier in the year.

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Meal 7

Leftovers

Approximate cost--$0

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

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