Monday, August 29, 2011

meal plan monday

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I’ve decided to do a new feature on the blog called “Meal Plan Mondays”. I know this is a hair blog, but I really think this feature can be helpful to mom’s and non-moms alike. So with that, here’s our first feature of Meal Plan Monday!




I typically spend $80-120 for food every 2 weeks for my family of 4. Anytime I spend $120 is a splurge and that happens pretty rarely. I love to coupon but sometimes it’s not worth it to spend $1.50 per newspaper on Sunday and it not have many coupons in it and not all stores will take internet coupons. So, more times than not, I’m coupon free. Meal planning and shopping sale items is my number 1 way of keeping the cost down. For this week we have the following as dinner meals for the following next 2 weeks:


·         Spaghetti and peas and carrots
·         Steak fajitas with slaw and corn
·         Baked chicken, rice and roasted broccoli
·         Mini meatloaves, mashed potatoes, and mixed veggies
·         Oven fried nuggets, fries, and mixed veggies
·         Grilled bbq chicken quesadillas and corn on the cob
·         Steak, rice and roasted broccoli

Each day we’ll pick a meal out of the list for 2 weeks.

Our grocery list looked like this:

·         Steak x2 (I buy breakfast steak, beat it w/ a meat tenderizer and cut it into strips) (5.00 each 3 steak pk)
·         Ground chuck (3.99 lb Quality Foods)
·         Bag slaw (1.79 @ Bi-Lo)
·         Corn and corn on the cob (.98/1.98 great value)
·         Chicken x2 (I typically buy strips and cut it into chunks) (1.99 lb Quality Foods)
·         Broccoli (2.79 2lb bag Quality Foods)
·         Sweet potatoes (.69 lb @ Quality Foods)
·         Potatoes (3.99 5lb bag @ Bi-Lo)
·         Bbq sauce x2 (.99 Bi-Lo brand)
·         Tuna x12(.60 chunk light/1.08 solid white great value)
·         Crackers (1.78 great value)
·         Sandwich meat (4.89 1lb Oscar Myer @ Bi-Lo)
·         Chips (B1G1 @ Bi-Lo 4.29)
·         Grapes (1.29 lb @ Bi-Lo)
·         Fruit snacks (1.79 Bi-Lo brand Curious George)
·         Spaghetti-os x2 (.99 @ Bi-Lo)
·         Chicken bouillon cubes (.75 *Hispanic section* @ Wal-Mart)
·          Garlic powder x2 (.70 @ Wal-Mart)
·         Eggs (3.89 18 count great value)
·         Bacon x2  (3.69 Smithfield @ Wal-Mart)
·         Milk (2.79 almond breeze @ Wal-Mart)
·         Cereal x3(1.00 a box Bi-Lo brand)
·         Peppers x3/onions (.89/1.99 a bag)
·         Ketchup (1.50 great value)
·         Brown sugar (1.44 great value)
·         Sliced cheese (2.99 kraft @ Wal-Mart)
·         Bread x4 (1.00 loaf great value)
·       Grand Total : 106.63
*we don’t have to buy ketchup, brown sugar, chicken bouillon or onions the next trip*

Now yes, I did shop at 3 different stores, but i have to pass all 3 of these stores to get home so it's still cost effective. You can still get these same savings by knowing your stores. Also, Wal-Mart will price match if you have the ad to show them.


Once again, let me state, this is the entire family’s food for 2 entire weeks *most times we have enough to last 2 ½ weeks* and this is how we do it:

-Breakfast is bacon & eggs, bacon, egg & cheese sandwiches, bacon & cheese sandwiches, or cereal & milk
-Lunch is tuna & crackers for dad, tuna sandwiches for me, meat sandwiches for all, A takes either grapes or gummy snacks with chips and water in her lunchbox *me and dad alternate our tuna every other day to save on the cost*
For dinner I generally use 1lb of ground chuck, 6-7 chicken tenders, or 10 oz of steak, it doesn’t seem like a lot, but when paired with other food items it make for a filling dinner for the whole fam. Trust me, we don’t starve!


Now, onto the recipes!

·         Spaghetti with peas & carrots (I already had noodles, meat sauce, and the veggies at home)
o   Cook 1lb ground chuck seasoned to taste with garlic powder, basil, oregano, and rosemary.
o   Add in diced peppers & onions
o   Add to boiled noodles
o   Steam peas & carrots
§  Dinner is served in less than 15 minutes!

·         Steak fajitas w/slaw, corn & rice (I already had salsa, tortillas and rice at home)
o   Cook 10 oz steak with peppers & onions  in cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and red pepper flakes to taste
o   Cook 1 cup of rice with 1 chicken bouillon cube, when done add a little salsa
o   Steam corn and warm tortillas
o   Top your steak fajitas with salsa and a little slaw with corn and rice on the side
§  Dinner is served in 20 minutes!

·         Baked chicken, rice and roasted broccoli (I already had coconut oil)
o   Place around 6 tenders seasoned with salt, pepper, and bbq sauce in oven at 375 for 25 minutes or until done
o   Cook 1 ½ cups rice in 1 chicken bouillon cube and serve with butter
o   Unthaw broccoli in a bowl sitting in cold water. *I eye how much broccoli I need and melt enough coconut oil to cover them completely* After tossing with coconut oil, season with salt & pepper and roast in oven at 400 for 30 minutes
§  Dinner is served in 30 minutes!

·         Mini meatloaves , mashed potatoes, and mixed veggies
o   Preheat oven to 400 and grease muffin tin
o   Place 1 lb ground chuck, 1 piece of bread (toasted and ground into bread crumbs), 1 egg, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder to taste in a large bowl and mix thoroughly
o   Roll enough of the mixture to make a large meatball to fin into each hole of the muffin tin
o   Mix a few tablespoons of brown sugar and ketchup to make a sauce and cover the tops of each and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until no longer pink in the center
o   Boil potatoes and mash with a little milk, garlic powder, butter and cheese if desired
o   Steam veggies with salt and pepper
§  Dinner is served in about 40 minutes!

·         Oven fried nuggets, fries, and mixed veggies (I already had flour at home)
o   Season chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and a little garlic and onion powder and dip into a bowl of milk, then into a bowl of flour. Place nuggets on a greased or foil line baking sheet and bake at 425 for 25 minutes or until no longer pink
o   Chop potatoes in matchsticks and toss with coconut oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, bake for 25 minutes or so while chicken is baking
o   Steam veggies with salt and pepper
§  Dinner is served in about 30 minutes!

·         Grilled bbq chicken quesadillas and corn on the cob (I already had sharp cheese & tortillas)
o   Season chicken chunks with cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper, and bbq sauce and grill on George Foreman until done
o   Put enough chicken and cheese on top of a tortilla to cover and add another tortilla on top and heat until cheese is melted (slice into quarters, make enough until chicken is gone)
o   Steam corn on the cob with salt and pepper
o   Serve corn with butter and quesadillas with salsa
§  Dinner is served in about 20 minutes!

·         Steak, rice, and roasted broccoli
o   Put about a tablespoon of coconut oil into a pan and sauté 10 oz steak until outside is browned. While it’s cooking add whatever seasonings for taste. Add bbq sauce to cover and about ¼ cup of water  and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until meat is done and sauce is thickened
o   Cook rice and serve with butter
o   Unthaw broccoli in a bowl sitting in cold water. *I eye how much broccoli I need and melt enough coconut oil to cover them completely* After tossing with coconut oil, season with salt & pepper and roast in oven at 400 for 30 minutes
o   Serve the steak over the buttered rice with broccoli on the side
§  Dinner is served in about 30 minutes!




and last but not least, a picture of my dinner last night to show you that i had plenty to eat. dad had more chicken and a lil more rice on his plate, each kid had about a serving spoon of each as well





8 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful tips. I am going to try and use them in my own life. I am bad about not planning meals beforehand. I am sure that this will help me tremendously. Great Post!!!!

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  2. what? 120 for 2 weeks? I spend 150 a week on groceries. thats a lot of food for 60 bucks! kudos to you!

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  3. oooh i love this new feature!! I am the worst meal planner...ever. Thanks for this!!

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  4. WOW! I wish i had 3 stores near me. I love this new feature and I can take advantage of some of the deals above, so im excited!

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  5. Umm, you literally just answered my prayers with this post, lol! Gonna try some of this! Dunno what yet, but I'm tryin' something!!

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  6. I copied this post to Word and an going to use it! THANK YOU!!!!

    btw, I love the new look :D
    ~Karli

    www.curlyhairdoideas.com

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  7. I love the New Look and this post was great!

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