Mr. B and I sit down every other week and meal plan. If we didn’t meal plan, we would fall apart at the grocery store. We would probably spend twice what we could afford and then go out to eat anyways. I have no idea how people live without a meal plan. Sometimes, we won’t eat everything that is in our meal plan. We get lazy and will eat ramen or cans of soup with grilled cheese or we’ll make pancakes. Or we’ll be so easy that we end up eating pretzels and fruit for dinner (hey, don’t judge!). Anyways, we try to eat everything on our menu, though we’ll often rearrange things throughout the week depending on our mood.
So, how do we plan? First, we run through a brief overview of food we have left in the pantry, fridge, and freezer that we need to use. This could be a mental overview or we might actually go and look. This week, we had leftover ham, so, you’ll see that in the menu. Then we look over the Smith’s ad and see if there are any good sales. Cauliflower and steak are both on sale and you’ll see them in the menu (for a lovely Valentine’s dinner). Then we set date night dates for once a week (we are not having one the first week because we are going to my niece’s blessing that weekend and so, we’ll be spending lots of money on that). Then we set 2 days of vegetarian meals each week (to save money on the price of meat and to remind us we don’t need meat everyday). Then we fill in the rest of the week!
It takes us a couple of hours but, that’s usually because we get distracted and I am a picky eater and say no to everything (She really does. She never lets me have anything good! – Mr B).
So, here is our meal plan:
Saturday – Fried Perogies p. 132 – 133 (Half Recipe, add half cup of diced green onion) serve with fried spam
Sunday – Steak and Roasted Cauliflower (Mr. B makes the Steaks, he gets to do whatever he wants)
Monday – Cheese Quesadillas w/ Sour Cream (Vegetarian)
Tuesday- One Skillet Chicken with Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce and Shell Pasta (sub heavy cream for milk and butter)
Wednesday – Potato Soup *Vegetarian
Thursday – Basic Baked Chicken Breast and Orzo
Friday – Chicken Cordon Bleu Pockets *Uses ham
Saturday – With the Family
Sunday – With the Family or On the Road
Monday – Black Bean/Beef Hamburgers and frozen french fries
Tuesday – Tacos
Wednesday – Grilled Cheese and Soup *Vegetarian
Thursday- Movie Night – DEADPOOL – dinner is popcorn (yeah, healthy, I know)
Friday – Broccoli, Rice, and Cheese (This recipe is exactly as it sounds and it is one of our favorites) *Vegetarian
There you have it! We are hoping we’ll spend under $100 for these two weeks of groceries. Let’s see if we do it!
Photo Credit: Seattle Municipal Archives