Meals for the Week (or More)
Hot on the heels of yesterdays post, these are my Meals for the Week (or More). As I clean out my food areas, I do some “spring cleaning.” This is where I make my spice mixes, if I am running low. I make “cream of” soup mixes (mushroom, chicken, etc). Also, I make packet mixes. This can be Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Spaghetti, Chili, Taco, Fajita, Stir-fry, Ranch, or Italian mix. I store all of these either in baggies or small mason jar.
More Upon More
Combining condiment jars is always fun (enter sarcasm) because my kids cannot seem to see an already open thing of ketchup. So irritating. I fill up the cereal canister, the snack cracker canister (we occasionally have mice so I try to keep things in airtight areas). When I do this, I also make my grocery list. This method just works for me.
I cook 5 nights a week, most weeks. Sundays, I do not cook and Thursdays my husband makes me pizza. The rest of the time is me cooking. Occasionally, my husband and son in law will grill, make steaks, or chicken strips. Let me tell you, I do not complain. So for the next week or so, this is what I have already on hand when checking my food areas.
Thursday (writing this on the 21st): Pizza
Friday: Hamburgers/hotdogs/fries (it is treatment day for Hunter, so I don’t cook)
Saturday: My son in law is making his chicken strips and we will probably have leftover vegetables and mashed potatoes
Sunday: I don’t cook
Monday: The men are grilling out.
Tuesday: Brunzi Baseball Casserole, corn, green bean Casserole
Wednesday: Chicken Alfredo Soup and Minestrone
Friday: Baked Spaghetti and french bread
Saturday: Tenderloin, mac and cheese, Italian potatoes, and Lima beans
Sunday: I don’t cook
Monday: Parmesan Crusted Round Steak, baked potatoes, green beans, corn
Tuesday: Martha’s Tacos and probably Shiro Wot
Wednesday: Baked Penne with spinach, bread, and salad
Friday: Freezer meal, broccoli casserole, corn pudding, green beans
Saturday: White Chicken Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup
I will need very few things to complete these meals, so in reality, I’m saving money by not going to the grocery store! This makes me so happy because that “extra” money can be spent stockpiling on something or house repairs…which we need many.
I challenge you to cook with what you have! Limit your grocery budget to $100 or less per week. Save the leftover money and then either put it in the bank, use it to had to a debt to help reduce that bill, or do repairs. You can do it!