It started with a list. It always does. That dreaded grocery list. What am I going to make for dinner for the next 2 weeks. I was sitting in my van outside of Sam's club, because I had to pick up toilet paper (we never seem to have enough of that in this house), and I thought while I'm here I could pick up a few groceries. So I pulled out my pad of paper and just stared at it. But then I remembered this post and I got excited. You know it's been a LOOOONNNGG cold winter when I get excited about getting groceries. I hate that errand. Kinda of like drying dishes. Just. Don't. Like. It.
So, once again I thought I'd challenge myself and see if I could spend just $100 and make it last for two weeks (or the closest I could get until next payday) for meals. Our bi-weekly grocery budget is $300 but I am trying to tighten that up and see if I can be under that each week. So here we go...
You see from my reciept I got a few items not tallied in my meal planning. The afrementioned TP and a few other extras.
The total from menu planning items on the reciept is $83.89 but I added in the cost of what a pork loin roast would be had I purchased it, but I already had one in the freezer and plan to use that in my menu plan and those averaged around $17 ($2.88/lb) depending on the size you wanted.
Here's what I got:
- bag of sweet onions
- bag of sweet potatoes
- 5 lb bag of boneless/skinless chicken breasts
- 5-pack bag of steamable brocolli florets
- pack of 4 romaine lettuce
- bottle of sweet vermouth
- 2 pack bag of Mexican shredded cheese
- pack of swiss sliced cheese
- pack of 6 multi-bell peppers (red/yellow/orange)
- 2 loaves of whole wheat bread
- bag of 16 hamburger buns
- container of button mushrooms
- carton of 18 count eggs
- pack of polish sausages
- pack of deli sliced turkey breast
There are a few items that I will need to pick up at the grocery store and marked them on the recipes with a G, like water chestnuts, a package of ramen noodles (I didn't want 6 of them) and some rice wine vinegar (I think I'm almost out). The rest of the ingredients in my recipes I have marked with a P as those items I already have on hand.
So here's my menu plan (I'll update the links as I go):
Crockpot Porketta - 2 meals from this, make all at once and freeze half
Chinese Chicken Salad - trying to squeeze a little taste of summer onto our tired winter pallates
Turkey and Swiss Sliders - so easy to make and yummy!
Egg in the Hole - my kid's favorite and my go-to "I-don't-have-any-idea-what-to-make-for-supper-meal"
Crockpot Kielbasa Sausage, Broccoli and Rice
Chicken Cordon Bleu (or my version of flattened chicken with turkey and swiss cheese)
The big picture (my disclosures):
- Some of the food can go bad if not used right away so plan accordingly. There is alot of milage you can get out of these items but if you plan to only cook 3-4 meals and then eat up the leftovers (which you will have plenty for lunches as well), try to put what you will not use in the freezer right away for later (cooked or uncooked).
- The recipes I list are made mainly from the Sam's list and my pantry items (P) so you may have a few staples/grocery items (G) to pick up seperately. I love a stocked pantry so I always have something on hand for last minute meals (stock up on sales). I call this Cupboard Cooking - more on that later.
- You can substitute any item for what your family prefers or what you already have on hand.
- Using this Sam's list and staples you have on hand already allows these meals to average out to about $10 a meal. Not bad for a family of 5 for dinner every night, but I am going to challenge myself to get it lower. I'm not $5 dollar dinner material but a girl can dream...
- I am not the best food photographer, so don't expect any miracles...
Now see if you can challenge yourself to make a menu plan and grocery list, go 2 weeks without eating out and staying within a budget for your groceries!