Sept 18/17-What can I buy for $25 today?

Last week I started a new weekly feature called "What Can I Buy For $25 Today?". To say it was a hit would be an understatement. People have been emailing me all week with questions and asking for recipes. 

This weekly feature will have at least one meal plan for 4 to 5 supper meals that will feed a family of 4. Some weeks I will show 2 meal plans, but I may not be able to do that every week based on flyer sales.  (more…)

Sept 13/17 – What Can I Buy For $25 Today?

People ask me every week about my menu plan and how I feed my family for the amount I spend. Today I decided to share a weekly feature that will show you how to plan 4 to 5 meals with only $25. All these meals would feed 2 adults and 2 children for a suppertime meal.

It is the last day of the sales cycle for most stores, so I will do this on Monday's from now on, giving you the opportunity to copy it. (more…)

Meal Plan Monday – Picking Your Meals

Meal planning can seem overwhelming and tedious at first. It does take time and energy, and it seems like too much in the beginning. I assure you, after you get into the groove of meal planning weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, you will find it to be a huge time and money saver.

Today's tips are about how to pick your meals. (more…)

Weekly Meal Plan – 2 Weeks

Last week I went a little overboard on menu options and purchased items that I can also stock my freezer with.

Having purchased enough food for the 2 weeks, I am combining the menu plan to show you what we had this week, and what is planned for the coming week.

I shopped on Thursday last week, and scored some great stock up and other deals. You will see what I mean in the details below. (more…)

Meal Plan – April 16th thru 21

As I have mentioned before, I don't assign a day to the meal usually, allowing us to pick the meal each day. I buy and prep for 5-6 meals a week, leaving 1 or 2 supper meals open for leftovers or maybe a dinner with our extended family.

Once again, this week's meals are almost all from my freezer and pantry. We have used up most of the meat and prepped meals in our freezer, so I will be doing a big restock over the next few months as I see sales, and when I get the opportunity to prep freezer meals.

Basics Of Meal Planning:
  • Go through flyers for best prices. Also check online for specials at local butchers, farmer's markets, bakeries and shops.
  • Check freezer, fridge, pantry and make as many meals as possible with these items and items on sale this week.
  • Make menu and shopping list.
Here's what I purchased yesterday:
  • 2x brick Cheese  $3.99 each ($7.98)
  • Tuna $0.99
  • Broccoli $2.49
  • 2x Dozen Eggs  $1.77 each ($3.54)
From my kitchen, freezer or pantry:
  • Chicken (in freezer)
  • Salmon (in freezer)
  • Ground Beef (in freezer)
  • Salsa
  • Carrots
  • Parsnip
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Quinoa
  • Canned Beans
  • BBQ  Sauce
Menu:

I usually use this format to plan. Not assigning a day to the meal, but rather having everything prepped to make whichever I feel like doing that day. Here is my plan for this week. Recipes will be added as well, as I get them photographed and posted.

SUPPER TIME MEALS THIS WEEK

  • Roasted Veggies, Black Beans, Quinoa & Salsa Chicken 
  • Lasagna Rolls (recipe to come on blog this week)
  • Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
  • Roasted Carrots and Parsnip (fries) & BBQ Chicken
  • Beef and Barley Soup (already prepped in freezer to cook in slow cooker)
Breakfast Time:

We have options ready and available.

Lunch Time:

Most of our lunches are left overs or salad with some form of protein. I use chicken from the roasted chicken I cook each week, or fish to have with salads. 

Check out some of our previous meal plans HERE.

Our Weekly Meal Plan – March 6th- Easy this week, I cheated a little 

Our Weekly Meal Plan - March 6th- Easy this week, I cheated a little 

This past week was a little hectic and I was just plain feeling lazy yesterday, so I cheated. Picking up 2 rotisserie chicken made meal prep and planning a little easier this week. Honestly, it didn't even cost me more than I would normally spend on meals, so, why not??

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Our Weekly Meal Plan -Feb 5 thru 11

Planning:

  • Go through flyers for best prices. Also check online for specials at local butchers, farmer's markets, bakeries and shops.
  • Check freezer, fridge, pantry and make as many meals as possible with these items and items on sale this week.
  • Make menu and shopping list.

Menu:

I usually use this format to plan. Not assigning a day to the meal, but rather having everything prepped to make whichever I feel like doing that day. Here is my plan for this week. Recipes will be added as well, as I get them photographed and posted.
Supper Time Planned Meals: February 5 to February 11
  • Salmon and Hassleback Potatoes
  • Salsa Chicken with Roasted Veggies
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Hamburgers & Veggie Sticks
  • Pizza & Garlic Fingers (Sunday,  Super Bowl)
  • Homemade Chinese Food
Lunch Time:
Our lunches (hubby & I) are usually salad or wrap with some kind of protein (Chicken, Tuna, Egg, etc), or leftovers from supper. School lunches are usually NOT sandwiches, as my oldest does not like them. So I get creative with what we have on hand. Meat chunks, grape tomatoes, cheese cubes, cut up veggies, etc...
Breakfast Time:
We have options ready and available.
  • Breakfast Burritos (In freezer, wI'll be making more next week)
  • Banana Muffins (in freezer)
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Toast
  • Overnight Oatmeal
  • yogurt, fruit, cereal always an option

Snacks:

  • apples (with peanut butter)
  • Sliced peppers, celery & carrots
  • almonds
  • dates
  • cereal bars /  granola bars (kids)
  • crackers & cheese
  • yogurt
  • boiled eggs

Shopping:

This week I didn't purchase much. Most of our meals were planned around what I had on hand in the freezer and pantry. We did buy store made thin crust pizza and garlic fingers for Super Bowl Sunday. Other than that, we had everything on hand for all the meals this week. I still bought milk and some bread at the bakery. Also Eggs at Shoppers.
  • Eggs $1.88 x2 dozen
  • 4 L Milk $3.41/2L
  • Sugar free Bread $2.70 x2
  • Carrots $1.49
  • Tortilla Chips $1.99 x2
  • Coffee Cream $2.99
  • Store made pizza $5.99
  • Store made Garlic Fingers  $3.99
  • TOTAL was just under $36

Items On Hand:

  • Salmon
  • Hamburgers
  • Chinese food (rice, meatballs, Egg  rolls & chicken)
  • Oats
  • Coconut milk
  • yogurt
  • clementines
  • apples
  • crackers
  • cheese
  • almonds
  • dates
  • Pasta cooked in freezer
  • Meatballs
  • Pasta sauce in freezer

Meal Prep

Here is the list of what I did for prep on Sunday.
  • Boil 6 eggs, cool & store in fridge.
  • Baked bread and rolls
  • Make up 4 jars of Overnight Oatmeal.
  • Cut up celery and carrots into snack bags

Sunday Meal Prep January 29

Sunday Meal Prep January 29

Meal Prep To Match This Week's Meal Plan
I have decided to start a separate weekly Meal Prep post with pics and details, here is the list of what I did. If you want to see my Meal Plan, CLICK HERE. I spend roughly 3 to 4 hours on Sunday prepping food for the week. This makes meals during the week so quick and easy. It is worth it to have everything ready.
  • Boil 6 eggs, cool & store in fridge.
  • Brown ground beef for Big Mac Salad, then store in container in fridge.
  • Mix up homemade Thousand Island Dressing 
  • Mix up and bake Meatballs. Divide into 2 freezer bags for 2 family meals.
  • Make 1 dozen Banana Muffins. Freeze 4. I had a helper making the muffins this week 🙂
  • Cook Chicken in crock pot. For supper with rice, and use bones and remaining chicken for soup, to be made later that evening.
  • Cook and freeze pasta for spaghetti and a box of penne for later use.
  • Make up 4 jars of Overnight Oatmeal.
  • Season and wrap pork tenderloin and freeze. Ready to cook later in the week.
  • Thaw 2 chicken breast in fridge for use in lunches this week.
  • Bake sub buns for lunches.
  • Make and freeze Pizza Dough.
  • Cut up celery and carrots into snack bags
  • Bake biscuits to have with soup and extra for lunches or snacks for the kids.

Timing

  • Boil eggs for 2 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit covered for 10 minutes.
  • While eggs are boiling I browned 1 lb of the ground beef. This takes about 10 minutes.
  • Next, I mixed up Meatballs and got them ready to bake in the oven. This takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Then they bake for 25 minutes. TIP: when cooking meatballs, line baking pan (with sides) with tinfoil and place a cooling wrack over the pan. Place Meatballs on cooling rack so fat drips off as they bake.
  • While meatballs are cooking, the chicken went into the slow cooker for supper.
  • Next, I set up my bread machine to make my dough for the sub buns. Once set up it works for alost 2 hours mixing, raising and kneed in the dough.
  • After that I whipped up a batch of banana muffins, while letting Clayton (4yr old) help with these. 10 minutes prep.
  • After removing meatballs from oven, I placed muffins in to bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • My next task was to cook pasta, I did a box of spaghetti and a box of penne. They took about 20 minutes.
  • Once cooked and drained, I rinse the pasta in cold water and then place in freezer bags with a little olive oil.
  • Muffins are removed from oven and placed on a cooling rack.
  • Now meatballs are cooled enough to divide into one freezer bag and a container in the fridge (they will be used for Spaghetti and Meatballs meal)
  • Veggies for snacks are peeled and chopped before put in snack bags for storing in the fridge.
  • I removed dough from bread machine and formed 4 subs and 3 buns (hamburger size). They bake for 25 minutes.
  • There were a couple red peppers and some grape tomatoes in the fridge that were starting to get old. So I put them in the oven on lower and they take a few hours to roast.
  • I then seasoned and wrapped the pork tenderloin with bacon and put in freezer. Ready to cook later in the week.
  • Took 2 cooked chicken breast out of freezer to thaw for use in lunches this week.
Once the chicken was cooked for supper, I carved it and then made soup with the bones. It is still cooking. I still have biscuits and spaghetti sauce to make.(I will use the roasted peppers and tomatoes in my sauce). I spent about 3 hours to complete all this and clean up. There are a few things now in the freezer for future weeks as well (meatballs, pasta and muffins).

January 29-Feb 4th Our Weekly Meal Plan

Planning:

  • Go through flyers for best prices. Also check online for specials at local butchers, farmer's markets, bakeries and shops.
  • Check freezer, fridge, pantry and make as many meals as possible with these items and items on sale this week.
  • Make menu and shopping list.

Menu:

I usually use this format to plan. Not assigning a day to the meal, but rather having everything prepped to make whichever I feel like doing that day. Here is my plan for this week. Recipes will be added as well, as I get them photographed and posted. Supper Time Planned Meals: January 29 to February 4
  • Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with potatoes and veggies
  • Roast Chicken with Rice and Veggies
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Chicken Veggie Soup & Biscuits
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Big Mac Salad
Lunch Time: Our lunches (hubby & I) are usually salad or wrap with some kind of protein (Chicken, Tuna, Egg, etc), or leftovers from supper. I am making Spinach bowls for part of our lunches this week as well. We will also have a chicken cooked and use the meat for lunches. School lunches are usually NOT sandwiches, as my oldest does not like them. So I get creative with what we have on hand. Meat chunks, grape tomatoes, cheese cubes, cut up veggies, etc... Breakfast Time: We have options ready and available.

Snacks:

  • apples (with peanut butter)
  • Sliced peppers, celery & carrots
  • almonds
  • dates
  • cereal bars /  granola bars (kids)
  • crackers & cheese
  • yogurt
  • boiled eggs

Shopping:

This week I stocked up on a few sale items that we were running low on in our pantry. I tend to purchase 4-5 extra items when the sales are great. One item I purchased this week was Pasta for only $0.24 a box, and I found 10 coupons in my binder, so I used them to get 10 boxes. Usually I would stick to 6 max, but the coupons are expiring soon, so I used them all. Last sale with those coupons I purchased 10, but I donated them all, as we had boxes in our pantry at the time. 10 boxes of pasta will last quite a while in our house, as we eat pasta maybe once a week. In the list below I have marked the "stock up" items and the meal plan or weekly needs items, so you can see what I did a little clearer.
  • Deli Pack meats x4 $1.99 (Stock up: these are for my oldest son's subs & pizza, and 3 packs are frozen for future use)
  • KCups 12pk X2 $3.49 each (stock up)
  • Ground Coffee X2 $1.99 each (stock up)
  • Pasta x10 $0.24 each (stock up, one box for spaghetti this week)
  • Ground Beef, medium 3 lb $8.67 (Usually buy lean but it was too expensive, so making recipes I can drain all fat off, check out my Meatball baking tip)
  • Celery $0.97 (soup & snacks)
  • Iceberg Lettuce x2 $0.97 each (Big Mac Salad & Lettuce Wraps/Salads for lunch)
  • Bacon $3.99 (pork tenderloin & weekend breakfast)
  • Coffee Cream $2.99
  • Milk $2.88
  • Eggs $1.88
  • Potatoes $4.77
  • Chicken Broth x8 $1.25 each
  • TOTAL was just under $150 (includes many items I will use in future weeks)

Items On Hand:

  • Chicken (purchased 3 for $21 last week)
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Seasonings
  • 3 bananas, flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda (muffins)
  • yogurt
  • clementines
  • apples
  • bbq sauce
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • onions
  • rice
  • crackers
  • cheese
  • almonds
  • dates

Meal Prep

I have decided to start a weekly Meal Prep post with pics and details, but here is the list of what I did. Click here for details.
  • Boil 6 eggs, cool & store in fridge.
  • Brown ground beef for Big Mac Salad, then store in container in fridge.
  • Mix up and bake Meatballs. Divide into 2 freezer bags for 2 family meals.
  • Make 1 dozen Banana Muffins. Freeze 4.
  • Cook Chicken in crock pot. For supper with rice, and use bones and remaining chicken for soup, to be made later that evening.
  • Cook and freeze pasta for spaghetti and a box of penne for later use.
  • Make up 4 jars of Overnight Oatmeal.
  • Season and wrap pork tenderloin and freeze. Ready to cook later in the week.
  • Thaw 2 chicken breast in fridge for use in lunches this week.
  • Bake sub buns for lunches.
  • Make and freeze Pizza Dough.
  • Cut up celery and carrots into snack bags