Like most families, we have sports practice, meetings, and other crazy stuff during the week.
On Sunday I sit down with the calendar and see which nights are crazier than others, and accordingly plan the menu. I also use the sales circulars from the Sunday paper to see whats good and on sale that week. I generally don't use coupons, they take too much time and I don't buy many processed foods. (I decided this after trying, and failing miserably, for years to be a good couponer..not my cup of tea)
A "free" night can mean a nice sit-down meal for all of us, with kids helping me prepare some of it.
A "crazy " night (2 or more kiddoes have practices or games until 7pm that one of both of us need to attend) usually means "Soup and Sandwich Night" or "Crock-Pot Night"
All the groceries for the week are purchased on Monday while the kids are at school. My go-to stores are Fresh & Easy, Sam's Club, and Stater Brothers. I may supplement with other store depending on the sales.
My target is no more than 150.00 per week for groceries, and that includes ingredients for 2 kid's lunches, as well as hubs and my lunches. That's tight for 5 people. But it can be done. I add my "pantry" items in here and there. I always have staples like pasta, olive oil, flour, yeast, and some frozen meats like ground turkey and chicken breasts that I buy when there's a sale.
|It's almost fun when I hit my budget ceiling for the month and I have to come with recipes using the ingredients I already have in my pantry!|
I use the web a lot to help me. www.allrecipes. com is a favorite site . I can enter the ingredients and it will come up with all sorts of interesting recipes to try.
1 gallon milk*
1 5 lb sirloin beef roast
1 package lunchmeat (this week is ham)
1 3 lb block Monterey Jack
1 package whole wheat ciabatti breads
1 package sweet onions
1 package baby carrots
1 3 lb package parmesan cheese*
1 5 lb package potatoes
2 loaves sandwich bread
1 half gallon Lactaid milk
juice boxes (on sale)
coffee (on sale) *
* indicates a pantry item
This Weeks Menu 4/30:Monday:
Breakfast -Cream of Wheat with brown sugar and bananas
Lunch- ham and cheese sandwiches, crackers, juice, apple
Dinner- Baked chicken breast (from freezer), rice, salad
Breakfast- Cream of Wheat with brown sugar and bananas
Lunch- PBJs, zinger, apple, juice
(ham on wheat for me and hubs)
Dinner-home-made Cream of Broccoli soup, Monte Cristo panninis (ham, cheese, on whole wheat ciabatta, served with warmed raspberry jam), avocado and tomato salad
Breakfast- Cream of Wheat with chopped apples, cinnamon, brown sugar
Lunch- Salami and Cheese, pretzels, juice box, apple
(tuna on toast for me and hubs)
Dinner- Crock-pot pot roast, mashed potatoes
Breakfast- Fried egg sandwiches
Lunch- Ham and Cheese, cinnamon cookie, juice box, carrots
Dinner- leftover beef in tacos, rice, black beans, guacamole
Lunch- Salami sandwich, crackers, apple, juice box
Dinner- homemade mac and cheese, salad
ice cream for dessert!
Breakfast- Pancakes and Eggs
Dinner- barbeque chicken and greens
Breakfast- Breakfast burritoes
Lunch- whatever's in the fridge!
Supper- Spaghetti with marinara sauce, baked eggplant
we have "Supper" early on Sundays, an Italian tradition I grew up with. Generally between 2-4pm, depending on whats going on that day.
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