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Monday, January 7, 2013

Printable Weekly Meal Plan #2 +Recipes and Shopping List


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Good morning lovelies! I hope you all had a fun week and tried out some yummy meals with last weeks meal plan. I stuck to my meal plan, which is always something I strive to do. If you missed a few days, no worries. Just get right back to it and either finish up last weeks meal plan or start today's. Also if you are new to meal planning, check out my How To Start Saving Section of the blog. I have some great tips and tricks to get you started.

This week I did our once a month staple shopping. I ended up going to 5 stores, over a 2 day period. I went to Costco one day, with the family. The other day I hit all the other stores solo. I planned my shopping trips around when I had a church meeting. I wanted to make sure I would already be out and about before heading off in the car again.

As you can see I stocked up on my flour, grains, yogurt, and vegetables. I also purchased some dried fruit to go back into our pantry stock. I was running low on my dried fruits. We love to add dried fruits to cereal, oatmeal, trail mix, and salads. It is a perfect snack. I also am trying to rid ourselves of all potato chips. Fresh and Easy is helping me out a bit with their veggie chips. Yes I know it is still a chip, but it is a healthier alternative. I am all about picking a healthier alternative to our classic favorite snacks.

I also purchased tofu for the first time this week. I have been wanting to try it out, so then I can replace some of the meat we use. It was $2.32 at Costco for a two pack. I checked the price for a single package at Whole foods and it was $1.82. Definitely a good buy from Costco.

I will have to let you know how cooking with Tofu goes. New Post idea I think.

Anyways want to see my grocery loot this week...

Here we go....

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Winco Foods: $27.59
Whole Foods Market: $33.34
Fresh and Easy: $27.89
Wal-Mart: $20.02
Costco:$59.82

Total this Week: $168.66

Total This Month: $190.62

After stocking up on my staples I still have over $200 left in my budget this month. This money will be used for Bountiful Baskets produce. Bountiful Baskets has been off for the Christmas holiday, which is why I purchased an extra amount of produce this week. I can not wait for them to start up again. I am working on a post to explain how I budget for Bountiful Baskets and how it all works. I am keeping my fingers crossed I can get it up this week.

Alright... onto the menu for this week. When planning a weekly menu I always ask my kids to pick a meal. This week Libby picked spaghetti and Keagan picked hot dogs. Lucky for me, I had everything I needed in my pantry for both of these meals. I love having a staples list. It makes meal planning so much easier! I also have a new recipe night. These nights will be added in periodically throughout the month of meal plans. On these days I always either try a new recipe or do a leftovers movie night. We heat up leftovers, pick a fun movie to watch, and eat in the living room. It is always fun for the kids.

This week I will be trying out the tofu I found at Costco. I am going to be trying this meatloaf recipe. Feel free to check out my recipes page for new ideas this week.


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If you are new to meal planning, start HERE.
I have great tips for just starting out with meal planning.

Angle Hair Pasta with Orange-Cherry Sauce
Cheesy Broccoli Soup
Beef Taco Skillet with Cornbread Waffles
Hot Dogs and Baked Beans
Spaghetti Night
Lasagna with Garlic Bread
New Recipe Night


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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1 tbl dried basil
1 tbl oregano
1 tbl dried rosemary
1 tbl extra-virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

In a medium saucepan add crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer sauce for 15 minutes, to allow herbs and flavors to get "happy". This sauce can be stored for a week in the fridge, 6 months in the freezer, and indefinitely if canned.

Angel Hair Pasta with Orange Cherry Sauce

6 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast. (cut into small chunks)
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole frozen green beans (about 9 ounces)
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
1/4 cup dried whole cherries
1/4 cup walnuts (chopped)

  • Cook and drain your pasta, as directed on the package.
  • While pasta is cooking, spray a 12 inch skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Cook chicken with salt. Stir occasionally, until chicken is browned. Stir in frozen beans. Cover and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Stir occasionally, until beans are crisp-tender.
  • Mix orange juice and cornstarch until smooth. Stir orange juice mixture, marmalade, and cherries into chicken mixture. Heat to boiling. Stir occasionally. Cover and cook until chicken is no longer pink and beans are tender. Add your angel hair pasta to the chicken mixture.
  • Sprinkle Walnuts over pasta/chicken mixture and serve.
  • If you would like our walnuts toasted you can bake them in the oven. Bake @350 for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook until golden brown. You can also cook them in a skillet for 7-8 minutes.

Cheesy Broccoli Soup

1 can (10 3/4 ounce) condensed cheese soup
1 cup milk
2 cups chicken broth
1 soup can filled with water
2 cups fresh broccoli (frozen can used also)
1 cup shredded cheese

  • For a nutritional boost add 1 tbl of flax seed & wheat germ. Your family gets a boost of fiber without even knowing.


Beef Taco Skillet with Cornbread Waffles

1 lb ground turkey/beef
1 can condensed tomato soup (10 3/4 ounce)
1 cup water
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 cup shredded cheese.

-Cook beef in skillet until browned. Stir often to separate the meat. Pour off fat. Stir in soup, salsa, and water. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes. Stir. Top with cheese and serve over cornbread waffles.

To make corn bread waffles use the ready made cornbread mix found on www.blissfulanddomestic.com Cook cornbread in a waffle maker instead of the oven.
  • You can also serve over rice for all you non-cornbread lovers.
Lasagna

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 jar (1 lb. 8 oz.) Ragu® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce
  • 1 container part-skim ricotta cheese (15 oz.)
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 8 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Brown ground beef in 12-inch skillet; drain. Stir in Pasta Sauce; heat through.
  2. Combine ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and eggs in large bowl; set aside.
  3. Evenly spread 1 cup meat sauce in 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Layer 4 lasagna noodles, then 1 cup meat sauce and 1/2 of the ricotta cheese mixture; repeat. Top with remaining 4 noodles and sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
BBQ Baked Beans

2 cans of pork and beans
1 bottle of BBQ Sauce (I use the Kroger brand)
3 tbl. of ketchup
about 1/4 cup of brown sugar (I eyeball this and go with what feels right)

Pour all items into your crockpot set on the low setting and forget about till dinner time.

* I also sometimes use bacon if I have it
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When making homemade spaghetti sauce, make a doubled recipe. Divide it into 2-cup (meal size) portions and freeze in freezer safe containers or freezer Ziploc bags. Then you will always have fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce ready for you.

Also if you double the recipe when making spaghetti you will have sauce already for when lasagna night rolls around this week. Planning ahead means less time in the kitchen.


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This weeks printable shopping list, menu plan, and recipe can
be found HERE Let me know if you have any troubles.


You can find more recipes in my Let's Eat section and money saving tips below.

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
Freezing Your Milk
Living on $14,000 a year
How Does She Q and A
Breakfast and Lunch: Meal Planning and Saving Tips 
Fresh Produce All Month Long   
Save Money at Costco
Weekly Menu Plans + Printable Shopping Lists
  


Happy Shopping Lovelies and
have a wonderful week!


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6 comments:

  1. I love tofu! I made a tofu stir fry last night for dinner, which is an easy way to use up any lingering produce. I used extra firm, cut it into chunks, and lightly fried it before adding the veggies.
    My favorite way to make tofu is to make grilled "steaks." Slice firm or extra firm tofu lengthwise into 4 or 5 long steaks. Let them drain for a couple of minutes (not too long) and then rub a spice mix into the tofu. I like to use cumin and other really strong flavors since tofu doesn't have any flavor. Let the tofu marinate for 20-30 minutes. Then grill it for a couple of minutes on each side until you have pretty grill marks. I think this preparation makes the tofu seem very hearty and filling.

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  2. I just cannot believe how on top of it you are!! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes...I am always on the hunt for new things to make for my family!!

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  3. I've heard tofu is better if marinated. hopefully yours is GMO free :/ no judgement just hopeful. I've been vegetarian for 2 years now and strangely I've never had it.weird I know. but you really do not need to replace the meat in your diet when cutting back on it. contrary to popular belief foregoing the meat occasionally is not going to leave your family protein deficienct. It's going to help them be healthier. Kudos to you! Lol! plus it's cheaper!

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    1. It absolutely is GMO free:> Also I have loved cooking with Tofu. We add it just to add some more healthy stuff in our diet. I totally agree when that you forget the meat you can still get plenty of protein from other sources. Thanks so much for commenting:>

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  4. Just wanted to offer a little lasagna tip! Go with cottage cheese, an egg, and grated Parmesan cheese instead of ricotta! It's not nearly as dry as ricotta and is much cheaper. Everyone I've told about it has tried it and loves it so much more than ricotta. Hope that helps with saving money! :)

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  5. How do you save money when shopping for meat?

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