Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Weekly Meal Plan #1

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Weekly Meal Plan #1


Happy New Years Lovelies! I am ready to get 2013 off with a bang! Organization and thrifty living are where it is at this year. I am giving ya'll the memo now. I am also going to help you all on the journey to continually living a thrifty life style. I created a section of the blog to help you get started saving. Check it out HERE. I broke it all down to a few simple tips and tricks.

Recently we revamped the way we shop. I love changing things up and seeing how we can save. I am still a huge advocate for once a month shopping. It seriously saves us so much! I still shop once a month to keep our staples in stock and ready to go. Recently though we decided to cut back on meat and eat more of a plant based diet. We use Bountiful Baskets now, which is A-MAZING! I will be blogging about that soon. Promise. Every week I get our fruit/veggie basket and I quickly come up with a meal plan, based on those items and what we have in our pantry. I then go and shop for whatever else we need to round out our menu. I usually don't have to spend very much, since I stock up my staples at the beginning of each month. I also try to price match at Wal-Mart and use coupons, which is something I can discuss in another post as well.

This year I will be sharing a new meal plan every week. They will consist of seven meal ideas, recipes, and a printable shopping list. Being organized is KEY to saving money. I just want to make it a little easier on you and me too. Every meal plan is one that my own family has tried and loved. I will also show you what I bought each week and price matched. If you are new to meal planning, start HERE. I have great tips for just starting out with meal planning.

Here is what I bought this week:




This week Smiths Grocery Store is having a great sale on bread. 2 loaves of bread for $1. I couldn't pass that up. I bought 4 loaves. I have one loaf out on my counter and I put the other 3 in my freezer. They will be used for lunches or for meals later in the month.

Potatoes are also on sale this week. I got a 10lb. bag for $2

I price matched the tortilla chips and got them for $1.88
These are for New Years Eve. We had to have our chips to snack on:)

I also price matched my milk. I got it for $2.68. 
50 cents cheaper then the listed price at Wal-Mart

Everything else were items I needed for this weeks meals and for some last minute New Years Eve baking.

All the other items in this weeks meal plan were found in my pantry.

Total Spent - $21.96

*Check and see if these sales apply to your area.


Most meal recipes do not include a side dish, unless otherwise linked and noted. I am leaving that one up to you :) I serve all my meals with a vegetable or fruit.
French Toast with Fruit

Glazed Teriyaki Chicken Stir-fry Sub

Huevos Rancheros

Macaroni and Cheese with Garlic Bread

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup

Twice Baked Potatoes with Veggies

BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Creamy Souper Rice


French Toast

1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cu milk
4 slices of bread

mix all ingredients, except bread. Dip bread slices into egg mixture. Coat both sides of bread. Cook on a griddle or skillet, until bot sides are browned. Serve with powdered sugar and syrup. We also served fresh pineapple with ours.

* I doubled this recipe

Glazed Teriyaki Chicken Stir-fry Sub

1/4 cup Honey Dijon Mustard
2 tbl. teriyaki sauce
1 tbl sugar
1 tbl. ginger
1 tbl red wine vinegar
1 tbl vegetable oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut into thin strips)
1 cup coarsley chopped red or yellow bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped red onion and tomatoes
2 cups shredded lettuce
4 Hero Rolls (I will be using this recipe)

Combine mustard, teriyaki sauce, sugar, ginger, and vinegar in a small bowl; set aside. Heat oil in skillet or wok on high heat. Stir-fry chicken for about  5 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink. Add vegetables and stir-fry for 2 minutes, until just tender. Pour sauce over stir-fry vegetables and cook 1 minute. Arrange lettuce on rolls and top with equal portions of stiry-fry. Close rolls and serve warm.

* You can substitute pork or steak for chicken

 Huevos Rancheros

8 ounces bulk chorizo sausage
6 flour tortillas (6 to inches in diameter)
1 1/2 cups warm salsa
6 fried eggs
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream (optional)

Cook and stir sausage until done; drain. Spread each tortilla with a spoonful of warmed salsa. Top with a fried egg, shredded cheese, and a dollop of sour cream.

We like to serve ours with some fruit and orange juice.

Macaroni and Cheese with Garlic Bread

1/3 cup softened butter or margarine, plus 2 tbl for topping
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1/2 cup sour cream
4 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
2 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
4 cups cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pound cooked elbow macaroni
1 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350'. Grease a 3-quartt  baking dish and set aside.

 In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine 1/3 cup of the butter and flour. Stir until smooth. Slowly add milk and continue stirring until thickened and smooth. Add the sour cream and cream cheese, stirring to combine. Add the salt, nutmeg, mustard, cayenne, and black pepper. Mix well. Stir in the Cheddar Cheese and Parmesan Cheese. Add the elbow macaroni and mix well. Pour into a greased baking dish.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tbl of melted butter and the breadcrumbs. Spread on top of the macaroni dish. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until bubbling around the edges. 
* Serve with Garlic bread or French bread

Twice Baked Potatoes with Veggies

 6 medium russet potatoes
6 tbl butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
salt and pepper 

sour cream for serving
chopped green onions for serving

Oven Method
Preheat oven to 400'. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and place them on a baking sheet. Place the potatoes in the oven and bake for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork. When the potatoes are just cool enough to handle, halve them lengthwise and carefully scoop the flesh into a large bowl, leaving 1/4-inch-thick potato shells.

In a small saucepan melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Brush on the potato shells and season with salt and pepper. Bake the potato shells for 15 minutes. While the potato shells are baking, add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter, the milk, and the cheese to the potatoes. Mix until just blended (do not beat). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the potato mixture into the potato shells and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until browned.

Serve each potato with a dollop of sour cream and some green onions.

* We serve this with veggies and make it a meatless night. 

 Creamy Souper Rice

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
1 1/2 cups uncooked instant white rice
1 tbl parmesean cheese
freshly ground black pepper

Heat the soup and broth in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat to a boil. Stir the rice and cheese into the saucepan. Cover the saucepan and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork. Serve with the black pepper and additional Parmesan cheese.  

Homemade BBQ Sauce

This is a great substitute for store bought sauce.

1 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 can tomato sauce (8 oz.)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon water

Sauté onion in butter until soft. Add remaining ingredients and stir to thoroughly combine. Let simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

This week you will be purchasing a whole jar of salsa, but will only be using about 1/3 of it in the Huevos Rancheros meal. You can use up your leftover salsa by making fried tortillas and having them as a snack or a quick lunch. It can also be used in  Crock-pot Chicken Salsa.One other idea is to use any leftover cheese, salsa, and tortillas for breakfast burritos in the morning. Yum!

I love to think of leftovers as free food. It is reusing something, that others may have just tossed in the trash. You are getting more bang for your buck when you use up your leftovers. Be sure to include them in your lunch menus this week too!


You can print this weeks recipes, shopping list, and menu plan HERE

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 New Years!

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  1. How long does your bread last? I eat much bread normally and it usually goes to waste. After you freeze it, does it get moldy faster?

    1. Bread doesn't usually last longer than a week. We've gobbled it up by then. It lasts just as long whether it is straight from the store, oven, or freezer. If your family won't eat a whole loaf in that time than only leave out half a loaf and freeze the rest;) that should help so no bread gets wasted.

    2. Is the bread soft after its defrosted or is it dried out?

    3. we freeze our bread in 2 plastic bags from grocery store then thaw out in the bags on counter. This really seems to help any freezer burn or soggie bread.

  2. Thank you for this!! I am working on implementing a LOT of your savings this new year because we are moving and it's getting crazy! Thank u!

    1. You are so welcome! I am so glad my tips and tricks are helping:>

  3. Thank you for this!! I am working on implementing a LOT of your savings this new year because we are moving and it's getting crazy! Thank u!

  4. Your meal plan posts are my favorite. Thank you so much for taking the time to do all of this. I look forward to trying out more of your recipes as I attempt to cook more often this year! God bless!

  5. Thank you so much for your meal plans!! You have helped us so much:)

  6. Love reading your post! Do you freeze your potatoes? That's the one thing that always seem to go bad on me! I too have started using cash only for groceries and have saved so much! We took Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey and I learned so much! It's so much fun saving money : )

    1. I do freeze my potatoes. I wash them, cut them up, and then freeze them. They are great for throwing into soups or crock-pot dishes. You don't even have to thaw them out first. I do this when they go on sale for really cheap. I have about 4 gallon size bags in my freezer right now, which will be great later on in the winter:>

  7. I'm thinking of making the switch to once a month shopping, but I feel like if I do, I will miss out on the good deals/sales the rest of the month. Do you leave a little room in your budget in case of a good sale later on, or do you just stop looking at the circulars once you have made your trip so you don't know what you are missing.

    1. I do both. Sometimes I will go and do our shopping and find I have money left over. When this happens I definitely use that money to stock up when there are sales. If I am out of money though, I don't even look at the adds. To tempting to go and snag the deal. I don't want to make myself not follow my budget.

  8. Hello :) you have inspired me with your thirfty ideas and I have since began to bake my own bread to save money. I was wondering have you stoped baking your own sandwhich bread or just took a break ?

    1. no I still bake my own bread. I only bought it this time because it was such an insane deal. I put it in the freezer and use it for weeks when I don't have time or such to make bread. I still primarily make our own bread.

  9. On the bread, I found 2 gallon bags from ziploc on Amazon. I can get 2 loaves in a bag and they stay fresh for 3-4weeks. I buy at a local day old bread store 2 for 1.89 and stock up every month. I keep the bags and reuse them over and over.

  10. I just read this post to my husband, he responded, "if I came home to that menu this following week we will have serious problems". I personally love the idea of having a weekly plan. My husband is a big on meat, so my plan will have to be different, i will try to include a meat-less day and leftover day and a eat-out day, which is a must for us but I will try to keep it to twice a month. Thanks for all the advise.

    1. haha. I totally understand. Do what works for you. These meal plans are just a way to give you ideas:>

  11. Thank you so much for providing a meal plan of what I like to call "normal people food". Of course we can all add or take away something that isn't a favorite for our family, but this makes meal planning seem possible because it's food that we would actually eat. Coming up with ideas is what gets me every time but I have added quite a few things to my general list of meal ideas that I pick and choose from. Thank you!!!

    1. You are so welcome. We love normal people food in this house:>

  12. I wish I could use the Bountiful Baskets but it isn't offered in New York [where I currently live] or Tennessee [where I will be moving in a month]

  13. Loved the Mac And Cheese recipe for this week....:) I had to split it into two smaller dishes, but it was enough for dinner tonight and I have the other dish for later in the week...Fabulous! Thanks. Daphne

  14. Loved the Mac and Cheese recipe for this week....actually split it up into two smaller dishes, one for dinner and the other for later in the week. Fabulous! Thanks, Daphne.:)

  15. what do you do with the chorizo sausage in the Huevos Ranchero recipe?


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