• "food",  "meal planning"

    WEEKLY MENU || vol 002

    Once in awhile I like to share what we eat.  It’s something we all have to do every day and sometimes, when we are trying to think of something to make for dinner, it’s nice to have ideas thrown out there for us to use.  We live on a very tight grocery budget so our meals are usually simple and kid friendly. Chili Turkey Mac Southern Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes & Buttermilk Biscuits Chicken & Rice with Roasted Veggies added White Wine Pasta with Chicken Loaded Chicken Nachos Loaded Chicken Salads with Roasted Chick Peas Pot Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, & Bread you can find last week’s weekly menu…

  • "dinner",  "food",  "meal planning",  "recipes"

    A Weekend Recipe

    It feels like I haven’t shared a recipe in a while so I figured I would share what I cooked up last night.  Typically, I save pizza for our Fridays, but I was lacking the motivation to make the dough, roll the dough, etc.     I didn’t want to chop or dice anything either, so I reminisced about all the convenience food I used to buy and Hamburger Helper came to mind.  I stopped buying this once I realized I was paying a $1.20 for a seasoning packet and one cup of dry pasta.   ::slapping my forehead as I speak::     I also can’t begin tell you how versatile this recipe…

  • "budget",  "freezer meals",  "meal planning"

    Buying In Bulk | Storage Tips

    Let’s hurry to the point.  Buying in bulk for our family is beneficial.  Not only are we on a super duper tight grocery budget, but we are a larger family with a preteen boy who has a healthy appetite.  If you read my meal planning 101 post, then you already know that grocery shopping is typically a bi-weekly ordeal.  However, my husband and I feel that transitioning into buying our groceries only once a month would be a lot easier for us; mainly because we have been splitting our grocery shopping into two days, between three to four stores.  And shopping for two days at four stores, with three kids…

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    Meal Planning 101

    I figured I would write how I plan our meals.  I know I’ve shared our weekly menu’s before, however, I never documented the process. If you’re wondering why I choose to share this, the answer is very simple.   I used to never budget for groceries and I never made a grocery list.  Once my family grew and my budget shrank, I relied on trial and error in order to find what works best for my family through budgeting, making lists, and meal plans.  By sharing my process, I feel like I can help others. Alright.  On to step one.  The most important thing is to know your budget.  Every budget…

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    Two Week Meal Plan

     Two Week Menu                  Click here for my printable grocery list! Dinners: Hot dogs w/ corn Baked chicken breasts with salad & rolls Pasta w/meat sauce and salad & bread Ham & cheese on rolls w/roasted veggies Tacos w/ rice, or taquitos Chicken fried steak w/mashed potatoes & gravy Sloppy joes w/tater tots Pork chops w/green beans & mashed potatoes & rolls Chicken enchiladas w/ beans Chicken alfredo pizza w/ bacon Pancakes w/ eggs & potatoes Meatloaf, corn & green beans Pizza w/bread sticks Chicken fried steak sandwiches w/ gravy Breakfasts: Mexican Burrito w/ chorizzo cereal eggs toast waffles Lunches: Chicken salad Wraps BLT Soup & grilled cheese Sandwiches & chips…