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Budget Momma’s Back w/ a Meal Plan

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         When my husband and I first married, I would put together a meal plan of things we both liked and give it to him to order the days. Then, if there was something on the list that he wasn’t excited about, he could sandwich it between two of his more favorite meals. I haven’t done this in a LONG time … since before kids and diapers and formula and baby food.

        I also haven’t done my full grocery list in almost a month. It seems like something is always getting in the way. But now that my 10-month-old is eating pretty much everything, my motivation to cook and plan out meals is returning.

        I know I am not a chef – nor do I want to be. If you are looking for really creative meals, don’t look at my list. I cook what I know, what we like and what is easy. Every now and then I will try a new recipe or mix something up … but for the most part I am a creature of habit.

Here is my grocery list for the week: 4.28.11 Kroger Grocery List

This week’s list comes in just under $80 and with that I can feed a family of four for the week and have stuff for upcoming weeks. You are probably thinking, “Amy … a 10-month-old doesn’t eat that much.” Let me say that you haven’t seen my son eat! He eats more than me at every meal.

My super-duper-simple Meal Plan:

1. Chicken Fajitas

  • Tortillas
  • Chicken (already in freezer)
  • Lettuce (from last week)
  • Salsa
  • Cheese
  • Knorr Fiesta Rice
  • Black Beans (Pantry)

2. Tombstone and Salad (my husband’s favorite meal of the week!)

3. Pork Tenderloin

  • Biscuits
  • Lima Beans
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gravy

4. Chicken Pot Pie (Baked Chicken for picky husband)

  • Leftover chicken from fajita night (made double)
  • Frozen veggie mix
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup (pantry)
  • Bread Topping (Grands Biscuits)

5. Tenderloin Paninis

  • Leftover Pork Tenderloin (I cut it in half and save it. Remember a serving of meat is 2-4 oz.)
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Mustard
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chips

6. Veggie Night

  • Crackers
  • Pickles (pantry)
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Hummus
  • Tomatoes
  • Carrots

7. Roast and Peach Cobbler (note: My hubbie hates Cobbler of any variety, but I make it anyway because my boys and I LOVE it!)

  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Pillsbury French Bread (in fridge)
  • Canned Peaches
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Butter


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  • 26 days ago   /   ReplyAngie K

    We are pretty much the same. I have “stand-by” recipes. I do try to make a new recipe at least once a week, but it’s usually pretty simple. Good idea on utilizing your leftover meat. I really should try to do this more, it would save me some extra time.

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