So, I'm excited to share our meal plans with you once a month. I'm open to sharing more often, but since I'm not a food blogger, and don't plan to become one, I figure once a month will do the trick.
A few notes...
1. We do not prioritize buying organic. You may. If so, you'll probably spend more $ each week than we do.
2. Mr. Sass is a hunter, and therefore the rule, "You catch it, you eat it" applies around here. If he gets a deer (or more) you'll see venison on the menu a little more often. He does all his own processing and so you may see things like corned venison, or deer sausage on the menu as well.
3. 99.9% of our shopping is done at Aldi. If you don't have one in your area, that sucks. If you do, but haven't given it a try, I urge you to go for it. They're constantly making strides and impressing me. They also have large gluten free lines & are increasing their number of organic options, if that's important to you. If it can't be bought at Aldi, we usually just don't buy it. Every month or two I make make a stop at another grocery store to pick up things Aldi doesn't carry.
4. Our grocery budget doesn't include alcohol, which we do drink, because you can't buy it in grocery stores in PA. Which is a bummer, we know.
5. I aim to shop early on Saturday, so our meal plans run Saturday - Friday.
Without further adieu, our grocery haul. I spent $40.27
Mr. Sass sticks to bacon and eggs for breakfast each morning, while I've been having an english muffin, 2 hardboiled eggs and an apple each day. I always try to have bananas on hand since they're an easy snack and an easy thing to have as a pre-workout meal.
I snagged two boxes of mac & cheese. They're a cabinet staple around here as they're easy and quick when we're in a pinch - and have a long shelf life.
Mr. Sass insists on weekly rations of bread and yogurt, a request with which I happily comply. $.39 each for a few yogurts? I can do that.
I made a pot of white chicken chili (which required a jar of salsa verde from Trader Joe's) which lasted me for lunch all week. I ate it each day with a sprinkle of cheese and a crumbled up slice of cornbread. I make it using 1 x 28oz can of pinto beans, and omit the canelli beans entirely. I add an extra chicken breast, and omit the spices, because I'm lazy and think the salsa verde adds plenty of flavor. I leave it in the crockpot on low all day and it does just fine.
I make Mr. Sass eat leftovers for lunch - but we did do a swap when he decided my white chicken chili looked better than his jambalaya leftovers.
So, what were dinners like each day?
Saturday - Wedding #6
Sunday - Slow Cooker Jambalaya
We had all the ingredients we needed for this from the week prior. I ran out of onions so instead of running out mid-week we stretched our other meals and saved this one. You'll notice I bought two bags of onions so that won't happen again. I thought the jambalaya was great. Mr. Sass added Old Bay seasoning and requested I add shrimp next time.
|Photo from Budget Bytes|
Monday - Reubens made with homemade corned venison
Mr. Sass made a trip to buy some Rye Bread - since he said Italian wouldn't cut it. We had sauerkraut and defrosted some homemade corned venison,
Tuesday - Sweet potato and kielbasa hash, with brussels sprouts, bell pepper, mushroom and onion.
I snagged some inspiration from this recipe, but told Mr. Sass my vision and let him run with it.
Wednesday - Leftover hash for Mr. Sass, pizza with a friend for me
Thursday - Swedish meatballs with egg noodles. Side of brussels sprouts and carrots.
Friday - Leftovers, jambalaya for me, soup for him
I'll let you know that once it's all said and typed out this is definitely more eating out than we usually do in a week. Typically you'll see us eating at home, or packing a lunch 7 days a week.
What are some of your favorite crock pot meals?
Is seeing meal plans something that interests you?
What's your weekly grocery budget?
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