31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending
Today is Day 7 and I’m recapping the week’s menu and my two shopping trips.
This week’s dinners:
Sunday: Pork chops, roasted potatoes, and Brussels sprouts. My plan was to put all three on one sheet pan to roast, but I had too much food for the pan. Instead, I just put the pork chops and potatoes on the sheet pan and drizzled with olive oil and seasonings. I roasted for about 25 minutes in a 425 degree oven. I sauteed the Brussels sprouts in my cast iron pan on the stove top. Yummy dinner.
Monday: Grilled chicken wraps, grapes, homemade sugar-free applesauce. Super simple dinner to pull together. I grilled chicken tenders and we stuffed the wraps with romaine, avocado, and ranch dressing.
Tuesday: Chicken drumsticks, sweet potatoes, and green beans. I drizzled the chicken and potatoes with some olive oil and seasonings and roasted on the same sheet plan in a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes (when the chicken was done). I steamed the green beans on the stove top.
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, french fries, salad, steamed veg.
Thursday: Spaghetti night. My husband wasn’t home for dinner and when that happens, I usually serve spaghetti. It’s not his favorite dinner, and the girls and I love it.
Friday: I was going to grill sausages, but it was pouring out, so I browned on the stove top in my cast iron pan.
Saturday: The kids are going to a sleepover and hubby and I are going out to dinner using a gift card from Christmas. Yay for date nights!
This week’s breakfasts, lunches, and snacks:
For breakfast we ate cereal with bananas, eggs & bagels. Lunches and snacks included turkey & cheese sandwiches, apples, oranges, cheese sticks, yogurt sticks, chips & salsa.
This week’s shopping trips:
This first photo is quite scary. I spent $93.95 and it doesn’t look like a lot of food, but it got us through the week, along with what we already had on hand.
Per my kids’ request, I bought deli ham, turkey & cheese (it’s somewhat hidden underneath the green beans), for something different in their lunches. I don’t buy that stuff every week, because I am picky about the brand of deli meat that I buy and it isn’t cheap. I spent $16 on deli meats and cheese and that covered 3 of us for lunches for the week. Also I bought 4 packs of meat in the picture and that totaled $11.23, plus the rotisserie chicken that covered us for last Saturday night’s dinner and lunch the next day. Stuff adds up quickly!
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