Welcome to my weekly series, What We Ate this Week on our Budget. Grocery spending can get out of hand quickly, so I post our weekly menu to ensure that I am planning it weekly. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500. It’s a tight budget and I failed miserably recently, but we have lots of financial goals, so I need to get it back in line.
This Week in the Kitchen:
I bought an Instant Pot over the summer and I’ve been trying to figure out how it fits into my kitchen routine and my family’s palate. To be honest, it’s been hit or miss for many recipes. But every week, I’m trying new recipes and this week, I made Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes in the IP.
Holy moly, it was delicious and so easy. Meatloaf was always a dish I made on the weekends when I had more time, but this was pretty easy and my family loved it. I will be writing a recipe post soon, but until then here’s a few pics.
This Week’s Dinners:
Sunday: We went out with friends to our favorite wing joint.
Monday: I never made the baked ziti last weekend like I thought I would, so I made it on Monday, because I knew I would need leftovers on Tuesday night. I served with a big salad.
Tuesday: My kids participated in our community’s Halloween parade and they both had homework. It was a busy night, so we ate leftover baked ziti.
Wednesday: I used the Instant Pot to make meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I served with steamed broccoli. Recipe will come soon!
Thursday: We had leftover mashed potatoes (the meatloaf was gobbled up), so I used the Instant Pot again to make shredded chicken with gravy. I served with steamed vegetables and homemade sugar-free applesauce.
Friday: We have loads of leftovers, so I will disappoint my family with leftover night 😉
Saturday: We have a rare free Saturday and the weather looks like it’s going to be gorgeous, so we’re planning on hiking or going on a bike ride and we’ll find a place to eat dinner along the way.
This week’s Breakfasts, Lunches, and Snacks:
Breakfasts included cereal, eggs & toast. Lunches included leftovers, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, soups, apples, pretzels, and yogurt sticks.
What did you make this week that your family enjoyed? I’m always looking for new recipes. Please share in the comments.