Wow! Has anyone else noticed that food prices are going up and the weekly sales, well they're just not great? We are still sticking to our $80 a week food budget and actually I am trying to shave a little off to put in the gas budget. Those prices are even worse. So anyway, I am trying to get creative with our meals as well as plan from the pantry and freezer. I stumbled across The Everything Beans Book and really wish the funds were available to purchase it. Maybe I can carve the money out of the food budget? Anyway, the cookbook looks fabulous and I have already seen a couple of the recipes included in others menu plans. If you have this book I'd love to hear your reviews.
Breakfast: Homemade yogurt and Maple Almond Granola
Lunch: Ski Day Picnic - Turkey Sandwiches, Orange Smiles & snacks
Dinner: Apres Ski Pizza Party
Breakfast: Poached Eggs on Toast
Lunch: Pork Fried Rice
Dinner: Black Bean Burritos
Breakfast: Oatmeal Bar with all the Fixings
Lunch: Tuna Wraps and Raw Veggies
Dinner: Swedish Meatballs, Egg Noodles and Peas
Breakfast: Banana Muffins
Lunch: Mac & Cheese
Dinner: Corned Beef, Potatoes, Carrots and Cabbage
Breakfast: Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash
Lunch: Chicken Nugget & Apple Sauce
Dinner: Homemade Pizza
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs with Peppers, Onion & Cheese with Hash browns
Lunch: Orange Smoothies, Pita Bread with Hummus, Sprouts and Veggies
Dinner: Fish and Chips with Cole Slaw (Hannah's choice for her Birthday Dinner)
Breakfast: Toast with Almond Butter and Oranges
Lunch: Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce
Dinner: Roast Chicken, Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, and Carrots
I'm sure we can eat the above meals and stay within our $80 budget. My shopping list is only 10 items long, many which are on sale and/or I have coupons for. The big splurge for the week is the corned beef dinner for St Patrick's Day - luckily all those items are on sale for the holiday. And then there is Hannah's fish dinner. Can you believe the price of fish? Well, I lucked out and have a rain check for cod for only $3.99 a pound! So hopefully I will be able to squeeze out a little money for the gas tank as well as stock up on some good deals.
I so love having a stocked pantry and freezer. There is such a sense of peace that come with the knowledge I can feed my family well without blowing the budget. Check back later in the week to hear about how I stock my pantry and freezer. Hopefully, many of you will share your tips as well.
And of course if you are looking for more meal planning inspiration head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.