Financial Freedom Fridays-Meal Ideas
|March 4, 2011||Posted by Jessie under Financial Freedom Fridays|
Ask and you shall receive. After telling you all about our super low grocery bill last month, I have had quite a few requests through comments and emails recently asking for tips on meal planning and grocery shopping. I am no expert but we definitely enjoy our food at the Hyde household so this week I thought I would give you a couple weeks worth of meal ideas that we enjoy. If you want recipes I would be more than happy to divulge:)
Typically to plan our meals, we start with what we already have in the pantry. If we have pasta left from the previous week, we plan some sort of pasta meal. Anything that will stretch a buck is good to buy and plan around-pasta, potatoes, bulk chicken, rice, etc. I was lucky enough to marry a hot hunter so our freezer is stocked with enough deer meat to last for months. We have some ground and use in everything you would normally use ground beef in-spaghetti, tacos, etc. We also have some that Mike cut into steaks so whip those out when we want to feel fancy. And for those of you who have never had deer meat before, we think it tastes just like ground beef and probably won’t be buying any beef in the near future which also helps with our grocery bill.
I also receive weekly emails from Taste of Home with five recipes. You can choose what kind of recipes you receive and I signed up for the affordable meals option. We have used quite a few from there and they have all been good.
I am not a coupon cutter but we do shop at Walmart and I don’t think you can really get any cheaper than that so if you are horrified by the idea of sitting and cutting coupons for hours, trust me, you don’t have to do it!
Ok, here’s the stuff you asked for. Here is a list of the dinners we ate over the last two weeks (in no particular order):
- Marinated deer steak, potatoes, green beans
- Taco Bake
- Spaghetti and garlic bread
- Low Fat Chicken Fettucine Alfredo and garlic bread
- Parmesan coated chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
- Grilled chicken, Pasta Side (in a bag), veggie medley and cheese sauce
- Pork burgers and baked french fries
- Burritos (beef, green peppers, rice, lettuce, cheese) with chips and queso
- Cheesy Veggie and Chicken Pasta
- Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Other than meals, we buy cereal and milk each week, lunch meat, lettuce, chips, bread (or tortillas for lunch wraps), and some sort of dessert. We have to have dessert at our house and you can do that incredibly cheap. If you want something simple from a box, which we do sometimes, you can get brownies for $.98 that will last all week. We don’t buy a lot of snacks at our house, but even if you threw in a bag of apples, carrots, or grapes that only adds a few more dollars.
I hope you found this helpful. I would be more than happy to give more info, recipes, or answer any questions you have. I know food can add up quickly and it just takes practice on finding what your family likes and making food that still has a lot of flavor but not a ton of ingredients.
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