I haven’t posted our meal plan in a long time. Even though our menu hasn’t made it onto my blog, I’ve still been planning a rough meal guide for each week. It makes grocery shopping so much easier, and we save a lot of money this way. If you don’t usually plan a menu but are interested in the idea, why not give it a shot this week or next week? Head over to Orgjunkie to see other’s menus for the week.
Here’s what we’re probably going to eat this week (unless an unstoppable craving hits and plans change!):
Baked ziti(Pasta $0.99, 2 jars mushroom marinara sauce $1.98, Italian shredded cheese $2.69, 1.5 lb. ground beef $2.50, Parmesan (?), cottage cheese $2.29, seasonings. Total: $10.45ish for a totally full 9×13 pan that will provide 10-12 servings at least.
Tacos (Tortillas $.99/pack, 1.5 lb. ground beef $2.50, taco seasoning $0.33, salsa $1.49/jar but will use 1/4 jar so .37 , black beans $.49, shredded cheese $2.69, but will use about 1/4 of pack so $0.67 ) Total: $5.35
Grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts, frozen green beans, rice (I have no idea how much I paid for these things. They’ve been in my freezer/pantry for awhile. Probably less than $4 for the meal, though).
Bacon and ranch pasta salad with corn and peas, fruit salad (I guess it’s salad day) (Pasta mix $0.99, corn $0.45?, peas $0.30) (Fruit salad: Pineapple $0.89?, mandarin oranges $0.45, grapes $0.50, frozen strawberries $0.50) Total meal $4.08
Grilled cheese sandwiches, frozen veggie, fruit salad (Sandwiches will cost less than $0.25 each, the fruit salad cost was accounted for earlier, and a frozen veggie serving will be about $0.50 or so. Total $1)
Total: $24.88 for dinners
We eat leftovers or simple sandwiches for lunch, and we’ll have cereal with fruit or toast for breakfast.
To save time, I’ll have two skillets going and I’ll cook 1.5 lb. of ground beef in one pan for taco meat, and another 1.5 lb of ground beef in another skillet to prepare my sauce for the ziti. I like to have the ziti sauce sit in the fridge overnight so the flavors can get nice and friendly with each other.
We’ll have tacos the first night, and ziti the next. The ziti is totally unsummery, but it’s delicious and one of our favorites.
I haven’t broken down the costs for my menus in a long time. I had my Aldi receipt handy for most of these goods, but others I had to guess on. I typically try to include the cost of the item just for the amount we’re using for the meal, not the total price of the ingredient. But, I may have screwed up somewhere along the way.