I had to come up with this week's meal plan a little differently than I usually do. My typical process involves finding recipes that look easy and delicious and then purchasing any items I need. This time, I had to take stock of what was in my fridge, freezer and pantry to create this week's meal plan. This was a good experience for me!
I had a budget of $100 to get essential perishables from Costco for the next 2 weeks! I'm definitely not used to working with a limit (our usual bill is between $250-$350) but I managed wonderfully, though I did have to use my meager savings to buy bread.
My husband usually works late on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and so I don't do anything fancy on those days. Here's what we have going for this week:
Monday (yesterday): Crockpot Chicken in Mushroom Sauce (the whole family enjoyed!)
Tuesday (today): Beef & Pasta (already cooking in the crockpot!)
Wednesday: Mac & Cheese (another crockpot recipe... I LOVE my slow cooker!)
Thursday: Grilled PB & J**
Friday: Homemade Pizza (this was on the menu last week but while I had intended to make dough, we had some refrigerated dough that needed using)
Saturday: Beef Dip (recipe below)
Sunday: Crockpot Chicken in Sauce
**I have previously tried Peanut Butter Cup Grilled Sandwiches, which were quite fun. I later learned about Grilled Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches, which we will try this Thursday.
Beef Dip recipe
This is something I do from memory. It's a recipe I received from my neighbor and friend.
- roast (I usually thaw mine first but this doesn't mean cooking from frozen isn't possible!)
- packet dry onion soup mix
- about 3/4 cup of water or beef broth/whatever
What I Recommend from Last Week (stuff even my kids liked!)