Last week, I did a lot of slow cooker recipes, and it worked so well to keep that I'm doing it again. I'm trying out a few more recipes from More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow, but if you're new to crockpot cooking I'd recommend the first book too. I'm also sticking with a new grocery budget ($100/week) and shopping plan since we've been busier lately (I needed less trips!), and we're working hard on our financial goals. Here's what I'm doing:
Over the weekend, I plan out our meals for the week, often with input from my husband and kids, and by seeing what proteins I have in the freezer (there's usually chicken/pork/whatever in there). Then, I check our fridge and pantry for the other ingredients I need to complete those meals. I add whatever breakfast, lunch, or other foods we need to the list, and I do my one shopping trip. If I do have to make a second trip later in the week, it's just to run in and get more milk and produce, but I've been trying not to not even do that. Less trips to the store and less time in the store means less money spent.
With that in mind, here are our meals for the week:
Monday–Orange Beef, brown rice
Tuesday–Creamy Turkey and Green Beans (from More Make it Fast), mashed potatoes
Wednesday–Swiss & Mushroom Omelets, rosemary potatoes
Thursday– Taco Pie (from More Make it Fast)
Friday–Homemade Vegetarian Pizza (I'll make crust for the family, then use a gluten-free English muffin for my own), salad
Saturday–Baked tilapia, baked potatoes, and broccoli
For help meal planning around the weekly grocery ads, see my How-To Video. Then, for more meal plans and recipes, head over to the big linky at OrgJunkie.
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