Meal Plan Monday: 17-21 April

Welcome back for another edition of Meal Plan Monday! Regardless of whether you meal prep or not, having a menu and sticking to it saves tons of time and money – and if you make enough food at dinner to use as lunch the next day, you can save yourself the trouble of last minute rushing around to find food.

As usual, my only slight deviation is lunches for the young one – being in elementary school, he requires a lunch that doesn’t need to be microwaved. So as you can see I’ve added separate school lunches for him, in case you’re in the same boat! (Please note, the lunch includes an afternoon school snack as well).

I’m also only planning for Sunday night through Friday night, because weekends tend to be a free for all in my house.

*Note: I’m feeding two adults and one elementary school age boy, so we try to make enough food for three, plus leftovers.*

This week I’ve added my food prep items for Sunday, as well as a shopping list and approximate cost. I’ve used the current prices for my local Wegmans, but if you shop at Aldi or other discount grocery stores you can definitely get this meal plan for much less!

BEAR FAMILY MEAL PLAN, WEEK THREE

SUNDAY FOOD PREP:

– make your crockpot carnitas

– chop your veggies (onion, potato, pepper, broccoli, zucchini)

– spiralize two zucchini

– cook 2lbs of turkey meatballs

Sunday Dinner: Crockpot Cashew Chicken

Monday:

B: scrambled eggs with crockpot carnitas

L: leftover crockpot chicken

L2: ham and cheese roll-up, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Build Your Own Hamburgers, oven roasted potato wedges

Tuesday:

B: scrambled eggs, bacon

L: carnitas over salad

L2: tuna snack, apple slices, fruit snacks, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Greek Chicken Salads (recipe coming soon)

Wednesday:

B: overnight oats

L: leftover crockpot chicken

L2: ham and cheese dino sandwich, grapes, chips, oreos, milk, apple juice

D: Turkey Meatballs with Zoodles

Thursday:

B: scrambled eggs with carnitas

L: leftover meatballs and zoodles

L2: hot pocket, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: One Pan Chicken and Roast Vegetables

Friday:

B: greek chicken “breakfast salad”

L: leftover one pan chicken and vegetables

L2: chicken apple sausage, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Homemade Pizza Night

Shopping List (prices based on my local Wegmans)

Proteins

3lbs pork shoulder          $4.47 ($1.49/lb – family pack)

5lbs chicken breast        $9.40 ($1.88/lb – family pack)

hamburger patties         $5.99 (4 patties)

bacon, uncured               $6.99

2lbs ground turkey         $5.98 (2.99/lb – family pack)

sliced deli ham                $3.00

2 doz eggs                         $2.58 (1.29/doz)

Produce

onions (2lb bag)                $1.99

white potatoes (5lb bag) $1.99

bell pepper (6ct)               $5.49 (family pack)

cherry tomato                  $3.99 (family pack)

cucumber (2ea)                $1.32 (3/2.00)

romaine hearts (3pk)      $2.99

parseley, fresh                  $1.99

blueberries, 1pint            $3.99

zucchini, 2lb                      $3.58

broccoli, 1lb                       $1.79

apples                                  $2.99 (approx)

grapes                                  $2.99 (approx)

Dairy

greek yogurt (lg tub)      $4.99

Siggis yogurt drink        $3.99

mozzarella, shredded   $2.99

sliced cheese                    $3.00

tzatziki sauce, tub         $4.49

Other

pizza dough                    $3.57 (*NOTE: I bought the pizza dough at Trader Joe’s                                                    3 individual bags at $1.19 each)

TOTAL COST:                $96.54

NOTE: This shopping list assumes I have the following items in my pantry (which I usually do)

instant rice

spices

olive oil

gluten free quaker oats

protein powder

spaghetti sauce

pizza sauce

pizza toppings (jarred jalapenos, canned pineapple, canned olives, etc)

What are you eating this week? Do you meal plan in advance? Leave a comment and let me know!

Meal Plan Monday: 10-14 April 2017

Welcome back for another edition of Meal Plan Monday! Regardless of whether you meal prep or not, having a menu and sticking to it saves tons of time and money – and if you make enough food at dinner to use as lunch the next day, you can save yourself the trouble of last minute rushing around to find food.

As I mentioned last week, my only slight deviation is lunches for the young one – being in elementary school, he requires a lunch that doesn’t need to be microwaved. So as you can see I’ve added separate school lunches for him, in case you’re in the same boat! (Please note, the lunch includes an afternoon school snack as well).

I’m also only planning for Sunday night through Friday night, because weekends tend to be a free for all in my house.

In the future I’d like to start including the approximate cost of each week and a shopping plan. I did note which items can be made ahead of time in case you do want to prep on a weekend.

*Note: I’m feeding two adults and one elementary school age boy, so we try to make enough food for three, plus leftovers.*

BEAR FAMILY MEAL PLAN, WEEK TWO

Sunday Dinner: Skillet pork chops, roasted green beans, unsweetened applesauce with cinnamon

Monday:

B: Breakfast Cassserole, fruit (casserole can be made ahead!)

L: leftover pork/beans/applesauce

L2: ham and cheese dino sandwich, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: One pan chicken thighs with broccoli and sweet potato (chop veggies/potatoes in advance)

Tuesday:

B: scrambled eggs and bacon

L: tuna salads (make mayonnaise ahead)

L2: hot dog wrap, applesauce, granola bar, crackers, milk, apple juice

D: Turkey Enchiladas with Mexican Rice

Wednesday:

B: breakfast casserole, fruit

L: hamburger salad (grill hamburger patties/chop salad veggies in advance)

L2: hummus snack,  cherry tomatoes, apple slices, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: baked grouper, mixed roast vegetables

Thursday:

B: Protein Packed Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats (recipe coming soon!)

L: egg salad lettuce cups (great way to use up those decorated Easter eggs!)

L2: ham and cheese dino sandwich, apple slices, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken with carrots and potatoes

Friday:

B: breakfast casserole, fruit

L: leftover chicken/carrots/potatoes

L2: turkey and cheese rollups, grapes, chips, granola bar, milk, apple juice

D: Homemade Pizza Night (I’m trying to make this a thing!)

Enjoy!

A New Beginning for 2014

 

new year 2014

A Happy New Year to everyone out there! I hope everybody had a great holiday season spent with family, food, friends, and most of all, love. My Christmas was excellent – I was blessed to be able to spend Christmas with both my in-laws and my immediate family – in the same house! My New Years was a bit quieter. My sister and brother in-law came down on New Years Eve and we went to dinner together (and met an amazing waitress with an even more amazing story – Hi, Kimberly!) and came home and were all asleep before 2300. Fireworks in our neighborhood at midnight woke me up long enough to roll over and mumble a sleepy “Happy New Year” to the Husband, after which I promptly went back to sleep and didn’t move again until a lovely and decadent 0800. It was bliss.

Now it is January 2, which I qualify as the first “real” day of the new year. Yes I know, the first day of the year is obviously January 1, but I find most people (myself included) don’t really count it when they are planning their resolutions or diets or what have you. You’ve stayed out too late the night before, you might have imbibed in one too many glasses of champagne at midnight, and hey – it’s pork and sauerkraut to ring in the new year!

Which brings me to today. I don’t do resolutions – they are basically a list of things I won’t accomplish – but this year I’ve made one decision for 2014. I will wake up every morning thanking God for the day. Not asking for anything, not grumbling, not wishing I could go back to bed. Each day is a gift, and in the midst of everything else going on in my life right now, I need to remember that. I have a family who loves me, a wonderful Husband, the cutest stepson on the planet Earth…I have two eyes to see what I’m typing, two hands to type these words, the knowledge to read and write and comprehend. I have a Savior who died for my sins and gave me the gift of eternal life. What more could I possibly ask for?

Happy New Year, friends! Here’s to a great 2014!