Saturday, November 29, 2014

Meal Planning Monday

We're getting back into the groove... the money saving, healthy eating one!

I always loved reading other's Monday posts about what they feed their families and how much they spend.

Last week I challenged myself because I had a limited budget for Thanksgiving and I surprised myself with how well I did and I even had enough left over to buy a few treats the boys begged me to buy (reindeer sugar cookies, ha!).

I really want to be healthier, so I'm trying to limit red meat, salt, preservatives and processed food.  Did you know we eat so many preservatives that bodies are not decomposing like they use to?  Like barely decomposing.  Freaky stuff huh?

So, let's get started!  Breakfast is almost always the same everyday, a smoothie and then a few hours later coffee or tea.  Then lunch is almost the same everyday too.  The boys eat pretty much everything I do so it makes life easier.  If Jude is getting picky, I'll make him peanut butter & honey toast, or something I feel is healthy and filling.

The list below will last well into next week with leftovers, it normally almost lasts two whole weeks.  I try to buy organic, frozen and sea salt canned foods.  I'm not perfect!

Green Smoothies

Salad & Grilled chicken
Veggie Omelet & fruit (omelet= scrabbled eggs with lots of veggies and cheddar cheese)
(To make this easier, I'm going to wash and pre-slice all the veggies for the week and place them in the freezer in individual baggies to stay fresh.  The only thing I'll have to grab is a pan, my eggs and fruit.  This also helps cut down on waste because it's frozen.)

1.) Pecan encrusted salmon, cooked carrots and salad.  The salmon is breaded and there is brown sugar too so with a glass of milk the carbs are just about right. 

2.) Parmesan baked chicken breasts, salad and red garlic mashed potatoes

3.) Chicken Pot Pie x 4 (freeze three) + salad 
(I'm making four total so I can freeze three, keep two and give one away to a family member.  They freeze well so it's my go to meal when we don't feel like cooking.  This is one of the best pieces of advice, always have backup freezer meals, you will get tired, you will get busy... this will help keep your budget and healthy eating on track.)

4.) Ground Beef veggie soup (doubling batch for a family member & to freeze) 
This is the kind of soup that tastes even better the day after it's made. 

5.) Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup, something easy and cheap for a lazy night.  (The key to the perfect grilled cheese?  Real butter!)

Snacks: I try to pair a carb and a protein.  No more than 15 carbs, and the protein should be around half the carbs at 7. 
-chocolate covered raisins (bought from my niece in Girl Scouts) 
-hummus & crackers 
-cashews (bought from my niece in Girl Scouts)

Shopping List: 
Salad x 3
Chicken Breasts (15) 
2 lb. ground beef
red potatoes
8-9 inch pie shells (frozen)
Spinach x 2
bananas x 3
soy milk
eggs x 2
green peppers x 2
1 red onion
2pkg. cream cheese
4 cream of mushroom soups
American cheese slices
7 frozen pkgs. of peas, corn, carrots & green beans (8-10oz. each)
1 white onion
2 can tomato sauce
2 can diced tomatoes
maple syrup
bread x 2
ranch dressing
cheese squares
tomato soup
Annie's Mac & Cheese x 4
diapers (yes we still cloth diaper, but only at home)
beef stock x 2
whole milk x 4 (yes we drink this much milk!)
2% milk x 3

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