Sunday, September 14, 2008

Meal Plan and Grocery List for Tasty Green

Hi friends!
This week's meal plan is a bit weak. But, for good reason~ we are getting ready to go out of town and I am cabinet/fridge clearing. The meals are all simple, some so easy I hesitated if they were good enough to post. But, hey we all can use easy, quick, some what healthy meals.
In addition to posting these meal plans I am going to post some fun "travel treats" that my family takes on the road with us to curb fast food cravings and save money.

Here is the Tasty Green Meal Plan for the week:

Monday: Sheperds Pie
Tuesday: Saffron Rice and Kilbasa
Wednesday: Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup
Thursday: Potatoes, Ham, and Beans
Friday: Chicken Pot Pie
Saturday: Breakfast for dinner (Waffles baby!)
Sunday: Eat Out/Leftovers

What you will need:
Bag of Potatoes
Bag of Mixed Vegetables
1/2 pound of ground beef
1 Kilbasa Sausage (we prefer the all turkey or all beef)
Bar of Cheddar Cheese
Chicken broth (if you are following Alisha's meal plan for last week save the broth then you will not have to buy any!!!)
Chicken (you will need about two cups, we used just one big breast)
Package of yellow rice
One pear for every person in your family (for a fun desert one night)
Can of Tomato soup
Corn on the cob
Snap beans (fresh!)
2 pie shells (if you want to make your own you need: crisco, vinegar, flour)
Whole wheat four (always keep this on hand!)

Using coupons this entire shopping list was under $30 for a family of three for the entire week. We did spend a little extra as we always stock our fridge with lots of fruit to eat through out the day. If you would rather make home made tomato soup like I do then you will need to add tomatoes to your grocery list.

********TIP for keeping the grocery budget low*******************

1. When whole chickens go on sale buy one and serve this as a meal to your family. Keep all of the broth and divide it into tupperware to freeze. This way when you need broth you do not have to buy it!

2. Reconsider desert. Fruit is sweet, tasty and so healthy. Instead of making deserts try a simple desert of fruit. You can simply cut it up or make a handful of easy baked treats.

3. Buy things that are in season. You will save money by purchasing local produce and freezing/canning.

Have a good week!

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