I seriously can’t believe it’s the last day of January, where has the month gone? I’ve really been trying hard to use all the foods I have on hand first for recipes before buying new. I guess it’s been working because my SIL came by this weekend and commented on how empty our fridge was. I can also see it in my grocery bill because I am spending less per month on groceries than I budget for.
My budget is $150 per week/$600 monthly which includes not only dinner items but lunch, snacks and household items too. Sometimes when we have a lot of household items purchase it may not be that easy to stay within that budget but we try. On those weeks when our budget is tight I design our menu plan around simple inexpensive meals. Sticking with Meatless Monday meals and making big batches of meals and freezing half for another time is a huge help.
How much do you spend weekly and monthly on grocery store and how do you keep track?
REAL FOOD Weekly Menu Plan 1.31.16
Monday: Making a Spicy Gnocchi Bake for our Meatless Monday meal. Serving it with bread and salad.
Tuesday: Make your own Fajitas using grass fed skirt steak. This will be a new one for me, hoping the kids like it.
Wednesday: We are having a mid-week date night so this will be our leftover night.
Thursday: We have an event at school so we are keeping it simple and making soup and sandwiches.
Friday: Another new recipe – Salmon Cakes. I would make these all the time before children then I kind of forgot about it. Now I just need to find my recipe…hmmm!
Saturday: We are starting some home improvement projects so while my hubby is dealing with plumbing I will take the boys out for the day. I want to keep it simple for dinner. I bought enough skirt steak (because it was on sale) to make Cheesesteaks served with fries.
Sunday: It’s Super Bowl Sunday. We started the tradition a few years ago of making appetizers and grazing throughout the day and night. The kids love it and we have a lazy day watching the game.
So that’s my menu plan for this week…hope it’s inspired you to think outside the box when feeding your family. Just remember when you are feeling a bit overwhelmed with “life” a little organization goes a long way. Most of these meals can be prepared in less than 30 minutes and some can even be fully cooked within that time. If you are still looking for inspiration head over to my Menu Plans. On Pinterest? Head over and check out my Family Meals Board for more real food inspiration and become inspired over at Org.Junkie