next week’s menu plan #13, 6 meals for $53.45!
“It’s ok, Luke. I’m right here.”
Be still my beating heart. These were the 6 words I heard my daughter whisper to her brother on my way downstairs after tucking them in tonight. Not only are they now sharing a room (a recent development) but my son is sleeping on the floor on his crib mattress (this would be his Big Boy Bed…or at least this is how we’ve sold it to him…we have yet to actually break down his crib, partly because we’ve only have 1 successful night under our belts with this Big Boy stuff but also because I might have to have a good cry before packing away one of the last official “baby” items left in our house). But time marches on and here we are.
What about you, dear Reader? Do you have kids? Young or old? I wonder often about your life stories…where you live, whether you’re a cat family or love dogs (or neither!), whether you’re new to cooking or have done it forever, and if you (like me) often wonder if you’re totally messing up your kids or how anyone can afford to retire? Maybe someday we’ll meet. Oooohhh…that would be fun. Maybe you’ll ask me what’s up with my run on sentences, something I noticed just this second. You probably caught that your first time here. Bless you for sticking around.
Ok, here’s our little menu plan this week! We’ve got a light and tasty chicken salad, a meatloaf even I’ll eat (and that’s saying something), my favorite risotto, and more!
Enjoy! And if you have the time please leave a comment and tell me something about yourself!
Dinner #1: Chicken, Goat Cheese and Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts and a Crusty Baguette ($7.18+estimated $2.00 for crusty bread)
Dinner #3: Sausage, Tomato and Spinach Risotto ($6.51 for the risotto…you may want an extra veggie or salad but it’s quite filling as is)
Dinner #5: Italian Sausage and Peppers on Asiago Polenta and a Simple Side Salad ($8.17 for the sausage and polenta+estimated $2.00 for the salad))
Dinner #6: Curried Chicken and Zucchini with Couscous ($7.13 for the chicken and couscous…you might like a salad with this but we usually just eat as is since there’s so much in there)
Total for 6 nights of dinners: $53.45! That’s about $2.20 per person.
Shopping List (items you likely don’t already have in your pantry):
11 chicken breasts (about 6 ounces each for 66 ounces or between 4 and 5 pounds)
1 pound ground turkey or chicken
1 3/4 pound italian sausage (I go for the chicken sausage at Sprouts)
2 heads lettuce
1 granny smith apple
1 1/2 pounds peaches
1 bunch italian parsley
3 pounds broccoli
1 head garlic
1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches)
2 jalapeno chiles
1 bunch spinach
1 teaspoon rosemary (fresh is best but dried is ok)
1 bell pepper
2 tablespoons basil
1 red onion
1 bunch cilantro
4 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup red wine
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup arborio rice
1 cup whole wheat couscous
3 slices sandwich bread
1 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup walnuts
1/3 cup dried cherries
2 ounces goat cheese
5 ounces asiago cheese
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups plain greek yogurt