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a week of meals (including shrimp!) for $61.64, grocery list included!

Let’s do this…

Dinner #1:

Turkey Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Golden Raisins + Strawberry Spinach Salad with Macadamia Nuts

Prep and Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Total:  $7.91 for the meatballs + $4.90 for the salad

Dinner #2:

Spaghetti with Arugula Pesto, Golden Beets and Goat Cheese

Prep and Cooking Time:  25 minutes

Total:  $7.15 for the pasta (you may want to toss on a little roasted chicken or shrimp for extra protein)

Dinner #3:

Shrimp, Papaya and Avocado Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  90 minutes (including 60 minutes of marinating)

Total:  $10.25 for the salad

Dinner #4:

A Food Snob’s Meatloaf + Your Favorite Veggie

Prep and Cooking Time:  1 hour 10 minutes

Total:  $6.30 for the meatloaf + estimated $2.00 for the veggie

Dinner #5: 

Slow Roasted Shredded Pork with Tortillas and Salsa + Side Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  2 hours, 45 minutes (most of that slow roasting time)

Total:  $9.50 for the pork (not including fixins’) + estimated $2.00 for the salad

Dinner #6:

Mama’s Meat Sauce  + Pasta of Choice + Your Favorite Veggie

Prep and Cooking Time:  1 hour, 15 minutes

Total:  $9.63 for the pasta + estimated $2.00 for the veggie

Total for 6 nights of dinners:  $61.64!  That’s about $2.57 per serving!

Shopping List:

Meat and Seafood

  • 3 1/2 pounds ground turkey or chicken (for meatballs, meatloaf and pasta sauce)
  • 3/4 pound shrimp
  • 3-5 slices bacon
  • 4 pound pork shoulder


  • 4 onions
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 2 bunches spinach
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 lime
  • 2 heads lettuce
  • 2 veggies of choice
  • 1 papaya
  • 2 avocado
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 small shallots
  • 4 golden beets
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  • 1 cup pine nuts (buy just what you need in the bulk section)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts (buy just what you need in bulk)
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 slices wheat sandwich bread
  • 3 tablespoons italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti
  • tortillas for pork


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • sour cream for pork (or substitute greek yogurt)
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated asiago cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk

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6 fabulous meals, only $61.05 (shopping list included)!

I’ve told you about my Book Club, right?

Well, ok, hold up.  It’s a Mamas Group.  I admit it.  But I like to call us a Book Club as it sounds so refined and sophisticated and academic, so unlike how I typically feel in my everyday t-shirt-and-jeans-life, pushing my kids on the swings at the park and trying desperately not to check my phone every 5 minutes.  Can you relate?

Ok, back to Book Club. Read more

5 fresh ways to prepare chicken!

  • Laundry.
  • My 1 pair of skinny jeans.
  • Squeegeeing the shower.
  • Whining children.
  • Traffic.
  • “Call Me Maybe” on the radio.
  • The out-of-place, HOT weather we’re having (to whom do I send the memo that it’s October 7, for crying out loud?!)
  • Chicken.

Things I get tired of. Read more

drop-off meals made easy: 6 transportable recipes.

I’m all about loving people through food.

Well, maybe not through casseroles…I’m not sure that’s love 😉 but still…

If there are opportunities to bring meals to new moms, the sick, the elderly, the homebound, families in crisis, you name it, I’m all about it.  In part because I love to cook but also because I feel it’s a tangible way to connect with and serve those around me.

Many of you have asked about meals or recipes that are easy to make, nutritious, relatively transportable and don’t break the budget, so without further adieu…here are 6 recipes the are easy to transport, simple to get on the table, and most importantly delicious! Read more

6 fall-inspired meals for $46.05, shopping list included!

Sorry if you received a blank email.  I currently want to breakup with this blog.  Therefore you won’t see pics on this post – so sorry!

Fair warning:  I’m getting up on my soapbox in 5, 4, 3, 2, … Read more

next week’s menu plan #15, 6 meals for $57.94!

We have ants.

I’m not sure there is anything I detest more than having those tiny little ants happily march their way around my kitchen (ok, that’s an exaggeration…I’m sure if I really thought about it I’m sure I could think of lots of things).  But it’s MY KITCHEN!  What the heck are they doing cruising around, checking things out, munching on the crumbs from my kids’ PB&J sandwiches, getting all up in my coffee maker like they own the place??  Am I right?  Ugh, talk about violating. Read more

next week’s menu plan #14, 6 meals for $50.17!

At my husband’s request, we decorated for the fall today.

It was 92 degrees outside.

Yup. Read more

8 things to cook when the kids go back to school.

I get it.

We’re all busy, what with the headed back to school, gotta squeeze in that haircut, hope and pray they have a few packs of crayons left at Target, shoot did you already outgrow those pair of back-to-school shoes we picked up last week, craziness.

So here are a few ideas for some tasty and easy recipes to help you easily:

1.  Transition into fall

2.  Head back to school

3.  Collect some semblance of a routine, and… Read more

next week’s menu plan #14, 6 meals for less than $55!

…because you just completed task #82 for the day, and you’re still only halfway through your list.

…because who has time to stop and menu plan, let alone shower daily, give the meyer lemon tree you inherited from your mother a bath, and remember to floss?

…because you just sat on the freeway for 45 minutes WITHOUT MOVING.  like literally.  at a standstill.  oh wait, that wasn’t you, it was just me?  well nevermind.  moving on… Read more

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. Read more

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