Weekly Meal Plan with Grocery List Included!!

Here is the third installment of the weekly meal plans with the grocery list included.  I know that a big complaint that most women have is trying to plan meals.  So here is seven meals, directions of how to prepre (or links to recipes) and the grocery list of what you will need to prepare these meals.  Print this off, then go to your kitchen and compare the list to what you have already in inventory.  Cross off items you already have.  When you go to the grocery store, take list and cross off items as you put them in the cart. 

This week I have noted items on sale at Price Chopper with an asterisk*.  Also in parentheses I have noted how many meals in the weekly plan that ingredient will be used for. 

Meal Plans

Day One: Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Cottage Cheese, Tomatoes, Avocados: Click here for pork chop recipe and prepare as recipe directs. Top cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes, slices of avocado and fresh ground pepper.

Day Two: Oven Roasted Sausages, Potatoes and Peppers: Click here for recipe.

Day Three: Veggie Burgers with French Fries: Mix together one can of organic black beans, ½ cup of oats, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 egg, 1tbsp of cumin, ¼ tsp pepper and ½ cup of diced mushrooms. Process in a food process until well mixed. Press into patties. Grill one side for five minutes, then flip and grill other side for five minutes. Serve on a roll with toppings of choice.  For fries, slice peeled potatoes lenth wise. Lay on a greased cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Day Four: Strawberry Bacon Salad with Greek Yogurt Poppyseed Dressing: Click here for recipe.

Day Five: Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Green Beans: Click here for recipe.

Day Six: Stuffed Shells with Garlic Bread: Place frozen stuffed shells in a glass casserole dish, side by side. Cover with spaghetti sauce. Bake according to directions on package. Prepare garlic bread as directed.

Day Seven: Pulled Pork SpareRibs with Coffee, Molasses Barbecue Sauce with Brown Rice and Stewed Tomatoes: Click here for pulled pork recipe. Prepare as directed. Prepare brown rice and heat stewed tomatoes. Serve tomatoes over rice.

Grocery List

  • Pork Chops (1)*BOGO FREE
  • Chicken Broth (1)
  • Olive Oil (4)
  • Garlic Cloves (3)
  • Paprika (1)
  • Garlic Powder (1)
  • Poultry Seasoning (1)
  • Oregano (1)
  • Basil (1)
  • Cottage Cheese (1) * Price Chopper Brand $ 1.99
  • Grape Tomatoes (1) *$2.50 per pint
  • 2 Avocados (1)
  • Ribs (1) *BOGO Free
  • Coffee (1) *Eight O’Clock Coffee is Buy 1, Get 1 FREE
  • Molasses (1)
  • Dijon Mustard (1)
  • Soy Sauce (1)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (1)
  • Hot Sauce (1)
  • Ketchup (1) * Price Chopper Squeeze Ketchup
  • Brown Rice (1)
  • Stewed Tomatoes (1)
  • Chicken Sausage(1) *Bilinski’s is BOGO Free
  • Potatoes (2) * $ 4.98 for an 8lb bag
  • Onion (1)
  • Banana Peppers-jarred (1) * Mezzetta Brand is BOGO FREE!
  • Bell Peppers (1) * $ 1.69/lb
  • Rosemary (1)
  • 1 Can Organic Black Beans (1)
  • Hamburger or Ciabatta Rolls (1) *Kaiser Rolls 6 pack $ 2.00
  • Oats (1)
  • Eggs (1)
  • Cumin (1)
  • Fresh Mushrooms (1) *$ 2.50 8oz sliced
  • Bacon (1)
  • Almonds (1)
  • Strawberries (1) *Buy 1 16 oz container, get 1 FREE
  • Fresh Spinach (1)
  • Greek Yogurt (1)
  • Mayo (1)
  • White Vingear (1)
  • Sugar (1)
  • Poppyseeds (1)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Shrimp (1)
  • Fresh Cilantro (1)
  • Lime juice (1)
  • Frozen French Style Green Beans (1)
  • Frozen Stuffed Shells (1) *Pede brand $ 2.00
  • Spaghetti Sauce (1)
  • Garlic Bread (1)
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Sample Dinner Plan- Around $ 10 a Day

So now that you know the deals, here is a sample meal plan to go with this week’s sales!  New ideas for dinner!

Day # 1: Spinach Omelettes with side of fresh clementine sections (eggs $ 1.88/18; spinach $ 1.69 8 oz; your choice deli cheese-leave some for next night’s dinner- $ 1.99 w/coupon, clementines $ 4.99/5lbs) Total cost for ingredients: $ 10.55

Day # 2:  Grilled Ham Sandwiches with Tomato Soup (1/2lb Cooked Ham $ 3.00, Artisan Vienna Bread Loaf $.99, 2 cans Tomato Soup $ 1.78- use leftover deli cheese from Day 1 meal to grill with ham and bread) Total cost for ingredients: $ 5.77

Day # 3: Rotisserie Chicken with Roasted Red Potatoes and Corn (Rotisserie Chicken $ 4.99, Red Potatoes- use half the bag- $ 1.99, Bag of Frozen Corn $1.00) Total cost for ingredients $ 7.98

Day # 4: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce with Green Beans (Price Chopper Spaghetti $ 1.00,  Meyers 85% All Natural Ground Beef $ 4.99/lb, (2) jars of Prego $ 4.00, Bag of Frozen Green Beans $ 1.00) Total cost for ingredients $ 10.99

Day # 5: Crock Pot London Broil w/ Potatoes & Carrots (3 lb London Broil $ 8.97, use other 1/2 bag of red potatoes, bag of mini carrots $ 2.00, Beef Broth $ 2.50) Total cost for ingredients: $ 13.47

Day # 6: Grilled Chicken Mandarin Salad (Boneless Chicken Breasts-get out and use your grill with record high temps in NNY-3lbs $ 5.97, Dole Salad $ 1.99, fresh clementine slices from Day # 1 ingredients, Price Chopper Salad dressing $ 1.50) Total ingredients $ 9.46

Day # 7: Crock Pot Pulled Pork with French Fries (Whole Bone-In Pork Butt 4 lbs $ 7.96, 2 bottles of Price Chopper BBQ sauce $ 3.00, Bag of Price Chopper French Fries $ 2.00, Bag of Mixed Frozen Veggies $ 1.00) Total ingredients $ 13.96

Seven meals, around $10.00 per dinner…you would be able to buy the ingredients for all these dinners for less than $ 73.00 at Price Chopper this week starting 1/13/13. 

Recipe Rebel: Crockpot Weenies

My daughter had a homework assignment over the holiday break to read a book about different animals stealing sausage from another.  Part of the homework was to cook sausage with an adult.  Take out homework and dinner in one step?  Sure!  Dah-da-da-dahhhhh…Supermom to the rescue!

We had Hillshire Farms Little Links in the fridge, left over from Christmas when I made the bacon wrapped weenies as an appetizer.  So we cut open the packages (3 to be exact) and dumped them in the  Crockpot.  One bottle of Honey BBQ sauce, one bottle of chili sauce and two five-year old handfuls of brown sugar sprinkled over the top.  Stir and set for four hours on the Crockpot (aka low). 

I served them with salad, probably from guilt of not being the healthiest of dinners.  But it was easy, quick and wrapped up the homework assignment.  And it was pretty darn good!  Would make a great dish to take to a party, serve during the Superbowl or for a quick, easy dinner.

Ingredients:

Hillshire Farm Little Links, Honey BBQ Sauce, Chili Sauce, Brown Sugar

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Confessions of a Recipe Rebel

I have a confession.  I more often than not improvise on recipes.  Sometimes I omit ingredients that don’t appeal to my taste buds.  Sometimes I add more of a certain ingredients that sounds tantalizingly delicious.  Sometimes I scan the recipe to get a gist of the idea and just shoot from the apron covered hip. 

Another confession?  I am a sucker for a Buy One, Get One Free sale.  I get giddy over Buy One, Get Two free sales.  I am a Thrifty Thrill Seeker, who gets euphoric over big savings.  Oh what a rush!

So last week there was a sale on London Broil.  Buy One, Get One Free.  In the cart you go London Broils.  In the summer we love to start an open fire in our pit and grill a marinated London Broil over the open fire.  Mmmm.  

Back on track…So I have London Broil to work with for a meal.  I LOVE me some Pinterest for food ideas.  I saw an amazing looking plate of Beef and Broccoli in the crockpot over rice and I was infatuated instantly.  Scanned recipe, got the gist and took meat out of freezer to unthaw overnight. 

Now while we are waiting for the meat to unthaw let me preach to you about avoiding overly processed foods.  General rule of thumb…shop around the outside perimeters of a grocery store for a majority of your groceries.  Granted, there are not a lot of coupons out there for fresh produce, meats and dairy but health always prevails over savings.  If in doubt, read the label.  If it has ingredients you can’t even pronounce, it’s probably best to avoid.  It’s quite tedious to eat clean 100% of the time so I try to aim for 65-70% clean.

Okay, meat thawed.  While sipping on a delicious latte, I prepare my Crock Pot meals before hopping in the shower in the morning.  (I am also in love with my Crock Pot…..I use mine several times a week, year round).  Meat goes on bottom of Crock Pot.  Dump a bag of still frozen broccoli (or you can use fresh) over the meat.  Pour some low-sodium soy sauce over the meat and broccoli until the liquid covers the bottom of the crockpot.  (Piece of meat should not be submerged in soy sauce- holy sodium intake!)  Pour water over beef and broccoli until piece of meat is fully submerged in liquid.  Broccoli does not have to be covered with liquid.  You can choose to use beef broth as well for more flavor.  I threw a boullion cube in with mine.  Sprinkle over the broccoli some minced garlic and brown sugar.  Now whether you use a pinch or a dash is up to you…be as rebellious as your taste buds require, you naughty chef you!  Set on low for 8 hours.  Slice up meat and serve over brown rice.  Use black pepper to season.  Super yummy, super easy and fairly healthy (healthy points deduction for soy sauce and brown sugar).