Well, we have one week of this challenge under our belt and I have to say, it was a GREAT success. We stuck to the plan. We even had enough left-overs from some of the meals to have for lunches the next day. #WINNING
This week, we did much better at shopping and adjusting the menu if we needed to while in the store. There were still just a small handful of items that we had to get elsewhere, but we left money for them to stay within our $75.00 budget. We spent only spent $67.46. at ALDI. Less than $75.00 YA’ALL! – that works out to about $1.20 a meal for each of the eight of us. Nice!
Lots of yummy options on this week’s menu. You will notice I try to pick meal options that can either use either a meat (even though we don’t eat it), fish, or easily modified to be vegetarian/vegan.
This week was also Valentine’s Day and my birthday. So, I decided to celebrate both on the same day so we could have one larger splurge meal as opposed to stretching that between two days.
Meal 1: Salmon with Pasta (tossed with olive oil, lemon, garlic, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, olives, parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.) You can also add feta cheese to the pasta or parmesan. Green salad with halved cherry tomatoes. (Omit the fish and cheese for a hearty vegan dinner.)
Meal 2: Sofritas Tacos (recipe here), with coleslaw (check back on Friday for my recipe) and roasted zucchini and squash cut lengthwise. Side of black beans and steamed white rice.
Meal 3: Shrimp skewers with vegan “alfredo” pasta, green veggie of your choice (we had frozen broccoli and cauliflower on hand)
Meal 4: Breakfast. Vegan pancakes, fried potatoes, eggs and turkey bacon (for my omnivores in the family.) Fresh fruit. (To make the pancakes vegan, we use almond milk and an egg substitute and add in vegan chocolate chips – SO GOOD.)
Meal 5: Personal Pizzas (this is usually our Friday meal – this is how we make them. But you can make your own dough too or buy frozen dough)
Meal 6: Veggie burgers, chips, salsa, hot-dogs (for the little ones), green salad
Meal 7: Corn and Potato Chowder with Shrimp (omit the shrimp to make this vegan. We use veggie broth and unsweetened almond milk, or an almond milk soup base.)
I have tried to include as many recipes as a can. But generally, if I don’t know how to make something I google it and then modify it to my liking. It’s rare I follow a recipe to the letter (I suppose that is my internal rebel shining through.)
My coleslaw recipe is EXCELLENT with the sofritas – and this is coming from a person who will not eat anyone else’s coleslaw. That’s coming up on the next Friday Under Five. Put it on your calendar. (wink)
I hope you enjoy this weeks meal plan and have fun trying to get your food budget as low as possible while still enjoying healthy and delicious food. Because if it’s not healthy or delicious, what’s the point?
Love and Prosperity,