Meal Plans are the same way. I save money when I do a meal plan. I love having a meal plan because I don't have to rack my busy brain at 4:30pm to figure out
A) what the kids will eat and
B) what I have the ingredients for on hand
We participate in the Bountiful Baskets Produce Coop which is a fantastic opportunity to keep myself inline with a meal plan. Every Saturday morning I clean out the refrigerator in preparation for our basket. That evening I sit down and plan the week's meal around the fruits and vegetables in our basket. I'm a supporting member at AllRecipes.com where for a small annual cost I can customize my own menus and edit and print the coordinating grocery list.
This week our basket consisted of Romaine lettuce, spinach, radishes, broccoli, avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, blackberries, grapes bananas, Asian pears, fuji apples, and clementine nectarines. It's a fantastic value for just $15!
I also got an extra vegetable pack with an Italian theme that included; Eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, yellow onions, red onion, garlic, Italian parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, and Basil for an extra $8.50.
And this is how it translates into a Meal Plan for dinner.
|Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast|
Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast with fresh spinach
Alyson's Broccoli Salad is always a favorite, although steamed broccoli would also be good
Calzones Cheese and pepperoni for the kiddos, supreme for Mom and Dad
Apple Crisp for Desert
Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
Sweet Dinner Rolls are a huge hit and a standard in our house
Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Rosemary Au Gratin Potatoes
Apple Cranberry Cobbler
|Italian Topped Garlic Bread and Eggplant Parmesan|
Italian Topped Garlic Bread