Our grocery budget is one of my biggest struggles – I’m sure a lot of you can relate! I’m making it a goal this year to have a weekly meal plan and trip to the grocery store because I know how much money we save when we’re prepared.
If you’re trying to save money on food, eating at home is a must. Here are my tips before you head to the grocery store:
- Shop your pantry. Take a look through your freezer, fridge and cupboards to see what you already have. Plan your meals around things in your refrigerator you want to use before they go bad and staples you have in your freezer and pantry.
- Assess your food mood. This is a big one for me. In recent weeks I have not been in a mood to cook time-consuming meals. It’s important to acknowledge this because I don’t want to plan ambitious meals that, at the end of the day, I’m just too tired to prepare! This is a recipe for disaster (pun not intended), aka McDonald’s for dinner.
We have some go-to meals that we eat fairly often but I love to hunt Pinterest and my favorite foodie blogs for frugal, healthy and delicious recipes for my family. Hopefully my recipe round up will help if you’re looking for some inspiration!
Disclaimer: I eat a mostly vegetarian diet, my husband is low-carb, and our almost-1 year old daughter will eat anything!
Easy Egg Wraps I’m really excited to try this recipe from the Lean Green Bean. They sound delicious and incredibly easy to make! We’ll be topping them with nutella or yogurt + fruit or avocado and cheese + lunch meat for my husband.
Cinnamon Rolls We used to go out for breakfast on the weekend and spend $20-30 pop so to combat that I’ve started treating us with something at home instead. This week it’s Aldi’s cinnamon rolls – you can’t beat 8 cinnamon rolls for $1.39!
Turkey Club Roll-Ups We had some leftover bacon and lettuce from last week so this will be Hayden’s low carb lunch for the week.
Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad with Teriyaki Dressing I was looking for a way to use up some spinach and when I remembered this sweet pasta salad I made once before I knew it would make the perfect vegetarian lunch for me this week!
Slow Cooker Veggie Pot Pie This warm, hearty meal is so versatile and the perfect way to use up the veggies you have in the freezer. After shopping my pantry I realized I had everything I needed to make it – half bags of frozen lima beans, corn and green beans, some chopped carrots and celery leftovers that wound up in the freezer, and the potatoes and onions I always keep on hand.
Chickpea Curry with Rice We love this incredibly simple meal from Ree Drummond, aka the Pioneer Woman! I just so happened to have a half-batch already in the freezer (this recipe makes a LOT) so all I’ll have to do is whip up a pot of rice and dinner is served. Frugal and easy!
Quesadillas I work on Tuesday evenings so I need a meal we can have on the table in no time at all. Quesadillas are quick, easy and a great way to use up what you have on hand. Got some marinara? Throw on some sausage or pepperoni, onions, olives and make a Pizzadilla! Got some pineapple or black beans? Try another delicious variation from Budget Bytes!
Baked Tilapia with Garlic Bread Crumbs Fresh tilapia filets were on sale at Aldi this week and it will be delicious with a box of wild rice we already have in the pantry.
Fried Rice This fried rice hack I came up with recently is one of our favorite easy, weeknight meals. I buy a package of frozen steamable rice with vegetables. After steaming it in the microwave I dump it into a hot skillet and crack a couple eggs. Add some soy sauce and rice vinegar to taste, maybe some shrimp or chicken if you have it and voila! Easy additions to this meal are frozen egg rolls, wontons or edamame.
Breakfast Aurelia always has some variation of baby oats (with cinnamon or fruit puree), buttered toast with cinnamon and fruit – usually half a banana – for breakfast.
Lunch Since December Aurelia has been eating a scrambled egg with cheese for lunch with a chopped up avocado and berries/fruit of some kind. I don’t know what I’ll do when she gets tired of scrambled eggs!
Dinner For dinner this week Aurelia is having steamed chicken with carrots, peas and black beans.