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$60.00 A Week: Sunday Prep + Weekly Meal Plan

October 03, 2015



Welcome to the start of our $60.00 a week challenge for ourselves!  If you'd like to join in and wish to blog about it, feel free to link to your weekly post{s} in the comments section so we can all follow along.  My plan is to share with you our weekly meal plans and food costs.  I can't stress enough how much this one little action can save you - planning your week's worth of meals will absolutely
reduce your food waste and help you control your food costs.  {I used to plan our meals monthly but found it more difficult to keep up with AND we would change our minds before the month was up, so I've since switched to weekly}

One quick suggestion prior to starting your meal planning if you've never done that before.  It's super helpful if you list out all of your meals.  I made a separate list for each of the proteins within our Main dishes {i.e. Main Dish - Beef, Main Dish - Poultry, etc.}, along with lists of side dishes, lunches and breakfasts.  Break them down however makes sense to you.  You may even consider a Quick Main Dish list for weekdays or a Slow-Cooker Meals.  When I sit down to write out my meal plan each week, these lists along with any new recipes I would like to try, are in front of me.

Along with my meal plan sharing, I'll also link to the recipes, if they are available, as well as share with you what I'll be prepping.  I've always found it helpful to prep what I can Sunday night, making weekday meals much more manageable.  And I will try to get recipes up that I haven't already shared on the site.

Here we go.......

Sunday Prep:
  • make freezer burritos & put in freezer {enough for 1 month}
  • make freezer breakfast sandwiches & put in freezer {enough for 1 month}
  • make sausage & tortellini soup {using this recipe but substituting the spinach with kale because that's what I have & adding 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage}
  • make oatmeal sandwich bread
  • make slow-cooker yogurt


Meal Plan

Monday:
Breakfast - Freezer Burritos with Berry Cup {frozen berries from the summer}
Lunch - Sausage & Tortellini Soup with Slice of Oatmeal Bread and Banana for a snack
Dinner - Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Honey Glazed Carrots

Tuesday:
Breakfast - Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal {put in slow-cooker Monday night} with chopped walnuts {J will have cereal - he is opposed to Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal - crazy, I know!}
Lunch - Sausage & Tortellini Soup with Slice of Oatmeal Bread and Banana for a snack
Dinner - Freezer Meal: Slow-Cooker Chicken Fajitas with Mexican Rice

Wednesday:
Breakfast - Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches with Berry Cup {frozen berries from the summer}
Lunch - Ham/Turkey Sandwich, Homemade Yogurt with Homemade Jam {swirl in 1 Tablespoon} and Apple for a snack
Dinner - Brown Butter Seared Cod with Clam Linguine and Sautéed Green Beans

Thursday:
Breakfast - Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal with chopped walnuts {leftover from Tuesday - as on Tuesday, J will have cereal}
Lunch - Ham/Turkey Sandwich, Homemade Yogurt with Homemade Jam {swirl in 1 Tablespoon} and Apple for a snack
Dinner - Chicken Divan with Rice

Friday:
Breakfast - Freezer Burritos with Berry Cup {frozen berries from the summer}
Lunch - Ham/Turkey Sandwich, Homemade Yogurt with Homemade Jam {swirl in 1 Tablespoon} and Apple for a snack
Dinner - Slow-Cooker Pork & Beans with Rice and Roasted Butternut Squash

Saturday:
Breakfast - Ham & Cheese Omelet with Toast
Lunch - Cheeseburger Sliders with Oven-Baked Potato Chips {leftover sliders will be saved for lunches next week - they reheat well}
Dinner - Beef Stew with Homemade Bread

Sunday:
Breakfast - Hashbrown Breakfast Cups with side of Applesauce {from freezer}
Lunch - Taco Soup with Tortilla Chips
Dinner - Baked Turkey Chili Relleno's with Sautéed Zucchini & Corn {this recipe with corn added}


**I will try to get the breakfast recipes up this week or next week as well as the slow-cooker recipes.**

Monday I'll be sharing this week's receipts and additional information about this week's food costs.

Happy Saturday!



Additional posts:
10 Tips For Shrinking Your Grocery Budget to $60.00/Week
12 Ways To Save Money and Reduce Food Waste
10 Easy Things You Can Do To Save Money
16 Ways To Effectively Cut Your Food Budget
 $60.00 A Week Food Budget Challenge






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