Menu planning and saving money really can go hand-in-hand. It is important to realize that you can still enjoy some of your family’s favorite meals by menu planning with a sales flyer, you just need to be flexible.
I am including ideas and recipes for four meals for the week. As I’ve mentioned before, I have found that I really only cook on average four meals a week and that we end up having at least one left-over night, one meal out, and something easy like homemade pizza.
Have you tried any of the recipes that I have posted? Do you have a family favorite that you would like to share
Corned Beef & Cabbage:
Just because St. Patrick’s Day is today doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the low price of Corned Beef ($1.49/lb.) and cabbage ($0.39/lb.) this week on next week’s menu plan. This recipe is a slow cooker recipe that looks really easy and has great reviews. The potatoes are on sale for $2 this week and a 2lb. bag of organic carrots is $2. This recipe has all of your vegetables cooked with the beef so you just need some crusty bread to finish the meal.
If you haven’t tried Tilapia before it is a very mild “non-fishy” fish. I found this recipe for Lemon Garlic Tilapia that I thought sounded really good. It looks really easy and it is a healthy dish that would be good to try out with the Tilapia on sale this week for $3.99/lb. I would serve this with steamed vegetables. (If you don’t have any in your freezer the GIANT Steam Ready are $1 a bag and the Birds Eye Steamfresh Selects are $1.67 a bag.) If you would like to serve this with a starch you could serve it with either rice, mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes. The Minute Brown Rice is on sale for $0.79 after you use the $0.50/1 from 1/23 RedPlum or 2/27 SmartSource insert and the all-purpose potatoes are $2 for a 5lb. bag.
I really enjoy Chicken Parmesan, but it is not always the healthiest choice for us. I have made this recipe before and it is not only a healthier chicken parmesan but it is also a really easy weeknight meal. You can buy the Perdue Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Breast that are 50% off and even less when you use the $0.75/1 coupon from the 1/23 RedPlum insert. If you don’t have any spaghetti sauce or pasta in your pantry you can pick-up a jar of Francesco Rinaldi for $1 and San Giorgio pasta for $1. If you want to make a quick salad the Dole Special Blend or Complete Kits are $2.50 a bag. You can even pick up a loaf of GIANT Italian Bread for $1 or the New York Texas Toast for $1 after this $0.50/1 printable.
We love breakfast for dinner. One of our favorites is French Toast. I like to make it “fancy” with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl bread. If you need a basic French toast recipe here is one that will get you started. The Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread is 50% off. You can pick up a 2 rolls of Bob Evans Sausage for for $5 when you buy 2 and use the $1/2 printable. The strawberries that are on sale for $2/lb. would be a sweet and refreshing side to this meal.
Happy Menu Planning!