Meal Planning: 3/14 thru 3/20


Should you be a new reader of "I'm Not Your Mama's Martha!", please click Meal Planning With Amanda and read through how to begin meal planning for yourself and to understand how, exactly I feed my family of three breakfast, lunch and dinner for, on average, $150 per week.  There, you will find links to printable lists for yourself as well as my Master Meal List of all the meals I make that we seem to eat on a regular basis and that I draw from when making my weekly meal plans.

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I didn't need much this week at all because I decided to try and use up what we had on-hand to clean out the pantry, fridge and freezer as I have an overstock problem after stocking up on things that were on a deep discount sale the previous four weeks and I don't want anything to spoil.  So, even though a ton of great stuff was on sale this week, I skipped it to ensure nothing I already have spoils before I can use it up.  Tough choice!  I can't believe I got out of the store for under $60!  I basically just had to replenish the things we eat for breakfast, lunch and snacks this week. 

Safeway $56.10
(2) 18ct eggs (Buy 1, Get 1 Free)
(2) Celery
Eating Right baby carrots
Romaine hearts (normally $5.99, on sale $2.99)
Naval orange (normally $1.99/lb, on sale $0.99/lb) - only purchased 1 to test out on Emily
Fat-free milk
Blue cheese salad dressing (normally $3.99, on sale $1.99)
(2) Sargento cheese (normally $3.99, on sale $1.49 IF you bought 2 or more)
2lbs deli turkey
1lb deli ham
(7) Yogurt
Cornbread mix
Fiber One breakfast pastries (normally $3.29, on sale 2@5)
Whole wheat wraps
Sandwich bread

Inventory (after last week's meals):
1 rack of ribs
1 pork tenderloin
1 portion chicken & apple sausages
1 1lb portions shrimp
2 8oz portions Tilapia
7 3/4lb portions lean ground beef
5 1.25lb portions ground turkey
3 portions wings/drumsticks
6 1lb portions chicken breast
2 1lb portions thin-sliced chicken breasts
2 1.25lb portions stew meat
1 1lb portions sweet Italian turkey sausage
1 8oz packages Canadian bacon
1 1lb Orange chicken (pre-cooked)

As I create my meal plan each week, I'll reduce my inventory the next week by those selections and will not shop for meats between now and the time I plow through my inventory, so that 1) nothing spoils from freezer-burn, 2) I don't waste money as the meats above were purchased at the lowest possible price and 3) because I have no additional space to store anything!  :)

Weekly Meal Plan

Turkey chili with cornbread
Baked meatball ziti (from last week's leftover turkey meatballs so, no reduction in inventory!)
Baked "fried" chicken and a salad
Grilled sweet & spicy wings with tator tots
Tomato soup and french baguette


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