Weekly Meal Plan {5/18-24} + A Thrifty Tip

Weekly Meal Plan

My parents kept our children this weekend so my husband and I could go out for our anniversary dinner. As a result, we were able to grocery shop for the week — sans kids. Plus, we had a romantic and very quiet¬†dinner out.

I’m very excited because we finally ordered the deep freeze we’ve been wanting, so now I will have room to store all our freezer meals. I cannot wait to see if this freezer will really hold the 480 pounds of food it claims ūüôā

This week’s meal plan consists of a few new recipes plus 1 crockpot meal & 1 meatless entree. Enjoy!


Crock-pot Boston Butt for Pulled Pork with Easy Baked Beans & fried corn {freeze leftover barbecue pork}


Chicken & Spinach Ravioli (from the freezer) with Simple Red Sauce (double sauce + freeze), salad, & Olive Garden Breadsticks


Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas w/ lettuce & tomatoes


Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas w/ Creamy BBQ Dip, sliced tomatoes, & fruit


Crispy Fish Tacos w/ Oven Baked Spanish Rice, black beans, lettuce, & tomatoes


Pizza Night!! Homemade pizza with this delicious sauce & this crust recipe


Daniel’s niece’s graduation party — Dinner there


This week’s meal planning tip deals with that expensive grocery item . . .


One way we keep our grocery budget around $100 each week is by planning 1-2 meatless meals. Meat is expensive! Instead of pork, beef, or chicken, choose another protein source like beans, eggs, cheese, whole grains, tofu, or nuts. At our house, every Wednesday is meatless, and we usually have beans and cornbread with a veggie.

Could your family eat one meal a week of beans–maybe black bean burritos or a vegetarian chili? Or what about a taco salad with chili beans or refried beans instead of meat?

Another money-saving option: substitute 1/2 the meat in a recipe for beans, vegetables, or whole grains (rice, pasta). You’ll not only save money, but you’ll also be eating healthier. For example, the enchiladas we’re having on Tuesday night uses only 1 chicken breast and a can of black beans.

Still another option:¬†make meat your side rather than the main course. Don’t let your meal revolve around the meat. That’s a tough one for me, but instead of preparing a hunk of meat, try making 3-4 sides where meat is just another side.

Be creative. Just don’t think you¬†have¬†to have meat — or all meat — at every meal.

Do you have a thrifty tip for buying or preparing meat? Please share!





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  1. My family eats mostly vegetarian–fish every week or two, other meats sometimes when we are guests or in restaurants–and it saves a LOT of money! I have lots of bean recipes on my site.

    Thrifty tips for fish: Canned salmon is usually under $3 a pound and is almost always wild Alaskan salmon, which is lower in pollutants than farmed or Atlantic salmon. Here are two ways to make it more interesting:

    We also use a lot of non-breaded frozen fish, which is cheaper than fresh, especially in the big bag from Costco or GFS Marketplace.
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