THIS WEEK’S MENU PLAN – WEEK OF 05/21
This week I am going to do a menu plan around some Aldi sales but I will also list foods that can be purchased for much lower than anywhere else most of the time. I will list a grand total for the shopping trip without taxes at the end of the menu plan as well. I have been shopping at Aldi for a few months now and I have really seen our grocery bill reduce quite drastically. There are still some things that Aldi just does not have and that is okay with me. If I only have to venture into another store for 2 or 3 things rather than a full grocery list I am a happy mommy. Now we are recycling 2 of our meals this week and I will actually be posting here what our real menu is.
1 bag of wild salmon, frozen $3.89
1 bag of sweet potatoes $1.69 for 4
2 bags of spinach $1.79 each
3 tomatoes $3.18
Lentils $0.99 for 1 pound
1 bag of sweet onions $1.69 for 2 pounds
1 bag of frozen chicken breasts $6.69
Frozen burgers, 85% lean $9.99
Corn on the cobb, 4 pack $2.49 for 4
Strawberries, 2 packages $0.99 each
1 can of coconut milk or$1.29
1 pint of heavy cream for the ice cream $1.89
1 head of lettuce $0.99
Frozen green beans, 16 ounce bag $1.59
2 dozen eggs $1.49 each
Gluten free flour blend or$5.48 for King Arthur brand at Walmart
self-rising flour for pancakes $2.12 for 5 pounds at Walmart
Total for dinner this week coming tomorrow….It’s been a week but I finally have a total! This menu feeds our family of 5 for a week. With buying both kinds of flour for pancakes and both kinds of milk for ice cream… The grand total is $54.50!! Now the neat part, if you break that down into per person it is only $10.90 a person per week for dinner. These dinners almost always have leftovers so at least 2 of the 5 family members have lunch the next day as well. This is a great way to stretch your food budget dollars.
Meal #1 Salmon, baked potatoes/sweet potatoes, spinach salad
I but wild caught salmon at Aldi that is frozen in individual packages. One bag feeds our family as the monster doesn’t like fish. Defrost these little guys before cooking them! Some cold water in the sink and put them inside their little packages into the cold water. Allow at least half an hour for them to defrost totally. Then I just spray a pan with cooking spray, sprinkle some salt and thyme on the fish and cook until it’s done all the way through. This cooks fast so leave these till the end then slap it all on a plate and you’re good.
Sweet potatoes we normally cook in the microwave, if you want to cook them in the oven you can do that too. I pierce the skin with fork in several spots, put 4-5 on a microwave safe plate and cook on High for 10-15 minutes. Let them cool and serve as is or take them out of the peel and mash with some butter.
Spinach Salad: Aldi has huge boxes of spinach so I will take the box and add some diced tomatoes and some kind of fruit to it and serve with your favorite salad dressing.
Meal #2 Lentils and rice with slow cooked onions and pan fried chicken breast
I found a recipe on Pinterest for something like this and we will attempt it. Not sure if the littles will eat it so they can have the chicken while we have the lentils. Lentils are cheap and can be found most anywhere. If you can’t find them at Aldi Walmart has them for fairly cheap. Slice 3 onions very thinly and place in a large pot with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook very slowly on low heat until carmelized and sweet tasting, at least 45 minutes. Add to the pan 1 cup of rice, 1 cup of lentils, 1 1/2 cups of water and 1 cup of vegetable broth. Spices you can add this would be cumin, salt, and ginger. Bring to a boil, cover and cook on low for 30 minutes or until all liquid is mostly absorbed and the lentils and rice are cooked through. We will serve this with pan fried chicken breast for littles and leftover salad from last meal.
Meal #3 Burgers with no buns, corn on the cobb, pan seared asparagus, lettuce and tomato on the side, sweetened strawberries over homemade ice cream
We already have burgers here but Aldi has 85% lean frozen burgers on sale this week. Cook the burgers in a skillet until cooked through, 160 degrees is well done. We only eat well done burgers here! While the burgers are cooking boil the shucked and cleaned corn in a large pot of water for 15 minutes. Serve with real butter.
Pan seared asparagus is just that, chop the bottoms off the asparagus, put in a pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and saute until they are as done as you like. I like them still a little crispy so 10 minutes is good.
Sweetened strawberries and homemade ice cream recipe to be posted separately.
Meal #4 Barbecue chicken breast, rice or sweet potatoes, frozen green beans cooked with olive oil and garlic
For the chicken breast we use frozen boneless skinless chicken breast from Aldi freezer case. Bake in 350 degrees oven until almost done, about 45-50 minutes during the last 10 minutes of cooking time add some barbecue sauce to the top of the chicken, close oven, continue baking for 10 more or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. You could also layer these in a slow cooker with half a bottle of barbecue sauce and cook on low for 8 hours until the chicken can be shredded and have sandwiches.
Take the frozen green beans, dump them in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of minced garlic. Saute on medium heat until cooked through.
Meal #5 Still pondering over this one and will update once I figure it out! Might be breakfast with gluten free pancakes though. We did wind up doing pancakes and I have to say that the new Gluten Free flour I bought was wonderful for real tasting pancakes.
I will include items needed for meal #1 and #2 even though I have those ingredients so the cost is for the whole weeks dinners.