Happy New Year! When activities and work took over our schedule this past fall, some things I wasn't able to fit into my week, including meal planning. What better time to start again than a new year?
Since I started working outside of the home, we have been able to increase our grocery budget. I felt really guilty about this at first, but with the rising price of food, two growing boys and the need to buy more expensive low sodium or sodium free foods, I stopped feeling guilty and have even splurged once in a while!
This week I spent:
I was very happy to see boneless, skinless chicken on sale for $1.69/lb. this week, since it has been a couple of weeks since I have seen a sale. Apples, cantaloupe, grapes and red potatoes were also on sale. I bought extra unsalted chicken stock since it was on sale and I had coupons.
I buy Nature Valley granola bars because my husband likes to take a granola bar in his lunch every day and this brand has a few varieties with the least amount of saturated fat and sodium, but they aren't cheap! I was able to price-match at Walmart and use a coupon to get them for $2 each. Chex cereal was also on sale and I used a coupon and paid $2 each.
My meal plan for this week is below. You will notice that some of the ingredients aren't in my grocery shopping picture because I already had them on hand.
Cold cereal w/oranges leftover from last week, cantaloupe and/or bananas
Homemade instant oatmeal w/blueberries from the freezer
*One of our Christmas gifts this year included baking supplies and lots of nuts that I will use to make granola. My father-in-law and his wife give this to us every year for Christmas, and since nuts are so expensive and something that I don't buy very often, this is one of my favorite gifts!
The boys: school lunch or home lunch: sandwich, grapes and trail mix and/or goldfish
Me: leftovers or snack-type lunch: crackers with peanut butter or cottage cheese, fruit, carrot sticks
Hubby: My husband takes the same thing to work every. single. day. - sandwich, granola bar, crackers, carrot sticks, fruit and yogurt
Chicken Caesar Wraps, carrot sticks
One Pot Chicken Lo Mein, green beans
Tuna Noodle Casserole, salad
Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls, broccoli
"Best Ever" Chicken Nuggets, mashed potato, peas