Step by step process.
The form has a column of food on hand. Clean and arrange the fridge to reflect the things that need to be eaten shortly. Write down the perishables and meat that you have in stock. Highlite or mark with a star the things that need to be eaten soon.
- Cottage cheese
- Acorn squash
- Sour cream
- Fresh green beans
- Spinach, fresh
Develop a matrix . It makes planning easy and quick if you have an outline. Ours is 2 beef, 2 chicken or pork, 2 vegetarian and a fish or shellfish. Yours very well may be different, Some people go with types of meals-- like soup, breakfast, etc. or have fourteen meals and rotate the same meals.
A second column is for food to be purchased. Hold off on this one until you finish planning.
Now fill in the seven blocks .
Now fill in the seven blocks .
- Breakfast for dinner : yogurt parfaits, eggs, toasted English muffins Yogurt parfaits are yogurt, blackberries (or blueberries when I get them cheap) and topped with some granola. Granola is at the dollar store (Chex) English muffins are usually cheapest at Fred Meyers .
- Vegetable bean soup. Cheese biscuits
- Pork tenderloin. Baked acorn squash( with butter and brown sugar, cinnamon dash , spinach salad . I got pork tenderloin for 2.50 at Safeways a few weeks ago. Froze it. Squash was .68 at Winco.
- Chicken nachos. Costco is the cheapest usually on nacho chips. Diced tomatoes make salsa in a pinch , use up sour cream
- spaghetti and meat sauce, spinach salad. ( brown and serve baguettes are cheapest at wholesale Costco. I keep them in the fridge and they take less than 15 minutes in the oven. They are usually about a dollar a piece. Pasta is on sale now for fifty cents when you buy 10 of a list of things at QFC. Hunts pasta sauce is cheaper most all the time than scratch. I never pay more than a buck, the last batch I got was .75.
- Sloppy joes. French fries, vegetable sticks. ( I got carrots at QFC with a five dollars off fifteen coupon. 24 ounces ( 1.5 pounds) of seasoned potatoes made in America are at the Dollar Tree, bins Re cheapest at Winco, and I use a recipe I found in a family circle years ago. Manwich has been on sale for eighty cents lately.
- Fish packets . Tilapia is at Winco. Layer on parchment paper individual portions ( dollar tree) spinach, cooked rice, or instant soaked in water, a few white beans, the fish, and a green vegetable. I bought just what we needed at qfc. Seal up the packets, and place on cookie sheet with sides. Bake at 400 for half an hour or until fish is flakey.
Note: it might sound like I run all over town to shop. Not so. I shop in bulk and freeze or refrigerate. I usually shop two stores. Get in and get out. Put on blinders to anything that isn't on sale or the RBP. Avoid snack tyoe items.amd sodas. Use coupons when I can. These meals average less than five dollar a meal for a family of four. ( assuming two adults and two school aged children) .
Hope this helps. It's easy I be overwhelmed, but planning uses up what you need to use up and makes the what's for dinner question more manageable.
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