Sunday, November 20, 2016

Meal plans And more

meal plans for week of November 21

  1. Vegetable soup. Breadsticks 
  2. Salmon, rice medley, peas and carrots 
  3. Chicken nuggets, French fries, vegetable sticks, 
  4. Thanksgiving : turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans, dressing, cranberry sauce , pickles, olives, celery plate 
  5. Leftover turkey
  6. Speghetti and meatballs, salad, breadsticks, 
  7. Breakfast 4 dinner 

1) vegetable soup is done in the crockpot or pressure cooker.    Breadsticks is pizza dough that is soread into a flat pan with sides.    Soread with melted butter or olive oil and sea salt and herbs.    

2) salmon ( frozen) rice medley ( homemade seasoned   rice mix , peas and carrots.   

3) chicken nuggets, fries, veggie sticks 

4) family thanksgiving : 

5) leftovers - 

6) speghetti was fifty cents, meatballs are foir pounds  for 7.50 at Winco, sauce is always .88 or use coupons to get it on a glass jar for close to a dollar.    Pasta sauce premade  is cheaper than scratch, as is the  Meatballs,   Bread sticks are scratch,   One batch does two mealsmfor us,    Easy, and quick, children can help.  our granddaughter (4yo)  owns it!    At this age, I let her do anything that isn't sharp or hot.    

7) breakfast 4 dinner,    We do this once a week,   Eggs at this point in time are cheap.    Enter toast, pancakes or waffles , and fruit and you are set.   Or a quiche and a fruit plate or mixed greens salad with fruit.    

Feeding a family for 4.00 a day requires meals that average five dollars for the probverbial family of two adults and two school aged children.    

Groceries on the cheap takes a different perspective on grocery shopping.   Instead of going to the grocery store and buying just what you need to get you through to the next "payday" leaving you on a lurch if payday is late or you're not abke  to the store. You buy to to replenish  your reserves.   You , after you get up and running, buy 1) a protein that is at a RBP, enough for you to have that protein ( meat) a specific number of times on a month ( portion controlled ) .2) produce you will need to fill our your  menu plan, 3) a months ( check pull dates ) worth of dairy, or the amount you can use before the lull date)!thst you may need to add. 4) a RBP stock item, enough to replentish  your set stock  amount.    

See how to begin posts.   You never pay full price, use coupons and rebate web sites to get the lowest possible price on almost everything you buy on a weekly basis.   You go to two stores.    This affords you about twice as much food as when you just shop.   It affords you the luxury of always having 

food in the pantry.    You are covered if an emergency happens, anything from being sick, having a sick child, or that ugly s work in the PNW.   Lol 😂
I am  not going to tell you that this is a walk in the park.  It takes some effort to get started.   Once you are up and running, it should not take you any more time.    You spend more time planning and shopping, and less time cooking by learning how to cook scratch efficiently.   Some people read this blog just for this.    I scour everywhere I can for the easiest scratch cooking recipes I can find,   The tricks that make you get out of the kitchen faster.    I'm retired, I do it because I have health issues and don't want to be on my feet all day.  When I was younger, it was because I was holding down two jobs and had a family and home to care for.    

My food expenses for the last 15 months averaged 70.06 a week.   The USDA stats for thrifty cooking for my husband and I is almost a hundred dollars.    And, I have amassed a stock with that budget.   That's about 3.00 a day.   The basis of snap is four dollars a day.   This affords you a back up plan for emergencies.   It's my opinion that no child should suffer the feeling of having nothing in the house to eat.  I hav no sympathy for teenagers that think there's nothing in the house to eat because they may have to cook something! 😂 

Teach your children to cook.   They don't have mandatory home Ec in schools anymore I hear.    It's a necessity if life,   Many young adults in college don't know how to boil an egg.     It's a life skill everyone needs,     Raided the fact that if you are otherwise tied up with something, a preteen should be able to fix a simple dinner.    We were baking by the time we were nine.   By the time a child is 13 they would be able to make a basic meal.    It's good for their self image.  And, when they are younger, it keeps the, busy to cook with you.   You can supervise their time and get dinner cooked too.    My granddaughter can butter French bread and sprinkle herbs and parm cheese on it.   She can roll pizza dough and with supervision, paint the pizza  sauce. And sprinkle cheese  and set pepperoni.  
She knows she needs to wash her hands.   She can stir and operate a closed food processor.   Anything that doesn't involve hot or sharp.   She can graduate to that when she has a bit more coordination and is taller.   It's the old Native American adage about fish.    Something like give a person a fish and they eat for a day,   Teach them to fish and they eat a lifetime.   


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