We have some multiples of things that need to be used up over the summer. Things I got dirt cheap . Buying multiple of a few things that you know can be used up on a short time is a good way to feed your family good food for cheap money, The object is to have good food cheap, not cheap food.
I purchased a Pork loin from Costco and QFC both for 1.49 a pound. My last chicken was free. Usually I pay any where from .88 to 1.28 for boneless, skinless chicken feast because I butcher them myself. Hamburger is 3.28 a pound frequently at Winco for 7 percent fat. If I can find a roast cheaper than that, we grind it ourselves. A little labor can cut your meat bill dramatically,and still have good nutrition. I always buy fresh fruit and veggies based on seasonal produce supplemented with frozen and some canned.
I think the big thing is portion control. We eat far too much protein and starch in this country. I just read where too much coffee, sugar, and meat can ruin your kidneys. It always comes back to moderation and balance.
My matrix : 1 beef, 1 shellfish or fish, 2 vegetarian, 3 Pork or chicken. We have a five yo in the house, so most of our menses are kid friendly.
- Hot dogs, corn on the cob, (1/2 ears) pasta salad.
- Pork chops. Mashed sweet potatoes. Green beans
- Home made chicken nuggets, oven fries, fruit salad
- Mac and cheese (scratch) , peas and carrots.
- Shrimp stir fry, rice, mandarin oranges,
- Belgian waffles. Strawberries or blueberries. Bacon