Now that my daughter’s wedding is over, we are getting ready for the next big thing….more to come in a future blog post. Needless to say, we want to get back to basics with our budget and start aggressively saving money again.
To help with the budget, I need to get back to meal planning. I thought I would share our menus. Most of what we make is budget-friendly and doesn’t take too much time. Often, we will spend a couple of hours on Sundays prepping for the week.
Here is a list of the meals we made this week. I have included links to recipes.
Who doesn’t love this dish at Olive Garden? And so much less expensive to make at home. It is still easy enough to make on a busy weeknight.
Tomato Basil Soup
I picked up this soup starter at Sprouts. Yummy! Super easy. I made cornbread to go with it using the recipe from the back of the White Lily cornmeal mix package.
We love Mexican food. I prepped this dish on Sunday by just cutting up the vegetables in advanced. It made it easy enough to make on a weeknight. I didn’t have time to let the meat marinate as long as the recipe called for, but it was still really good. The Mexican rice was good, but I may try a different recipe next time. Avoided another restaurant meal!
This is a recipe I found in a magazine years ago. I have tweaked it a bit and added wine to replace some of the chicken broth. The family loves it. The grape tomatoes and parsley really brighten it up. Delicious!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
This is another soup starter I found at Sprouts. Quick and easy and I love that the ingredients in the soup starter are things that you can actually pronounce. These soup starter recipes make enough for leftovers for lunch too! Really budget friendly.
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
Talk about short cuts! I found the meatballs marked down at my Kroger. The spaghetti and olive oil are from a haul from last fall where my Kroger had slashed all of the Taste of Italy products to super cheap. I had bought the Marinara sauce when it was BOGO at Publix. I picked up a loaf of bread and made a salad. Done!
We also had a leftovers night this week. When you cook this much, you are bound to have leftovers one night. We just take everything out of the fridge and everyone chooses and serves themselves.
Hopefully this gives you some ideas and inspires you to eat at home this week!