$60.00 A Week Grocery Budget Challenge + Meal Plan - August 1, 2016

Squash Tart
Can you believe I'm FINALLY posting about our weekly grocery budget again????  It feels like forever ago since I've posted, but I'm back!  While I have not had the time to actually blog about it, for the most part, we have been great about staying in budget.  I've continued to write meal plans which helps to make sure we are eating homemade food that is within the budget, and have continued to use a lot of what we have stockpiled in addition to adding to the stockpile during sales.

Almost all of the veggies on the menu come from our garden and the meat for all of the meals this week comes from our freezer.  You'll remember that we raise chickens for meat so all of our chicken comes from our home-raised flock, and the remainder of the meat and seafood I've purchased in bulk on sale throughout the year.  We use a vacuum sealer to store all of our meat in the freezer ensuring it's quality isn't compromised before we eat it.  We'll be sealing veggies from the garden this year too.

I ordered a pizza box for the grill so I can make brick-oven style pizza.  We don't have central A/C so turning on the oven in the middle of summer is not something I enjoy doing.  We should receive it this week and I'll be testing it out on Thursday.  Sunday isn't supposed to be as hot or humid so I will be turning the oven on so that I can make dessert this week too!  Because my zucchini is growing by leaps and bounds {I know....whose isn't???} I'm going to whip up our very FAVORITE Chocolate-Zucchini Cake recipe.  Yum!

Weekly Meal Plan

Breakfast - Homemade Yogurt & Granola
Lunch - {leftover} Grilled Chicken Salad with Homemade Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette}
Dinner - Baked Salmon with Shrimp Scampi and Green Beans

Breakfast - Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Sandwich
Dinner - Grilled Brats, Homefries and Grilled Corn On The Cob

Breakfast - Homemade Yogurt & Granola
Lunch - {leftover} Grilled Chicken Salad with Homemade Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette
Dinner - Slow-Cooker Aloha Chicken {new recipe} with Steamed Rice and Sautéed Squash

Breakfast - Freezer Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Sandwich
Dinner - Homemade Pizza with Grilled Chicken Wings and Wedge Salad {homemade Blue Cheese Dressing}

Breakfast - Homemade Yogurt & Granola
Lunch - leftover Pizza
Dinner - Easy Beef & Bean Burritos, Mexican Rice & Corn Salad with Lime-Cilantro Dressing

Breakfast - Ham & Cheese Omelet and Homefries
Lunch - leftover Burritos
Dinner - Homemade Ravioli, Sausage and Vodka Sauce and Tomato-Mozzarella Salad

Breakfast - French Toast and Bacon
Lunch - Sandwich
Dinner - Smoked Chicken Quarters with Slow-Cooker Mac & Cheese and Squash Tart

Sunday Prep:
  • Make yogurt - I'll put it in the yogurt-maker before we leave for the market on Sunday.  It'll be done shortly after we return.
  • Make the 2 dressings for the week.
  • Blend the "Aloha Chicken" sauce ingredients and store in a mason jar in the refrigerator.
  • Pizza Crust will be made Wednesday evening and allowed to slowly rise in the refrigerator.
  • Make the tart dough & ricotta cheese for the Squash Tart.

Weekly Food Costs:

Commissary: $23.43 + $25.00 = $48.43
tortilla shells, breakfast sausage, rolled oats, pasta, sandwich bread, sliced cheese, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, ham lunch meat, canned pineapple, canned mandarin oranges, butter, cocoa powder

**addition - I picked up 16 pounds of boneless pork butt after the original posting went up for $25.00 ($1.56/pound).  We portioned it out and vacuumed sealed it.  We'll get 10 meals plus leftovers from this! **

Hannaford:  $4.59
French bread, Brat Rolls

Farmer's Market:  $9.00
Corn, Milk

Weekly Food Cost Total = $62.02


Sarah said...

The corn salad looks soooooo yummy!

daisy g said...

Y'all eat so well. I couldn't find the recipe for the slow cooker mac-n-cheese on the recipe index. I'd love a link if you have the time. Thanks.

Unknown said...

So happy to see your weekly meals plans back! They inspire all of us to plan to do better with our budgets! Thank you!!!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Daisy - I'll try to get that recipe on soon!
Thank you so much Deborah and Sarah!!!!