The Meal Planner

Meal planning for this week has been an all new experience for me. I've discovered the blog $5 Dollar Dinners, and Erin makes supper for a family of 4 for $5 or less! Every night. Pretty impressive. I couldn't get over the price she was paying for items, and thought there was no way I could possibly do that. But I emailed her anyways and asked her how it's done. She has got great articles on her blog for how she saves money, but one of the biggest lessons I learned this week was to sit down with the weekly flyer for your local grocery store and plan your meals according to what's on sale. I discovered the weekly flyer for my Superstore is online as well as all the in-store coupons out for the week. I planned everything according to what was on sale or what I could get for cheap! Erin has opened up a WHOLE new world of possibilities for me.

Day 1: Pizza & Salad
I am EXTREMELY busy this day and found our favorite frozen pizza on sale for $4.97. Combined with a salad that makes for a $5.50 meal....pretty good.

Day 2: Creamy Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas with Taco Rice with Corn and Black Beans
I found this recipe a while back and have been waiting for the chance to make it. My husband is all about Mexican food (I guess you can't really call this recipe Mexican), but I've never made enchiladas for him before. This meal will make a lot of food and since I work Thursday, planning to make it this night means we can eat leftovers Thursday.

Day 3: Baked Buffalo Wings with Veggies & Dip and Potato Skins
I found chicken wings on Manager's 50% Off Special this week...they are going to become an appetizer-for-supper meal for my husband and I. We are going to have a date, eat greasy food and watch a movie. I'm excited!

Day 4: Phyllo-Wrapped Salmon with Honey Garlic Sauce with Crispy Potato Pancakes and Broccoli
I'm using the "insides" of the potato skins to make the potato cakes (I'd hate to waste).

Day 5: Grilled Beef Kabobs with Yogurt Sauce on Pitas with Tomato/Avocado/Mozza Salad
Ground beef was on sale this week and our family loves Mediterranean flavors. I have a bunch of tomatoes and avocado's to use up as well.

Day 6: Chicken and Tortellini in Rose Sauce
This is a really good meal. I'm trying to use up all the fresh tomatoes I have so I'm making the rose sauce from scratch.

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6 Responses
  1. Hi! Thanks for the link love! I'm tagging you! It will be in tomorrow night's post! Keep your eye out!

  2. No problem Erin! You really did open up a whole new world of meal planning for me, so I'm grateful. Thanks for passing on a tag :)

  3. Vanessa Says:

    Wow! Looks like you put a lot of work into all of this Kindra. I'm looking forward to using your blog regularly to plan my meals!

  4. That's so awesome Vanessa. I know it seems like a lot of work, but I'm so passionate about it that it's fun for me (weird I know). I'm doing the work anyway for my family, so it really isn't that much harder to post it here.

  5. Oh yum...I am going to do the potatoe skins...we loooooovvvveee potatoes over here in the FITPH household! And I am tired of the regular diced, fried potatoe fare.

    I found you via $5 Dinners...

    Oh,I wanted to ask you if you would consider posting your grocery budget. All of your menus look scrumptious, but I was wondering how much your average meal costs.

    Thanks for such a mouthwatering blog!


  6. I'm glad you were able to find me and I DEFINITELY recommend the potato skins! They were soooo good.

    Thanks for the idea on posting my grocery budget. It's an idea I've been toying with lately, one I've been challenged on and one I'm curious to see what others are spending. Expect a post on that soon!