If you are anything like me, you have a set of recipes that you make over and over again. But, every once in a while you make something new and it DOUBLES your grocery bill because you had to buy unique ingredients that you don't usually buy. With meal planning, it gives you the opportunity to try new things (or repeat the old ones) without the extra cost for ingredients.
Here are my four steps to simple meal planning,
- INVENTORY what you have to use for the next week.
- For me, this was boneless skinless chicken breasts. I bought them last week when they were on sale and they are taking up too much room in my freezer.
- I use the Safeway app and love it! It automatically loads the coupons onto my card. If you shop at another grocery store, look up their weekly sales online.
- I am addicted to a new food website www.dinneralovestory.com because her recipes don't have a lot of dairy and are fairly simple to put together. If you have a favorite website, start browsing and making a list. Some of my favorite recipe websites are,
I know that that sounds way to simple and it is actually very time consuming. But, the more that you do this, the easier it becomes. My husband can attest to me repeating over and over again, "I don't know what to make!" as I meal planned this week.
Here is this week's meal plan:
Saturday (yesterday): Falafel & Cucumber Pitas
Sunday: Asian Shredded Chicken Salad
Monday: Burrito Bowls
Tuesday: Black Bean Tacos w/ Slaw
Wednesday: Chicken Lo Mein
Thursday: Greek Style Salad w/ Kafta (Substitute the Lamb with Beef)
Friday: Chicken & Rice (This is one of my new favorite recipes!)
Note: I am doing a lot of recipe testing this week which is why so many of these recipes are new ones. Usually I stick to my old reliable recipes.
I hope this inspires you to save money by planning your meals this week!