Memorial Weekend Menu Plan! + Who has the best prices!

Memorial Day Menu PLan

Happy almost Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I will always want to call this day Decoration Day as my Grandma does.

It is a time to spend remembering and time with family. If you are anything like us, food is always included in that and this is a great weekend to stock up on all kinds of meat and sides!

I am going to give you the best prices by store and a list of recipes that we enjoy and that are family friendly.

::KROGER::

  • Ball Park Franks $.99
  • Chicken Leg Quarters $.99/lb
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts $1.99/lb
  • Hebrew National Beef Franks 2 for $6
  • Kroger Ground Chuck $3.49 /lb.
  • Kroger smoked sausage 2 for $5
  • Oscar Mayer lunch meat $2.49
  • Live crawfish $1.99/lb
  • Pork spareribs $1.29/lb
  • Ribeye steaks $4.99/lb

::RANDALLS/SAFEWAY::

  • Ball Park Franks $2.99
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb
  • Boneless Chicken Thighs $1.99/lb
  • Boneless Pork Chops $3.99/lb
  • Hebrew National Beef Franks $2.99
  • New York Strip $4.99/lb
  • Bottom Round Steak $4.99/lb
  • Sanderson thighs and drumsticks $1.99/lb
  • Pork loin ribs $3.99/lb
  • Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs 2 for $4

:: HEB ::

  • Hill Country Split Chicken Breasts $1.27
  • HEB Pork Baby Back Ribs $1.97/lb
  • Ground Chuck Patties $2.47/lb

:: SIDES ::

easy grilled flank steak pesto

:: MAIN DISH ::

hershey's fruit pizza

::DESSERTS :: 

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Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas & Menu Plan

easter dinner recipes menu plan

This is one of my favorite meals to cook for my family each year, Easter Dinner. I posted the ham prices HERE if you want to take a look again to see where you want to shop. This is just to give you an idea of what you can do and some good tried and true family recipes!

::BREAKFAST::

::MAIN MEAL::

::SIDE DISHES::

::BREADS::

::DESSERTS::

Weekly Menu Plan 03/13/14

menu plan

Here are some free printables if you need them:

  • Shopping List – Feel free to print this off and keep it on the fridge to jot down those items that you need to pick up from the store!
  • Favorite Recipes – This form will help you make a list of the top recipes that you make for your family.
  • Freezer Inventory - Take stock of what you have already so that you don’t overbuy. But also so that you know what you are looking for.
  • Pantry Inventory - Keep track of what you have on hand. Then make a plan on what you are using a lot of and stock up on that.
  • Monthly Menu Planner – By planning a monthly menu you can better follow the sales and know what you need to buy.

The first thing we are going to do is see who has the best prices this week on the protein part of our meal, because that is where I spend the most of my food budget. * if you do NOT have the same grocery stores as me, do not worry! just grab your ads or look them up online and see who is the cheapest in your area! 

*Make sure to check out the weekly store deals and coupon match ups. You can make a printable list to make shopping easier! Kroger list HERE, Randalls list HERE, HEB list HERE.

:: THURSDAY :: Chicken and Garlic Glaze – I am using the whole chicken breasts from Kroger on this one. Making a few extra and tearing the meat off them for Saturday’s dinner. I have everything else at home for this dish in my pantry. I just need to add a salad and side.

  • Kroger $1.79 chicken breasts
  • Walmart -Chicken Broth 
  • Randalls – Salad Kit $2.50

::FRIDAY:: – Baked Potato Bar – My son is having friends over and I need a cheap and easy meal to feed a bunch of teens!

  • Randalls - Lloyd’s Twin Packs B1G1 Free
  • Randalls – Lucerne Sour Crean $2.29
  • Randalls – Lucerne 32oz Chredded Cheese $6.99
  • Kroger - Kroger Fully Cooked Bacon $2.50

::SATURDAY:: - Baked Burritos – Remember the left over chicken from Thursday? I am using it tonight for baked burritos which my kids and everyone LOVES. I will also make extra for lunch on Sunday.

  • Walmart – Canned Tomatoes 
  • Walmart – Canned Black Beans
  • Walmart – Tortillas
  • Randalls – Salad Kits $2.50

::SUNDAY:: – SteakNew York Strip Steaks. With a side brocooli salad and garlic knots. Again, make extra steak, I am going to have it for my salad at lunch for a few days. :)

  • HEB - New York Strip Steaks $3.97 /lb
  • HEB – Broccoli Organic
  • Randalls – Grapes $2.99/lb
  • Walmart – Green Onions

::MONDAY:: – Pan Fried Pork Chops, Side Salad and a roll.

  • Randalls – Side Salad $2.50
  • Kroger – Assorted Pork Chops $1.88/lb

:: TUESDAY :: We will be eating out this night… I already know what a crazy night it will be!

10 Meals for Under $100 at Walmart

10 meals for $10 at Walmart 3

Instead of the usual weekly menu plan this week, I am giving you 10 Meals for Under $100 at Walmart. This is a list of our families favorite recipes that you can make buying the ingredients at Walmart. Each recipe is under $10, with the exception of the Easy Cheesy Shells, it is a little over.

I am accounting for the fact that you will have basic spices and flour already in your pantry. Also, you will be over buying a little food like frozen mixed vegetables, and eggs. This is for a family of 2 adults and 2-3 kids depending on how much your little kids eat.

Prices will vary some per store, I am buying mostly Great Value Brand items unless I have a coupon that makes the name brand lower. I am adding a bagged salad to each meal and possibly a side dish if needed.

8 Can Mexican Chicken Soup - $8.80

Easy Cheesy Shells - $14.78

Buttermilk Chicken - $9.95

Taco Pasta Dinner - $8.83

Crispy Cheddar Chicken $10.58

Easy Biscuits & Gravy with Fruit $6.35

Chicken & Cheese White Enchiladas - $11.71

Beef & Egg Tortas $6.29

Chicken/Shrimp Fried Rice $7.15

Chicken Pot Pie $9.26

Total: $93.70!

Personally, I will be price matching and using coupons when I do this shopping trip, so I am expecting my total to be in the $65 range. You can check for coupons HERE in the Coupon Database.

Click to print 10 for $100 recipes

You can print the 10 recipes HERE, or click the image above.

Shopping List 10 for $100 WalmartClick HERE to print your shopping list for your trip!

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New Years Eve Party Recipe/Menu Plan

new years party recipe ideas

We are having a crowd of teenagers over for a New Years party. I am still trying to get used to this teen thing, they are a lot of fun, but weird at the same time :)

I am making a little bit of everything and the girls coming over actually requested that we make cookies so I think I am going make a few batches ahead of time and have the dough in the fridge.

Each of the kids got to pick what they wanted, hence the hodge podge of food. It isn’t what I would have picked, but that makes it more fun for them!

If you want to try just one recipe, try the Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings, you won’t be sorry!

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Weekly Menu Plan 12/12/13 Pulled Pork, Hamburgers and more!

menu plan

Here are some free printables if you need them:

  • Shopping List – Feel free to print this off and keep it on the fridge to jot down those items that you need to pick up from the store!
  • Favorite Recipes – This form will help you make a list of the top recipes that you make for your family.
  • Freezer Inventory - Take stock of what you have already so that you don’t overbuy. But also so that you know what you are looking for.
  • Pantry Inventory - Keep track of what you have on hand. Then make a plan on what you are using a lot of and stock up on that.
  • Monthly Menu Planner – By planning a monthly menu you can better follow the sales and know what you need to buy.

The first thing we are going to do is see who has the best prices this week on the protein part of our meal, because that is where I spend the most of my food budget. * if you do NOT have the same grocery stores as me, do not worry! just grab your ads or look them up online and see who is the cheapest in your area! 

:: RANDALLS ::

  • Eating Right Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.99/lb
  • Pork Shoulder $1.29/lb
  • Safeway Spiral Sliced Ham $1.29/lb
  • Tyson Breaded Chicken Buy 1 Get 1 Free

:: KROGER ::

  • Boneless Chuck Roast $1.99/lb
  • Boneless Stew Beef or Cube Steak $3.99/lb
  • Chicken Drumsticks $.99/lb
  • Pork Shoulder or Butt Roast $1.49/lb
  • Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken $1.99/lb

:: HEB ::

  • Boneless Top Sirloin $2.77/lb
  • Pork Tenderloin $1.97/lb
  • BUY H-E-B Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts get free, Kraft Recipe Makers 12.2 – 18.2 oz. assorted varieties
  • BUY H-E-B Natural Seasoned Pulled Pork or Shredded Chicken 16 oz. – get free, H-E-B Natural Original Smoked Sausage 11.4 oz.

:: THURSDAY :: Caribbean Pulled Pork - This is an INSANELY good pulled pork recipe that I made for the first time this summer. We are having it again tonight. I will have a salad from Kroger and rolls.

:: FRIDAY :: Hamburgers – No recipe here. Just regular old hamburgers on the grill. Kroger had the angus ground chuck on sale for $1.99/lb and I have some in the freezer. They also have hamburger buns for $1.

:: SATURDAY :: Chicken Tacos – I have a lot of chicken, and the taco packets were  free this at Randalls… so we will be having tacos! Plus I can just use the same lettuce and tomatoes from the hamburger meal for toppings on the tacos.

:: SUNDAY :: Tortilla Soup – I can put this in the crock pot and it will be ready when we are home from church! I also will just make extra chicken from the night before and use that in the soup. So I wont have to cook more or shred any chicken!

:: MONDAY :: Easy Shells and Cheese – This is one of my favorite meals and so I am making it. I will be getting the ground beef from Kroger as well as the makings for a salad to go with it.

:: TUESDAY :: Easy Chicken and Cheese Enchilada’s – Using the leftover chicken from the night before I am making enchiladas!

:: WEDNESDAY ::  Honey Roasted Chicken Salad - These are on sale at Kroger and this is such a quick and easy meal. Plus my kids love it!

*Make sure to check out the weekly store deals and coupon match ups. You can make a printable list to make shopping easier! Kroger list HERE, Randalls list HERE, HEB list HERE.

Weekly Menu Plan 12/05/13 – Chicken Enchiladas, Baked Potatoes, Pan Fried Pork Chops

menu planGood morning!!! I have to get my butt back in gear because this not having a plan for dinner is really getting annoying! I hate scrambling at the last minute and I need to buckle down and save some more money, and this is the way to do it.

Here are some free printables if you need them:

  • Shopping List – Feel free to print this off and keep it on the fridge to jot down those items that you need to pick up from the store!
  • Favorite Recipes – This form will help you make a list of the top recipes that you make for your family.
  • Freezer Inventory - Take stock of what you have already so that you don’t overbuy. But also so that you know what you are looking for.
  • Pantry Inventory - Keep track of what you have on hand. Then make a plan on what you are using a lot of and stock up on that.
  • Monthly Menu Planner – By planning a monthly menu you can better follow the sales and know what you need to buy.

The first thing we are going to do is see who has the best prices this week on the protein part of our meal, because that is where I spend the most of my food budget. * if you do NOT have the same grocery stores as me, do not worry! just grab your ads or look them up online and see who is the cheapest in your area! 

:: RANDALLS ::

  • 80% ground beef $2.99/lb
  • Hillshire Farm Sausage 2 for $6

:: KROGER :: 

  • Kroger boneless skinless chicken breasts $1.79/lb * Stock up price 
  • Lloyd’s Shredded BBQ $3.99 tub
  • Pork Butt Roast $1.49/lb

:: HEB :: 

  • Assorted pork chops $1.97/lb
  • Boneless chicken breasts $1.97/lb
  • Pork Tenderloin $2.97/lb

Menu PLan 12:5:13

:: THURSDAY :: Crispy Cheddar Chicken –  I am getting chicken from Kroger at $1.79/lb. My little kids love this recipe and it is really easy, they even help me make it! Add a salad and maybe a roll and you have dinner for under $12!

:: FRIDAY :: Pan Fried Pork Chops - Tonight for dinner I am another Pioneer Woman recipe, like you can go wrong with that! These are super easy to make and even the kids love them! Plus pork chops are on sale at HEB this week.

:: SATURDAY :: Chicken Kabobs – Chicken is on sale this week at Kroger for only $1.79/lb. (get some extra to toss in the freezer for the next few weeks) The Lawry’s marinade was also on sale for only $.49 and we love this stuff!!!  I am combining the 2 sales and making dinner for really cheap!! Add in a fresh salad and you have dinner for about $10!

:: SUNDAY :: – Chicken and Pork Tacos – I am going to toss some chicken in the crock pot while we are at church, heat up the leftover pork chops when we get home and have a taco bar! If you have not tried my Easy Chicken Taco recipe, you NEED to! Dinner for under $10 again!

:: MONDAY :: – Baked Potato Bar – The Lloyd’s BBQ in a tub is on sale this week, and this is a favorite on baked potatoes at our house. I will have leftover from the tacos the night before, like cheese, sour cream etc. So, it will be perfect to add to the potatoes!

:: TUESDAY :: – Simple Sour Cream Enchiladas – Just as easy as it sounds, and with chicken on sale this week, we are having a lot of it! Add a salad and some fruit and you have another meal around $10!

 

Weekly Menu Plan 09/12/13 Easy Shells and Cheese, Hamburgers and Chicken Tacos!

That crazy sale at Kroger last week has left me with some chicken and pork for this week! But there are still some really good deals on meat this week at my local stores.

Here are some free printables if you need them:

  • Shopping List – Feel free to print this off and keep it on the fridge to jot down those items that you need to pick up from the store!
  • Favorite Recipes – This form will help you make a list of the top recipes that you make for your family.
  • Freezer Inventory - Take stock of what you have already so that you don’t overbuy. But also so that you know what you are looking for.
  • Pantry Inventory - Keep track of what you have on hand. Then make a plan on what you are using a lot of and stock up on that.
  • Monthly Menu Planner – By planning a monthly menu you can better follow the sales and know what you need to buy.

Start with the protein part of your meal when you are planning a meal, because that is where you will be spending the most of your money!

:: THURSDAY :: Caribbean Pulled Pork - This is an INSANELY good pulled pork recipe that I made for the first time earlier this summer. We are having it again tonight. I will have a salad from Kroger, they are $1.49 on mega event for the bagged salads this week.

:: FRIDAY :: Hamburgers – No recipe here. Just regular old hamburgers on the grill. Kroger has the angus ground chuck on sale for $1.99/lb so I will pick some up. They also have hamburger buns for $1, and probably a watermelon for $5.99.

:: SATURDAY :: Chicken Tacos – I have a lot of chicken, and the taco packets are free this week at Randalls… so we will be having tacos! Plus I can just use the same lettuce and tomatoes from the hamburger meal for toppings on the tacos.

:: SUNDAY :: Tortilla Soup – I can put this in the crock pot and it will be ready when we are home from church! I also will just make extra chicken from the night before and use that in the soup. So I wont have to cook more or shred any chicken!

:: MONDAY :: Easy Shells and Cheese – This is one of my favorite meals and so I am making it. I will be getting the ground beef from Kroger as well as the makings for a salad to go with it. The cheese is on mega event as well, and so this dish should not cost very much!

I know that for us we will be really busy on Tuesday and Wednesday. We will be having leftovers or even eating out if we have to.

What are you planning on making this week??

Weekly Menu Plan 09/05 – HUGE Kroger Meat Sale Meal Ideas! (6 Meals for $75!)

School is back!! Which means my life will have a schedule and I am making a menu plan each week! I do this because it saves me a LOT of money and a LOT of time and I actually loose weight by NOT eating out and snacking because we don’t know what is for dinner and everyone is starving and we are all snacking…

Here are some free printables if you need them:

  • Shopping List – Feel free to print this off and keep it on the fridge to jot down those items that you need to pick up from the store!
  • Favorite Recipes – This form will help you make a list of the top recipes that you make for your family.
  • Freezer Inventory - Take stock of what you have already so that you don’t overbuy. But also so that you know what you are looking for.
  • Pantry Inventory - Keep track of what you have on hand. Then make a plan on what you are using a lot of and stock up on that.
  • Monthly Menu Planner – By planning a monthly menu you can better follow the sales and know what you need to buy.

Start with the protein part of your meal when you are planning a meal, because that is where you will be spending the most of your money!

Kroger Pork Event

I am basically just going to shop at Kroger this week, because of the meat sales and the mega event! Chicken is only $1.79/lb STOCK UP PRICE and all the pork is on sale and also STOCK UP prices!

:: THURSDAY :: – Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Pork Butt is $.99/lb at Kroger and I already have it in the crock pot this morning! I used a store bought rub all over, added some sliced onion and fresh garlic. Poured in a can of Dr. Pepper and about 1 cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce! I put it on low for about 8 hours and will shred it after about 7 hours. We will have some chips and fruit with it!

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich Texas Style

:: FRIDAY :: – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches (Texas Cheese Melt) This is my husband’s most requested sandwich and probably meal! The awesome thing is that the Queso Blanco Velveeta that I use in this recipe is on sale at Kroger this week as part of the mega event! AND – the roast beef is on sale in the deli for $3.99 a package! SCORE! The total cost of this meal is about $14 for 9 people!

:: SATURDAY :: Chicken Kabobs – Chicken is on sale this week at Kroger for only $1.79/lb. (get some extra to toss in the fridge for the next few weeks) The Lawry’s marinade is also on sale for only $.49 and we love this stuff!!!  I am combining the 2 sales and making dinner for really cheap!! Add in a fresh salad and you have dinner for about $10!

:: SUNDAY :: – Chicken and Pork Tacos – Since I know I will have left over pulled pork from Thursday, I am going to toss some chicken in the crock pit while we are at church, heat up the pork when we get home and have a taco bar! If you have not tried my Easy Chicken Taco recipe, you NEED to! Dinner for under $10 again!

::MONDAY :: Chile Verde – This is my sister in law Tonia’s signature dish. It is DELICIOUS! It is also another crock pot recipe that is super easy and really good! Serve with rice and chips! I will be using a pork loin from Kroger at $1.99/lb.

:: TUESDAY :: Crispy Cheddar Chicken – Again I am getting chicken from Kroger at $1.79/lb. My little kids love this recipe and it is really easy, they even help me make it! Add a salad and maybe a roll and you have dinner for under $12!

Weekly Menu Plan 07/11/13 – Stuffed Peppers, Chicken Tacos and More!

Summer is HARD man! It has been a breakfast for dinner type of week this past week! I think we were trying to recover from 4th July and all the BBQ! :)

These are the good prices this week on meat at the grocery stores in my area. If you are not in the Houston area, just grab your adds (or check them online) and look at the meat prices to plan your meals around that first.

::KROGER::

  • Boneless Pork Loin $1.79/lb
  • Kroger Ground Sirloin $3.99/lb
  • Kroger Tilapia Fillets $8.99/lb
  • Kroger Value Chicken $.99/lb

::RANDALLS::

  • Buddig Lunch Meat B1G1 Free – Use $1/1 Buddig Lunch Meat HERE 
  • Boneless Bottom Round Roast $3.99/lb
  • Eating Right boneless skinless chicken breasts $1.99/lb
  • 80% Lean Ground Beef $2.79
  • 93% Lean Ground Beef $3.99/lb
  • Pork Loin Chops $2.99/lb
  • Hillshire Farms Lunchmeat B1G1 Free
  • Ranchers Reserve Boneless Beef Brisket $2.29/lb
  • Tyson Breaded Chicken Selections $5

::HEB::

  • Beef top sirloin steaks $2.77/lb
  • H-E-B Natural Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin Chops $2.97
  • Hill Country Fare Bar-B-Q Seasoned Chicken Leg Quarters $1/lb

easy grilled flank steak pesto

:: THURSDAY :: – Pesto Grilled Steak – Paul makes this and we love it around here. I get my pesto aty Aldi’s cheap!

  • Pesto – Aldis
  • Steak – HEB
  • Salad- Kroger

::FRIDAY:: – Homemade Pizza – Has been a few weeks and sounds good to me! This is a great way to clean out the fridge with veggies and meat.

:: SATURDAY :: – Easy Buttermilk Chicken – Since chicken is cheap this week we will have it a few times! This is an easy recipe to make and ave some left over for lunch the next day.

  • Chicken thighs and legs – Kroger
  • Salad – Kroger

:: SUNDAY :: – Best Stuffed Peppers Recipe – Since peppers are on sale at Randalls and cheap we are going to buy a bunch and chop them up to freeze and make stuffed pepper for dinner!

  • Pepper – Randalls only $.67 each
  • Ground Beef – Randalls
Easy and Simple Seasoned Chicken Taco Meat Recipe

:: MONDAY :: – Easy Chicken Tacos – Put it in the crock pot and forget it! Make some extra because we are going to use them for the enchiladas the next night!

  • Chicken breasts – Randalls $1.99.lb

:: TUESDAY :: Easy Chicken and Cheese Enchilada’s – Using the leftover chicken from the night before I am making enchiladas!

Wednesday night is either leftovers or we might be eating out! :)