I am very happy to report that I did NOT have any epic meal plan failures this week! I had just one teensy weensy fail which we’ll talk about in a minute. However, week 3 of my meal planning actually went pretty smoothly. If you’re just tuning in, the challenge is to plan meals for the week (I do dinner only), make only ONE trip to the grocery store, and stick to a budget, which in my case is $100.
Here’s how I did…
It turned out that we had two family nights together and ended up making dinner for only one of them. One day we decided to go out exploring and as we were walking around downtown, we decided to stop at two different places for appetizers. It was late when we got home and while I gave the girls a little something to eat, we weren’t really hungry enough for a full dinner.
The second night I made these Easy Chicken Fajitas from Spend With Pennies. They were really good and we’ll definitely make them again because fajitas are always a hit in my house.
I mostly stuck to the plan with the kids meals. They LOVED the Buitoni Chicken and Proscuitto Tortelloni and asked for it the following night too (so I was nice and let them have it two nights in a row). I also made the Ultimate Chicken Fingers which I love because they’re so simple and they always get finished off.
I did veer off course one night because it was a rainy day and the kids were bored. We decided it would be a great time for a Make-Your-Own-Pizza party, another easy meal because they do all the work! Just click on the link to see how you too can get your kids to make their own dinner and give you the night off!
Overall, I pretty much stuck to the plan but since I didn’t get it exactly right, I’m not sure if this would be considered a success or a fail…
The Grocery Store:
This was a big success! I stuck to the plan and only went shopping once. This has actually been much easier for me than I originally thought it would be. I shop with a list now and just make sure that I don’t forget anything vital, like eggs, milk, the all-important carton of ice cream and of course, red wine!
Okay, so I went a little bit over budget. The plan was to spend only $100 and I spent $117. However, if you read how I did the last couple weeks, this is actually the best I’ve done yet so I was pretty happy about it. I’m still considering upping the budget a little but I’m going to wait a couple more weeks to see how it goes. This upcoming week will be more flexible since we’ll have family visiting and of course I’ll be buying extra food.
Though I’m not too upset about going over by $17, I still have to consider this a fail since I didn’t stick completely to my budget.
This week’s menu:
This week we have relatives coming to town so I will need to increase my budget to be sure I have enough food in the house, plus enough to pack if we decide to picnic at the beach. I’m not going to plan for every night because there may be a night that we eat out or have dinner at my mother-in-law’s house. I’ll plan for 4 nights (because we’ll probably have leftovers at some point) and if we don’t end up making all those meals, I’ll just put the ones we don’t eat on the plan for the following week. That always makes things easy…and who doesn’t love easy?!
So, here’s what I have on the agenda…
Skinny Spinach Lasagna from Pinch Of Yum
I love lasagna but don’t love the calories (I live in Florida now so I always have to be prepared to throw on a bikini)! However, I found this Skinny Spinach Lasagna recipe from Pinch Of Yum that I want to try out. I’ll add a simple salad and toast some French bread and that should be a pretty good meal.
Clean Eating Turkey Meatloaf from To Simply Inspire
Does this look familiar? If you’ve been following along it should because I’ve tried to make this for three weeks now and it keeps getting pushed back. Will this be the week I finally make it? Even I don’t know for sure but I’m putting it in the plans! Since we have guests, I am going to double the recipe just to be on the save side. I’ll pair it with some roasted red potatoes and green beans. It looks like a great recipe but at this point will I ever find out for sure…
Beer Can Chicken from Olives-n-Okra & Grilled Vegetable Kabobs from Six Sisters Stuff
On hubby’s night off we’ll do what he loves to do best…grill out! I also had this Beer Can Chicken recipe on the menu a couple weeks ago but it ended up going in the freezer for later. We’ll definitely make it this week. I’ll also get some extra chicken to throw on the grill the old fashioned way and I’ll make these yummy looking veggie kabobs. Throw in some baked beans (the fancy kind that come in a can…LOL) and we’ll be all set.
Mustard Balsamic Pork Chops With Rosemary from Jo Cooks
This is another recipe that looks really delicious and super easy, my favorite combination! Plus, I LOVE anything with rosemary! I’ll throw rice in the rice cooker and bake some asparagus with a little olive oil and parmesan cheese and our meal will be complete.
I’m so excited to have our family coming to visit and it’s going to be an awesome week. Now, let’s see if I can also do an awesome job with this week’s challenge…
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