Last Sunday, John came home with a huge surprise for us.
Our Sunday School class got together, without us knowing, and made a bunch of freezer meals for us. Our text conversation looked pretty funny, because I kept asking, “Are those for us? Why are they for us? Like, for us to eat?” We were blessed beyond belief, and I’m so thankful to have a group of friends that band together when there’s a need! We’re excited to start eating some of these this week. Here’s what was inside:
- Lasagna with Texas Toast
- Chicken Alfredo pasta
- Sausage, hash brown, egg and cheese casserole
- Chicken Parmesan meatball casserole
- Chicken pot pie
- Taco casserole
- Taco soup
- Creamy Italian chicken
- Chicken corn chowder with corn muffins and brownies
- Banana muffins
We’ll be eating three of them this week, which totally helps with the grocery budget! I used some of the extra money to buy a bunch of frozen vegetables.
As usual, here’s a disclaimer about my $30 weekly menus:
- I’ve lowered our grocery budget by choice. We’ve chosen not to pursue food assistance from the government.
- My pantry contains essentials such as rice, pasta, peanut butter, and baking items, as well as a little meat in the freezer. You may not be able to recreate this menu for $30 as I’m not exactly starting from scratch every week.
- I’m buying whole foods as much as possible- I won’t be perfect, but I’ll do what I can with the money we have.
- My menu may have more vegetarian meals, or just less meat in general- But I still aim to keep my diet high-protein due to my workouts, which is why you’ll see lots of Greek yogurt, eggs, and cottage cheese.
Entenmann’s Bakery Outlet
3 loaves Brownberry whole wheat bread: $.50 each
2 loaves Bimbo whole wheat bread: $.50 each
1 loaf Brownberry organic rustic white bread: $.50
Bananas, 3.18 pounds: $1.21
Green grapes, 2.79 pounds: $2.48
Cottage cheese: $1.59
Sweetener packets: $1.39
Shredded mozzarella, 5-pound bag: $10.64
Kids gummy vitamins: $6.98
Peanut butter: $6.98
Total: FREE thanks to a gift card from Swagbucks!
Dole coleslaw mix: $1.69
2 broccoli crowns: $.50 each (Will use these as snacks)
2 Mountain Dew Kickstarts: $1.00 each
Turkey bacon: $1.00
8 bags frozen vegetables: $1.00 each
- Used $.25/1 coupon I received in the mail
2 boxes snack bags: $1.00 each, got one free from the 10 for $10 sale
Weekly Total: $31.39. I still have about $15 overage from last week.
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Freezer meal lasagna with garlic toast, frozen broccoli
Freezer meal chicken pot pie, fruit
Freezer meal taco soup, Cornbread Muffins
Homemade biscuits and sausage gravy* (Sausage bought last week), fruit
Egg fried rice (Using coleslaw mix and frozen broccoli in it)
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, banana
Random things found in freezer (Zucchini muffins, banana oat bars)
Spinach Banana Muffins made in a mini muffin tin, string cheese*, Gogurt*, raisins
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!
Jaime is a Nutrition Coach and professional writer. She enjoys cooking easy meals, running, and learning more about food.
Jaime specializes in helping women with ADHD learn to meal plan and cook healthier meals without getting overwhelmed.