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Dinners, Drive-Throughs, and Dimes

Posted By Jessica Fisher On March 9, 2009 @ 2:54 am In Meal Planning | 4 Comments


Dinners are on my mind this week as I endeavor to fill our freezer with some premade items. I’m hoping that I can invest some time and energy on the front end in order to have a few nights off in the coming weeks. My end goal is to avoid the drive through and save some dimes in the process.

Rather than tackle the 30 meals all in a couple days as I did last summer [5], I’m approaching it in a different way. This week, I’m making double and triple batches of many of the dinners this week. We often eat the same things a few times a month, so I think it will work out. I can spread them out into next month if need be.

Here’s my plan:
Breakfaststhe regular schedule [6]

pasta salad [7]
salmon, rice and veg (Hubs doesn’t like salmon, but the kids do, so I’m going to try it out in my new rice cooker.)
snacky lunch
soup and crackers
tuna sandwiches

Dinners - bolded are the items that I’ll double or triple.
Steak stirfry, rice, broccoli, and potstickers
Chicken Paella [8], salad, and french bread
Boules de Picolat, boiled potatoes, steamed veg
Lasagna [9], green salad, foccaccia
beans [10] and rice and chips
Pizzas and Calzones

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PS. Just had to share. This weekend I made a major coup during grocery shopping which resulted in a $10 Steak dinner for 7!

4 top sirloin steaks = $7.50
4 pounds potatoes = $.80
bakery french bread = $.24 after coupon
Caesar salad kit = $.98 after coupon
miscellaneous spices and butter $.50

Where could you possibly eat like a king for less than $1.50 per person? Home, of course! We even had leftovers for stirfry the next night.

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