I find that when I plan my weekly dinner menu, I spend less money on eating out, I eat healthier, and I even spend less money at the grocery store. I’ve been planning our weekly menu for the past two years now. I’ll try my best to share- I can even come back to past plans and reuse them when I’m too lazy to come up with a new one (Hey, good idea, Lizeth. Why didn’t you do that sooner?). So here’s this week. Note, I only spend about $45 on buying most of the ingredients (minus what I already had) and it starts on a Thursday this week because I barely had time yesterday to go grocery shopping. 🙂
THURSDAY (yesterday): Oven roasted Autumn medley. This is a super easy dish. Yesterday I excluded the apples and added purple sweet potato. I also made a side of quinoa with seasoning. (The website this recipe is from, Budget Bytes, is the sh*t, by the way. Love it.)
FRIDAY: Making a traditional Mexican Caldo de Res. I don’t have an exact recipe for this. This is a stew that I learned how to make as a child from my mom. It’s basically a vegetable soup with chunks of beef. It can also be made with chicken. For this batch I bought summer squash, yellow squash, carrots, green beans, cilantro, corn, avocado, beef and I’m going to add some Mexican style pasta to it (fideo). A similar recipe can be found here. Pictured above.
SATURDAY: Hearty chickpea stew with pesto. This recipe seems really simple and looks good. First time making it.
SUNDAY: Thai summer squash with french corn. I love this recipe. I’ve made about three times already. I’ve left out the cashews before and added potatoes once. It’s an easy dish to add subtract ingredients to.
MONDAY: Tuna health bowl. I’m pretty excited about trying this dish. I love one dish meals. They’re so easy to make/eat.
TUESDAY: Curried lentil soup with kale. How cool is this 10 easy soup recipe chart?? I’ll probably end up printing it out and sticking it on my fridge for when I’m craving soup.
I only planned until Tuesday because Tuesday we get our farmer’s market box of vegetables and fruits. I like to try some recipes based on what we get in that. I love the surprise and challenge of cooking with new ingredients.
You can find more recipes on my Pinterest boards.