It was a great week, because I had all my dinners planned. Except for Saturday, which I forgot to put in the Crock Pot, so we had *ahem*za. I’m human. Imagine that.
This week includes Valentine’s Day, which is also our 20th anniversary, a “flexible” schedule, and an interesting mix of weekend plans. Menu planning has been a challenge. But I’ve come up with a plan. And that, my friends, is what it’s all about. Here’s what’s on our dinner menus this week:
Sunday: Roasted chicken breasts (.79/#), potatoes (.50), carrots (.99). About $4.50. Chicken served cut from bone; leftover picked chicken being used for Tuesday.
Monday: Cheesy Ham & Potato Casserole (~1.50), green beans (.25). About $2.
Valentine’s Day Tuesday: Parma Rosa (.69) pasta (.75) with leftover chicken (free), salads (.20) for the boys; about 1.65. For us: bacon-wrapped turkey tenderloins ($5), steamed baby Yukon gold potatoes (.40), salads (.40); about $5.80. 1-layer red velvet cake about 1.20. Candles, white tablecloth, and soft music will be involved. Total about $8.65.
Wednesday: Italian skillet: sausage (.99), white beans (.50), tomatoes (.45); garlicky (.03) green beans (.25). About $2.25.
Thursday: Fish sticks (~3.00), Honeybaked mac/cheese (free), salads (.60). About $3.60.
Friday: Soft tacos (1.99 for meat, .79 for tortillas, .50 for cheese), chips (.50) for the boys; about 3.80 — and there will be plenty of leftovers, so about half that (1.90). Meal for us: balsamic chicken breasts (1.85), Honeybaked mashed potatoes (free) and green beans (free), Cordial Cherry chocolates (free); about $1.85 for us. Total about $3.75.
Saturday: Totally TBD — everyone has a different schedule and activity! Someone will be having leftover soft tacos (1.90). I’m hoping to keep this to about $4 total.
I also made a batch of chocolate cookies with peppermint icing and sprinkles to get us through the week, about 1.46.
These dinners for four will cost about $30! This includes our special anniversary dinner and lovely desserts. And a word about the fish sticks: Aldi’s Fit & Active fish sticks are made with NutraPure, a fish protein added to breading to make fried fish less able to absorb oil (I had to research that). This makes the fish healthier to eat; I’ll be giving a review of this one.
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