My menu for the week 12/11

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Doing something different this week! Along with my weekly menu, I’m including a little more about how the meals I choose help keep my family within in our $65 / week grocery budget.

This past weekend I cooked at 17 lb turkey so we are eating a lot of turkey this week 🙂  Hopefully this will give you ideas of how to stretch a large turkey, or roast chicken into several meals!

My menu this week:
  • Monday: Turkey BLT’s with apples and homemade chips It’s ballet night so all of this will be prepared earlier in the day.
  • Tuesday: Turkey taco salads- shredded turkey, tortilla chips, lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, salsa, salad dressing
  • Wednesday: Turkey fettuccine Alfredo with mushrooms, served with salad and garlic bread.
  • Thursday: Grilled cheese and tomato soup
  • Friday: Pizza and Salad
  • Saturday: Turkey noodle soup served with cheese crackers (Triscuit crackers with cheddar cheese toasted in the the toaster oven) Note- after this meal the leftover turkey will be frozen b/c I’m sure we’ll be sick of it 🙂
Groceries needed:

The items below are what I need to complete the meals.  All the other ingredients I already have on hand. Next to each item is the estimated cost.

  • Lettuce (enough for sandwiches and salads for 3 meals) $2
  • Tomatos  $2
  • Tortilla chips $2
  • Sour cream $1
  • mushrooms $2
  • Triscuits $2

Estimated Total for 6 dinners for my family of 5: $11

Meal Planning Tip:

Use as many items from your pantry as you can.  Plan your meals around what you HAVE.  This week I knew I had turkey, bacon, bread, noodles, alfredo sauce, potatoes, cheese and pizza.  All of these items I stocked up when they were on sale.  If you get in the habit of filling your pantry with sale items, your grocery bill will start to decrease significantly!

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