Aldi has some good prices on meat and produce this week. Their ad is pretty similar to Sprout’s this week, but Sprout’s actually beats some of the prices. However if you don’t want to go to two stores, you will still save money by shopping Aldi.
1 bag baby carrots
1 bag red potatoes
1 sweet onion
1 pot roast
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp 21 season mix (if you have, if not you should find some!)
Cut onion in fourths and put in the bottom of crock pot. Pour Carrot bag in. Cut potatoes in half or fourths depending on how large they are. Add to crock pot. Sprinkle Half the Seasonings on the Veggies and stir to mix. Add the pot roast to the crock pot and pour in the broth. Then sprinkle the rest of the seasonings on the roast and rub in. Turn the crock pot on it’s lowest setting and cook all day.
I found this recipe a long time ago and modified it to fit my family.
It has always been a big hit in my house and my son (with Autism who is extremely picky) has been known to eat them from time to time. I usually make these for dinner, but you could also make them if you are having a brunch. Or freeze them. Or have them for lunch!
Pair with Asparagus, Hashbrowns, Bacon, etc. Enjoy!
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When my husband and I started dating, I was introduced to “real” refried beans. My poor husband suffered through lots of cans of refried beans until I started cooking them in the Crock-Pot . No matter how hard I tried, I could not ever get my dried beans to cook. It was maddening. So when I found out that you could actually cook dried beans in the Crock-Pot , I was excited to give it a try. I wanted mine to taste as close to the way my mother in law’s tasted as possible.
These beans are so easy and so yummy! Use them for tacos, bean burritos or my Taco Cups which I will share with you later!
Right now Amazon has this Crockpot Instant on sale. I do not have one of these yet, but I really want one. I have heard great things!!
One thing that I have found to save myself a lot of time, stress, and money is ordering groceries. Yes, there is a fee, but let me tell you why it is my new favorite way to shop.
I can look at my meal plan and see all the ingredients. I am able to search for what I need and add it to my cart right there as I check it off. Instead of dodging people at the store, and possibly having to backtrack because you missed something, it is all right there at the click of your mouse.
It keeps me from grabbing extra stuff! Have you ever gone shopping hungry? Or with your kids who ask for everything they see? Then you wind up with all of this stuff in your cart that was not on your list, and gone $40 over your budget! Which brings me to…
It’s easier to control my spending and stay within my budget. When I order groceries, I can see my total as I add items to my cart. You just can’t do that pushing a cart through the store. Trust me, I have tried walking through the store with my calculator app open. Yes, I have actually done that! When I can see my total, I can always delete something I don’t really need off of my list. Plus I wind up actually getting all of the things I need, when I can go through and adjust my items.
It is so much less hectic and stressful. Shopping from the couch. Enough said.
I feel more organized when I shop this way. Walking around a crowded store with a full buggy can feel very chaotic and overwhelming. This is so much better.
Lastly, you don’t have to take your kids to the grocery store. Look, I love my kids and they are actually pretty well behaved at the store. But it adds an extra level of stress with kids asking for things, or worse arguing with each other as you walk the aisles of the store. We have all been there. It is not fun.
Right now the two services that I use are Kroger’s Clicklist and Shipt. (Full Disclosure: I am an independent contractor for Shipt). The difference between the two are with Clicklist you order online and go pick up your groceries for a $4.95 fee. With Shipt, you have a membership and your groceries are delivered straight to your door.
Have you tried either of these? What do you like/dislike about them?
FYI: This post is for informational purposes only and I am not being compensated for anything I write in this post.
My biggest pitfall when it comes to meal planning is forgetting to plan according to my schedule that week. I don’t know how many times I have had the best intentions and planned out all these great meals, done my shopping, stayed on budget, but then thrown half the stuff away because I didn’t have time to cook it.
On Friday, when I am throwing away bad chicken, and I am looking at the price on the package, I feel like a failure.
“Look how much money you wasted”, says the snarky voice in my brain. That snarky voice is my worst enemy and I wind up feeling defeated and frustrated at my inability to handle basic things like cooking.
So, I decided to stop planning to cook every night, and overwhelm myself with tasks that are completely not feasible.
Here are my top tips for a successful week of meal planning:
1.Look over the next weeks schedule before you ever start meal planning or go grocery shopping.
What nights do you have therapy, gymnastics, ball games? How long will they last?
2. Plan ahead for nights you can’t or won’t have time to cook.
Will you be home before 6? Crock pot meal. Will you be home before 7? No? Plan to eat out or bring dinner with you.
3. Budget money for eating out or plan something easy to take along.
During middle school soccer, I ran home before the game and made two frozen pizzas. I cut them up and put them in foil pans. I packed paper plates and napkins. We ate pizza while we watched the soccer game and threw away the trash as we left the game. All I took home was a little leftover pizza.
Grab some pizza at a quick place like Little Caesar’s, or on your way home go to a kids eat free place like O’Charley’s.
4. If you will be home before 7, prep a crock pot meal the night before (or wake up a little early) and turn it on before you leave the house.
5. Make your busiest evening a leftovers night or make Friday night a leftovers night.
We all know how done we are on Friday, and that makes it the perfect night to designate as a leftovers night. The kids can choose something they really liked that week and all you have to do it put it in the microwave.
6. Prep your ingredients ahead of time.
If you are cooking a couple of meals that use ground beef, cook it all on Sunday afternoon and either freeze it or refrigerate it. Chop your vegetables and put them in plastic containers. Make two of one meal and freeze one to eat next week or the week after. Assemble your meal ahead of time and put it in the fridge. You can pull it out when you get home and it’s ready to bake.
7. Do yourself a favor and buy some paper plates. I recycle. I know it is kind of wasteful, but it saves so much time in dishwashing. Or you could make it a habit to clean the kitchen as a family after dinner. Many hands make light work!
Planning out your weeks meals according to your schedule can alleviate overspending and take the stress out of your week.
Don’t start your meal planning until you have checked your calendar. Plan some easy, no hassle meals like my One Pan Enchilada Casseroleor my Overloaded Baked Potatoes. It is also fine to eat out during the week. Just plan it and budget for that, so you don’t have to feel guilty.
What are some meal planning ideas that you are already using that work for your family?
My kids really love all things spaghetti, pizza, and lasagna. I don’t make Lasagna often, because it can be time consuming. And I am mostly tired by the time it is time to cook. However, this is a pretty easy recipe that can be made ahead of time and doubled, with one of the two being frozen.
Then put your sauce and ground beef on.
I am compiling different Turkey and Sides Recipes for Thanksgiving here. What are your favorite sides? Mine are Green Bean Casserole and Pineapple Casserole!
Sweet Potato Casserole – I’m going to say skip the coconut, but that’s just me!
Bacon Balsamic Brussels Sprouts – one of my favorites!