I love Thursdays and I hate Thursdays. I love today because it means we’re one day closer to Friday and the weekend. I hate today because our schedules are so much busier, and it makes the evening rush much worse. But, I also love today because I know that dinner is in the slow cooker, so maybe I’ll be able to eat with my whole family at a reasonable time. No hands on cooking for me tonight!
This weekend I shopped at two stores – Aldi and Ingles (my local-to-me grocery store.) My goal was to purchase my groceries for under $100, while also making my family healthy meals.
Sunday – salmon packets (see recipe below)
Monday – Chicken wraps (I put two large chicken breasts and a jar of salsa in the slow cooker for 6 hours. Shredded the chicken, and put on a tortilla wrap. Topped with shredded cheese.)
Tuesday – Steak and asparagus
Wednesday – leftovers
Thursday – beef stew (slow cooker)
Friday – pizza
Saturday – TBD (but I have a whole chicken I can always throw in the slow cooker.)
I spent right at $100 in my two trips. I purchased the bulk of my groceries at Aldi, and I spent $64. If you have an Aldi in your area, I highly encourage you to shop there. Start your shopping there, and then visit your local store for the remaining foods. They didn’t have the milk I wanted (when I got to the store, they only had organic skim milk left, which I don’t give my son.) I also needed a block of cheese, a slow cooker packet for our beef stew and a few other produce items. At Aldi I was able to buy steak, stew meat, a whole chicken, salmon and SO MUCH more. Their meat prices just shock me sometimes.
So those salmon packets? They’re so great. I made 4 so we had them for dinner and a lunch. They can take a little bit of time to prep, but they’re worth it.
- 4 pieces of salmon
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup pistachios, chopped
- olive oil cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cook the couscous according to the package. Mix the shallot, pistachios and cranberries with the couscous after it has cooked.
- Spray 4 pieces of aluminum foil with the olive oil cooking spray. Divide the couscous and scoop onto the 4 pieces of foil. Top each with a piece of salmon. Close the ends of the foil to create your packet. Place the four packets on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
I’m excited that we’ve cooked healthy all week, and that I managed to get the grocery bill down to a manageable amount!
What’s on your menu this week?