It’s time for another meal plan! We meal plan to save time and frustration during the week, and also to (hopefully) save money. This past weekend, I did the shopping and the bulk of the meal planning. Our menu this week looks like this:
Sunday – stir fry
Monday – tacos
Tuesday – burrito bowls
Wednesday – homemade macaroni & cheese
Thursday – rotisserie chicken in the slow cooker (recipe below) plus side vegetable or salad
Friday – leftovers or pizza (frozen)
Saturday – soup and grilled cheese sandwiches
I actually grocery shopped at three stores this weekend. I don’t normally do that, but I didn’t have a complete list at Target, and we stopped at Aldi on our way home from a birthday party. I still needed a couple of produce items, so I went to Ingles Saturday night. (My next grocery trip will start at Aldi and work my way from there. Sadly, I can’t get 100% of my groceries from that store. I love what I can get and save, though!)
For the week, I spent roughly $120 on groceries. I’d love to get that to under $100, but that’s going to take a little more work.
We have a rotisserie chicken almost weekly. I make it in the slow cooker and it is the easiest recipe!
- 1 whole chicken
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp pepper
- aluminum foil
- Tear 5 pieces of aluminum foil off and crumple them into balls (so they're about the same size.)
- Place the balls of foil in the bottom of the slow cooker - your chicken will rest on top of these.
- Mix the paprika, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a bowl.
- Rub this all over the whole chicken.
- Place the chicken in the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours.
Keeping the chicken off the bottom of the slow cooker keeps it from cooking in its own liquid, and gives it a crispier skin. The chicken will still be super tender (I was lucky to get any photos of the chicken in this form. It will often break apart before I can get it to a plate!)
My son will usually eat this chicken with no complaint. We have a tough time getting him to eat meat (or anything other than carbs), but he does like this one most weeks.
What’s on your menu for the week?
Linking up with Org Junkie this week!