Thursday, June 2, 2011

Menu Ideas From the Brookshire's Ad

A meal plan is a great way to save money and not waste food.

I want to show you that as long as you are intentional in your shopping and cooking, you will save money on your grocery bill regardless if you use coupons or not. Generally, the cost of the whole meal will be less than or equal to the tip you leave at a restaurant.

These menu ideas are based on a family of 4 and taken directly from the Brookshire's circulars.

This week you could feed your family very inexpensively:

Hot Dogs & Chips
Use:  The Real Big Deal

Pesto Shrimp Pasta
Use:  Louisiana Gold Shrimp (1/2 of a bag), Skinner Pasta,  Classico Pesto Sauce (1/3 of the jar)

Shrimp Gumbo
Use:  Louisiana Gold Shrimp (1/2 of a bag), Tony Chachere's Gumbo Mix x 2

Shrimp Tacos, Mango Salsa & Grilled Corn
Use:  Louisiana Gold Shrimp, Mission Tortillas, Mango x 2, PictSweet Corn on the Cob (use 1/2 of a bag for dinner but grill a whole bag)

Chicken, Broccoli, Rice Casserole, and PictSweet Mixed Veg
Use:  Banquet Family Sized Meal

Lasagna & Salad
Use:  Banquet Family Sized Meal & Fresh Express Salad

Chicken Parmesan over Spaghetti Noodles
Use:  Pilgrim's Split Chicken Breasts (3lbs - use 1lb), Classico Pasta Sauce, Skinner Pasta

Rotisserie Chicken, Grilled Corn Salad, & Pesto Potato Salad
Use:  Rotisserie Chicken (keep the carcass and make stock with it), PictSweet Corn (1/2 a bag that was grilled earlier), Nature's Sweet Tomatoes, Russet Potatoes (1/2 a bag), Classico Pesto Sauce (rest of jar)

Onion Soup
Use:  Chicken Stock (from earlier), Onions from The Real Big Deal

Chicken Stir Fry w/ Mango Sauce
Use:  Tony Chachere's Yellow Rice x 2, Pilgrim's Chicken (1lb), Mango, Onions from The Real Big Deal, PictSweet California Veggies

Potato Bar
Use:  Russet Potatoes, Food Club Cheese,

Sweet & Sour Pork
Use:  Hormel Ham Steaks, Pineapple, Tony Chachere's Yellow Rice x 2

Croque Monsieur Sandwich & Tortilla Chips
Use:  Food Club Cheese, Hormel Ham Steaks, Doritos, Brookshire's Bread

Doritos Chicken Casserole
Use:  Pilgrim's Chicken (use 1lb.), Doritos, Hatch Canned Tomatoes w/Chilies x2, Food Club Cheese

Cheeseburgers & Fries
Use:  Fast Fixin's Cheeseburgers & Russet Potatoes

Chicken Fried Steak Fingers & Mashed Potatoes
Use:  Fast Fixin's Steak Fingers & Russet Potatoes

That is 16 meals for a total of about $80.03 without coupons or $5 per meal or $1.25 per person per meal.
With coupons the totals are around $76.03 or $4.75 per meal or $1.19 per person per meal.

Thrifty Texas Penny and her $5 dinners would be proud.

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