Thursday, June 9, 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 lots of things that start with the word French:
 
Chicken & Vegetable Pasta
Use:  Bird's Eye Voila! x 2
 
Hot Dogs & Corn on the Cob
Use:  Bar-S Franks, Brookshire's Buns, & Corn x 4
 
Chicken Pot Pies & Marinated Mushroom Salad
Use:  Banquet Pot Pies x 4, White Mushrooms, and Bertolli Olive Oil
 
CrockPot Chicken w/Onion Gravy, Green Beans, & Seasoned Rice
Use:  Pilgrim's Whole Chicken 3lb. (save the carcass to make stock), Onion 1lb. (use 1/2 for gravy & 1/2 for green beans), Knorr Rice Side x 2, Green Beans x 2lb. 
 
French Toast Casserole w/Fruit Compote
Use: Brookshire's White Bread (cut the crusts off and save for bread crumbs), 18ct Eggs, Blueberries, Cherries, Smucker's Grape Jelly, Milk from Knorr deal

French Bread Pizza & Fried Squash
Use:  French Bread from the Bertolli Olive Oil Deal (cut the ends off), Babybel Cheese, Ragu Sauce, 1lb. Squash, use bread crumbs from earlier

Pasta Primavera
Use:  Barilla Pasta from the Ragu Deal, Pictsweet California style veggies x 2)

Red Beans & Rice w/Cornbread
Use:  Knorr Sides x 2 and Food Club Cornbread Mix

French Onion Soup
Use:  Chicken stock (you made earlier from the carcass of the roasted chicken), 1lb. Onion, ends of the French bread from earlier, Babybel Cheese

Vegetable Stir Fry
Use:  Pictsweet Veggies x 2 and Knorr Fried Rice Sides x 2

Huevos Rancheros, Mexican Rice, & Mexican Cornbread
Use:  18 ct Eggs, Knorr Mexican Rice Sides x 2, Food Club Cornbread Mix, La Victoria Salsa

That is 11 meals for a total of around $59.70 without coupons.  That breaks down to $5.42 per meal or $1.36 per person per meal.  If you are using coupons then your totals are more like $5.01 per meal or $1.25 per person per meal. 

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