Thursday, August 4, 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:

Breakfast for Dinner #1 - Sausage & Pancakes with Yogurt
Use:  Hungry Jack Pancake Batter, Owens Sausage, Yoplait 4pk Yogurt, and Food Club Syrup 

Jambalaya w/ Sausage & Spinach
Use:  Tony Chachere's Jambalaya Mix x 2 and Eckrich Sausage

Homemade Pizza & Salad
Use:  Garbani Mozzarella, Pizza Crust, Hunt's Pasta Sauce (use half), 3lb. bag Onions, leftover spinach from above, Fresh Express Salad

Toad in the Hole & Mixed Veggies
Use:  Leftover pancake batter thinned down to make a Yorkshire pudding type batter, Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, Birds Eye Mixed Vegetables x 2

Cheesydogburger Helper & Salad
Use:  Cheeseburger Helper made with leftover hot dogs from above & Fresh Express Salad

Breakfast for Supper #2 - Sausage Cheese Biscuits & Fruit
Use:  Dole Fruit Bowls, leftover Owens Sausage, Pillsbury Biscuits, Food Club Cheese

Pasta with Pink Sauce & Salad
Use:  Leftover Pasta Sauce from above, Food Club Half & Half, Food Club Pasta, Fresh Express Salad

BBQ Beef, Green Beans, & Southwest Pasta Salad
Use:  Lloyd's BBQ, Birds Eye Green Beans x 2, Chipotle Suddenly Salad

BBQ Salad
Use:  Leftover BBQ, Fresh Express Salad x 2, Caramelized Onions

Hot Dogs & Chips and Cherries
Use:  Brookshire's Buns, Leftover Hot Dogs, Food Club Kettle Chips, 1lb. Cherries

Breakfast for Supper #3 - Smoothies & Pastries
Use:  Pillsbury Toaster Scramble & Yoplait Smoothie x 2

Chicken Stir Fry
Use:  Birds Eye California Mix Veggies x 2, Pilgrim's 3lb. bag Chicken Tenders (use 1lb. chopped), Chicken Helper Stir Fry x 2

Chicken & Broccoli Pasta
Use:  Birds Eye Broccoli x 2, leftover chicken (use 1lb. chopped), Chicken Helper Alfredo x 2

Chicken Quesadillas & Mexican Rice
Use:  Chicken (use 1lb. chopped) Food Club Cheese, leftover onions, Mission Tortillas, Taco Hamburger Helper x 2 (made with no meat) 

Spinach Enchiladas & Pasta Salad
Use:  Birds Eye Spinach, Food Club Cheese, leftover tortillas, Bacon Ranch Suddenly Salad

Breakfast for Supper #4 - Breakfast Burritos & Fruit
Use:  Dole Harvest Fruit, leftover tortillas, leftover sausage, and leftover cheese

Bugle Coated Chicken Tenders, Rice, & Veggies
Use:  Bugles, Pilgrim's Chicken, Green Giant Veggies, Hamburger Helper Rice Mix (made without meat)

Chicken Taco Soup
Use:  Cheeseburger Helper, leftover chicken, Birds Eye Mixed Veggies (throw in a couple of cans of tomatoes and some chili powder and you have supper sorted)

Sandwiches & Chips
Use:  Brookshire's Bread, Land O' Frost Bistro Favorites Lunchmeat, Leafy Lettuce, leftover Kettle Chips & Bugles

Breakfast for Supper #5 - Breakfast Strata & Yogurt
Use:  leftover Half & Half, leftover Bread, leftover Sausage, leftover cheese, leftover onions, Yoplait Yogurt

That is 20 meals for a total of around $110.10 without coupons or $5.51 per meal or $1.38 per person per meal.
If you are using coupons then the total could be as low as $97.01 or $4.85 per meal or $1.21 per person per meal.
On top of that, you have nearly three weeks of suppers sorted off of one grocery trip.

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