I am so happy about this meal plan. I wanted to come up with a meal plan that was all low carb, S for Trim Healthy Mama, that could feed 5 adults, be prepped ahead and on a reasonable budget. If I could buy it at Aldi, that’s exactly what I did. My goal was to stay under $60 for all of the meals. No coupons were used, no secrets used, just shopping at the cheapest store near me and eating good meals.
Here is my menu and the cost break down: Taco Soup $11.29 This is my crockpot recipe, minus the bell pepper and mushrooms. If you have them or have a little more room in your budget, get them. It will add even more nutrition. Creamy Chicken and Broccoli with salad 11.38 How I broke down the salad: Organic greens in a plastic container is 3.49. I package of grape tomatoes is 1.69 and 1 cucumber is .49. We will have this as a side for 2 meals so I added all of those together and divided by 2 for a total per meal 2.90 (we still have some left over after the first week to be used the next week) Tilapia with salad and brussel sprouts 10.68 I used one bag of brussel sprouts, 16 oz and reduced the cheese a little since I wasn’t using as many sprouts. Creamy Chicken and Zucchini with parmesan roasted carrots for a total of 10.62 Beefy Cabbage Casserole with roasted asparagus for a total of 10.02 The total is $53.99. I didn’t include olive oil or garlic or parmesan cheese. If you need all 3 of those, you might still be under the total of $60 that I was shooting for. My salad dressing was a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice with a pinch of salt and pepper. The family had ranch.
In the pdf I showed what the cost of each item was for me. You can save more buying cheaper ground beef or by looking around for meat on sale. I know a local Mexican Meat Market has lean ground beef for 3.99lb and boneless, skinless chicken breasts for 1.29lb. This would have dropped the cost by a few dollars.
Here is the link to the grocery PDF with my prices that I paid.
Do you have your goals set or do you not do that? I have always had some sort or goals or resolutions. I have changed how I do them over the years. When I heard about Gretchin Rubin’s 19 for 2019 last year, I was intrigued. This year I wanted to do the 20 for 2020. I included things that are fun, things that I will cross off my list pretty easy and other things that will take a lot more effort. I wanted to run a marathon this year since last year I ran a half, although it was hard and I didn’t train properly. I know that I have a lot going on and the time commitment to train for a full marathon is more than I have. I know it is going to be hard enough to get the time in for the half.
My first thing on my list is plan our trip to DC. My husband and daughter have never flown and I haven’t flown in a lot of years. We are also going to be in a town without a vehicle, in January. We will be leaving next week so my trip has to be planned by then. I enjoy planning trips so this isn’t only something I enjoy but it is also something with a time limit. My daughter and I sat down today and planned our first day. We have our Whitehouse tour scheduled, our Capital tour scheduled and planned the rest of the day. This has been so fun but time consuming. I am so excited but I know it will be here before we know it. This goes to my word of the year, intentional.
Our lists are all going to be unique. Even if we have a similar goal, our lives are all different, our experience, life structure, etc. Even if you don’t do anything similar. I hope that you find fun things you want to do this year and put it on your calendar. Don’t let this year pass you by with nothing happening, be intentional.
In case you can’t read it: 1. Plan DC trip 2. Run a half marathon 3. Plan garden 4. Seasonal minimalist wardrobe 5. Read 1 book a month 6. Raise more of our own meat 7.Learn more about Youtube and blogging 8. Plan family trip to Rocky Mountain National Park 9. Work on better sleep 10. Monthly date with Randy 11. Keep working on curly girl method 12. Drink 3/4 a gallon of water a day 13. Figure out and plan Facebook group coaching 14. Plan family camping trips 15. Go kayaking 16. Work on self-confidence, reduce self-doubt 17. Get my passport 18. Make an effort to compliment people more 19. Reduce my complaining, work on my gratitude 20. Create a cleaning routine for the house for everyone to follow
Here is a link to Gretchin’s page with her list, her sister’s list, the podcast and a pdf to write your 20 for 2020 on.
I know I am a broken record saying this but this is another super easy and family friendly recipe. This is perfect to prep ahead and just bake the day you want to eat it. When I make this there are no leftovers. Everyone loves it. This is also a great dish to take to a potluck.
Ingredients 3-4 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, about 2 lb 2 Broccoli crowns 1 Heaping t Minced Garlic 3/4 C Chicken Broth 1 Package Cream Cheese, room temp 1 C Shredded Mozzarella 1/2 C Shredded Cheddar, or just use all mozzarella Olive Oil Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Onion Powder Italian Seasoning
Directions 1. Cube chicken breasts and place on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with a little oil, about 1/2 tablespoon. Sprinkle with 1 t salt, 1/2 t black pepper, onion and garlic powders and Italian seasoning. Toss to coat and bake for about 20 minutes. 2. When finished baking the chicken, remove from oven. Place cream cheese into a bowl and add chicken. I usually add about half and mix until cream cheese is melted and add the rest. Carefully stir in chicken both.
3. Place mixture into a 9×13 dish. Chop broccoli into bite size pieces (I just tear my broccoli into pieces with my hands instead of cutting). You don’t want the pieces too big or they won’t be cooked through. Put on top of chicken. Sprinkle broccoli with salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders. Top with cheese. 4. Bake for about 20 minutes.
This is a super easy tilapia recipe. My husband isn’t really a fan of fish. He likes shrimp and crab and Long John Silver’s fish, but that’s about it. Tilapia is pretty cheap and my kids love it so I have been trying to find ways to make everyone happy. This recipe seemed to make everyone happy. Add more or less seasoning to suit your family’s tastes.
Ingredients 5 Tilapia filets (I made one per person) 3 T Olive Oil 1 Heaping t Minced Garlic 1 t Paprika 1 t Ground Mustard 1/2 t Salt 1/2 t Chili Powder 1/4 t Black Pepper
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Mix everything together except the fish. Coat the fish with the mixture. 3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until fish flakes easily. The last time I made this there was one extra thick piece. I baked that one for about 14 minutes.
This is another easy weeknight recipe. This is perfect when you are using your oven for something else. I like to serve these when I have either a casserole on the menu or an oven baked meat. I am not much of a carrot fan but these are really good and so easy. If you are worried about the carbs in carrots, I ran the numbers. A medium whole carrot has 6 grams of carbs and 1.7 grams of fiber, so 4.3 net carbs. This will fit easily into a meal that is low in carbs. Perfect with baked chicken thighs and a green leafy salad.
Ingredients 1 16 oz Bag of Baby Carrots 1 T Minced Garlic 1 t Salt 1/2 t Pepper 1/2 t Italian Seasoning 1/3 Cup plus 3 T Parmesan Cheese, divided Olive Oil
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Dump package of carrots onto baking sheet. If you have a few large ones, cut them in half. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon or so of olive oil. Toss to coat the carrots. 3. Sprinkle on all of the seasonings, reserving the 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Toss to coat. 4. Bake for 20 minutes. Removed from oven and stir the carrots around. Add remaining cheese and put back in the oven. Bake until the carrots are soft, around 15 or so more minutes.
I have a son who is pretty picky when it comes to food. He is also my only child who doesn’t mind being hungry. Long story short, I try to make sure I make dinners he will like. If I know he won’t like it, I try to make sure I have something like sandwich fixings so he has something to eat. I was worried he wouldn’t like this because he doesn’t care for any squash. I was surprised when he really liked this. This is a budget friendly recipes and is easy to make. When I am having chicken breasts two times in one week, I like to bake the whole package if that works for both recipes. That is what I did for this recipe and my chicken broccoli casserole that I made in my meal prep. Anything that I can do to eat right but make things easier for me is a win. I also bake on parchment paper to make it clean up easier.
Ingredients 3-4 Chicken Breasts, cubed, around 2 lb 2 Medium Zucchini, sliced 1 Small Onion, diced 1 Package of Cream Cheese 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes, drained of most juice 1/2 C Shredded Mozzarella Salt and Pepper 1 t Minced Garlic Italian Seasoning Olive Oil
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season cubed chicken breasts with 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Bake for about 20 minutes. The chicken needs to be either completely baked or almost completely cooked through. 2. Drizzle about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a medium to large skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini and onion. When zucchini is almost cooked, about 10 minutes, add garlic. Stir to combine. Add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and Italian seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to skillet. Stir and cook for about 3-5 more minutes. Add block of softened cream cheese. Stir until it is melted. 3. Add canned tomatoes and cooked chicken to skillet. Stir until all ingredients are combined. Pour into a 9×13 dish and top with cheese. 4. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until everything is hot and cheese is melted.
This recipe tasted so much better than I thought it would. I have never been one to really like cabbage rolls, cabbage soup or really any cabbage based dish. When trying to feed a family on a budget, cabbage is a wonderful addition. Cabbage is cheap and so good for you. I looked at a lot of other similar recipes and came up with this and the whole family liked it. I plan on making this one again and again.
Ingredients 1 lb Ground Beef 1 Head of Cabbage, about 6-7 cups sliced thin 1 Medium Onion, diced 1 Can of Diced Tomatoes 1 8oz Can of Tomato Sauce 1 t Minced Garlic 1 t Salt 1/2 t Ground Black Pepper 1/2 T Worcestershire Sauce 1 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Directions 1. In a large skillet brown ground beef with onion and garlic. 2. Add seasonings and cabbage. Cook until cabbage is pretty soft, about 10 minutes. Add tomato products and stir to combine. 3. Add contents of skillet to a 9×13 dish. Top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
I did a live video on Facebook a while back. I cover the microphone a few times but I think the content is still worth sharing. If you know your why, you can find your motivation. It is so important to know your why if you want to make lasting changes in your life.
So I have made 7 videos, menu plans, and grocery lists. However, I haven’t been the most organized when it comes to how to transfer and store the videos, how to keep track of my menus and lists. I found week 4’s video that will hopefully be put up one day, maybe. Between family things happening, planning our 25th anniversary with a vow renewal and all of the holidays, I haven’t been as focused. I believe I haven finally learned when planning the menu to make my grocery lists and label them. That should have been a given, but…. Here we are with video 7 and list number 7.
The menu for this week is Meatloaf with roasted veggies and mashed cauliflower Crockpot Roasted Whole Chicken with salad and broccoli and cheese casserole Sirloin Steak Tips over Spaghetti Squash Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole with Salad Fast and Easy Beef Stir-fry
This low carb jambalaya recipe is absolutely delicious. It comes together fast but does require a little simmering time. The rice is replaced with cauliflower rice in this recipe. This was another winner with the family. As always, make sure you season to taste for your family’s likes. Check the sausage nutritional info and make sure it doesn’t have added sugars. I usually get mine from Aldi and it fits in nutritionally. You add canned crab to this or chicken. You can even add in some crawfish if you want. I kept it simple and easy here. Also, my family isn’t as adventurous as I am when it comes to food. They will all eat the sausage and shrimp version but that’s about as far as all of them will go. This is a great addition to your monthly rotation. Sorry for the lack of pictures. I almost didn’t get a picture of this before we ate dinner.
Ingredients 1 lb Sausage cut into 1/4-1/2 inch slices 1 lb Medium Thawed, raw deveined shrimp (tails on or off, doesn’t matter) 1 Medium onion, diced 2 Bell Peppers, diced (You can do different colors if you would like) 2 Stalks of celery, diced 1 t Minced garlic 1/2-1 1/2 T Cajun Seasoning, depending on you family’s heat tolerance 1/2- 1 1/2 t Salt, this depends on the amount of Cajun Seasoning you add 1/2 t Black Pepper 2 14.5 oz Cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes 1 C Chicken Broth, bone broth would be great 2 Bags Frozen Cauliflower Rice 1 1/2 T Olive Oil Green onion, sliced for garnish Louisiana Hot Sauce, Optional Cayenne Pepper, Optional
Directions 1. In a large pot add about 1/2 T of oil over medium heat. Add sausage and brown on both sides. Remove from pot on a plate. 2. Add about 1/2 T of oil to pot. Add onion, bell peppers and celery to pot. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic to pot and the remaining 1/2 T of oil, if needed. Cook and stir another 2-4 minutes. 3. To the pot add the canned tomatoes, broth, salt, pepper and your desired amount of Cajun seasoning. Stir and add the sausage back to the pot. 4.Increase heat to medium high and bring mixture to a boil. Stir occasionally, you don’t want it to burn. Once it reaches a boil. turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes. 5. After simmer for 20 minutes, add cauliflower rice. Stir and mix in rice. Cook until rice is cooked through. Add thawed shrimp and cook until shrimp is pink. This only takes a few minutes. You don’t want your shrimp overcooked so don’t go far from the stove. 6. Serve hot in bowls with additional heat as desired. Pinches of cayenne and dashes of hot sauce. Sprinkle with green onions if desired.