Well, we finally got winter here. Not a lot of snow at all, but it sure has been cold. REALLY cold! In fact, tomorrow, we’re supposed to be expecting even colder temperatures and some snow squalls. Fortunately, I have nowhere to go this week and can easily hunker down all warm and cozy if needed!
Today we spent a lovely day celebrating the 80th birthday of one of my favorite people. She’s a dear soul with such a huge heart and it was wonderful to get to spend time with her. Coming up the rest of the week, my time will be spent working and playing with my grandson!
He’s growing so fast and just loves sitting in his high chair, having a snack and watching me prepare dinner. I’m sure it won’t be long until he’s right beside me, helping. That’s how I learned to cook, alongside my mom and grandmothers. Do you get your kids into the kitchen?
WEEKLY MENU PLAN
YOUR GUIDE TO THE MEALS IN MY MENU PLANS:
FF = FREEZER FRIENDLY
SC = SLOW COOKER
MF = MEAT FREE
PLO = PLANNED LEFTOVERS
MA – MAKE AHEAD
BBQ – GRILLED FOOD
I’m also planning extra simple meals on Saturdays and Sundays so that we truly can take a Sabbath and spend some time focusing on family and fun!
This Week’s Meals
You will find that most of these meals are under $10 based on prices (sale prices where possible) in London, Ontario, Canada. We are feeding a family of 4 – 3 adults and 1 toddler, all with healthy appetites. We generally have some leftovers from our meals and if these aren’t being used as part of another meal, they are used for lunches throughout the week.
Prices are based mostly on those at No Frills and FreshCo, the two grocery stores we frequent most often. This week Food Basics and Shoppers Drug Mart have a few good deals and they are very close to our home too. Note: at this time of year, we are mostly using frozen vegetables as they tend to be better quality and have more nutrients than fresh.
Often we have these items on hand already because we stock up when they go on sale but I’ve highlighted some of the special deals we’re taking advantage of in the meal plan below.
Lemon tarragon chicken burgers, oven sweet potato fries, peas
Ground chicken is $2.88 lb and burger buns are $1.99 at Food Basics.
Porcupine meatballs, egg noodles, green beans, carrots
Ground beef is $2.88 lb at Food Basics
Bacon wrapped chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli, carrots
Chicken drumsticks and thighs are $1.77 lb at No Frills. I usually use boneless chicken but this is such a great deal and it will work just fine!
Apple bacon pork chops (SC), roasted potatoes, spinach, sautéed cabbage
We still have pork chops in the freezer but if you live near a Metro store, they have them for $1.77 lb this week.
Grilled cheese sandwiches (SS) (MF), tomato soup, raw veggies and Ranch dip
Cheese is $3.97 for 460g at Food Basics
Sloppy Joes (SS), raw veggies and Ranch dip, fruit cocktail
Ground beef is $2.88 lb at Food Basics, Ranch dressing $1.99 bottle at Food Basics
Lemon Garlic Roast chicken (PLO – saving leftovers for next week), roasted potatoes and carrots
Whole chickens are $2.99 lb at Food Basics
Breakfasts and Lunches
Pancakes (we always have mix on hand)
Toast with jam or peanut butter
Sandwiches – lunch meat or chicken or cheese or cucumber and onions, selection depending on what’s on hand and on sale that week
What is on your menu for this week?
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You can find more of my menu plans here.