Well after a week of March Break and birthday surprises, I guess we’re back to “real life” this week. Do you feel let down going back to your regular routine after a break like that? I love getting to do something different but you know what? I actually think I enjoy the comfort of a routine now and then too.
Plus, another week of March means another week closer to that beautiful spring weather. First official day of spring is this week but I’m not counting my daffodils and sunshine just yet. I know that winter usually likes to have at least one last hurrah at this time of year but still, the promise of spring is there. We even had one warm day last week! (Of course, that meant the snow melted and now my snow mold allergy is going crazy but ultimately, it’s all worth it!
Do you have any big plans for spring?
WEEKLY MEAL 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
Fridays are now ALWAYS going to be meat-free until Easter. 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. Ground chicken, and ground pork are on sale at FreshCo as are whole ducks so we’re stocking up there. Asparagus is on for a really good price but I’m holding out for the local stuff. Cucumbers, zucchini, and red sweet peppers are available at a great deal as well, so those will be featured as side dishes and snacks this week.
At No Frills, split chicken breasts and chicken legs are on for $2 lb, pork tenderloins and ground beef are $2 lb and large eggs are $2 a dozen. Our favorite Classico jarred sauce is only $2 a jar and so are VH sauces. These are fantastic to have on hand for quick meals. Imperfect carrots are available for $1.50 for a 5 lb bag!!!
Lately, Food Basics, Giant Tiger, and Shoppers Drug Mart have had a few good deals and they are very close to our home too. So I am always sure to check them as well. 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.
Monday – Cap’n Crunch Chicken (SS), oven fries, green beans, butternut squash
Tuesday – Sloppy Joes (SS), Pickles, raw veggies and Ranch dip
Wednesday – Bacon Wrapped Chicken, baked potatoes, corn
Thursday – Instant Pot Pork Chops (IP), egg noodles, carrots, peas
Friday – Sweet corn ravioli,(MF) Tossed Green Salad, garlic bread
Saturday – Pizza Quesadillas (SS) (cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni, your favorite toppings), raw veggies and Ranch dip
Sunday – Red Wine Rosemary Garlic Butter Rub Marinated Sirloin Tip Roast. Mashed potatoes. Carrots. Roasted zucchini.
Breakfasts and Lunches
Canned soups. Frozen soups and chili.
Pancakes or waffles (we always have mix on hand)
Yogurt and bran cereal parfaits
Toast with jam and goat cheese 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. This week we are having some egg salad wraps since both eggs and tortillas were on sale.
Salads – chef’s salad with hard boiled eggs, ham, and cheese added, Waldorf salad, Cobb salad
What is on your menu for this week?
Looking for some super quick and easy meals? Check out these delicious 15 minute main dish recipes.
Save time and effort with 20 Easy Meals Using Rotisserie Chicken
Here’s a full 30 days worth of quick, easy, and inexpensive main dish ideas here.
You can find more of my menu plans here.
And check out more meal plan ideas over on Menu Plan Monday at Orgjunkie.com
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