Brian and I try to find time every Sunday to grocery shop together. First, we compare calendars to find out who will be home for dinner on which nights, then we come up with our menu and ingredients lists, and then we shop. We do the bulk of our shopping at Target with a Red Card to save 5%. For out-of-the-ordinary items, better produce and better meats, we go to Publix a few doors down.
This week, our meals are:
- Sunday night (2 adults) – We had chicken breasts we had purchased the week before and not used, so we figured they’d better get eaten soon. I made Rachel Schultz’s WORLD’S BEST CHICKEN. The mustard flavor is rounded out by the other ingredients, it’s always juicy if you cook it 10 minutes less than she recommends, and you don’t have to marinade this in advance! Brian wanted brown rice, which we had leftover in the fridge, and I roasted broccoli too. I’ll make 3 breasts for the 2 of us so I have one left for lunch one day this week.
- Monday (party of 4) – the girls requested turkey burgers, which usually means I make the patties and Brian does the grilling. We had leftover buns in the freezer I defrosted. I pre-made a side of roasted vegetables and couscous in a huge bowl Sunday so I could have it for lunch at work too. The “kids” snuck some wasabi ginger kettle cooked Lays chips in the cart too.
- Tuesday (party of 4) – chicken thighs in an Asian soy/peanut sauce with sugar snap peas and brown rice.
- Wednesday (2 adults, because the girls are leaving town to go check out a colllege) – salmon, probably pan seared. This recipe sounds great!
- Thursday (2 adults) – Pizza, because I’ll be working that night so fast is best
- Friday (2 adults) – Cuban sandwiches in our panini press.
I hope you find time to meal plan as well. It saves money, calories, time and aggravation.