Friday, September 16, 2016

25 meals for under $200


Since I am 6 weeks post-partum, I wanted to do a super healthy, Whole30-ish round of meals. But then I thought, "Who am I kidding? I'm breastfeeding and starving and not worried about counting calories...just yet." So here's what's on the menu...

Menu |

Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches
Pulled Pork on Pretzel Rolls
Meatball Subs
Spaghetti Sauce
Caribbean Jerk Chicken
Lemon Pepper Chicken
Lemon Pepper Salmon
Mango Salsa Chicken
Honey Apple Pork Loin
Beef Stroganoff
Butternut Squash Chili
Chicken Pot Pie
Nacho Cheese Dip

I made two of every meal, except the nacho cheese (I only made 1) and my total was just under $200.


Grocery List |

Meat:
2 chuck roasts
4 pork loins (3 lbs. each)
2 bags meatballs
5 lbs. ground beef
2 lbs. ground Italian Sausage
4 bags frozen chicken breasts
1 bag salmon
3 lbs. cubed beef

Canned/Jarred:
1 jar pepperoncini
2 cans French onion soup
2 jars marinara
2 cans tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato paste
2 cream of mushroom soup
2 cartons of chicken broth
2 cans black beans
2 cans kidney beans
2 cream of chicken soup
1 can Rotel

Seasoning:
2 ranch packet
2 Memphis BBQ seasoning packets
Brown Sugar
2 bottles Caribbean Jerk marinade
2 bottles Lemon Pepper marinade
1 bottle honey
2 onion dip mix
2 packets chili seasoning
Garlic Powder
Thyme
Rosemary
Chili Powder
Cumin
Salt
Pepper

Dried Goods:
2 packages spaghetti noodles
2 packages of egg noodles
2 boxes cornbread mix
1 bag tortilla chips

Bread:
2 packages pretzel rolls
2 packages hoagies
2 packages tortillas
2 packages of buns

Refrigerator:
2 containers mango peach salsa
2 packages of pie crusts
1 block velveeta

Produce:
2 honey crisp apples
1 butternut squash
4 carrots (from the bulk section)
1 package celery
4 red potatoes
1 bag broccoli

 Other:
Gallon Storage bags
Slow Cooker Liners

Get home, label bags and get to work dumping the ingredients in each bag. Tortillas, pie crusts, and bread products can go right in the freezer. Cornbread and pasta goes in the pantry.

Recipes |

Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches
1 chuck roast
1 can French onion soup
1 packet ranch seasoning
1/2 jar of pepperoncinis

8 hours on low. Shred and serve of buns.

Pulled Pork on Pretzel Rolls
3 lb. pork loin
1 packet Memphis BBQ seasoning
2 Tbsp. brown sugar

Add 1 cup of water. 8 hours on low. Serve on pretzel buns.

Meatball Subs
1 jar marinara
1 bag meatballs

4-5 hours on low. Serve on hoagies with cheese.

Spaghetti Sauce
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 lb. ground beef, cooked
1 lb. ground Italian sausage, cooked
2-3 bay leaves
1 tsp basil
1 tsp garlic powder

8 hours on low. Serve with spaghetti noodles.

Caribbean Jerk Chicken
1/2 bag frozen chicken breasts
1 bottle Caribbean Jerk marinade

Thaw and grill.

Lemon Pepper Chicken
1/2 bag frozen chicken breasts
1 bottle lemon pepper marinade

Thaw and grill.

Lemon Pepper Salmon
1/2 bag frozen salmon
Sprinkle with lemon pepper
Squeeze with real lemon juice

Thaw and bake for 14 minutes at 425.

Mango Salsa Chicken
1/2 bag chicken
1 tub mango peach salsa

8 hours on low. Shred and serve with tortillas.

Honey Apple Pork Loin
3 lb. pork loin
1 apple, cut up
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp Thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt & pepper

8 hours on low.

Beef Stroganoff
1.5 lbs. cubed beef
1 can cream of mushroom
1 packet onion dip mix
1/2 carton of chicken broth

8 hours on low. Serve on egg noodles.

Butternut Squash Chili
1 lb. ground beef, cooked
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 packet chili seasoninh
1/2 of the butternut squash, cubed
2 Tbsp. brown sugar

8 hours on low. Serve with cornbread.

Chicken Pot Pie
1/2 bag chicken
1 can cream of chicken
2 chopped carrots
1/2 the celery stalk, chopped
1/2 bag of broccoli
1/2 carton of chicken broth
Salt & pepper

8 hours on low. Shred and fill pie crusts and bake according to pie crust package instructions.

Nacho Cheese Dip
1 lb. ground beef, cooked and seasoned with cumin & chili powder
1 block velveeta cheese
1 can rotel

4 hours on low. Serve with chips.

Again, make two of each meal except for the nacho cheese.

Enjoy!

This is how we feel about meal preps days. :)