My family and I are foodies. As you can imagine we love to try new things, however, we are working on paying off some debt so that we can do more travel… therefore…. eat more unique foods.
So I have started a weekly menu plan and started using King Soopers Click List to pick it up. Our family used to spend about $1600/month on eating, That included grocery shopping and eating out. Since starting on this journey, We spend about $800/month on groceries and have been eating like kings (We now only eat out about 3 days a month, before it was multiple nights a week).
I decided to share our weekly menu, however, I will do it the week after, that way I can tell you what I like and don’t like about recipes I am using.
People in the family: 2 adults – 2 kids (ages 10 & 11)
Monday: Baked potato bar -This is an easy dish, fast and painless for the beginning of the week, the kids liked it, however, I am learning that I need to make more than just 4 potatoes. Tween-agers…
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese/Soup – This is a meal I won’t make much anymore. The kids aren’t huge fans of it and they feel like it is becoming commonplace in our household. Onto bigger better things?
Wednesday: Taco Cups – Our family has a love for all things taco related, so this week I thought I would branch out and try something new. Things I have learned about taco cups: make sure your meat is dry when you put it in the cups. Otherwise, it won’t crisp up the right way and you have a soggy taco cup to eat. The kids liked this, but they weren’t overly impressed. The recipe can be found here: Taco Cups
Thursday: Crockpot Lasagna – This is a hit or miss, I am thinking lasagna made in the oven would go over WAY better. We had 4 kids eating dinner this night – 1 of them loved it, the other 3 were not much impressed. I thought it was alright but overcooked since it was in the crockpot until 5:30 pm. The recipe can be found here: Slow cooker Lasagna . I also made some Garlic Parmesan mushrooms for Dave, because he LOVES mushrooms (I won’t eat them at all 🙂 ) – He thought these were good, however, I think next time I am going to put them over a good steak, it needs protein. The recipe can be found here: Garlic Parm Mushrooms.
Friday: Pizza Night –We have decided to try eating a new pizza every Friday until we find one that we love in Colorado (other than Beau Joes). This Friday we tried Papa Murphy’s. None of us were impressed, it was too thin, the ingredients were flavorless. This one has been marked off the list for good. We did go out for pie after the high school football game where our littlest child (10yo) was performing during halftime with her POMS group.
Saturday: Before we went to the pumpkin field maze -we had a brunch at the Bluebonnet Cafe Denver – Bustling, informal eatery luring locals with a homestyle Mexican menu for more than 40 years. It’s one of our favorites and this was the first year the girls were old enough to love this place. They tried pork posole, fell in love with the Green Chili and had some Mocktails. If you are in Colorado, make sure to check it out!
Sunday: Indian Butter Chicken – Dave and I really like Indian food, the flavor, the spice and the richness of the cuisine fills us with an authentic feel that is beyond our everyday doldrums. This recipe is good, easy for kids because the spice isn’t present. I took the seeds out of the jalapeno and that gave it a nice flavor however not a lot of kick to it. We had it over rice and got some Naan with it. The consensus: Dave thought it was okay – One child ate it all up with 2 pieces of Naan – One child ate a little but loved the Naan – I enjoyed it thoroughly! The recipe can be found here: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken
Clicklist Cost for the week: $165
(This does include breakfast and lunches for me that I bring to work. Also any household needs (ex: Shampoo, etc)
Eating out Cost for the week: $200
Weekly Food Cost: $365