2020 $75 Budget Menu Plan Week 1:
As you can see from this week’s Aldi ad, there are a number of choices that will help us stick to our budget. While we obviously love Aldi for their great prices and fresh produce, we also check the flyers of other stores in our area to ensure we’re getting the most bang for our buck.
Groceries Purchased for Week 1:
We purchased 15 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast, 2 pounds of boneless pork chops, 8 fresh grapefruit, 2 pints of blueberries, 3 dozen eggs, zucchini, fresh kiwi, lettuce, celery, spinach, green peppers, ribeye steaks, mushrooms, asparagus, blue cheese crumbles, avocadoes, heavy cream, cucumbers, green onions, half-n-half, sour cream, and (fresh) tomatoes.
Total spent this week on groceries: $68.27
Breakfast options for week 1
No one in our family really eats breakfast anymore, for the past couple of years we’ve followed something known as IF (intermittent fasting). What that essentially means is that we choose to eat during a particular eating window, for me personally it’s 2 pm-7 pm. I don’t eat anything that generates a metabolic response before 2 pm nor after 7 pm, which is a minimum of 3 hours before heading to bed.
This doesn’t mean that our grocery budget is cheaper because we don’t eat, quite the opposite, we just don’t eat at traditional breakfast times. When we break our fast it just happens to be in the afternoon. Sometimes we use the items in our breakfast list as midday mini-meals or snacks, but we don’t actually eat first thing in the morning, ever.
With that said, the breakfast options for our 2020 $75 Budget Menu Plan Week 1 include omelets, blueberry or cranberry muffins, fresh grapefruit, and morning sunrise sandwiches. (A morning sunrise sandwich is a toasted english muffin with a fried egg, slice of tomato, cheese, and a dab of mayonnaise.)
Lunch Options for Week 1:
Obviously, leftovers from the previous day’s dinner are options for lunch for the week. In addition to that, we routinely make a large batch of egg salad and then add additional items to the base egg salad for variety. Here are 18 simple egg salad variations that you’re sure to love.
Monday, January 6th:
- Dinner: Cranberry Stuffed Chicken Casserole, Salad
Tuesday, January 7th:
Wednesday, January 8th:
- Dinner: Sous Vide Ribeye Steaks with Sauteed veggies
Thursday, January 9th:
- Dinner: Mediterranean Quesadillas, grilled veggies (zucchini/onions)
Friday, January 10th:
Saturday, January 11th:
- Dinner: Honey Garlic Shrimp Ribbons
Sunday, January 12th:
- Dinner: Southeastern Chicken Stew, cornbread
If you’re not familiar with our weekly menu plans, you’ll notice that our menu often includes ingredients that weren’t included in the weeks’ grocery list, you can read the full explanation why here.
Various Snacks & Desserts:
- Fresh Fruit Choices Available– grapefruit, Home Canned Peaches, kiwi
- Creme Brulee
- Blueberry or Cranberry Muffins
- Blue Cheese Dip w/ Cut up Veggies
- Hot Chocolate/Cocoa
- Iced Tea (Unsweetened or Sweet Tea)
- Water, of course.