Gretchen’s $40 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Homeland

3 pkg Glad Sandwich Bags – $1 each, used 3 $1/1 printable (first one doubled) – Free plus overage after coupons

1 loaf Nature’s Own Bread – $1.79, used $0.55/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $0.69 after coupon

2 Cucumbers – $0.69 each

1 McCafe Coffee K-Cups – $5.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $3.99 after coupon

1 Farmland Pork Sausage – $1

2 Ronzoni Pasta – $1 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

0.5 lbs Tomatoes – $0.50

2 Tic Tacs – $1.29 each, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.29 each after coupon

2 Horizon Mac & Cheese – $1.79 each, used $0.75/2 printable (doubled) – $1.04 each after coupon

1 Skippy Peanut Butter – $2, used $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $0.90 after coupon

3 Chobani Greek Yogurt – $1 each, used $1/3 printable (doubled) – $0.33 each after coupon

Total with tax ($1.63) after coupons: $12.75

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3 half gallons Dillons Milk – $1 each

1 Kroger Half & Half – $1.99

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

2 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.50 each

1 Kroger Sour Cream – $0.50

2 Jello Puddings – $1.50 each, used $0.80/2 e-coupon – $1.10 each after coupon (I got this as a special treat for my husband who has been working long hours this week.)

1 bag Kroger Frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 bag Kroger Chocolate Chips – $1.88

1 Chobani Kids Yogurt – Marked down to $1.50

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Potatoes – $2.79

Total with tax ($1.94): $27.36

Total for both stores: $40.11

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2

Toast & Eggs x 3

Date with my son at Starbucks (using a gift card)

Cinnamon Rolls

Lunches

Macaroni & Cheese, Fruit

Lunch at my sister-in-law’s house

Tossed Salad x 2

Baked Potatoes, Fruit

Lunch at my in-law’s (I’m bringing dessert)

Leftovers

Dinners

I’m trying to use up random things we have in our refrigerator and pantry this week. :)

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Steamed Peas

Venison & Cabbage, Biscuits (from the freezer)

Baked Ziti (meatless), Tossed Salad, Steamed Broccoli, Toast

Salad Bar with Grilled Chicken

Bean Burritos, Chips and Salsa, Fruit Salad

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Butterhorn Rolls

French Toast, Eggs, Orange Juice

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Brigette’s $55 Grocery Shopping Trip + Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Since I got such great deals on bulk produce this week, I decided to keep the rest of my grocery shopping pretty simple. We still have eggs leftover from last week, and I will be using milk and meat from my freezer stash. I went ahead and stocked up on cheese even though we still have some and don’t actually need it right now. It was a good price, I had wiggle room in my budget – and there is no such a thing as too much cheese, right? ;)

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Sawyer’s Produce

(We will be eating lots of strawberries and grapes over the next week, and then freezing or dehydrating the rest. This is ALOT of produce – much more in real life than it looks like in this picture!)

16 1-lb pkgs Strawberries – $10.00

18lbs Green Grapes – $12.00

4 2-lb bags of Green Leaf Lettuce (these are huge bags!) – $5.00

Total: $27.00

 

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Walmart

2 32-oz bags of Baby Carrots (price matched Aldi @ $0.69/each – fantastic price for the big bags!) - $1.38

2 huge heads of Cabbage (price matched Aldi @ $0.99/each) – $1.98

1 24-oz container Cottage Cheese (price matched Bi-Lo) – $2.69

1 32-oz container Half and Half (price matched Food Lion) $1.97

1 32-oz container Egg Whites – $4.44

1 bunch Bananas – $1.11, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.86 after rebate

Total: $13.32

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 Harris Teeter

10 bags of Shredded Cheese – $13.00

1 box Reeses Puffs – $2.50, used  $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00 after coupon, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta  – $0.75 after coupon and rebate

1 box Honey Nut Cheerios – $2.50, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $1.50 after coupon, plus receive $0.50 back from SavingStar – $1.00 after coupon and rebate

Total after Coupons and Rebates: $14.75

Weekly Grocery Total: $55.07

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Strawberries x 3

Toast and Eggs (Veggie Omelettes for me) x 2

Cereal x 2

Lunches

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Grapes x 2

Build-Your-Own Tossed Salad Bar, Strawberries x 2 (I plan on eating a tossed salad everyday for lunch since we have so much lettuce to use up!)

Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches on Easy Whole Wheat Bread, Baked Carrot Fries, Fruit

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Three Cheese Baked Spaghetti, Tossed Salad with Homemade Dressing, Dill Bread

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Tossed Salad, Easy Whole Wheat Bread (I will make a double recipe)

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Brown Rice, Fruit Salad

Homemade Cheese Pizza (meatless), Tossed Salad, Carrot Sticks

Ham and Potato Soup (using this recipe and subbing ham instead of hamburger – we still have a lot of ham in the freezer from a friend), Leftover Dill Bread, Tossed Salad

Leftovers x 2

Snacks

Coconut Almond Crunchies, THM Shakes, Strawberries, Grapes, Carrots, Strawberry Oat Muffins

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Gretchen’s $42 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Walmart

1 Cantaloupe – $0.99

1 pkg Strawberries – $1.29

1 bag Halos – $3.75

1 Pineapple – $1.29 (Price matched to Aldi)

Broccoli – $1.31

Bananas – $1.29

Total with tax ($0.75): $10.67

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1 dozen Kroger Eggs – $1.79, used $0.25 Snap rebate and $0.50 Ibotta rebate – $1.04 after rebates

1 pkg Pecan Pieces – $2.57

1 bag Kroger Chocolate Chips – $2

1 Red Leaf Lettuce – $0.99

3 Chobani Yogurt – $1.25 each, used $1/3 printable – $0.92 each after coupon

1 C&H Brown Sugar – $1.49

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.59

2 Brut Deodorant – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 3/22 SmartSource insert – Free after coupon

1 Kroger Salt – $0.57

1 Orowheat Bread 24 oz – $2.50, used $1/1 printable – $1.50 after coupon

1 pkg Chicken Thighs – Marked down to $3.30

1 Johnsonville Sausage Links – $2.50 (I thought I had a coupon on my Dillons card for these but it turns out I didn’t. Oh well!)

Total with tax ($1.99): $23.29

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2 cans Peanuts – $1.69 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.69 each after coupon

1 pkg Honey Buns – $1.25, used $0.95/1 printable (doubled) – Free plus overage after coupon

1 Keebler Crackers – $1.99, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies – $0.79 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 2/22 SmartSource insert – Free plus overage after coupon

2 Kraft Shredded Cheese – $2 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1 each after coupon

1 McCormick Vanilla Extract – $2, used $0.75/1 coupon from the 3/15 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

1.89 lbs Tomatoes – $2.17

2 pkgs McCormick Brown Gravy – $0.50 each, used $0.50/2 coupon from the 3/8 RedPlum insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

Total with tax ($0.92): $6

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1 Honey Buns – $1.25, used $0.95/1 printable – Free plus overage after coupon

2 pkgs Kraft Cheese – $2 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1 each after coupon

1 pkg Kraft Chipotle Cheese – $2, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon (I now have 15 packages of cheese in my freezer after getting such great prices the last few weeks! I’m so happy to be stocked up for a while.)

2 Birds Eye Steamfresh Veggies – $0.79 each, used $1/2 coupon from the 2/22 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free plus overage after coupon

1 McCormick Vanilla Extract – $2, used $0.75/1 coupon from the 3/15 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

Total with tax ($0.15): $2.19

Total for all grocery items: $42.15

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal x 2

Toast & Eggs x 4

Biscuits & Gravy, Pineapple

Lunches

Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit

Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Veggies x 2

Peanut Butter & Jelly on Ricecakes, Oranges

Baked Potatoes, Steamed Carrots

Oven Fried Chicken, Green Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Butterhorn Rolls (Easter Sunday lunch)

Leftovers

Spinach Smoothies x 5 (for me)

Dinners

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Smoothies

Venison Burgers, Steamed Peas, Cantaloupe

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

BBQ Venison Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Fruit, Steamed Broccoli

Salad Bar

Leftovers

Dinner with family

Snacks

Double Fudge Banana Muffins, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Choc Chip Cookies, Banana Protein Shake, Applesauce, Yogurt

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Brigette’s $52 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

2 8-oz canisters Parmesan Cheese – $4.98

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $1.99

1 32-oz pkg Spaghetti – $1.59

1 bunch Bananas (2.28/lb @ $0.35/lb) – $0.80, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.55 after rebate

3 16-oz bags Baby Carrots – $2.07

1 Cucumber – $0.49

1 large bag Kale – $1.99

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

1 container Artisan Baby Lettuce – $1.99

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 Pineapple – $1.79

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.17

1 3-lb bag Yellow Onions – $0.99

2 pkgs Pepperoni – $3.98

1 24-oz jar Gourmet Pasta Sauce – $1.79

Total: $33.31 after rebate

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Harris Teeter

2 20-oz pkgs Sara Lee Butter Bread (B1G1) – $2.79, used 2 $0.55/1 Sara Lee Bread, exp. 6/1/15 (SS 03/01/15 R) (doubled) – $0.59/2 after coupons

2 16-oz bags Mahatma Brown Rice – $2.00, used 2 $0.50/1 Mahatma or Water Maid Rice, exp. 4/30/15 (RP 01/25/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupons

4 5-oz bags Mahatma Rice Mix – $3.00, used 2 $0.75/2 Mahatma Rice Mix, exp. 4/30/15 (RP 01/25/15 R) – FREE after coupons

2 8-oz pkgs Sargento Sliced Cheese – $5.00, used 2 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $2.80/2 after coupons

2 8-oz chunks Kraft Pepper Jack cheese (B1G1) – $3.79, used 2 $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.79/2 after coupons

2 16-oz boxes Land O Lakes Half Sticks Butter (B1G1) – $5.49, used 2 $0.50/1 printable – $3.49/2 after coupons

1 gallon Milk – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 rebate from Ibotta – $2.74 after rebate

1 container Truwhip – $1.74, used $2/1 printable – FREE plus overage after coupon

Total: $10.15

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Walgreens

4 pkgs Walgreens Diapers (B1G1) – $8.99, used 2 $1.50/1 printable, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta – $5.74/2 after coupons and rebate

5 dozen Eggs – $4.95 (this may have been a local price), plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $4.70 after rebate

Total after Taxes, Coupons and Rebates: $11.07 (Note: I did not include the diapers in my weekly grocery total, but I left them in the Walgreens picture in case anyone else is interested in picking up a couple of packs of diapers for a great price!)

Weekly Total for all Groceries: $52.16

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Eggs and Toast x 2 (Veggie Omelettes for me)

Oatmeal x 2

Lunches

15-Minute Parmesan Pasta, Oranges, Carrot Sticks

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Apples

Perfect Oven Sweet Potato Fries, Bananas, Cucumber Slices

Build-Your-Own-Tossed Salad, Boiled Eggs x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Spaghizza, Homemade French Bread, Tossed Salad, Buttered Broccoli, Fruit Salad (Company for Dinner)

Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwiches (meatless), Green Beans, Fruit

Chicken Fried Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover French Bread

Scalloped Ham and Potatoes (from the More With Less cookbook – we still have lots of ham in the freezer from generous friends!), Easy Whole Wheat Bread (recipe coming soon), Tossed Salad

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes, Make Ahead Butterhorns, Buttered Carrots, Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies (Easter Meal)

Leftovers x 2

Snacks

Healthy Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (for me), Popcorn, Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothies, Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies, Fresh Fruit, Carrot Sticks

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Gretchen’s $44 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Walmart

2 cartons Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 pkg Celery – $0.69 (Price matched to Aldi)

1 Cantaloupe – $1.29 (Price matched to Aldi)

1.03 lbs Asparagus – $0.71 (Price matched to Aldi’s $0.69/lb)

Total with tax ($0.40): $5.67

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1 Bar Keepers Friend – $1.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Glad Cling Wrap – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 Lance Cracker Packs – $1.67 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.67 each after coupon

2 Rosarita Refried Beans – $1 each, used $0.40/2 printable (doubled) – $0.60 each after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Cocoa Rice Krispies – $2.50 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $1.50 each after coupon (Buy 2, Receive Free Jet Puffed Marshmallows)

1 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows – $1.50, Bought 2 Cocoa Krispies – Free after sale

6 Hiland Yogurts – $0.44 each, used $1/6 printable (doubled) – $0.11 each after coupon

2 Red Bell Peppers – $0.33 each, Received $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.20 each after rebate

1 Sargento Shredded Cheese – $2, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $1 after coupon

Total with tax ($1.10) after coupons, sales and rebate: $8.67

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Dillons

2 gallons Dillons Milk – $1.99 each

1 bag Kroger Spinach – $2.50

1 Jello Pudding – $0.89

2 dozen Dillons Eggs – $0.99 each, received $0.50 rebate from Ibotta – $0.74 each after rebate

1 Kroger Dishwasher Detergent – $3.49, used $2/1 mailer coupon – $1.49 after coupon

1 Dishsoap – $0.99, received $0.25 rebate from Ibotta – $0.74 after rebate

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.49

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – Marked down to $1.92

2 Cucumbers – $0.50 each

2 Green Peppers – $0.50 each

1 Kroger Applesauce – $2.19

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 10, Get $5 off):

1 Fritos Chips – $1.49

2 Bic Razors – $2.49 each, used 2 $3/1 coupon from the 3/8 SmartSource insert – Free plus overage after coupons

2 Prego Spaghetti Sauce – $1.49 each, used $0.40/2 coupon from the 3/1 SmartSource insert – $1.29 each after coupon

2 half gallons Kroger Orange Juice – $0.88 each

1 Nature Valley Loaf Bread – $1.49

2 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.88 each

Total with tax ($2.59) after coupons, sales and rebates: $30.15

Total for all grocery items: $44.49 

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Toast & Eggs x 3

Cereal x 2

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake, Orange Juice, Fruit

Oatmeal with Strawberries

Lunches

Baked Potatoes, Oranges

Turkey/Cheese/Crackers/Veggies x 2

Peanut Butter Quesadillas, Celery

Lunch at our friend’s house

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Leftovers

Tossed Salad/Spinach Smoothies x 5 (for me)

Dinners

Bean and Rice Soup, Biscuits

Venison Roast, Carrots, Potatoes, Banana Fudge Muffins

French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Juice

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Tossed Salad, Peas

Chicken Fajitas, Fruit

Build Your Own Haystacks

Date Night (We’re celebrating our 6-year engagement anniversary this week!) :)

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Brigette’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

2 4-lb bags Oranges – $4.98

2 12-oz bags Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – $3.18

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

2 3-ct pkgs Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Tilapia Filets – $5.49

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.39

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

2 dozen Eggs – $3.50

1 16-oz bag Wild Caught Salmon – $3.89

Total: $35.96

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Target

10 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $10.00

4 Up & Up 2-ct pkgs Cleaning Sponges – $4.16, used $3/4 Up & Up Cleaning Products/Tools printable – $1.16/4 after coupon

4 bags Market Pantry Frozen Broccoli – $3.84, used $1/4 Target Mobile coupon, plus 5% off Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables Target Cartwheel Offer – $2.69/4 after coupons

2 12-oz cans Nestle Evaporated Milk – $1.92, used $0.55/2 printable, plus $0.50/2 Target printable, plus receive $1 back from Checkout 51 – $0.13 MM after coupons and rebate (these got put in the Harris Teeter picture accidentally – I will blame it on multi-tasking and having my children help me with unloading groceries/taking pics :))

2 15-ct pkgs Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum – $1.98, used 2 $1/1 Target printable – FREE after coupons

Used a $5 Gift Card

Total after Coupons, Taxes, Gift Card and Rebate – $8.77 

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Harris Teeter

3 bottles Pantene Shampoo – $10.00, used $5/3 Pantene Products, exp. 4/30/15 (P&G 03/29/15), plus $5/3 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

2 boxes Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $2.00, used $0.75/2 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/2 Harris Teeter evic – $0.25 MM after coupons, plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar

3 jars Skippy Natural Peanut Butter – $6.00, used 3 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $2.70/3 after coupons, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

2 15-oz cans Dole Sliced Pineapple – $2.00, used $0.50/2 Dole Canned Fruit, exp. 5/31/15 (SS 03/22/15 R) (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupon, plus receive $1 back from Snap by Groupon

1 McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning – $1.39, used $0.75/1 McCormick Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Color, exp. 4/19/15 (RP 03/15/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 2-ct package Hass Avocad0s – $1.67

2 8-oz bags Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Cheese – $4.00, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

2 32-oz containers Sorrento Ricotta Cheese – $5.49, used 2 $1/1 printable – $3.49/2 after coupons

1 gallon Milk – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

Total after Coupons, Taxes, and Rebates – $8.95

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Save-A-Lot

2 5-lb bags Flour – $2.98

1 5-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $2.74 after rebate

1 5-lb bag Granny Smith Apples – $2.99

Total after Rebate: $8.71

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Food Lion

3.56lbs of Ground Beef (@$2.49/lb) – $8.86 (also pictured is 5lbs of ground beef given to us this week by our retired butcher friend!)

Total: $8.86   

Weekly Total: $70.98

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Easy Whole Wheat Muffins/Toast and Eggs x 2 (Veggie Omelettes for me)

Apple Baked Oatmeal (adapting this recipe) x 2

Lunches

Stir Fried Veggies over Rice, Apples x 2

Build-Your-Own-Tossed Salad Bar x 2, Crackers

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Oranges, Carrot Sticks x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Pan Fried Tilapia, Crispy Carrot Fries (substituting carrots for the sweet potatoes), Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Freezer Biscuits (Easy Paleo Biscuits for me)

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Tossed Salad, Steamed Peas

Meat Potato Quiche (using leftover ham from the freezer), Steamed Broccoli, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins (I will make a double batch to have leftovers for breakfasts)

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Sliced Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Bread (recipe coming soon!)

Taco Salad, Best Spanish Rice, Oranges

Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwiches (meatless), Homemade Applesauce, Green Beans (from the freezer)

Leftovers

Snacks

Protein Smoothies or Muffin in Mug (for me), Popcorn, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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