I was cooking dinner tonight and thought I might share the benefits of meal planning….
For tonight, I had planned Shake-N-Bake pork chops, sweet potatoes, and broccoli. Initially I just planned the meat and went to the grocery store to find my two veggie sides.
1. Pork chops
– I got these on a buy one-get one for $8.00 for both…so $4.00
– The Shake-n-Bake is about $2.00 a box for two meals….so $1.00
2. Sweet potatoes
– Those were about $0.75 each, so $1.50. When I started preparing dinner, I realized I had all the ingredients for sweet potato casserole. So I splurged and made that instead of just sweet potatoes. All the ingredients were probably $1.50 if I broke it up. This is the best sweet potato casserole recipe ever, so easy too!! http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/10/soul-sweet-taters-step-by-step-recipe/
– I got this for $2.00 a bundle at Publix on Sunday. Steamed with lemon butter on top.
SOOOO….the grand total for this planned, home cooked meal was…
$4.00 + $1.00+ $1.50+ $2.00= $8.50 plus $1.50 for the stuff for the sweet potato casserole…..$10!!!
This meal is enough for 4 large servings, so it was enough for Dan and I to have dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. NOT TOO SHABBY!!