Weekly Family Menu Plan - 5 dinners, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Hey guys, happy long weekend! Big plans?

It’s cold again here and has been raining for days so I think I’m canceling all my plans and watching documentaries all weekend. I’m obsessed with documentaries (and podcasts!) about cults right now. That’s normal, right?

Anyway, this week’s menu plan is ready to go and looking extra delicious!

Don’t forget to print out your grocery list before you head to the store!

This meal plan brought to you by:

Fake Ginger | Diary of a Recipe Collector | Cooking and Beer | Melanie Makes | The Grant Life 

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Heeey guys, happy almost Friday! How’s the week?

I’ve had a crazy busy week but besides one total meltdown that included sending crying snaps to multiple people (about shoes, y’all! SHOES!) it’s been a really good week.

Highlight of my week so far has been street tacos and nobody should be surprised by that. I’m kind of half-heartedly working on a post about the best restaurants in the area (without going to Austin) so if you’ve got any non-chain suggestions, send ’em my way!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI.

Hey guys!

How are the resolutions going?

Mine are going really well. You guys know that one of my goals is to significantly cut back on the animal products that my household consumes. It’s easier than anticipated – I don’t even think my kids have noticed!

This meatless, dairy-free Black Bean Soup has become a favorite among all of us!

Since my last ALDI post, it’s officially become my favorite grocery store. ALDI stores have just 4 or 5 aisles which makes shopping quick and easy. And you will be amazed at all the good stuff they pack into those 4 or 5 aisles!

For this soup, I used mostly products from the SimplyNature line which is all simple foods free of artificial colors, flavors or unnecessary enhancers. They’re organic and delicious!

I also used a couple spices from the Stonemill Essentials line. You guys, the spices are all $1.19! You cannot beat that for a big bottle of chili powder!

There are some things you need to know before you head to ALDI. Bring a quarter for a cart – you’ll get it back when you return the cart, don’t worry! But ALDI saves money by not employing people to wrangle the carts and then they pass that savings 
on to you! Also, bring bags! They have bags but you have to buy them so save yourself some cash and bring your own.

Anyway, I bought all my ingredients for this recipe at ALDI and then bought the national brand equivalents at my regular grocery store. At ALDI I spent $8.52 and at my regular grocery, I spent $13.97! Multiply that savings by however many meals you make a week and you’ve got quite a bit of savings!

This is the perfect soup for this time of year. I feel like the top 2 New Year’s resolutions are to eat better and save money. And this soup is great for both!

I mean, it’s low calorie, low fat, meatless, dairy-free… kind of perfect for cleaning up your diet! Plus, there’s nothing more inexpensive than beans! Especially if you’re doing your shopping at ALDI!

It’s also really delicious and takes, like, 30 minutes to whip up. You could make a batch on Sunday and have lunch for the entire week for under 9 bucks!

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Black Bean Soup

about 6 servings

Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon Stonemill Ground Cumin
1 tablespoon Stonemill Chili Powder
½ teapoon salt
2 (15-ounce) cans SimplyNature Black Beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup SimplyNature Thick & Chunky Salsa
Juice of 1 lime
3 cups SimplyNature Vegetable Broth
Queen Victoria cilantro, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened and translucent, stirring frequently. Add cumin, chili powder, and salt; cook and stir until fragrant, about a minute. Stir in black bean, salsa, lime juice, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer half of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir back into the soup. Garish with cilantro if desired.
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Weekly Family Menu Plan - 5 dinners, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Heeeey guys! It’s our first menu plan of 2017!

We’ve bulked it up a little for the new year. So we’ve got 5 dinner recipes, a soup (because omg it’s been stupid cold this week!), a side dish, a breakfast, and a couple sweet treats. Lots and lots of recipes!

I hope you have a fabulous week!

Don’t forget to print out your grocery list before you head to the store!

This meal plan brought to you by:

Fake Ginger | Diary of a Recipe Collector | Cooking and Beer | Melanie Makes | The Grant Life 

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Okay guys, it’s the first day back in real life for us. The kids have to go to school. I have to pretend like I’m cleaning the house all day and not watching CNN while I lay in bed. The usual.

My kids actually just got back from their dad’s house on Sunday night – they were gone for, like, 10 or 11 days. I didn’t go to the grocery store a single time they were gone. Our fridge is bare. Like, totally bare.

There’s literally just leftover pho, half a carton of cashew milk, and 2 limes.

And if you know me at all you know there’s not a chance in heck that I’m going to the grocery store with all 3 boys.

No. Nope. Not happening ever.

So I made a loaf of bread for sandwiches, cookies for lunchboxes, and these Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins for breakfast.

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