It’s Week 21 of Dinner Plans and this week it’s all about that late spring produce!
This week’s CSA delivery is bringing us lots of greens and the first of the season’s tomatoes. I’m thinking about roasting a batch of the tomatoes to make sauce and testing another round of mint chip ice cream. At the grocery store, I’ll load up on onions and potatoes. I also place our quarterly order for pantry staples like dried beans, flours, and our favorite olive oil.
Meal Prepping on a Budget
I’m working on a blog post series about budget friendly meals while subscribing to a CSA. We’ve got a few tools and tips for preparing nourishing meals while keeping track of our grocery budget. As of now, for our family of 4 we are spending about $800 per month between CSA pickups and grocery store hauls. That breaks down to about $200 per week. There are weeks where we spend all $200 and others where we don’t. I’m working on calculating how we allocate the dollars between produce, meat, dairy, and pantry staples to share with you here. We’ll also be adding a Costco membership to the mix to see if that helps stretch dollars with two growing kids who snack a ton.
Meal prepping mirepoix has been such a game changer. Having this on hand makes it easy for soups, sautés and even a quick pasta sauce for this pasta bake.
Dinner Plans for the Week
Here is our game plan for dinner this week:
Sunday: Grilled Rib Eye Steaks with Roasted Garlic Butter over Herbed Polenta and Parmesan Roasted Broccoli
Tuesday: Veggie Enchiladas with diced potato, zucchini, and black beans
Wednesday: Penne with Spinach & Arugula Pesto (yay for freezer pesto!)
Thursday: Crispy Marinated Tofu & Rice Bowls
Friday: Slow Roasted Salmon with Braised Lentils
Saturday: Classic Pizza Supreme with Olives, Onions, Peppers, and Pepperoni and Sausage
Cheers to a nourishing week. ❤️