Welcome back to my second week of menu plans. On Fridays, I go over the changes I made to make the meals more kidney-friendly for me. We are a family of four, but one child does not eat here regularly anymore. We are attempting to still eat healthily but cut our food budget. I have CKD stage 3, and my husband needs to lower his cholesterol. Eating healthy can be more expensive, at least that is the perception. While it is true buying organic, grass-fed, etc type foods are pricier than other varieties, but it can be done with some meal planning. Making a menu, and then a grocery list, and then sticking to that list should help you stick to a budget. Menu plans are for dinner only.
My menu plan for 2/24/2020-3/1/2020:
Monday: Chicken Alfredo and broccoli. This is a workday for me, so this is a meal my family will cook for themselves. Fruit for dessert or after dinner snack.
Tuesday: Smothered pork chops, mashed potatoes, and green beans. Fruit for dessert or after dinner snack.
Wednesday: Spaghetti-O’s and hot dogs, fruit and or veggie of choice. We had these leftovers from hurricane prep last year and they need to be used up. Using food on hand is essential to a budget even if it isn’t gourmet. I will still have one more can of them left, so they will probably become lunch at some point.
Thursday: Grilled cheese and tomato soup. A side salad can be added if desired. Fruit for dessert or snack. Another workday for me so this is an easy meal for my family to make when I am working.
Friday: Ground turkey with broccoli and pasta shells in a savory sauce. This is a new recipe for us. I would like us to eat more lean turkey. I hope this will be a hit. Fruit for dessert or snack.
I am only buying fruit in season, and that my family will eat to avoid waste. No trying new fruits to just have them be wasted. I bought apples, oranges, and bananas for this week. I shopped at Save A Lot and Walmart. The California oranges were amazing and are almost gone with a few more days until the next shopping day. I forgot to keep my receipt, but this week was a little higher than last due to the meat I had to purchase. It was still well below my 100 dollars per week limit. That 100 dollars is for 3 meals a day, not just dinners. I still have to meal plan better for when I work. I am doing low carb at dinner time, and I have not been well prepared for that when I work.
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