For quite some time, Greg and I have been working out the details of a budget. Ever since he decided to go back to school, we have been formulating a plan to get a better grasp of our finances. (Did you read that we paid off a credit card yesterday? Because we did. It felt AMAZING.) One of the things that we did was really examine what we eat. I am horrible at meal planning, but it was really something that I wanted to look into as a way to not only save money, but also get away from feeding the kids chicken nuggets & macaroni & cheese all the time because I’m ill-prepared for dinner.
One thing that has helped us tremendously is an organization called Angel Food Ministries. Our church recently started hosting this program and it has been wonderful! On their website, they have various “menu” options that you can choose from. Last month we ordered 3 boxes of food (2 of the signature boxes & 1 of the fruit/veggie boxes) and for $81 we got:
- 4 lbs ground beef
- 2-26 oz cans spaghetti sauce
- 3 lbs New York strip steak
- 3.5 lbs breaded chicken strips/nuggets
- 2 lbs crunchy fish wedges
- 3 lbs pork chops
- 2 lbs frozen broccoli florets
- 2 lbs frozen carrots (sliced)
- 2 lbs frozen corn
- 2 lbs frozen cauliflower florets
- 2 lbs pasta
- 2 lbs pre-cooked mashed potatoes
- 2-32 oz 2% shelf-stable milk
- 2 dozen eggs
- 1 cantaloupe
- 4 peaches
- 4 navel oranges
- 1 mango
- 1 cello head lettuce
- 1 lb cello carrots
- 2 lbs yellow onion
- 3 lbs Idaho potatoes
- 20 oz bag fresh green beans
- 1 head cabbage
- 1 mini-red seedless watermelon
Um, holy wow. So far, we have made (highlighted items are from AFM):
- lasagna (I had to purchase the cottage cheese & lasagna noodles but everything else we already had including the ground beef & spaghetti sauce) with green beans & mashed potatoes
- pork steaks (already in our deep freeze), leftover mashed potatoes, corn.
- crunchy fish wedges or chicken nuggets with leftover green beans or corn.
- sausage, cabbage & potatoes.
- watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches & oranges as snacks/desserts.
- cello lettuce in my salads for lunch
- NY Strip Steak with mashed potatoes & corn
- We gave the milk to our babysitter because the kids drink soy milk while Greg and I drink skim & we gave one dozen eggs to some friends because we had just bought eggs at the grocery store not that long before and I didn’t need 3 dozen eggs!
When we placed our first order, I was a little worried that the food would be store-seconds or just past it’s expiration date but it was all such wonderful quality! We still have 2 pounds of ground beef, some spaghetti noodles, and a few of the veggies left but it is almost time to re-order again! I have been so pleased with this program and I’m going to try to do a weekly meal-planning posts so you guys can hopefully get a few ideas and maybe even try out Angel Food Ministries!