Happy Saturday! Can you believe there is only 6 days until Christmas? I hope everyone is staying safe by wearing your masks, social distancing and good hand hygiene. Here in FL cases are really on a steady increase. This is my weekend to work, and my new hip and thigh compression wrap came yesterday. I will try to wear it the whole shift. The hip pain is not too bad this morning. I was able to sleep really well. Yesterday, I said I would share my Fitbit stats and then I forgot. So, below there are 3 days of stats, Wed, Thurs, and Fri.
I watch a lot of 5 dollar dinner ideas on Youtube. About a month ago I shared with my readers a whole list of 5 dollar meal ideas. So, each week when I do my menu plan I will be making at least one 5 dollar meal. It annoys me that these meals on Youtube are generally made from beans. I am not saying there is anything wrong with beans but there are so many other meals you can make. Eggs is another item used a lot. I am going to try and make the meals as healthy as possible. They may or may not have meat. Some will assume you already have some pantry items. I hardly ever see potatoes used, and potatoes are a nutrition powerhouse.
Yesterday I went shopping. As I stated before we are trying to stick to a budget, and I increased it to 75 dollars a week, because 50 was just too tight. I also went back to biweekly shopping, as that is what I have done for years, and found I was spending more weekly. Impulse buying is a real thing, lol. I spent 157 dollars, so a little bit more than 75 each week. But, it is a process learning to live on a strict budget. Below you will see my menu for the week. Our Christmas dinner is quite expensive, but we only eat that once a year on Christmas. The five dollar dinner will be marked, and I will share the meal plan that day. Plus it makes leftovers so it is even more cost efficient. I will also share how I make each of them more fitting for me as I have CKD and am following lower carbs for weight loss.
Saturday 12/19: Pizza rolls. This is for my husband and daughter. I will not eat this. I am taking leftovers to work. This technically cost 4 dollars, so could be a 5 dollar dinner,
Sunday: Ravioli, bread and salad. Again, this could technically be 5 dollars. Raviolis are very affordable.
Monday: Chicken Teryaki, brown rice, broccoli carrot cabbage onion stir fry. Buy the whole chickens they are cheaper and you will get several meals out of one chicken.
Tuesday: This is our 5 dollar meal day. We volunteer this day, plus we are going to have Christmas with my mom. I hope it is warm because we need to stay outdoors. Dinner will be Spaghetti with meat sauce, and salad.
Wednesday: Leftovers from Monday and Tuesday. That whole chicken I mentioned has a ton of chicken on it. It may even do 3 meals or some lunches. Spaghetti also makes a lot of leftovers.
Thursday: Christmas Eve. Because of my son’s work schedule and I have to work Christmas, we are doing Christmas on Christmas Eve. Prime Rib, mashed potatoes, rolls, green beans, and brownies.
Friday: Leftovers Merry Christmas!
My menu plans are only for dinners. Breakfast and lunch is whatever is available.