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Meijer Meal Planning Week 9/23: 6 Meals Under $36
It’s a new week of bringing you these awesome budget friendly meal planning for all of you Meijer Shoppers.
For this week the Meijer Matchups posted here on A Mitten Full Of Savings, I’ve been able to come up with a whole week’s worth of dinners that will cost you less than $50, along with a few things from your pantry! You can also print out my FREE Meal Planning printables that will help you plan and organize your meals each week! (this is always super helpful for me!!)
- This is based on a family of 4-5- so you will need to adjust it accordingly for a bigger or smaller family.
- All items are on sale or part of the lower Meijer price. If you don’t have the pantry items, then you will need to add those into your final price.
Meal 1: Homemade Beefaroni $4.48
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 onion, diced (pantry)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (pantry)
- 1 jar Meijer pasta sauce, any variety
- 1 lb box Meijer elbow macaroni
Directions: In a Dutch oven brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic until no pink remains in the ground beef; drain. Add the sauce and ½ jar of water. In a stock pot, bring ½ a pot of water to a rolling boil. Cook the pasta 2 minutes less than the package directions indicate; drain. Add the pasta to the sauce mixture. Cover and let sit 10 minutes on low heat. Serve with parmesan, if desired.
Meal 2: Roasted Pork Loin with Squash and Pears $5.94
- 3 lb pork loin
- 1 t ground cumin (pantry)
- 1 t garlic powder (pantry)
- ½ t ground turmeric (pantry)
- 1 t salt (pantry)
- ½ t ground pepper (pantry)
- 2 lb butternut squash, scrubbed, seeded, and cubed
- ½ lb Bosc pears, washed, seeded, and cubed
- 2 T olive oil (pantry)
Directions: Place the pork loin, fat side up, in a slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix the spices. Sprinkle over the fat of the loin. Cover and set to low for 6-8 hours. Cut the loin in half and refrigerate one half for tomorrow’s dinner. Place the squash on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, if desired. Roast in a 425°F oven for 20 minutes. Stir and add the pears, returning to the oven for another 20 minutes, or until the squash is tender.
Meal 3: Pork Quesadillas $5.49
- ½ pork loin from the previous meal
- 1 10 ct pkg La Banderita burrito tortillas
- 1 pkg Meijer Mexican 4 cheese, shredded
- 1 16 oz jar Meijer Thick & Chunky salsa, any variety
- Sour cream, if desired (pantry)
Directions: Shred the pork loin and heat in a saucepan until warmed through. Place a tortilla on a baking sheet. Top half of the round with meat and cheese. Fold in half. Continue until the sheet is full or desired number of quesadillas has been made. Bake in a 400°F oven until the tortillas are browning on the edges. Cut into wedges and serve with the salsa and sour cream.
Meal 4: Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken with Rice $2.38
- 2 lb split chicken breasts
- 2 T garlic, minced (pantry)
- ½ t salt (pantry)
- ¼ t ground pepper (pantry)
- ½ C packed brown sugar (pantry)
- 2 C rice (pantry)
- 4 C water (pantry)
Directions: Place the chicken in a slow cooker and top with garlic, salt, pepper, and brown sugar. Cover and set to low for 6-8 hours. About 35 minutes before serving, place the rice and water in a large saucepan. Cover and bring to a simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed. Serve the chicken and sauce over the rice.
Meal 5: Sunday Ham Dinner $14.42
- 1 7 lb Cook’s shank ham
- 1 ½ lb red potatoes, scrubbed and cubed
- Salt (pantry)
- Milk (pantry)
- Butter (pantry)
- 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed and leaves cleaned
Directions: Place the ham in a roasting pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake in a 400°F oven for 3-4 hours, until the ham starts to fall apart. Place the potatoes in a deep saucepan and cover with water. Salt generously and bring to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Drain and mash with butter and milk to desired consistency. Steam the asparagus in a flat pan or microwave until desired tenderness. Use the drippings to make gravy with flour and water, if desired. Save about 4 cups of ham and another 1 cup of gravy or drippings for the next meal as well as any bones in the ham.
Meal 6: Ham and Bean Soup $2.59
- 4 C leftover ham, cubed
- 1 C leftover gravy or drippings
- 1 bag HamBeens 15 bean soup mix
- 3 carrots, scrubbed and sliced (pantry)
- 3 stalks celery, scrubbed and sliced (pantry)
- 2 onions, diced (pantry)
- 3 cloves garlic, diced (pantry)
Directions: Place all ingredients in a large slow cooker. Cover with water, cover, and set to low for 10-12 hours at least. This works amazingly well if you want to make it up the night before and let it cook all night and the next day (it helps soften the beans well).
This week, six homemade meals cost only $35.30!
You can find more Meijer Meal Planning ideas HERE