Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: June 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Layered Greek Dip




Perfect for summer, this quick and easy appetizer will win over your crowd!  
Ready in just 5 minutes it is a definite no-fuss warm weather snack.


layered greek dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I cannot believe June is almost over.  This first un-official month of summer has flown by in our house.  Once school was out our older two dived right into warm weathered activities and they haven't stopped since.  From swimming to play dates to summer bible school to adventures with Grandma and Grandpa, just looking at our calendar makes my head spin.

The past few days the older two have spent some time with their relatives and the husband and I enjoyed a bit of quiet time with the babe.  Minus having to take her to urgent care this morning for an ear infection, she has been great!

We've been to the library, the farmer's market, played in the pool and so much more. Secretly I think she is enjoying having her mama all to herself!

layered greek dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Naturally with just one child at home and the husband traveling for work this past week, I invited a few girlfriends over one night for appetizers, snacks and drinks.  It was like a vacation in my own home.  There is nothing better than chatting with your friends, eating good food {including chocolate!} and having a glass of wine.

With no kids under feet.

We actually finished all of our sentences without being interrupted.  It was glorious.

I contributed a couple things to our spread and one of them was this layered dip.  It came to me very easily.  I had feta cheese, olives, tomatoes and Greek yogurt already on hand.  The only thing left to do was purchase some Sabra hummus and pick a handful of cilantro from my garden.

Honestly, start to finish on this dip is about 5 minutes.

layered greek dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Later this week we are headed to Wichita, Kansas over the 4th of July holiday for my sister-in-law's wedding.  It will be fun to see everyone and participate in the wedding {two flower girls, one ring bearer, one groomsmen}, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about the 8 hour drive with three kids under the age of 5.

It should be fun.

I'm planning on packing snacks, activity books and alcohol, lots of water for the ride down. Plus the portable DVD player to keep them occupied when the boredom sets in.

Wish us luck!

Layered Greek Dip


8 oz. Sabra Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
1 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 c. chopped black olives
1 chopped, de-seeded tomato
1 c. crumbled feta cheese
handful of chopped cilantro

1.  On a serving platter, layer and spread the ingredients in the order listed.  Chill for at least one hour.
2.  Serve cold with pita chips.  {my favorite are Stacy's Parmesan Garlic & Herb}

*feel free to also add chopped cucumber, if desired



layered greek dip (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What is your go-to, easy-peasy summer appetizer?  
Please share!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

10+ Five Ingredient Dinners



Having a hard time getting dinner on the table?  Haven't gone to the grocery store in awhile? One of these dinner WILL work for you!

10+ five ingredient dinners (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

You asked, I've answered.

So, so, so many of you want meals that require little effort and minimal ingredients.  I'm come to your rescue.

I went and scanned through hundreds of my recipes and found ones that used 5 ingredients or less {minus some spices} and that were easy on the brain.  You know, ones that require little to no effort.

Some are slow cookers meals, some get thrown in the oven, one is a grilling masterpiece and heck one can be done in the microwave.  All of them are easy.  And tasty.  And family friendly.  Are you ready?


I hope some of these help you get supper on the table with a bit more ease.  We are all busy, it's okay! Take help where you can get it...and that is me.  Use my website to your advantage.

If you'd like to see some of my sample meal plans, you can find them HERE and HERE.

After you are done checking out these 5 ingredients meals and plans, take a moment and also click over and see some of my FAVORITE meal planners.  We all meal plan different, have different sized families, and so on, so here are a few of the ones I think are pretty neat.

meal planner (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Weekly Meal Planner - this one is cute, organized and ideal for those that like to keep record of what they've eaten and/or want to look back on prior weeks for ideas.

meal planner (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Tear Off Meal Planning Pad - this chic weekly planner is great for those that want to write it all down, grocery list included, and take it along with you to shop!

meal planner (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Magnetic Fridge Pad - for those that want their meals at eye level, this one is magnetic for your fridge.

All of these planners are under $15!  In my opinion, completely worth it.  I don't know about you but, I feel much more 'with it' when I'm organized.  

Which 5 ingredient meal looks good to you?  
And which planner is calling your name?



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Monday, June 22, 2015

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Swirled Baked Oatmeal




Bake this oatmeal off on Sunday night and eat it throughout the week!


peanut butter and chocolate swirled baked oatmeal (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My kids LOVE oatmeal.  I'm not sure why God graced my kids with a love for the stuff, but I am thankful, as I know many, many kids hate the stuff.

My usual go-to recipe is my Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe.  I'll throw it all in the crock pot on Sunday afternoon and once it is cooked, I'll divide it into a week's worth of containers to cool, topping each with some pure maple syrup, cinnamon, nuts or homemade granola and a bit of milk to thin it out.  I have one kid who loves it with fresh blueberries and one that loves it with some homemade strawberry jam.

We all have our own little containers to heat up during the week and we do just fine.

But you see, sometimes I have to deviate from our weekly plan and make something different.  I've made a Baked Blueberry Oatmeal in the past, and its great, but I wanted something a bit more...can you say decadent?

Breakfasts at our house are pretty simple and healthy.  Whole grain toast with peanut butter, fresh fruit, Greek yogurt with a spoonful of jam, eggs or occasionally cereal.  I wanted to surprise the kids with something out of their norm, a bit more fun.

After all it is summer!


peanut butter and chocolate swirled baked oatmeal (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'll be the first to admit that this baked oatmeal tastes a bit like a big old peanut butter cookie.  But whose asking?  It's really, really good.  And when you pair it with some fresh fruit or yogurt, you can't feel that bad about eating it to start your day.

At least we didn't feel bad.

In fact, we munched on it for about 4 days until it was gone at which point we collapsed on the floor in a pool of our own tears.

I let my four year old spread on the chocolate {and lick the spoon}.  It is a great dish for the kids to throw together with a bit of help.  I promise it gets them excited about eating it!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Swirled Baked Oatmeal


3/4 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. melted coconut oil
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/2 c. old-fashioned oats
3/4 c. milk
1/2 c. chocolate chips

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil, brown sugar and vanilla.
2.  Stir in the oatmeal, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Pour in milk to combine.
3.  Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 baking pan.
4.  Microwave the chocolate chips in 10 second intervals until smooth.  Drop by spoonfuls onto the un-baked oatmeal, swirling around with a knife.
5.  Bake for 20 minutes.
6.  Keep covered and it will last close to a week.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Chocolate Cheesecake Strawberry Tart


There is nothing more mouthwatering than fresh berries on top of a creamy cheesecake filling, melted chocolate and a sugar cookie crust.  The quintessential summer dessert!

chocolate cheesecake strawberry tart (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

A couple of weekends back I was in my hometown for a blogger event.  While I was away mingling, eating and learning all-things-blog {always SO much to learn and keep up on}, my kids were playing with Grandma and Grandpa and munching on this tart.

My mom whipped it up the afternoon we arrived and I was snapping photos of it before she could get it into the fridge.  And I had the first piece while they were busy with the kiddos that night.

The photographer needs to sample too right?

chocolate cheesecake strawberry tart (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Now, I don't have a tart pan at home.  But I want this one!  Maybe for a birthday gift. Anyway, if I were making this at home I'd use a regular old 9x13 baking pan.

{So for all my college roommates reading this and rolling their eyes thinking 'here goes Ally, with her fancy pans'...chill out}

Now, I am going to get a bit pretentious and beg you to use fresh, just picked berries.  Oh, strawberries that are from the farm, dipping with juiciness are just the absolute best.  They laugh in the face of their supermarket cousins.  Frozen berries will make it too watery.

So, get the fresh ones, mm-kay?

chocolate cheesecake strawberry tart (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I will say these tart pans can be the devil.  I was balancing it with one hand, holding my camera in the other and juggling a toddler with a death grip on my leg.  Luckily I didn't drop my camera, step on the toddler or most importantly drop the tart.

Now, my mom spread melted chocolate chips on the crust...but now I'm thinking wouldn't Nutella be lovely on this crust?

I almost came THIS CLOSE to buying discounted jars of Nutella at an Amish discount grocery story yesterday.  Does Nutella go bad?  In my heart I was saying "no, of course not", but in my head I was saying "do I really need multiple jars of Nutella in my house for easy access?"

My head won.

Anyway, use whatever melted chocolate is your fave.

chocolate cheesecake strawberry tart (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This dessert needs to stay in the fridge giving it that cold bite {and so it doesn't melt all over the place}, but keeping it in the fridge will help it last a few days.

I'm not sure if it will last that long, but go ahead and give it a try.

Chocolate Cheesecake Strawberry Tart

1 pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough {or homemade if preferred}
3 oz. milk chocolate chips
2 - 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened
3 T. heavy whipping cream
2 t. vanilla
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar
2 1/2 c. fresh strawberries, sliced

1.  Grease or spray a tart pan generously with cooking spray.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2.  With your fingers spread the cookie dough evenly on the bottom and up the sides of the tart pan.
3.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, allow to cool.
4.  In a microwave safe bowl heat the chocolate chips in 15 second intervals, stirring after each heating, until smooth.  Spread the chocolate over the cooled crust.  Place in the fridge.
5.  In a mixer combine the cream cheese, whipping cream and vanilla until smooth.
6.  Sift the powdered sugar into the cream cheese mixture.  Once combined spread over the chocolate.
7.  Arrange the sliced strawberries over the cream cheese mixture.  Brush with the strawberry jam.
8.  Place in the fridge for 2 hours prior to eating.  Store in the fridge to keep fresh.


chocolate cheesecake strawberry tart (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

10+ Strawberry Recipes



Tis the season for strawberries!  This juicy fruit is in season right now and there are one million plus ways to enjoy them.  Here are a few of my favorites!


We have two strawberry plants in our garden.  I am fully aware that these two plants will not produce an over abundance of berries, but we threw them in there for fun.  I figured they would give me enough to snack on while I was weeding the garden.  Right?

When I first started seeing those green berries the first part of May I almost peed my pants. Excited was an understatement.  Then when they started turning red you'd think it was Christmas Eve.  About a week or two ago I went out to check on these beauties and I noticed my two huge juicy berries were getting eaten.  EATEN!  Our 2.5 ft. fence around the garden wasn't doing the trick with some critter.

The bunnies couldn't get in, I never saw a squirrel make their way in {although they could}, but after watching I saw birds.

Stinking, flipping, birds.

All I wanted to do with these few strawberries was gather them up, hide them, and eat them with some dark chocolate and wine after the kids were in bed.  

Is that TOO much to ask my feathered friends?

When I finally caught the darn things I went running outside, swinging my dish towel and cussing like a sailor.  I'm sure my neighbors were impressed.

So....with all this being said, I did make it to my local strawberry farm last week and picked two flats. Half went into freezer jam and the others went into a new recipe {coming!} and just basic frozen strawberries to be used in smoothies for the coming year.

If you are like me and cannot get enough of this fruit, here are 10+ great recipes to use them in.  I picked some of my favorites from many Iowa food bloggers and other friends.  Enjoy!


























Did you find one you want to make?

It's a toss up between the Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Soft Serve and the Chocolate Strawberry Trifle for me.  Although they ALL look fabulous, don't they?

Take a moment and pin the image below so you can come back to all of these insanely delicious recipes later!

Peace out!



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Homemade Enchilada Sauce




I never knew making your own homemade enchilada sauce was so easy.  
No-fuss and so tasty!


homemade enchilada sauce (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I think I've mentioned that my son has declared each Tuesday as Mexican night, or in his words, "Taco Tuesday".  Now the kids could eat plain old tacos week after week, but us adults think that is a bit boring.

So, I've had to put my big girl panties on and get creative so we aren't eating plain old tacos each Tuesday.  I rotate between this fiesta pasta bake, these shredded chicken tacos, this family style taco salad and heck, one night I threw tortilla chips on a huge baking sheet covered them with all the fixings and just made nachos.

Those were a hit by the way.

Last week I did some researching on making my own enchilada sauce.  I've got a creamy homemade white sauce down, but I had yet to tackle the classic red.

homemade enchilada sauce (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I was surprised at how easy this was!  I've never been a fan on the can varieties, but I love red sauce on enchiladas at restaurants...so I'm guessing they aren't using the canned versions!  This is basically a "throw-it-all-in-a-pot-and-let-it-simmer" kind of sauce.

My kind of sauce.

Because, you know, I usually have a kid on the hip, one tugging at my leg and one completely unaccounted for.

So...naturally I don't have time for complicated sauces.



homemade enchilada sauce (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This recipe made enough for two 8x8 pans of enchiladas {hello, freezer meal!}, plus an extra half pint jar.  Which I just threw in the fridge for next Tuesday's meal, but it could easily be frozen as well{or canned in a hot water bath if you want to go to all THAT work}.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce


Print this Recipe!
adapted from Damn Delicious

28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. flour
2 T. chili powder
1 1/2 t. oregano
1 t. cumin
1 t. garlic powder
1 t. onion powder
2 T. brown sugar
1 t. salt

1.  Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk in the flour until combined, 1-2 minutes.
2.  Pour in remaining ingredients and bring it to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes or until thickened.
3.  Use in any Mexican dish right away, store in the fridge for a couple of weeks or freezer for later use.



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We'll be giving you sneak peaks during the conference.  What we're talking about, whose speaking and of course what we are eating!

Instagram and Facebook will be our friends tomorrow!  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Spicy Egg Bake



Sometimes a meal just needs to be easy.  This one is!  Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.


First let me say a big THANKS to all my readers for the overwhelming response to my last post.  I hope you all are enjoying it and getting organized!  If you missed it, you can read it HERE.

For those that have no idea what I'm talking about, my last post gave an extensive meal plan, including prices and a shopping list.  This Spicy Egg Bake was one of the first ones I included.  I don't know about you but sometimes I just want breakfast for dinner.

Like once a week.

Or twice.

I love eggs, what can I say?

This one is easy because you can prepare it the night before or early in the morning and then just slide it in the oven 45 minutes before you need to eat.


This egg bake is a bit different from my usual one.  #1) I used a spicy ground sausage.  #2) I put salsa in the eggs and on top of the eggs once baked. #3) I layered the bottom with crescent rolls, giving it a sturdy, hearty, delicious crust.

We loved this!  You know, thank goodness, my family enjoys eggs as I'm shoving them in their face at least once a week.  It somewhat gives me a "night off".  They are easy to make and so flavorful when the right fixins' are mixed in.

In fact today for lunch I had a fried egg sandwich topped with spicy brown mustard and organic mayo all on a toasted English muffin.  So good!  I could seriously eat that sandwich every.single.day.


If you want to browse my other egg dishes, here you go!


Spicy Egg Bake

1 tube crescent rolls
10-12 eggs
1 lb. spicy ground sausage
2 c. cheddar cheese
1/2 c. salsa
salt
pepper

1.  Grease a 9x13 baking pan and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Open the crescent rolls and roll out flat onto the bottom of the pan, pressing the seams together.
3.  In a skillet cook sausage, draining grease after cooked.
4.  In a bowl whisk together the eggs, salsa, sausage, salt and pepper.  Pour over the crescent rolls.
5.  Top eggs with shredded cheese.
6.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until eggs are set.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into squares.
7.  Top with additional salsa if desired.

And on an unrelated note.  Are you following me on Instagram yet?  If not, you should be! You'll get sneak peaks on what I'm making, what trouble my kids are getting into, what I'm reading and other juicy tidbits.  Don't miss out!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

2-Week Meal Plan for a Family of 5 for $170


I've been on a mission to stay organized this summer and continue to meal plan even though the warm months bring ball games, vacations and interrupted schedules.  Below you will find a REAL food plan, one that requires one shopping trip, yet feeds your family for 14 days.  Tried and true homemade recipes, many items organic, all of which you're family will love!


2 Week Meal Plan for a Family of 5 for $170 at ALDI

This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.

As many of you know, our family does most of our shopping at ALDI.  Although we do get various items elsewhere, I would say 80% of our food is from ALDI.  We started shopping there a few years back, when we realized how much money it saved us.

This past spring I was invited to the ALDI headquarters in Chicago.  You can read about those visits, here and here.  It was a blast!  Although I do have ties to them, I am not writing this post on behalf of ALDI, I am simply wanting to give you this meal plan as a gift.

If I've been asked once I've been asked a million times, "how do you meal plan?"  "Where do you grocery shop?"  "How do you feed your family on a tight budget?".

I put together a meal plan last year and it took off like wild fire.  You can read and follow that post HERE.  Since it had been awhile, I figured it was time again!  But this time I challenged myself and purchased EVERY SINGLE ITEM from one store, ALDI.  How good does it feel to do all your shopping at one store and be done?  Pretty darn good.

So, here are the details.  Below you will find 10 meals, planned out for 12 days.  Two of the meals make a LOT, so you will be using the leftovers of one {Slow Cooker Meatballs} for a new meal and one {the Italian Beef} you'll be eating for two meals in a row.  The remaining two days are up to you. I'm pretty sure in a span of 14 days every family has two nights where they are gone {out to dinner, at a ball game, at a friend's house, etc.} or they simply have what we like to call "fend for yourself" nights.  On those nights it's pretty common in our house to make a sandwich, pull something frozen out of the freezer or {especially when I was pregnant} just grab a bowl of cereal.

Please notice all items purchased were found at my local ALDI's store in Eastern Iowa. Prices and varieties will vary from store to store and season to season, so please keep in mind that what I paid may not be what you pay.

***Note after some ingredients you will not see a price.  That is due to that product being bought in a previous recipe, with this new recipe using the remaining leftovers.  Directions are listed underneath the recipe or linked back to my site.  Pantry staples are not included {examples: salt, pepper, baking soda, spices, etc.}


Meal #1 - Spicy Egg Bake
crescent rolls - $1.49
dozen eggs - $1.59
organic salsa - $1.89
block cheddar cheese - $1.59
1 lb. ground sausage - $1.89
TOTAL = $8.45

*Directions - Grease a 9x13 baking pan.  Lay crescent rolls in the bottom.  Whisk together dozen eggs, 1/2 c. salsa and cooked ground sausage.  Pour over the crescent rolls.  Sprinkle cheddar cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until eggs are set.

1 bag of frozen chicken breasts - $6.69
bag of onions - $1.29
carton of organic chicken broth - $1.79
32 oz. can whole tomatoes - 95 cents
bag of flour tortillas - $1.19
head of lettuce - 99 cents
carton of 4 Roma tomatoes - $1.19
block of cheddar cheese - $1.59
16 oz. container sour cream - $1.29
TOTAL = $16.97

The two crock pots I LOVE and use weekly are the Crock-Pot Cook'n Carry 6 Quart Oval Slow Cooker and the Crock-Pot 3 Quart Round Slow Cooker.

2 lb. ground turkey - $1.89/ea.
Parmesan cheese - $2.99
Italian breadcrumbs - $1.79
minced garlic - 99 cents
extra virgin olive oil - $2.99
28 oz. can tomato sauce - 95 cents
28 oz. can whole tomatoes - 95 cents
box of spaghetti - $1.59
TOTAL = $16.03

Meal #4 - Meatball Subs {using leftovers from Meal #3}
block of mozzarella cheese - $1.59
hoagie buns - $1.79
TOTAL = $3.38

Meal #5 - BLT Snack Wraps
1 lb. organic slab bacon - $4.99
Roma tomatoes
lettuce
flour tortillas
ranch dressing - $1.29
avocado - 79 cents
organic sweet potato kettle chips - $1.99
TOTAL = $10.25

Meal #6 - Pre-Made XL Sausage Deli Pizza - $5.99 {hey, we all need a night off!}

I love this 3-Pack set of Extra Large 16-in. Aluminum Pizza Pans for grocery store take-n-bake pizzas.  They keep the crust from burning, yet still gives it a crispy texture.

Meal #7 - Grill Out Night
Never Any! Flavored Brats {2 pkgs.} - $2.99/ea.
cottage cheese - $2.29
organic baby spinach - $2.49
Italian dressing - $1.29
roasted garlic hummus - $1.99
carrots - $1.39
TOTAL = $15.43

Meal #8 - Tuna Melts
two loafs of 12-Grain Bread - $1.79/ea.
2 cans of tuna - 65 cents/ea.
organic mayo - $1.99
mustard - 69 cents
cheddar cheese
dill pickles - $1.29
TOTAL = $8.85

*Directions - In a bowl combine drained tuna, 1/2 c. mayo, 2 T. mustard, one chopped pickle, salt and pepper.  Layer bread with sliced cheddar cheese and tuna salad.  Butter both sides of bread and lay on a hot griddle, flipping when bread is browned.  Serve with Broccoli Almond Chopped Salad.

Meal #8 Side Dish - Broccoli Almond Chopped Salad
head of broccoli - $1.19
carrots
sliced almonds - $2.99
milk
mayo
vinegar - 79 cents
sugar
TOTAL = $6.86

flour - $1.49
organic unsweetened applesauce - $1.89
eggs - $1.29
sugar
milk
pure maple syrup - $4.99
TOTAL - $9.66

The only skillet I use for pancakes is my Presto 16-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover.  It allows me to cook 6 pancakes at a time!

3-4 lb. beef roast - $7.99
unsalted butter - $2.87
16 oz. jar of pepperoncinis - $1.79
dry Italian dressing package - 79 cents
hoagie buns - $1.79
TOTAL = $15.23

chicken
head of cabbage - $1.19
sliced almonds
barbecue sauce - 99 cents
vinegar
soy sauce - 99 cents
organic honey - $3.49
honey mustard dressing - $1.29
TOTAL = $7.75

And because everyone needs dessert...

mini marshmallows - 89 cents
organic yellow cake mix - $1.99
organic frozen strawberries - $3.99
sugar
whipped topping - 89 cents
Total = $7.76

So there you have it.  12 meals that SHOULD get a family of 5 or so through two weeks, but I'm not quite done.  I've also included some snacks and breakfast items.  Because we don't just eat dinner do we?  In our house lunches are mainly leftovers or something simple.  A quick PB and J, a fruit/cracker/veggie/cheese plate, a smoothie or salad.  Now if your family is used to bigger lunches, or a complete meal, then you'll need to adjust accordingly.

Be sure to organize these snacks as well.  I really love these InterDesign Home Kitchen Organzier Bins for either your fridge, freezer or pantry.  They come in clear and white, so pick what matches your home!

Here are the "extras" also purchased.

Two half gallons of organic 2% milk - $3.29/ea.
cantaloupe - $1.49
organic bananas - $1.36
organic Gala apples - $5.49
graham crackers - $1.39
granola bars - $1.79
32 oz. plain Greek yogurt - $3.89
string cheese - $2.69
2 add'l jars of organic salsa - $1.89/ea,
2 bags of tortilla chips - $1.19/ea.
box of cereal - $1.79
peanut butter - $3.99
TOTAL for extras = $37.98

TOTAL for 12 Meals + Extra Items = $170.59

2 Week Meal Plan for a Family of 5 for $170 at ALDI


So, I need to know.  Is this a reasonable grocery bill for your family?  Add this up twice and you are spending just under $350 for the month on food to feed your family.  Honestly, compared to what I hear some families are paying this sounds pretty good to me!

And lastly, let's stay organized, shall we?  Nothing makes me more excited than an organized grocery list for these meals.  Here are a few of my favorites.


Give me your feedback on this post in the comments.  I'd love to hear them! 

Are you willing to try this meal plan?