Bread Machine Cinnamon Bread

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Okie dokie folks, do you have a bread machine in your cupboards gathering up dust? 

 

You need to go get it out right now. 

 

(I promise, you’ll thank me later.) :)

 

Last week while running errands I was near our local Great Harvest Bread Company (goodness, I love that store!), and everything in me wanted to go sample some of their yummy bread and grab a loaf to bring home. But at $6 a loaf (craziness!), I knew there was no way I could manage that and stick to our no spend grocery challenge.

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Sticking to a tighter budget makes me a little more creative, and it dawned on me that I could surely make a similar bread at home. I hunted down this recipe, dumped everything in my bread machine, and goodness, my family devoured that bread.

 

In fact, my husband (by far my biggest critic) told me it was better than the bread at Great Harvest. 

 

Wow. 

 

The best part? I saved $12 by making 2 loaves myself, and a huge amount of drive time getting there and back. Plus, my family has one more reason to think I’m a rockstar.

 

Um . . . so far I’ve found cooking and baking are the only things that make me awesome around this place, so I’ll keep at it. 😉

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Here’s the recipe for you to try out too ~ if you’re in the market for a bread machine this one is similar to the one my mom bought me 15 years ago ~ it’s definitely paid for itself a time or two! I’m betting you could make the same recipe without a bread machine ~ if anyone has any suggestions on how to make it as a regular bread dough leave a comment to share.

Best Ever Bread Machine Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups bread flour (I used regular flour)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar

 

Directions

  1. Combine first seven ingredients in bread machine according to order manufacturer recommends. (I just dumped mine in – flour first – it worked fine.)
  2. Set bread machine on dough cycle.
  3. Once dough is completed, transfer to floured surface and punch dough down. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half and roll into two rectangles that are 9″x14″.
  5. Mix together cinnamon and brown sugar.
  6. Spread 1 tablespoon softened butter on top of rectangle, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  7. Roll dough into loaf starting with short ends and pinch seams closed.
  8. Grease 2 loaf pans and place loaves in pans.
  9. Cover and let rise another 3o minutes until doubled in size. (I actually skipped this step, but my dough was left in the bread machine for an extra hour so it had risen mostly while in the machine.)
  10. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and cool slightly before enjoying. Yum!

 

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Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 3/15/15

 

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! We’re working on week three of our No Spend Grocery Challenge, and while our pantry is definitely looking a little more bare I think we’ll have plenty of food to get us through another week. 

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I make our menu plan and grocery list on the weekends, and will share those over on my new Pinterest Menu Planning Board (I would love for you to join me there!) You can also use this handy dandy free printable google doc for you to print if you’d like to follow our menu plan – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list

 

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Here’s this week’s menu plan . . . 

 

And here’s what items you’ll need to make these too if it’ll help get you started this week . . .
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 pork chops
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz container sour cream
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • barbecue sauce
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese

Side Dish Extras

  • bag salad
  • canned, fresh or frozen veggies
  • potatoes for mashed potatoes
  • rice

Pantry Staples

  • milk
  • salt & pepper
  • eggs
  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • mustard
  • garlic powder
  • flour

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

 

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Weight Watchers Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

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We needed an easy dinner last night, and when I realized we had everything in the pantry to make this one (which helped us stick to this month’s No Spend Grocery Challenge), I knew this was the perfect recipe! My kids loved it, and while it isn’t the yummiest chicken I’ve ever eaten in my life, it was pretty yummy chicken especially for a lightened up meal. Love that!

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Weight Watcher Parmesan Chicken Cutlets (serves 4) 

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in thirds
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

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Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Mix cheese, bread crumbs and seasoning in bag, shake well.
  • Coat chicken in breadcrumb mixture, arrange in nonstick baking dish.
  • Bake until chicken is cooked through 20-25 minutes.
  • Enjoy – we had it with Weight Watchers Broccoli & Cheese sauce. Yum!

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 3/11/15):

  • Sprouts, Meijer, and Fresh Thyme, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.99/lb.
  • Publix Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast on sale $3.49/lb.
  • Progresso Bread Crumbs Buy One Get One Free at Publix $1.04

Adapted from Food.com. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan: Week Of 3/9/15 (No Spend Challenge Week 2)

 

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! We are working on week two of our No Spend Grocery Challenge, and so far (I think?) things are right on track.

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Having a menu plan in place makes saving on eating out oh-s0-much easier, so it’s definitely worth it to take a few minutes and plan the week out. We also usually have the option of breakfast for dinner or even pb&j sandwiches if the day didn’t go as planned, but just starting out with a plan seems to help us stay on track!

I’ll be making my menu plan and grocery list on the weekends and will share those over on my new Pinterest Menu Planning Board, and I would love for you to join me! You can also use this handy dandy free printable google doc for you to print if you’d like to follow our menu plan – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list

 

Here’s this week’s menu plan . . . 

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And here’s what items you’ll need to make these too if it’ll help get you started this week . . .
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • taco shells
  • taco seasoning packet (or make it from scratch if you prefer)
  • 16 oz macaroni
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • taco fixings – lettuce, tomato, cheese, salsa, sour cream
  • frozen bread dough for pizza (can also make from scratch or use refrigerated pizza crust)
  • pizza sauce
  • mozzarella
  • additional toppings

Side Dish Extras

  • bag salad
  • canned, fresh or frozen veggies

Pantry Staples

  • milk
  • salt & pepper
  • flour
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • fresh garlic
  • fresh ginger for slow cooker chicken teriyaki – I may skip this ingredient
  • corn starch

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

 

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{easy} Two Step Monkey Bread

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I was all set to share this amazing recipe for a pork roast with you today (you can find the recipe HERE – it really was delicious but took an extra 30 minutes to cook through.) 

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However, from what I can tell people get a little more excited about easy Monkey Bread than they ever would about a pork roast, so I decided to share this super simple recipe for Monkey Bread today instead.

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(No idea how to get a pretty picture of this girl because she just makes ridiculous faces every single time, but she was happy with the monkey bread idea too!)

Before my kids gobbled down the batch I made this morning in honor of the we-have-another-two-hour-delay-are-you-kidding-me-really? day, I snapped a few shots to share. It’s a miracle there was any of it left ~ I’m hoping my husband gets a tiny sliver when he gets home from work tonight! Here’s the recipe if you’d like to treat your family too . . .

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{easy} Two Step Monkey Bread

Ingredients

  1. 3 cans biscuits
  2. 1 ½ c. brown sugar
  3. 1 ½ sticks butter or margarine
  4. 1 T cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup white sugar mixed with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  6. Pam Cooking Spray

Glaze

  1.  3 T butter, melted
  2. 2/3 c. confectioners’ sugar
  3. 1 t water

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Directions

  1. Cut biscuits into quarters and coat with cinnamon sugar mixture of 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon (at our house we put the biscuits in plastic bags and my kids shake until their heart’s content!)
  2. Melt butter; mix with brown sugar and 1 Tablespoon cinnamon.
  3. Put half of biscuits into a greased bundt pan & pour half of brown sugar mixture over it.
  4. Put remaining biscuits in bundt pan & then remaining brown sugar in bundt pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Top with powdered sugar glaze.

 

Looking for more recipe ideas?  Go HERE, and be sure to try out this yummy Honey Bun Cake too!

 

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Menu Plan & Printable Grocery List (+ Our No Spend Grocery Challenge For March!)

 

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Link to this week’s free menu plan and grocery list 

Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping listMy husband and I have been discussing our family budget over the last few weeks, and are going to try to do a “No-Spend Grocery Challenge” through the month of March leading up to Spring Break. I just purchased a new kitchen table and chairs (so excited for them to get here – I scored a great deal!), and while we’re waiting for that to be delivered we thought it would be fun to see just how much we could shave off our weekly grocery expenses by eating from the pantry.

 

So, what does that look like for us? We’ll still have budgeted money for specific items – we’re just really trying to keep things simple by saving on groceries and eating out. Here’s what we’re planning:

  • 2 meals out per week as a family. We usually choose “high end” fast food places (i.e. Chipotle) ~ sit down meals for our family of five are just so expensive, and we rarely have time for them! I have a few restaurant gift cards because I was taking advantage of 4x fuel perks at Kroger this week, so we’ll use those first.
  • Only water while eating out. (This will be tough – we sometimes enjoy sodas at restaurants but they’re such a budget buster!)
  • Possibly one lunch date out for my husband and I on the weeks we can meet, limited to very inexpensive restaurants. We enjoy the chance to get together without kids so much when we can – but for a few weeks can survive with the dollar menu (I think!)  Getting the chance to catch up with one another is what we love about our lunch dates, and we can do that as easily over baked potatoes at Wendy’s (honestly though, this one will be tough for us!)
  • Spend $50 or less at the grocery store through March 27th. I *think* we should be able to spend much less (between $20 and $30?), but know that milk and fresh produce alone can quickly get spent, so wanted to be realistic in my goals.

(Note: the only exception may be next weekend ~ I’ll be out of town scrapbooking with friends, and since my husband’s in charge of feeding our bunch, I’m betting he’ll tweak things a bit!) :)

I’ll update you all throughout the week with how things are going – I’m hoping we’ll be able to stick to this, but we haven’t really tried this before so we’ll see! 

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Curious what that means for our menu plan? Well, our fridge and freezer are pretty well stocked, so I think we should be able to fairly easily use up what we have. I just did a quick inventory of our freezer, and here’s where things stand:

  • 10 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (I have issues, when I see a good price on chicken I can’t stand not to stock up!)
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 lbs ground beef
  • 1 pork loin
  • 1 beef roast
  • 4 lbs bacon
  • 3 lbs salmon (have been waiting for grilling season – but may try to bake it in the oven and see how it goes!)
  • 2 steaks
  • 4 frozen bread loaves
  • several bags frozen veggies

I don’t have much (any?) cheese in our freezer, so I’m sure some of our weekly budget will go there. So, here’s what we’re planning for our first week . . .

*Note – for easy roasted potatoes I quarter roasted potatoes and put in square pyrex, sprinkle with Lawry’s seasoning salt, and spray with a little Pam cooking spray (could substitute with olive oil easily I think), then bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

 

And here’s what items you’ll need to make these too if it’ll help get you started this week . . .
Groceries
  • 2 1/2 pound boneless pork loin roast
  • 1 package ravioli
  • 28 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 8 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 16 oz can black beans
  • 16 oz can kidney beans
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 10 oz frozen corn
  • 2 14.5 oz cans rotel
  • onion
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • frozen pizza

Side Dish Extras

  • bag salad
  • red potatoes
  • cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips (for topping chili)

Pantry Staples

  • Italian seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • vegetable oil
  • dijon mustard
  • maple syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • fresh ginger for pork loin (I’ll probably omit this since I don’t have any)
  • chili powder

I created this handy dandy free printable google doc for you to print if you’d like to follow our menu plan – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list
Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share, and join my Pinterest Menu Planning Board to for more ideas!

 

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

 

 

 

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{Simple} How To Cook Whole Chicken

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How to cook whole chicken

 

 

Oh my stars, this is some heaven-sent chicken!  I just can’t miss an opportunity to sing the praises of a whole cooked chicken when it’s on sale. :)  This week our local Fresh Thyme Market has them on sale for $.99/lb, and I also noticed them priced at $1.09/lb at Costco yesterday.

 
 

So why sing the praises of a whole chicken?  Because it’s CHEAP!!!  And if you grab a few now and cook them all up, you can freeze the meat to use in casseroles and soups and on salads and well, just about everywhere.  But the best part is you’ll drastically cut your cooking time when you’re in a hurry to make a recipe; just pull out your frozen cooked chicken and let it thaw, and your life (at least in the kitchen!) will be so much easier.

 

So, if you’ve never done it before, this is your week to cook a whole chicken!!!  (Think of it as homemade Perdue Short Cuts made right in your kitchen at a fraction of the cost. You’re welcome!)

 

I’ve tried various methods before and my favorite one has always been this simple slow cooker method, but this oven roasted chicken wins my favorite one every time.

Oven Roasted Chicken

Ingredients

  •  2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper we didn’t have any so I omitted this one
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • one onion, quartered
  • one whole chicken (about 4 lbs)

 

Directions

  • Mix together for eight ingredients.  Set aside.
  • Rinse chicken and pat dry.
  • Rub seasoning mixture into chicken on all sides.
  • Add onion into breast cavity.
  • Place chicken in plastic bag or wrap with plastic wrap, over night or at least 4-6 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 250 when ready to cook.
  • Remove chicken from plastic wrap, place in roasting pan.
  • Bake uncovered for 3 1/2 – 4 hours, until internal temperature is 180 degrees.  Let chicken stand for ten minutes before carving. 

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 2/25/15):

Whole Chicken prices

  • Costco $1.09/lb
  • Fresh Thyme $.99/lb
  • Bi Lo $.99/lb
  • Publix Greenwise $1.49/lb (ends 2/25/15, or 2/24/15 in some areas)
  • Winn Dixie $.99/lb

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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20 Meals From Costco For $150

 

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I think you’re going to love thisI was away at a conference this weekend way out in Utah (enjoying so much fun time with my husband who joined me too ~ we haven’t been away from our kiddos for ages so it was the nicest gift!) Because of our trip, I didn’t have time to put together this week’s menu plan. (So sorry guys ~ but go back and see a complete list of them HERE for free ~ I’ll be back at it next week . . . promise!)

 

But, I talked with Erin from $5 Dinners while I was at the conference, and goodness, I think you’re going to love what she has for you. She’s put together this amazing (seriously, AMAZING), printable pack that includes directions to make a whopping 20 Meals at Costco for $150.

 

Folks, it includes everything.

 

ALL you need.

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Seriously.

 

(Don’t believe me? Here’s proof):

 

Complete package includes: 

  • Recipe List & Grocery List
  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
  • Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag
  • Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.
  • Exclusive Access to Instructional Assembly Videos

Recipes included in this plan are:

  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
  • (2) Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • (2) Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
  • (2) Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
  • (2) Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, Onions
  • (2) Slow Cooker Italian Stew Roast
  • (2) Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • (2) Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew

Go HERE and add to cart to get the full access to the recipes and grocery shopping list plus assembly instructions and exclusive video access. And, if that’s not enough Costco, she has five more Costco menu plans you can choose from HERE!

 

And, if shopping Costco isn’t your thing, she has a few more great options available! Check these out:

 

Have you tried any of $5 Dollar Dinner menu plans before? I’d love to hear what you think – I think this is a great way to easily tackle menu planning a month at a time, and love that the work’s all done for you! Leave a comment if you’ve tried these before and let me know your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Crack Dip

4 Ingredient Chicken Crack Dip
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I’ve been trying to clear out my fridge and freezer the last few days. and when I saw an abundance of frozen chicken and Philly cream cheese in my fridge (paired with this recipe I noticed on Pinterest), I decided I couldn’t pass this recipe up! 

 

While I made it to eat on slider buns, once I tasted the chicken I decided it wasn’t quite the right flavor on a slider bun.

 

But, pair it with some nachos and it makes one amazing dip ~ my husband loved it (especially when he mixed in a little salsa too.) So, for dinner we enjoyed these chips and dip, some fresh fruit, and carrots with ranch dipping sauce.

 

All for less than ten minutes of effort. Success! 

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Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too . . .

4 Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Crack Dip

Ingredients

  • 2.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 8oz blocks cream cheese
  • 1 packet dry ranch seasoning
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (optional)
  • tortilla chips

Directions

  1. Put chicken, cream cheese and ranch seasoning in your slow cooker
  2. Let cook 6-8 hours on low.
  3. Shred chicken with fork, stir in bacon and cheddar cheese
  4. Serve with tortilla chips – yum!

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 2/18/15):

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast on sale $1.99-$2.49/lb at Kroger (depends on your region)
  • Perdue Frozen Chicken Breast on sale $7.99 32 oz bag at Kroger, use $1/1 coupon from the Publix Game Day Favorites Booklet, Stack with $1/1 Perdue coupon from the 1/25 Smart Source insert

 

Recipe adapted from Cookies & Cups.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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25 Meals From Aldi For Less Than $150

 

  I’m so excited about this new printable offer available, especially since I know so many of you are looking to start putting together menu plans each week now that school’s back in session! Right now you can learn how to make some incredible menu plans from Aldi, all for $150 or less. Here’s what’s being offered right now Lauren at I Am That Lady:

If you don’t have tons of time to clip coupons and menu plan, this is for you. Just print your list, head to your local Aldi, and you’ll have as many as 25 recipes ready to go without much planning on your part. Included in the system are recipe cards, a shopping list, and a calendar to last for one full month. Love that! Here are just a few of the recipes included in the lists. . .

  • Honey Garlic Chicken
  • Chicken Piccata
  • Crockpot Lasagna
  • Korean Pork Tacos
  • Blackened Tilapia
  • Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
  • Caramel Apple Pork Chops
  • Turkey Chili
  • Black Beans & Rice
  • Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
  • And so many more . . .
You can also just check out the recipes for FREE, even without purchasing the printable packet. But, for $1.97, you’ll get all the printables, including recipes cards, grocery shopping list, and meal plan calendar. Go HERE to take a peek, and let me know what you think!

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