FREE WORK PLANNER
Tip: Our5 Ingredient Menu Plans are on sale through Monday, February 9th. Snag your set today, and you'll also save 20% off your order of $50 or more in the Passionate Penny Pincher Shop!
The PPP 2023 February Recipe Calendar is here and we are ready for a challenge! My sweet friend Ashley's kids even are pitching in and took a picture for me which I just adored and figured you would just love too. We are all in for this happy challenge this month!
Ready for a challenge? IT IS TIME!
We're calling this February “FIGHT FAST FOOD (or 5 INGREDIENT?”) FEBRUARY” and I'm challenging both your family and mine to seriously tackle those fast food meals as we begin this month. I'm excited for us all to save a bundle over the next few weeks!
If you're like me and feel like you've discovered soooo many things you'd forgotten about in your freezer as we cleaned it out last month, this is the time to clear those out and save a bundle. Our families will eat better, save a ton of money, and enjoy meals around the dinner table each night.
Like these YUMMY Crunchwraps – a HUGE hit for everyone who's tried them! (Recipe below – keep scrolling!)
I was doing the math, and for a family of 5 to eat out at some fast food places, one meal right now can easily add up to $50. That's one third of the cost for our average weekly grocery haul for our Monthly Grocery Membership (which gives you all the groceries you need for five meals and a dessert + leftovers. Crazy)!
If you feel like your finances are overwhelming you and you don't know where to begin, this right here is the place to start.
Here's the plan if you'd like to join us for the challenge this month:
1. If you haven't already, inventory your pantry, fridge and freezer and note any recipes you can make using what you already have on hand.
2. Commit to either a certain budget for eating out each week for your family or a certain number of meals to eat out. If you normally twice per week, consider scaling back to just one meal out her week (or maybe consider less expensive restaurant alternative!)
3. If you're not sure what to make, our brand new 5 Ingredient Menu Plans are perfect for this challenge as they're our most frugal menu plan. With just 5 ingredients per meal (in addition to some basic pantry staples), you can cook dinner EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, all month long!
The best part?
Our BRAND NEW 5 Ingredients or Menu Plan is on sale now to save you even more as you get started! You can totally join in the challenge even without the menu plans, but these will make cooking even easier if you struggle with what to make at home. For less than the cost of one single meal at Chick-Fil-A, you'll have all of your meals mapped out for the next TWELVE weeks.
(My niece and her husband are trying this out, and have loved it so much that they're even challenging their coworkers to join in too. I love that!)
Our 5 Ingredients or Less Menu Plan includes ONLY recipes using 5 ingredients or less. This plan is an amazing way to simplify dinner time, and the secret to success with the 5 Ingredients or Less Menu plan is the magic pantry staples list. With a well stocked pantry, this menu plan might just be the easiest one yet.
Note: the PPP team will be making many of these recipes also on Instagram and Facebook Live with you throughout the month, but our BIG challenge week will be February 13th – 17th using week 2 of the 5 Ingredient Menu Planning Box so that yours has plenty of time to ship to you!
In case you're curious ~ these are just a few of the recipes included in this pack:
- Cool Ranch Crunch Wrap ~ we'll be making this one Tuesday. I can't even wait!
- French Toast Bake
- Slow Cooker Chicken and Dressing
- Italian Creamy Crockpot Chicken
Phew ~ I think that's it! If you’re ready to actually make dinner at home, with your family gathered around and yummy, good-for-you food on the table, grab your 5 Ingredients or Less Menu Planand join us as we start cooking. I can't wait to start 5 Ingredients or Less Cooking with you and am cheering for you, your family, your food 🙂 and of course your finances!
P.S. Just in case you're interested, you can also still get our Summer Menu Plans, Slow Cooker Menu Plans and Freezer Menu Plans in the PPP Shop. These have all been VERY WELL LOVED, and with all four plans, you could pretty much have all your menus planned for ALMOST AN ENTIRE YEAR. I love that!
Looking for more menu planning tips? Here's how I menu plan each week in 5 simple steps. And if you need a little more motivation today, here are six genius tricks to help you save money by cooking at home. I'm cheering for you!