When planning these meals, to keep the entire process simple, it is important that I try and use the same ingredients that we already have on our list. Remember when you plan yours, the idea is to cook this all in one day, so using the same ingredients for the most part will save you time prepping, money on shopping, energy on dishes and the overall cook will be much quicker. You can make so many different dishes with a very basic list of ingredients.
Lets recap on ingredients we already will be buying:
Chicken, pork, ground beef,
2 lbs beans, potatoes, tortillas,
pasta, rice, Corn, Carrots,
Canned Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions,
eggs and bacon.
Cream cheese, sausage, English Muffins and broccoli.
I`ll need to buy another chicken to stuff the burritos and Shepard`s pie.
These first three blogs [Pt1-Pt3] are to help demonstrate the planning process, not necessarily to be used as an exact template for your family. [Although if you like the recipes that's awesome too.] When you plan your trip to the grocery store, make sure you know what you are going for. Don`t expect to make good decisions without an idea or a plan. Planning is so important, without it, you will always be surprised by what you spend on your trip to the grocery. I have become so much more comfortable shopping for food now that i have a hang of how much my shop will cost.