Meal Planning with 5 dinners in 1 hour really does save me money. Numbers don’t lie. I shopped at Sprouts Farmers Market which is almost like a Whole Foods but not quite as expensive. Nothing I bought was on sale which was a bummer but it really didn’t make that much of a difference. I mean 5 dinners for 4 people (adult people…I have teens…..they eat a lot) for only $58.66 that is only $11.73 per meal or $2.93 per person per meal which is a whole lot less than a greasy drive thru dinner!
I highlighted what I had to buy. I have most spices, oils, rice, frozen vegetables, butter, etc on hand. I buy most of those in bulk at Costco. They have a good organic selection. I don’t count staples in my overall cost but I would add in the vegetables and rice so add in about $5.00 to the total for the week if it makes you feel better. I know I have some readers that are counting every penny. :)
I did my usually prep and it took only an hour WITH videoing each recipe and taking pictures along the way. YOU can do this in an hour! The trick is getting out all ingredients and opening all your cans and packages first!
Here I am posing with all the ingredients. Doesn’t everyone take pictures with their groceries?
A birds eye view of Crispy Baked Pork Chops being assembled.
When I was done, my fridge looked something like this. I have been doing this for 4 years now and I still think this is a kodak moment. Is it wrong I have more pictures of food than my kids on my phone?
This is the 5 dinners in 1 hour plan in a nutshell. It is by far the easiest way (in my opinion) to cook. Just look at this deliciousness! All I had to do was pop the Monte Cristo Sandwiches the oven and bake, toss my salad and add some fruit! EASY because I put in the time on Sunday afternoon. A whopping 60 minutes to be exact. That 60 minutes saved me a few hours during the week. I only messed up my kitchen ONE time!
BONUS! Not everyone was home for dinner one of the nights (busy life of teens) so I ended up with 3 tv dinners to freeze for later.