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Veggie Stir Fry over Rice

Hello blogging world! After a short recess, I am back with a vengeance. And by vengeance, I mean I am ready to give you some rocking $5 dinners. When I first started doing this blog I had a goal of only spending $40 a week on groceries. The $3o I spent on fruits and vegetables from the food co-op would not be included in the $40. This way, I would fit comfortably into my goal of $200 a month on food and I would even have a $10 leeway.

Well, I’ve only been grocery shopping about 3 times since I started  this plan and I must say, the results have been great! The first week I spent about $45. I spent a little extra because I found boneless skinless chicken breast at such a great price. I knew I only went over my budget because of the chicken, but I was still pretty worried about maintaining this budget. I figured I just had to keep trying. After all, I had some cheap meals to work with.

The second week was a little better. I spent about $32. I was at a $38.50 average for both weeks, which is pretty good and within my budget. Well, my real success came this week. My grocery shopping for the week was less than $20!!! I’m realizing that the more I do this budget, the easier it is to save. I know which ingredients to buy and where to buy them. I know what foods I still have leftover and use them in my meal planning for the next week. If all goes well with shopping next week, I should be well under budget for the month! I may just have to go looking for a good deal on something we use often (pasta, rice, peanut butter, or something) to use up the extra money in my budget. If not, I guess we’ll just roll the money over into next month. Saving money is great! Without further ado, here is your recipe.

Veggie Stir Fry over Rice, $4.75

Ingredients:

1 bag of frozen stir fry veggies ($1.25)

1 C chopped, cooked meat – you can use chicken, ham, shrimp, whatever you want ($1.50)

2 C cooked rice ($ .75)

1/2 C teriyaki sauce ($ .75)

1/4 C soy sauce ($ .50)

Directions: Stir fry the frozen stir fry veggies with the teriyaki sauce and soy sauce. Add the meat and continue stir frying until everything is heated through. Serve over the cooked rice.

Tips to Make this Healthier: The unhealthiest thing about this meal is the amount of sodium that is included in pre-made teriyaki sauce and soy sauce. You could make your own teriyaki sauce, and use soy sauce that has reduced sodium. You can also serve this with another vegetable or a fruit. I would suggest using fresh vegetables instead of frozen vegetables, but fresh vegetables aren’t really that much better. If you have some fresh veggies on hand though, feel free to use them. They are better than frozen, just not by a lot. You could also use brown rice instead of white rice. Delicious.

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Easy Chicken Teriyaki

I am the mom of a beautiful family of four. Recently my baby just turned one and has started eating the same foods as the rest of us. Is it normal for there to be a noticeable difference in the money we spend now that my ONE year old is eating???? Granted I have been making dinner every night recently and this is something I’ve never been great at, so maybe that’s the reason for the rise in spending. đŸ™‚

Either way, there have been some pretty big job changes in our family recently. Ones that make it super important for me to cook every night AND stay within a pretty tight food budget. Do you think I can do it? My goal is $200 a month for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children). I plan to use that money for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I will try to save as much as I can by buying things that we use a lot (like chicken, ground beef, pasta, rice, etc.) when they are on sale. I also plan to buy produce from a food co-op. Enough produce for our family for the whole month is only $32!! Lastly, I plan to make some cheap-o dinners that are also easy.

On that note, this blog is born. I will post a bunch of meals that are around $5 or less for at least 4 people. I’ll post pictures, too as I start making these things. Here is recipe #1 including the cost breakdown to keep it under $5. You’ll want to add a vegetable and/or fruit to make this meal balanced, but if you’re like me, you already have a bunch of produce you can supplement the meal with from your food co-op.

Easy Teriyaki Chicken, ($5.25)
Ingredients:
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts ($3)
2 C teriyaki sauce ($1.50)
Cooked Rice ($.75)

Directions: Marinate chicken in teriyaki sauce for at least 30 min. Grill or bake chicken. Serve with cooked rice.

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