Sorry I’m a bit late this month! We were away on a four day weekend with friends and I didn’t want to get all the shopping done before we left for four days. I sat down recently and formed my menu plan for the month of June.
Once again, my kiddos were being watched so I was able to go shopping alone, and really be able to take my time price checking things and being more thorough with the items I selected as opposed to throwing them in the cart whilst rushing through the store to keep Lailah from having an inevitable 2 year old melt down.
Just a side note for those of you who have yet to have children: We moms don’t let our kids cry because we don’t care or don’t think it bothers other people. They’re young and grocery shopping is not on their list of fun things to do. So when they get bored of their iPad or your phone and find they aren’t able to run around playing or buy whatever candy catches their eye, they get upset. And I’m sure as heck not about to reward a screaming toddler with whatever it is she wants just for peace and quiet. She can cry to her hearts content, but she will learn that that is not how you respectfully ask for things.
I only say this because I was that person in the store glaring at mothers who didn’t seem to care to shut up their kids. Don’t they know how much they’re annoying me?! As the old saying goes: “With the pitter patter of little feet, a thousand words to eat.” A little grace could be all that a new or extremely stressed mother needs to keep going that day. Because sometimes you just have those days where you wonder why you thought having kids was a good idea, but a smile or a kind word from somebody while the kids are being holy terrors can give such a lift to their spirits.
Izzy and Lailah are busily playing at my parents and enjoying themselves thoroughly. Here is the menu I created:
- Panda Express Copycat Black Pepper Chicken
- Cajun Chicken and Rice
- Strawberry Chicken Salad*
- Chicken Gyro Bowls*
- Mushroom and Chicken Marsala Bowls*
- Honey Chile Chicken*
- Homemade Hamburger Helper
- Glazed Beef Skewers*
- Grilled Pork Chops*
- Crock Pot BBQ Pork Butt or Smoked Pork Butt*
- Buffalo Quinoa Burgers*
Grocery Bill: $283.85
I have begun the last few months to try and incorporate as many meals as I can from the magazine Cooking Light. Everything in it is healthy and just about every recipe I’ve tried has knocked it out of the park. That never happens for me with cooking magazines, let alone health ones! I will soon be subscribing to it, as it has improved our healthy eating by leaps and bounds! I am just so impressed with it!
I’ll be back at the end of the month to let you know what the final bill ended up being, whether I stayed under budget, and what meals worked and which ones didn’t. Have a wonderful weekend y’all!
*I could not link you back to these meals as they are either homemade or come from Cooking Light. I will refresh this page as I make and add new recipes to the blog.