Have you ever had one of those days, where the kids are screaming, starving and on the verge of a meltdown, yet you have no idea what you are going to make for dinner? Trust me, we’ve all been there.
Dinner time can be one of the most stressful times of the day. Well, stress no more! One great way to save money and to eliminate meal time chaos is to use meal planning!! Using these simple tricks, takes the guess-work out of a busy mom’s dinner schedule (or dad’s, depending on who is the chef in your home) and eliminates the chance of having multiple hangry-I mean hungry ;-)- kiddos. Furthermore, meal-planning helps you save food, money and time. It is a great way to use your recipes and use up frozen food lurking in the back of your freezer.
I like to pay serious attention to the days my four-year-old has preschool and needs mommy right around meal-time. I save the simple, kid-friendly meals or crock-pot meals, I can make in advance, for these evenings. So play around with my sample and do what works for your schedule!
Crisp air, pumpkin patches, cider and donuts, football games, beautiful colored leafs-These are just a few favorite things that are reminiscent of fall!! One other favorite, and maybe one of the best, is my budget-friendly chili recipe. This is a fall go-to recipe my entire family of four loves.
Every year around this time, I incorporate my quick easy, budget-friendly chili into my meal planning rotation. For those of you that do not cook, this recipe is so easy, you can’t go wrong! In my next post I’ll give you an example of my two-week meal planning, but for now, here is my favorite chili recipe!
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Since Chili is a go-to recipe I try to stock up on diced tomatoes, tomato paste, kidney beans, and ground beef when it is on sale. I freeze my ground beef and stockpile the canned goods. You will need to make a trip to the store for the fresh produce, but that is part of the reason this chili taste so good! Fresh onion and green pepper! Not to mention, it makes your house smell amazing! What are you waiting for? Give this chili recipe a try this fall!
Fall Chili Budget Meal Ingredients:
1 lb. of ground beef (season with salt & pepper) – paid 2.99 on sale-stock up
1 large can 30 oz. diced tomato – paid 1.39
1/2 an onion – paid . 99(save other half & make again next week)
1 green pepper – paid .62
1 can kidney beans 15 oz. – paid .89 (rinse)
1/2 can tomato sauce 15 oz. – paid .99 (save other half & make again next week)
1/2 tablespoons chili powder paid 1.99 for an entire bottle (estimate .20 per use)
*optional*Dried red pepper-I don’t use because I make mine kid friendly, but some like it spicy.
(Most ingredients were purchased at Target using my REDcard to get an extra 5% off my purchase, the green pepper was purchased at Walmart.)
Fall Chili Recipe Directions:
1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef & drain grease
2. Add green pepper & onion to the meat and cook on medium heat until soft
3. Dump the rest of the ingredients in and stir-See, I told you.. easy, peasy
4. Simmer and stir on low for 30 minutes or longer
*I’ve made this ahead of time and left on the stove top for up to two hours.
Optional: Sprinkle with shredded cheese & dollop with sour cream
Enjoy Your Chili Fall Budget Meal!
Serve with crackers or garlic toast and ENJOY!!!!
For a family of four, this makes two meals. I have leftovers the following evening, cutting the meal cost in half and the mess! I love serving chili nachos the following day! Just top your chili over tortilla chips and add cheese and sour cream and you have another meal you don’t have to cook! The total cost was $7.67 (this includes my target red card 5% discount) or 3.83 per a meal. This chili is sure to be a winner and it is cheap and filling!
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the fall! Yes, that time of year is right around the corner (of the corn maze).
Our favorite fall activity is visiting the pumpkin patch and picking a perfectly round, orange pumpkin off the vine! Our favorite farm has kid’s activities, a corn maze, and a train!
Since we are buying our pumpkins at the patch, they are usually cheaper than the supermarket so we save a little and have some family fun. My kids absolutely LOVE this family day trip!
Nonetheless, what better way to save money than to use something you were already going to buy – your great pumpkin! Don’t let the seeds go to waste. Be ready after carving to scoop them out and rinse them off.
You may be tempted to toss them, but they are super easy to cook and make into a yummy, healthy snack.
After you carve out your pumpkin, rinse those babies off, pat them dry, and stick them in the oven!! You now have a healthy snack (seeds are loaded with magnesium, potassium, and zinc). Depending on how many pumpkins you carve, you’ll have a yummy, nutritious snack for days. Enjoy my simple recipe!
Easy “How to Cook Pumpkin Seeds” Recipe
1. Rinse your seeds well and pat dry
2. Grease your tray with olive oil (or cooking spray) & lay seeds in a single layer
3. Season (use salt or cinnamon & sugar for your sweet tooth)
4. Cook at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes
5. Cool & enjoy!!! (As my two-year-old would say, Nummy Tummy!)
Enjoy Your Pumpkin Seeds
See, wasn’t that easy? You can take “snacks” off your grocery list for a few days and enjoy your yummy treat! I hope you enjoy the recipe and have a great snack with your family! Happy Halloween!
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