One of the best ways to save money on your grocery bill is to utilize current grocery store ads. Start by comparing ads from different grocery stores in your area, making a list of sale items. Next, take an inventory of your pantry, refrigerator and freezer and make a list of what you already have on hand.
You are now ready to pick recipes that contain items from each of your lists. Some of the sale items in grocery store ads in my area are:
- Chicken Breasts
- Leaf Lettuce
- Shredded Cheese
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Italian Dressing
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Mix & Match Produce Bag (potatoes, zucchini, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers)
These sale items can be used in the six recipes below or served on the side to make a MyPlate meal. Use these recipes for your evening meals throughout the week. On the seventh day of the week give yourself a break from cooking and plan to eat leftovers.
Make it a MyPlate meal! Serve Veggie Skillet with a side of grilled chicken, sliced apples, and a piece of whole wheat bread.
Make it a MyPlate meal! Serve Greek Chicken and Zucchini on a bed of quinoa, with a side of canned fruit and a glass of milk.Substitute quinoa for the brown rice in the recipe.
To make it a MyPlate meal serve Teriyaki Chicken with a slice of cheese and a bowl of grapes.Substitute the chicken from your shopping list for the turkey or ham in the recipe.
To make it a MyPlate meal serve with apples and grapes and a slice of whole wheat bread.
Make it a MyPlate meal! Mix quinoa into Fruit and Chicken Salad and serve with a glass of milk and a green salad.
Make it a MyPlate meal! Serve with a slice of whole wheat bread, chopped fruit, and some sliced cheese.
Take a moment to browse your grocery store ads as you plan your menu for this coming week. Visit the recipe tab at the top of our homepage for recipe ideas. Come back and share with me your favorites. Enjoy!
Certified Nutrition Education Ambassador