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And so it begins. 

January 2, 2017

January 2017. The start of a new year. The symbol of fresh beginnings. For us it means the start of a challenge to cook more and eat out less. Here we talked about our family’s struggles to balance our hectic work, school, and life in general demands with that daily nuisance of eating. 

We have a requirement of eating together. As a family. Face to face. 99% of the time our schedules allow us to convene together and spend this one blip in the day together – so we savor it. 

To help our budget and our stress levels, we plan to follow MashUpMom’s weekly Aldi meal plans and cook 6 dinners for the low, low cost of $60. Now, I’m not naive enough to believe that $60 will fully encompass our entire grocery budget as breakfast and lunch necessities are not included, but we will track it all anyway and see how we end up. 

So… first things first. You can’t cook dinner unless you grocery shop! I love to venture out solo, leaving three delightfully snoozing mini-humans at home with SuperDad. The breath of fresh air is intoxicating. While you imagine what life would be like if you too could wander aimlessly down the aisles of a grocery store without mini-humans reminding you of their deplorable lack of fruit gummy snacks and chocolate candies, check out my haul!
Including my additional grocery needs, my total came to a whopping $130 for all this. See why I love Aldi??? You should totally try it!


When I shop elsewhere (ehem…Walmart…), I spend about $30-40 per plastic bag. It’s insane! A cart this full would run me nearly $200, easy. So, needless to say, I’m quite pleased with our haul. 

So… what’s on the menu this week? Let’s explore the MashUpMom’s lineup. This is directly quoted from HERE so make sure to go and check out the MashUpMom website with all of her amazing tips, tricks, recipes, and deals. She’s amazing!

Sunday: Garlic rosemary pork roast & potatoes served with a chopped kale salad

Monday: Spinach & tomato penne pasta served with Garlic French bread.

Tuesday: Slow cooker pork tacos on tortillas with sour cream, diced tomatoes, and sliced avocados paired with Clementines and refried black beans

Wednesday: Cuban pork sandwiches served with sauteed baby carrots and oven roasted potatoes.

Thursday: Pork and potato hash with pineapple slices and sauteed green beans.

Friday: Dry rub baked hot wings topped with blue cheese crumbles and served with baby carrots & celery sticks with ranch dressing, clementines, and green pea crisps.

Since Aldi was closed Sunday and we had New Year’s Eve plans, I didn’t get to shop until today. That means that our meal plan will be shifted one day – going Monday through Saturday instead of Sunday through Friday. Also, I couldn’t find the fresh chicken wings so I got some boneless, skinless breasts instead. I think it’ll work out better anyway since it’ll be easier to eat with the kids. We will do the recipe just the same. 

Thanks MashUp Mom! Dinner looks amazing! I better get rolling!

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