$100 Canadian plus 14 meals equal approximately $7 a meal. As a family of 6, it comes to $1.20 per person, all this work was done in about 2 – 3 hours while my toddlers napped. Curious as to what recipes I chose? Continue reading.
If you had $100 Canadian to spend on meat at Costco, what would you buy? I’m guessing you would most likely have a good plan, you would have done your research. You may have compared prices with flyers or looked within the Flipp app.
I wish I could say I would do the same, I mean I usually plan out my meals and groceries, but last week I had a fail. Hey, I can’t do it all every day of the week, I will fail and that is completely fine. Sometimes failures open up a new challenge to try.
Last week, we had a week straight of -40 to -50 degrees Celsius weather with the wind. It was miserable for everyone. Cold weather, kids not getting to play outside during recess, it plays on your moods quickly. I felt my mood go down at record speed. Those who know me, know that I am very sociable and love to chat with friends, I was to the point that when I was in public such a rink, I wasn’t trying to sit near anyone. I just wanted to be alone and be grumpy.
Finally, after a few days of my miserable mood, I decided I had to change it. I decided to take my two little kids to Costco. They were immediately excited to go and get some samples and shop with mom. The problem here is that I had a small window in the morning to go grocery shopping before napping the kids. This meant I had no time to meal plan. I had to wing it.
$280 later, I made it out with mostly grocery items and a couple of household essential items. I was happy that I managed to not go overboard, I mean $280 is still expensive, but let’s not forget that this is Costco, keeping it low is a challenge for anyone.
We got home and 1 of 2 toddlers decided to help me unload the van. The other one just kept asking for snacks. After we put everything away, I kept the meat out and looked it over. I had a quick idea of what I wanted to do with the ground beef but didn’t have any specific ideas for the rest.
- 2 Club packs of lean ground beef
- 2 Beef sirloin roasts
- 1 Large pork tenderloin
Ground beef comes with many option ideas: meatloaf, meatballs, chili, lasagna, Shepard’s pie, goulash, soup, beef & rice casserole, stroganoff, enchiladas, tacos, sloppy joes and the list keeps going in Pinterest.
I decided to start cooking and prepping with the ground beef. I sauteed diced onions and veggies and cooked the ground beef in a separate pot. Once all cooked up, I made the following with it all:
Ground Beef Meals
- Doubled my Frugal chili recipe and threw it all in my slow cooker (4 meals)
- 1 Taco meat batch (1 meal)
- 1 Hamburger soup (1 meal)
- 1 batch of ground beef to use for future spaghetti sauce or any quick ground beef meal (1 meal)
Next, I prepped my sirloin roasts quickly. No cooking required, threw all the ingredients into freezer bags. (2 meals)
Lastly, I cut up the tenderloin to make different meals. No cooking any of these meals, threw everything freezer bags.
- 2 Batches of Honey garlic pork chops (2 meals)
- 1 Sheet Pan Pork Roast (1 meal)
- 2 batches of Pulled Pork (2 meals)
Voila, 2 hours later and all my meals were cooked/prepped. Basically, ground beef meals usually need to be cooked ahead of time, but all my pork and roasts were thrown into freezer bags and went straight to the freezer.
By the way, to conclude my mood, after I completed my afternoon meal prepping, I was tired, but I felt a whole lot better. It’s amazing how doing something you enjoy can make you feel better. Some enjoy having a clean house, I enjoy having the control with my meals though up ahead, in my freezer or at least have a plan. Cleaning for me is constant and never-ending. I can clean and 20 minutes later be in a mess. Meal prepping for me gives the controlled days of meals and no one can ruin it.