Spring is finally here.. kinda. I honestly think that there was/is going to be nicer weather in March than there is in April, but I’m not here to talk about the weather, I’m here to talk about menu planning and saving money!
April’s Menu has 30 days of kid-friendly dinners, with 8 new recipes this month! The total for all groceries for this menu was $267 and includes a beautiful Easter dinner. Each night is something new and there are no repeats. Except leftover night, of course. Like in other months, the NEW recipes will be shared throughout the month to keep content fresh. Sign up to receive e-mails to get first access to the new recipes when they are posted.
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I have been on a huge cookbook kick lately, and now I have so many new cookbooks that DJ has to build me a new bookcase to display them all! All I have to do is find somewhere to put it. But, with all of these new cookbooks has come some serious inspiration, and that is why there are 8 new recipes for the month of April. I am most excited for the Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls at the end of the month. All of the new recipes are inspired by spring too, and are full of light, spring ingredients that are in season.
If you’ve been following Mom’s Bistro, you’ll know that I like to shop in bulk whenever possible. Shopping in bulk saves me a ton of money, especially when it comes to buying meat. Buy shopping as much as you can in bulk, means less trips to the grocery store, which saves money. As a general rule, I like to buy my produce and dairy/deli each week (and maybe bread too) to keep it freshest. Potatoes, onions and garlic can be bought in bulk and stored in a cool, dark area.
To make this menu at $267, I shopped around for the best deals. By now, I have become very familiar with my grocery stores sales cycles, and this makes it easy for me to know what to plan, and how to plan it. I plan each months menu based on produce that is in season, and just what exactly is on sale at the grocery store. Shopping at Walmart for canned goods/grocery items will be one of your biggest savings too. For the most part, their prices are $0.20-$1.00 cheaper on everything. For example, I can get organic crushed tomatoes for $1.67, and at my local Safeway, they are $2. It makes it really easy to swap in organic ingredients at Walmart, because of the savings. And if you’re not concerned about buying organic, a can of conventional crushed tomatoes is $1.24.
Here’s what’s for dinner in April. Click on the links for step-by-step directions on how to make each recipes. For the printable version of April’s recipes, scroll down to the bottom and download the free PDF version.
April 1 – April Fools
Herb and Garlic Roasted Chicken
Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Peas and Carrots
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki
Cheesy Zucchini Noodles with Bacon – NEW!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Vegetable Fried Rice
20 Minute Ground Beef Tacos with Hidden Vegetables
Breakfast For Dinner
Homemade Pizza Night
Stove Top Chicken with Leeks and Spinach – NEW!
April 16 – Easter
Glazed Spiral Ham
Herbed Mashed Potatoes
Penne Al’Arrbbiata – NEW!
BLAT Sandwiches – NEW!
(Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Tomato Sandwich)
Pasta with Meat Sauce
Chicken Nuggets with Hidden Vegetables
Oven Baked French Fries
Grilled Chicken and Veggie Kabobs
Sausage and Polenta Bowl – NEW!
Spaghetti with Garlicky Greens – NEW!
Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps
Sweet Potato Fries
Corn and Peas
Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls – NEW!
Sheet Tray Mexican Stuffed Peppers – NEW!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
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