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Extreme Menu 2 – Family of 4

Featured this week: Pulled Pork ~ ~ Enchilada Casser-Ole ~ ~ Egg Burrito ~ ~ Crockpot Chicken with Tomato Garden Pasta

Andrew asked me to start a new segment of balanced meals but at a lower cost. I know some of you are paying down/off debt while trying to navigate the rising cost of food. I realize that there is not a lot of variety in these menus but the more items I add the higher the bill. I will do my best to keep cost down while continuing with healthy well rounded dinners for your families.

Dinners for the week - About $61.14

  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
    • Leftover Pulled Pork
    • Roasted Potatoes
    • Roasted Sprouts
  • Wednesday
    • Leftover Bean Stacked Tortilla Bake
    • Corn

Grocery List - Store brand (Metro Detroit)

Prep the week!

prep week

I like to gather my storage containers before I start my prep.  I love the look of the table with all of the containers and as I make progress the containers disappear leaving me with a sense of accomplishment and encouragement to keep going. This picture is an example of one of my prep weeks.

Storage containers needed:

I like to use a sticky note or paper with a piece of tape to label my prep containers with the name of the meals.

  • 1/4 cup; garlic cloves
  • 2 cup; large onion (Crockpot Chicken)
  • 2 cup; onion and green pepper (Egg Burrito)
  • 1 cup; onion (Enchilada Casser-Ole)
  • 6 cup; brussel sprouts (Side)
  • 6 cup; green beans (Side, Tomato Green Bean Garden Pasta)

Let's start prepping!

I like to use a vegetable chopper to speed up this process. 

  • Peel 4 garlic cloves; refrigerate. 
  • Trim bottom of brussels sprouts, slice in half and do not wash; refrigerate.
Enchilada Casserole-ole
  • Chop 1 onion and place in a container; refrigerate. 
Everyday Crockpot Whole Chicken
  • Cut 1 large onion into quarters
Egg Burrito
  • Chop 1 onion and place in a container; set aside.
  • Chop 1 green pepper and place in the container with the onion; refrigerate.
Tomato Green Bean Garden Pasta
  • Trim green beans, chop into 1 inch pieces and do not wash; refrigerate. 

Tips and Tricks for the weekly meals to go flawlessly!

         Always start by reading the recipe all the way through then read my tips.  Doing this before you start will help prevent “surprises” along the way. 

If I’ve posted it then I have eaten it and called it good.  Also, I know that the portions should work because I have done it.  No guess work here. Measuring out your portion might be new for you and still leave you hungry after the meal. This is normal and it will take your body time to adjust. Try these tips:

  • Don’t miss your afternoon snack because being ravenous at dinner time will lead to over eating. 
  • Drink 8 ounces of water before you begin your meal and after you end your meal. 
  • Eat a salad or raw vegetables with your meal.
  • Eat a piece of fruit after a meal like an apple, pear, orange, etc. This will subside the hunger and it’s good for you. 
  • Wait 1 hour after your meal and if you are still hungry make some pop corn.  

In the morning:

  1. Follow the Pulled Pork recipe as directed. 
Pulled Pork 

In the evening:

  1. Set oven to 425°F
  2. Prep to cook:
    • Wash and chop 8 potatoes into 1 inch pieces. Then add to a sheet pan.
    • Wash the brussel sprouts then add to a sheet pan.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper. to each sheet pan and mix well.
  4. Roast potatoes and sprouts for 10 minutes then stir. Roast for additional 10 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
**Be sure to set aside 4 servings of pulled pork, potatoes & sprouts for Tuesday night’s dinner
Bean Stacked Tortilla Bake
  1. Gather all ingredients
  2. Follow the recipe as directed.
    • When you are ready to layer in step 1 start preheating the oven. 
  3. When you uncover the enchilada start a pot of water on to boil for 4 cups of corn.
  4. Slice the enchilada into 8 pieces and serve with corn. Enjoy!
**Be sure to set ½ casserole aside and 4 servings of corn for Wednesday night’s dinner.
  1. Warm the pork, potatoes and sprouts. Enjoy!

  1. Warm the enchilada casserole & corn. Enjoy!
Tomato Garden Pasta

In the morning:

  • Follow the recipe for Everyday Crockpot Whole Chicken.
Everyday Crockpot Whole Chicken

In the evening:

  • Make the Tomato Green Bean Pasta
Tomato Green Bean Pasta
**Be sure to set aside 4 cups of pasta and ½ the chicken for Saturday night’s dinner.
Green Pepper and Onion Egg Burrito
  1. Follow the recipe as directed.
  2. Serve with salsa Enjoy!
  1. Warm Chicken then serve with pasta. Enjoy!

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