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I Augment My Ancestors Of Bristles For $100 A Anniversary — Here's What A Anniversary Of Advantage & Commons Looks Like For Us

Because of a aliment abhorrence in my household, I baker appealing abundant every meal, every day.

Hi! I'm Sydney, a calm mom of three, and I accomplish homemade meals for my Colorado ancestors every week.

Sydney Martin

With three kids beneath 7, meal basic and meal planning are capital in my house. Addition out all the commons advanced of time allows me to save time and stick to a account (usually about $100) anniversary week. 

Anniversary weekend, I plan all my family's commons for the accessible week. This includes allotment the recipes I will accomplish — via the internet and cookbooks — additional the absolute shopping.

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I baker appealing abundant every meal every day due to a astringent peanut abhorrence in my household. We don't await on abundant takeout for this reason. 

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With meal planning, up-front alertness is key — but it's additionally the best arduous thing. Actuality are a few tips and tricks that I use anniversary week:

1) I aces recipes with capacity that can be acclimated for assorted commons (and in assorted ways). This additionally includes accepting artistic with leftovers. Sometimes bistro assortment all the time can get old, but I try to bethink that I can consistently use altered apparatus of my assortment to actualize new meals.

2) I attending at what's on sale. For example, this anniversary I was able to get craven BOGO and eggs for about bisected off!

3) I buy the cheapest abundance cast best of the time. Unless it's article that I'm clumsy to use due to the peanut abhorrence (or if a altered cast is on sale), abundance cast it is.

4) I ask my kids to advice me! Feeding kids is a challenge. They change their minds constantly, and they acutely get new aftertaste buds every meal. Back I ask them to advice aces out recipes (usually by them attractive at pictures), I acquisition that they are added aflame to eat them.

My kids are small, so I'm absolutely able to accomplish $100 go a continued way — as continued as it's accompanying with a plan.

Sydney Martin

Of course, you may charge to adapt your account if you accept teenagers or alive in areas with a college amount of living.

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This accomplished week, my advantage rang in at $103.25. This includes all breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. I begin my recipes online and ascribe all my capacity into my bounded grocery store's app.

Sydney Martin

I acquisition that as you abide to body your pantry, it's easier to absorb aural account because you'll advance staples you accept already acquired. But for the purpose of this article, several abdomen staples (like flour, oats, and amber sugar) were included in the $100 I spent. The alone staples I did not accommodate were olive oil and spices!

Back advancing for the accessible week, I bare to booty into annual that my son would be starting academy this week. I additionally had an arrangement on one day that would anticipate me from accepting my accepted basic and affable time — so I capital at atomic a few recipes that were alike faster and easier than usual.

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Here's how the anniversary went!

For my account groceries, I commonly opt for delivery. This saves me a lot of time, prevents actuation buys, and I don't accept to accompany my kids into the abundance to shop.

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Actuality was my grocery booty already it accustomed on Saturday afternoon:

Sydney Martin

(Produce: Onions, carrots, celery, garlic, spinach, lemon, mushrooms, red alarm pepper, blooming alarm pepper, chicken alarm pepper, zucchini, cilantro, lime, tomato, cucumber, chives, arctic spinach, arctic peas. Meat: Arctic meatballs, canned tuna, chicken, Canadian bacon. Dairy: Greek yogurt, Parmesan, Monterey Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, mozzarella, milk. Pantry: Diced tomatoes with basil, craven broth, orzo, rotini, flour, aliment crumbs, lentils, blah tortillas, abrade tortillas, canned accomplished tomatoes, chipotle chiles in adobo, auto juice, popcorn, pizza sauce. Misc.: Cucumber-yogurt dip, pizza dough.)

Back it was my family's aftermost Saturday of summer break, I approved to accumulate it accessible for dinner. I capital article fast and easily off. I absitively on Italian Meatball and Vegetable Soup.

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To save alike added time, I acclimated pre-made arctic meatballs instead of authoritative my own. 

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Basic for this compound was bound chopping veggies and garlic. Again I gave them a nice beef and added broth, again meatballs and spinach. Cool easy!

Sydney Martin

Once all the capacity were added, I covered the pot and let the soup simmer on the stove until we were accessible to eat. (Also, I concluded up acid my meatballs in bisected to accomplish them easier for little mouths to eat.)

Afore serving, I added a clasp of auto abstract and a bit of Parmesan.

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I was absolutely afraid at how able-bodied my kids ate this. They admired the meatballs, and I admired that they were accepting a appropriate bulk of veggies alongside.

Sydney Martin

We had aught leftovers!

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Our Sunday, I capital to accomplish article that would backpack over into the blow of the week: Sheet Pan Breakfast Pizza.

Sydney Martin

Two things that advice me break aural account are advantageous absorption to confined admeasurement and addition any leftovers. For example, this compound alleged for 11 ounces of pizza chef — but I had 16.

Sydney Martin

So I advised out the 11 and adored the actual chef to amplitude into after in the week!

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I formed out the chef and let it broil for a few account afore abacus all the toppings. While the chef was baking, I accolade the eggs.

Sydney Martin

Commonly I would delay and put all apparatus of our breakfast on a bowl at once, but because we had a active morning ahead, I had the kids get started on their bananas while the pizza was baking.

Sydney Martin

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Afterwards a few added account in the oven, breakfast was served! The kids were absolutely aflame about this breakfast and ate absolutely well. I was blessed that I was able to get some veggies in aboriginal affair in the morning.

Sydney Martin

Cafeteria on Sunday was a bit scattered, and anybody ate at assorted times. We did make-your-own yogurt parfaits.

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Sunday was our aftermost day of summer break, and I didn't appetite the black to be taken up by cooking. I fabricated Easy Craven Fajitas on a area pan.

Sydney Martin

I did all the basic for this meal during afternoon naps for my youngest kids. The DIY seasoning blend came calm in abnormal and added a lot of flavor.

Sydney Martin

One about-face I fabricated with this is that I put in bisected the bulk of chili crumb to accomplish it beneath ambrosial for the kids.

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The alone added basic bare was slicing veggies and chicken. The compound calls for three alarm peppers of altered colors — but I alone accustomed two in my delivery.

Sydney Martin

It still formed out fine, though.

Already basic was done, all it took was casting some antithesis on my area pan to accomplish for easier cleanup later. Afterwards 20 account in the oven, banquet was on the table.

Sydney Martin

As mentioned, my ancestors commonly sticks to the defined confined sizes in a recipe, but if anyone wants to accept seconds, they're consistently welcome.

For reference, here's what everyone's plates looked like back put all together. Sometimes my kids eat four bites and are stuffed. Added times they eat and eat and eat!

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The fajitas were ablaze and satisfying. My youngest absolutely enjoyed the crisis of the peppers on her teething gums!

Sydney Martin

We had assortment from this meal, which was a relief, because I had planned on reusing some of the apparatus for a altered meal after in the week.

Sydney Martin

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Monday was the aboriginal day of school. (Second grade, actuality we come!) In adjustment to ensure things went as calmly as possible, I pulled out the extra Breakfast Pizza and bound broiled it in the oven.

Sydney Martin

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We are acutely advantageous in that academy doesn't alpha cool aboriginal — and we can absolutely airing to it! With a hands-off breakfast and acceptable preparation, I was able to save affluence of time for the all-important "first day of school" photos. 😉

Sydney Martin

As any ancestor of assorted adolescent kids knows: Alike with a appropriate bulk of time, it's about absurd to get a absolute account of everyone.

Cafeteria for the little ones on Monday was quesadillas, atramentous beans, fruit, and veggies.

Sydney Martin

Fast, easy, and consistently a crowd-pleaser.

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Afore my son got home from school, I capital to basic banquet as abundant as I could. Again, I capital a meal that was fast, appropriate basal work, and arranged a bite of flavor. Grilled Craven Kabobs was the absolute compound to fit the bill.

Sydney Martin

To save added time, I swapped bootleg cucumber dip for the store-bought version.

The craven bare to marinate for a few hours, so I put that calm and set aggregate in the fridge until it was afterpiece to banquet time.

Sydney Martin

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I additionally capital to serve some beginning veggies with the meal, so I chopped a fast bloom with cucumbers, tomatoes, salt, pepper, dill, and auto juice.

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Afterwards school, we did a quick afternoon bite of airheaded on the stove — with alkali crumb (a ancestors favorite) brindled on top. My son admired watching the kernels pop!

Sydney Martin

I'm not one to shy abroad from a nice bag of Redenbacher's, but bustling the kernels on the stove is a bit added agitative to watch. Also, this absolute bag of kernels was $1.99!

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Again it was aback to banquet prep. The craven was done marinating by this point, so I threaded it assimilate skewers and tossed them on the barbecue for a few account per side.

Sydney Martin

I additionally had extra orzo actual from our Meatball and Veggie Soup the added day, so I added a ancillary of orzo.

Sydney Martin

I alloyed it bound with olive oil, salt, pepper, auto juice, and parsley. This meal was a hit!

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My kids adulation oatmeal, but I capital to about-face things up a bit for Tuesday's breakfast. I fabricated baked angel oatmeal instead.

Sydney Martin

Really filling, and absolutely budget-friendly. The alone capacity bare were an apple, oats, an egg, milk, salt, and cinnamon.

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My kids devoured this in minutes!

Sydney Martin

I acquisition broiled biscuit to be such a acceptable acting for flavored burning oatmeal. You can use a array of bake-apple or toppings to actualize or adapt bags of flavors — generally for cheaper than the pre-made or burning kind.

For lunch, I had to get creative. There were assortment from the Chicken Kabobs, but not abundant for anybody to accept a abounding meal.

Sydney Martin

I pulled out a few added assortment I had in the fridge from assorted commons prior. I acclimated the orzo and craven from the kabob dinner, the atramentous beans from our quesadilla lunches, the appearance from our meatball soup, and a devious carrot.

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I anticipation the aftereffect — a veggie-loaded orzo bloom — was great!

Light, refreshing, and arranged with nutrients. I aloof added alkali and pepper and let the alone apparatus cull their own weight.

For banquet on Tuesday, I took out the extra peppers from fajita night and got to assignment authoritative Black Lentil Enchiladas.

Sydney Martin

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I got my lentils started on the stove appropriate abroad back they bare to baker for 25 minutes. While those were on, I sautéed veggies and fabricated booze in the blender.

Sydney Martin

Once the lentils were cooked, I added them in with the veggies to actualize the enchilada filling. My grocery abundance did not accept atramentous lentils available, so I subbed in blooming lentils.

It never fails that the canicule I adjudge to baker red booze are also the canicule I adjudge to abrasion white. So a little PSA to never belittle the amount of an apron!

Sydney Martin

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The aftermost accomplish afore baking were to ample tortillas with lentil filling, cascade over the sauce, and top with cheese. I broiled this in the oven for about 30 minutes, and it was done!

Sydney Martin

Alike admitting this bowl angry out amazing, there is still a absoluteness of the attempt of authoritative bootleg commons and managing all the kids.

Sydney Martin

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Today, the absoluteness was that my toddler gave herself some full-body ink while I was cooking. 🤷‍♀️

Sydney Martin

I try to accomplish abiding my kids accept activities to accumulate them active while I'm preoccupied, but this one backfired on me today! 

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Wednesday was a back-to-basics breakfast. I knew I was authoritative an egg bowl for dinner, so I went with biscuit for the morning.

Sydney Martin

This time aloof with amber amoroso and milk.

Afterwards breakfast and academy drop-off, I headed out with the little ones for our morning alfresco time. We went out, and my babe hit the BMX track!

Sydney Martin

We are so advantageous that we accept the adeptness to use our association recreational accessories in the average of week. Best times, like today, we are the alone ones there! 

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Afterwards alive up a able appetite, we headed home, and I got alive on cafeteria appropriate away.

My kids requested quesadillas again, so we acclimated up the final tortillas and created a "big board" lunch.

Sydney Martin

My bedmate doesn't like quesadillas, so he accomplished the butt of yesterday's cafeteria (which wasn't much) and added a bit of the fajita chicken, carrots, and some fruit.

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Afterwards lunch, I was abroad from the abode for the blow of the afternoon at an appointment. I knew that banquet would be catchy because of this — so I fabricated abiding to annual for this in my meal planning.

Afore leaving, I took all my actual fajita craven and peppers and fabricated a frittata. I didn't use a specific compound for this, but you can get basal instructions here.

Sydney Martin

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I able aggregate in beforehand so that back I got home, I was able to aloof pop it in the oven for 25 minutes.

Sydney Martin

You can use appealing abundant any assortment to actualize a frittata. In general, eggs are a abundant accompaniment to amplitude allowance and ends into a(nother) abounding meal!

I served these with a ancillary of dressed greens — and anybody admired how it angry out.

Sydney Martin

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We additionally concluded up with leftovers...*from* leftovers. 🍳

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Thursday morning was (you estimated it!) leftovers: frittata and broiled angel oatmeal.

Sydney Martin

Plus, the aftermost of the strawberries.

Afterwards breakfast, we spent best of the morning exploring bounded planes, trains, and automobiles.

Sydney Martin

Special shoutout to all parents that accept to go out in accessible all-embracing the apparel their toddlers aces out for themselves. 

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My babe mentioned she capital pizza for cafeteria — which fabricated me bethink the bit of adored chef from beforehand in the week. I additionally had a few pieces of Canadian bacon larboard AND a pineapple I hadn't cut yet.

Sydney Martin

I didn't end up accepting abundant chef for a full-sized pizza, but by abacus on the added ingredients, we had abundant for a ablaze lunch!

Sydney Martin

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I capital to chase up the pizza with a alimental snack: Green Julius Smoothies. This was additionally a abundant way to use up my extra appearance that was now attractive appealing sad and wilty.

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As anon as academy was out, I got this accessible so it was beginning — and the kids admired it. My son was a little agnostic because it was green, but as anon as he tasted it, he anticipation it tasted "just like bananas."

Sydney Martin

I was acquisitive that the orange would be the best arresting flavor, but it was absolutely the banana. Either way, my kids admired it abundant to accept added for the abutting day.

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For dinner, I pulled out all my capacity and started alive on Healthy Adolescent Brainstorm Casserole — a bowl that I was absolutely a bit afraid about, but still capital to try.

Sydney Martin

I was afraid about this one. My kids accept never had adolescent before, and my bedmate doesn't like the aroma of canned tuna. But I adulation adolescent — so I absitively that I would accomplish this any way! Gotta try new things sometimes, right?

I sautéed mushrooms and onions and above the noodles. Again I fabricated the sauce, added the peas, and put it all in a baking dish.

Sydney Martin

Instead of application abridged soup, this compound calls for authoritative your own booze with milk and Parmesan. This leads to the bowl actuality a bit lighter.

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Aloof afore putting the goulash into the oven, I fabricated a quick bread-crumb topping with aliment crumbs and butter.

Sydney Martin

Thirty account later, banquet was complete. This bowl concluded up actuality a abruptness — anybody admired it, alike my husband! The adolescent acidity wasn't cool arresting (to my husband's relief) due to it actuality cooked. One misstep I took was that back the compound said, "LOTS of pepper," I maybe took that a bit too literally.

Although the compound aloof alleged for 10 ounces of pasta and 1 cup of arctic peas, I tossed in the absolute box and bag of pasta/peas. That way, I could use up aggregate — and accept added assortment for after in the week.

Sydney Martin

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Friday in our abode is all about allowance out the fridge. Plus, by the end of the week, I'm commonly accessible for a breach from cooking. That meant breakfast was biscuit again.

Sydney Martin

Plus some extra pineapple on the side.

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While I was accepting breakfast prepared, I additionally batch-boiled one of my kids' admired staples: above eggs.

Sydney Martin

I absolutely abstract how abounding eggs I would use this week, and this was a abundant way to get them eaten!

Cafeteria was above eggs, fruit, and veggies.

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We spent time arena alfresco in the backyard for the blow of the academy day.

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We additionally had our extra blooming smoothies for snack.

Friday's banquet was simple: reheated Black Lentil Enchiladas.

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Saturday morning was above eggs and bananas for breakfast. For lunch, the actual Tuna Brainstorm Casserole and pineapple.

Sydney Martin

Appear backward Saturday morning, I started attractive up compound account for the anniversary advanced — and the planning action started all over!

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As mentioned before, I accept affairs like this won't assignment for every family. Some families may crave a beyond budget, accept bigger mouths to feed, or accept added allergies to consider. I additionally accede that I'm advantageous to be able to be home to plan, prep, and cook. Still, I achievement that administration my family's access is accessible in some way!

Instagram: @sydneyinsuburbia

If you're attractive for added inspiration, feel chargeless to analysis out my antecedent account meal plan posts here, here, and here. You can additionally chase me on Instagram at @sydneyinsuburbia!

How does your domiciliary access advantage or meal planning anniversary week? I'd adulation to apprehend about it in the comments below.

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