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October Challenge - Week 1

Okay, well today was my first shopping trip with my $20 a week goal. Here's how it went today:

Meals Planned for the next week -

Today (Saturday) - Creamy Italian Crock-pot Chicken

Easy Gluten-Free Creamy Italian Chicken
1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
8 oz cream cheese
1 3/4 C milk
1/2 C cream
1 packet Italian salad dressing mix
1 T chicken base (or bouillon)
1 T corn starch

Put chicken and cream cheese in crock pot.  Whisk milk, cream, salad dressing mix, chicken base and cornstarch together.  Add to crock pot.  Cook on low for about 6 hours or on high for about 4.  Shred chicken (I do this with my wire whip by just using it to pound on the chicken which should fall apart easily after this long in the crock).  Serve over steamed rice or cooked noodles.

Sunday - Italian Sausage soup
Monday - Oven Hot Dogs
Tuesday - Orange Chicken ( in the crockpot)
Wednesday - leftovers!
Thursday - Pasta with Creamy Cajun sauce
Friday - Chicken tortilla casserole
Saturday - leftovers
Sunday - Lemon, Rosemary, Chicken Bake

Items needed for the entire list

bell pepper - .78
mandarin oranges - .82
parmesan cheese - 2.62
half and half - 1.18
sour cream - 1.58
rotel - .88
poblano - .55
corn tortillas - 1.02
cilantro - .48

Total - $9.91
WIC covered $2.35 (produce and tortillas)

I paid $7.56 for week 1!!!!

I don't expect each week to be so low, I just happened to have a lot of items already in my freezer and pantry for these meals. BUT, this gives me a little lee-way if I go a little over on other weeks. Not too shabby.


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