Feed A Family of Four for $100 a Week- Meals for Quarantine!

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It’s an uneasy and scary time, but you all need to eat. The act of preparing and serving a meal – even the most simple of meals – can bring great comfort to you, or whoever is doing the cooking, as well as to those whom you are serving. The best meals for quarantine are the ones that are the easiest and which bring the greatest nutrition comfort..

I’m the queen of going to the store as little as possible during the best of times- I have a ton of kids and we live out in the country. I am never going to go to town for just one ingredient. I give you permission to deviate from the recipe. Find something that will work. Out of tater tots for tater tot casserole? Put fries on top. Did you run out of ground beef? Make your tacos with black beans, rice, and refried beans.

If you haven’t already, you need to figure out what ingredients you use all the time, and keep a couple of them on hand. You can make delicious meals out of what you already have in the pantry or the freezer.

Planning for leftovers is helpful, then you don’t have to cook a second time. You’re also saving money because batch cooking is cheaper. We’ve got a lot of great meals for quarantine that fit this bill.feed a family of four for $100 a week meals for quarantine  woman grocery shopping

Another pro tip is to have the kids help in the kitchen. It’s amazing how much simpler your life will be when you teach them to be self-reliant when it comes to food. Yes, you’ll still have to remind them to clean up the kitchen eleventeen times a day, but you’ll be freer, not having to think about every meal, every day, every time. My eleven year old wakes up ravenous, so he has pretty much appointed himself in charge of breakfast. We also have the rule that if you make something, you have to be willing to make it for everyone. Eating a filling breakfast really does help the kids have a more nutritious day, but it never stops them from eating like hobbits. Meals for quarantine or not- they eat constantly. 

As the mom of a million kids, give or take, we have to be frugal, which means I buy things as inexpensively as sanely possible. What that means for me, is I make as much from scratch as I can without going insane. As an example, while it is cheaper (and truly, really easy) to make my own refried beans in the crockpot, I buy canned refried beans because then I don’t have to plan a day or two ahead, and I know I’ll have what I need ready to go. I buy chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, but I still get boneless, skinless because I don’t like paying for what we don’t eat. 

This weekly menu for quarantine is really inexpensive too. This is a typical week of food for us. Literally everything you need for these recipes, I put into a cart at Aldi, assuming you had spices and some of the ingredients on hand such as ketchup, spices, and barbeque sauce, and the total for my family of eight was $200. This included all of the ingredients, all of the snacks, all of the desserts, all of the milk these kids drink. For a family of four this menu plan is $100!

 

Breakfast:

  • Eggs & toast
  • Popovers & bacon -this is the closest recipe I could find to ours “Joseph’s Giant Popovers”. Most people call them Dutch Baby Pancakes or German pancakes. We make ours in a couple of cast iron skillets, and our only ingredients are butter, eggs, milk and flour. 
  • French Toast & sausage
  • Eggs & cheese on bagels
  • Pancakes & eggs
  • Oatmeal

Lunch

Dinner

 

Snacks

  • celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins
  • baby carrots
  • homemade veggie tray (sugar snap peas, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes & ranch)
  • cheese cubes
  • pretzels
  • cereal
  • apples
  • tuna (they love it and eat it right out of the can)
  • hard boiled eggs
  • The Bread

Desserts

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