For the past several weeks Iâ€™ve been steady working on a Recipe/Meal Planning binder. The purpose of this binder is to help keep me organized in Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping. When Walmart approached me and a few of my other Walmart Moms to participate in a campaign centered around meal planning, I knew this was definitely something I would love to share with you (my readers).
my Recipe/Meal Planning Binder
- Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Mac – $2.73
- Hamburger Helper Beef Stroganoff – $2.73
- Del Monte Cut Green Beans – $0.82
- Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn – $0.82
- Del Monte Lite Slice Pears – $1.36
- Del Monte Lite Slice Peaches – $1.36
- Betty Crocker Warm Delights Hot Fudge Brownie – $1.64
- Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake – $1.64
Walmart Meal Solution: Hamburger Helper Night
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In my Meal Planning Binder is a section for a monthly menu, each day is dedicated to a specific theme (ex. beef, chicken, or a no meat night). This doesnâ€™t mean we have the same recipe every week, we just have the same key ingredient on that day. For example, if today was beef day we could have a Hamburger Helper Night using ground hamburger.
Out of the items listed by Walmart as a Meal Solution, these are the items I chose as a quick meal solution for my family instead of opting for fast food:
Twin Pack: Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Mac: Instead of getting two single boxes of HH, I opted to go for the twin pack which saved me money. My family can easily polish off a single box of HH, since our household is filled with all boys, so we double the boxes of Hamburger Helper used but only use 1 lb. of meat.
Del Monte Lite Sliced Peaches and Pears: Instead of serving just one kind of fruit as a side dish I like to combine two or three of my families favorites like peaches and pears into one bowl so everybody gets a taste of something they love.
Del Monte Cut Green Beans and/or corn: Veggie wise I always try to serve at least one per meal, but I have to admit that my family isnâ€™t filled with a lot of veggie eaters. To spice things up a bit I like to add in some homemade flavor. To a can of green beans I would add half of an onion and some bacon bits. Or mix the two together just like we did with the fruit, corn and green beans, for a different twist on a veggie dish.
Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake: Now onto dessert. I try to make at least one dessert a week, maybe two depending on how much time I have. A single dessert usually lasts my family the entire week unless we have an extreme sweet tooth. Sadly though no one else in my family loves chocolate cake like I do, that is why the Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake would be the perfect mid-week snack for me. Since its a single serve dessert, I can indulge in some much needed chocolatey goodness (since I donâ€™t get to make any chocolate desserts for our weekly sweet treat). The Betty Crocker Warm Delights Molten Chocolate Cake reminds me a lot of the Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe Iâ€™ve been seeing floating around the food blogs over the past several years. If you donâ€™t have any Betty Crocker Warm Delights on hand, the Chocolate Cake in a Mug recipe would be a great substitute for a chocolate fix.
How would you use the Meal Solution ideas listed above?
What I like about the Meal Solution ideas from Walmart is that it shows how quick and easy it can be to prepare a meal at home for a family. We donâ€™t eat out that often because I love to cook but there are days when Iâ€™m too tired (or lazy, however you want to look at it) to think of something creative to make for my family for dinner. That is just reality. But letâ€™s face it, I donâ€™t have a fast food restaurant in my backyard either. The time it would take for me to run to a fast food place and back, would probably be about the same amount of time it would take me to cook an easy Meal Solution Meal like the one Walmart has given an example of. So in my monthly meal planning I keep a list of these quick and easy meals for those days when I just want to get dinner on the table as quickly as possible.
The Meal Solution ideas by Walmart are also budget friendly which I love. Feeding a family at a restaurant or even a fast food place can really add up. The same amount of time it takes to go to one of these places can provide a cooked meal at home instead, that is conveniently wallet friendly.
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Disclosure: This post is part of a series of Meal Solutions with Walmart that some of my fellow Walmart Moms (Jenn of Frugal Upstate, Denise of Wholesome Mommy, and Lori at My Wooden Spoon) and I are participating in. Walmart has provided me with compensation and a gift card in return for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions are my own.