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$40, Walmart & a Delicious and Nutritious Family Meal #cbias - Outside The Box

$40, Walmart & a Delicious and Nutritious Family Meal #cbias

  • 24th April 2013

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I love to cook.  I really, really do.  I also like to eat, and feed my family well  – well meaning meals that they love and that are good for them.  There are a lot of challenges to achieving that goal, time, money and trying to please a three year old.  So, when I was given the opportunity to take a shopping trip to Walmart, with $40 in my budget and the quest to shop (and then prepare) a meal for my family I knew this would be right up my alley.

I knew that I wanted to make a meal that my little one would not just grudgingly eat, but actually have fun with.  The first thing I did was head to the Kraft website.  It’s a great resource for budget, time and kid friendly recipes.  I had a few ideas already in my mind and quickly found that little bit of inspiration that I needed to plan my meal.
Shopping List
Menu and shopping list

I decided to go with the mini meatloafs (cooked in muffin tins) because everyone in our house loves meatloaf and I thought these would be a fun little “treat” for my daughter.  She loves things that are “Molly sized”.  I also decided to make Pasta Primavera because I could incorporate some whole grain pasta and a generous amount of vegetables together in one tasty dish. For dessert I just couldn’t resist the Creamy Jello Layers!  I have never made it for her before but I have fond memories of my mom serving it to us as kids.  And it’s so simple to make and, again, fun!
So, with my menu and shopping list in hand I headed off to Walmart to go shopping.
I had no problems finding everything on my list.  The only item that took a little bit of time to find was the Stove Top Stuffing because I honestly didn’t know where to even look for it.  It’s not something I buy often but it was in the meatloaf recipe so I thought I would give it a shot.
Fresh berries – yummy!
Lots of fresh “greens”
Canadian Beef
Canadian Beef!
Found the Stove Top!!
Once I found everything on my list I realized I still had room in by budget to add a few extras.  Since I always have cheese at home I was just going to shred some I already had for the meatballs but the Kraft shredded cheese was on for such a good price, and since cheese will never go to waste in our home, I decided to pick some up. I also spotted some of the Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Cremes. I had never used them before but thought the Italian Three Cheese would go very nicely in the pasta dish.
Philadelphia Cooking Creme
I also spotted some cute plastic (this is important with a three year old) goblets that would work great for the Creamy Jello Layers so I picked up a few of them as well.
My cart was loaded with everything I needed so I headed to the checkout.  I was pleased to see that there was really no line up, especially since I was on my lunch break from work.  And I came in under budget!!
Now the fun part – the cooking (and the eating of course). I whipped up the jello dessert first so it would have time to set while I prepared the rest of the meal.   Next the meatloaf (which is super simple to make) went in the oven while I made the pasta dish.
meatloaf and pasta
Mini Meatloaves and Pasta Primavera – Definitely enough for the whole family!
mini meatloaf
All served up!  I put the mini meatloaves in some pretty muffin papers because I knew the little one would love that!
Creamy Jello Layers
I just think this is adorable and it couldn’t be easier!
If you are interested in any of these recipes you can find the Mini Meatloaf and the Creamy Jello Layers on the Kraft Canada website. The pasta recipe is my own creation (and turned out awesome) and I will post it on the blog soon!
So how did the meal go over with my family?  It was a hit (which was not a surprise).  You really can’t go wrong with a meal like this.  It’s comfort food at its best and since, sadly, it’s still winter here on the prairie, warm comfort food is welcome!
This was definitely a shopping and cooking success.  I was able to get everything I needed without breaking the budget and I still have lots of ingredients left to use in future meals (strawberries, peas, broccoli, cheese, cool whip, cooking creme).
You can check out more photos of my Walmart shopping trip in my Google+ Album.
I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias® #cbias #SocialFabric

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This article has 14 comments

  1. They are really yummy! If you look at the first paragraph after the picture of dessert there is a link to the meatloaf recipe!

    Are you coming for dinner??

  2. Looks like a yummy meal! I love the jello layers dessert idea, our girls would totally be in to that.

  3. Good job! I've never shopped for groceries at Walmart. Love that you found everything for under $40!

  4. My mom used to make mini meatloaves for me too! Love them – this whole meal sounds so delicious!

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