Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Angelfood Pickup

Next Saturday I finally get to pick up my long-awaited March Angelfood Ministries food box!!! I placed my order weeks ago and already got the March Food Ministry Menu I subscribed to from
My $30 standard box contains the following:

1.5 lb rib eye steaks (4 x 6oz)
3 lbs split chicken breast
1.5 lb country fried steak patties (6 x 4oz)
1 lb pkg ground beef
1 lb fully cooked meatballs
1 lb mild italian sausage
12 oz deli sliced ham
1 lb California blend mixed vegetables
1 lb green beans
20 oz shoestring fries
1 lb pasta
28 oz marinara sauce
21 oz condensed soup
1 lb pinto beans
32 oz 2% shelf stable (dry) milk
dozen eggs
and a dessert

We also ordered the March Special 7 lb assorted meat box for an additional $22 which includes:

2 lbs New York strip steaks (4 x 8z)
2 lbs thick cut pork chops (4 x 8oz)
1.5 lb baby back ribs
1.5 lb bratwurst with cheese

The Food Ministry menu from Menus4Moms has lots of great ideas to use all the ingredients in the box. Since its just Nils, Shaylee and I, many of the meals can even be halved which will make our inventory stretch even further (most of the Menus4Moms menus are for families of 4). The Food Ministry menu gives variety too, giving you two different menu plans to choose from. The first menu plan has 8 meals and the second plan has 9 meals. It also has bonus recipes that just so happen to include items from the March Special meat assortment box too. I decided to go with the meals from the second menu plan not only because there was more meals but the ones listed sounded better. Since I am sure there is some kind of copyright law on these recipes, I can't share all of them but to give you an idea of the types of recipes Menus4Moms has, I will list the meals off. Its such a great deal and having Menus4Moms give such great recipes, I know the AngelFood Ministry food box is stretched to its full meal potential!

Meal Plan 2 from Food Ministry Menu Subscription

Meal 1- Crockpot Beef stew (uses rib eye steaks) and White bread (although I will not be making my own bread, its cool for those with a bread machine who want to try it out! Uses milk and eggs from box)
Meal2- Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore (used chicken breast and pasta) and green beans (from box) I love that they provide Crockpot recipes- its less time I have to fuss with dinner!
Meal 3- Country Fried Steak Patties (from box) w/ French-fried potato casserole (milk and shoestring fries) and California style veggies (from box)
Meal 4- Sloppy Joes (used ground beef from box) and soup (from box)
Meal 5- BBQ Meatballs (from box) with mashed potatoes (uses milk from box) served with broccoli and dessert (from box)
Meal 6- Sausage and Peppers over Pasta (uses sausage and marinara sauce from box) served with garlic bread
Meal 7- Cheesy Ham Tortillas (uses ham from box) served with a green salad
Meal 8- Smoked Sausage with baked Crockpot beans (uses pinto beans from box- although I have a better recipe I will be substituting and sharing later) served with cornbread muffins (uses milk- although its cheaper for me to just buy a box of Jiffy muffins)
Meal 9- Golden Rod Eggs (uses eggs from box) and sliced strawberries

They even include a shopping list with an estimated grocery bill total for all the items that are not included in the AngelFood box. For Meal Plan 2 ( excluding the items most people keep on hand in their pantry such as staples like flour, condiments, etc.) totaled only $34! Wow- 9 meals for $64 for a family of 4! Not bad!

The bonus recipes include:
Crockpot Porkchop (uses porkchops from March Special box#1)
Sticky BBQ Robs (used baby back ribs from March Special box #1)
Baked Bratwurst and Vegetables (uses bratwurst with cheese from March Special box #1)

Meal Plan 1 from Food Ministry Menu Subscription (which I may or may not swap a meal out or two)

Meal 1- Steak Fajitas (uses steak from box) with refried beans (uses pinto beans from box) served with rice
Meal2- Broccoli, Chicken and Rice bake (uses chicken breast from box)
Meal 3- Country Fried Steak Patties (from box), mashed potatoes, green beans (from box) and dessert
Meal 4- Apple Meatloaf (uses ground beef from box) served with California blend veggies (from box) and shoestring fries (from box)
Meal 5- Sweet and Sour meatballs (from box) served with rice and sugar snap peas
Meal 6- Italian Sausage Spaghetti (uses sausage, marinara and pasta from box) served with steamed zucchini
Meal 7- Spinach and Egg Casserole (uses ham and eggs from box- I think I will use this one even if I have to buy extra eggs and ham!) served with homemade buttermilk biscuits
Meal 8- Soup (from box) and BLT salad

Total food bill for additional ingredients not included in AngelFood box or pantry staples = $37.00 (a total of 8 meals for $67 for a family of 4)

See what I mean? Tasty (and super easy) recipes for next to nothing! Frugal living at its very, very best! also has Busy Mom menus and frugal living menu subscriptions (although I what could be more frugal than this? LOL!) I can see why most people order two basic boxes and one of the monthly special boxes- they stock up for the whole month and get to use ALL the Menus4Mom's recipes!

Although it is too late to order the March AngelFood Ministry box, I seen that they just posted the April menu and there is lots to choose from! To find an AngelFood Ministry host near you please visit their website. Keep in mind that all monthly special boxes are available only with the purchase of a Basic Box, Allergen Free or Senior Box.

April Basic Box $30.00

1.5 lb. New York Strip Steak(4 x 6 oz.)
2 lb. Chicken Breast Stir Fry(Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breast Chunks)
2 lb. Breaded Breast Fillet
1 lb. Steak Fajita Strips
20 oz. Supreme Pizza
28 oz. Jumbo Beef Patties With Gravy
1 lb. All Meat Hot Dogs
10 oz. Individually-Wrapped Cheese (16 slice)
1 lb. Mixed Vegetables
2 lb. French Fries
12 ct. White Corn Tortillas
1 lb. Rice
15 oz. Peach Halves
6 oz. Pancake Mix
32 oz. 2% Shelf Stable Milk
Dozen Eggs

APRIL SPECIAL #1 <-- I think we might be getting this one, yum! 6 lb. Assorted Meat Box $22.00 1.5 lb. T-Bone Steaks (2 x 12 oz.) 2 lb. Lean All-Beef Hamburger Steaks (4 x 8 oz.) 1.5 lb. Boneless Pork Roast 1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage with Cheese APRIL SPECIAL #2 4.5 lb. Meat Combo $21.00 3 lb. Ribeye Steaks (6 x 8 oz.) 1.5 lb. Bacon-Wrapped Pork Fillet (4 x 6 oz.) APRIL SPECIAL #3 5 lb. Steak and Pork Combo $21.00 1.5 lb. Kansas City Strip (2 x 12 oz.) 1.5 lb. Bone-In Ribeye (2 x 12 oz.) 2 lb. Thick-Cut Boston Butt Chops (4 x 8 oz.) APRIL SPECIAL #4 <-- thats just over $2 a pound! Chicken Breast Fillet Box $21.00 10 lb. IQF Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast APRIL SPECIAL #5 6 lb. Hamburger Steak Box $18.00 Just In Time for Grill Season! 6 lb. Lean All-Beef Hamburger Steaks (12 x 8 oz.) APRIL SPECIAL #6 Fresh Fruit and Veggie Box $22.00 3 lb. No. 1 Premium Idaho Baking Potatoes 3 lb. No. 1 Premium North Carolina Sweet Potatoes 1 pkg. Wiley’s Sweet Potato and Yam Seasoning 1 head Premium Green Cabbage 1 lb. No. 1 Premium California Baby Whole Peeled Carrots 2 Premium 1015 Jumbo Sweet Onions 1 each Premium Red, Yellow, Orange & Green Bell Peppers 2 Premium California Lemons 1 head Premium California Iceberg Lettuce 4 Washington State Premium Bosc Pears 4 Washington State Premium Red Delicious Apples 1 Premium Golden Ripe Pineapple 1 Premium Sweet Cantaloupe April Fruit and Veggie Recipe Sheet APRIL SPECIAL #7 Valencia Orange Box $14.00 Sweet and Juicy — Peak of the Season! 2/5 Bushel Tree-Ripened Valencia Oranges (approximately 40-50 oranges per box) ALLERGEN-FREE BOX $25.00 Processed to eliminate the eight top serious allergens: Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacea, Tree Nuts and Gluten (wheat, rye and barley). Great for children and adults! 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Tenders 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Breast Chunk (Boneless Wing) 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Nuggets 1 lb. Breaded Chicken Patties 1 lb. Breaded Steak Fingers Battered with water, white rice, brown rice, modified tapioca starch, flax seed, sugar, salt, spices, dehydrated garlic, spice extractives and oleoresin paprika. Breaded with white rice, brown rice, modified tapioca starch, flax seed, sugar, dextrose, salt, spices, dehydrated garlic, spice extractives and oleoresin paprika. Breading is pre-browned in Canola oil. New!! FISH & SHRIMP SEAFOOD BOX $35.00 The Long-Awaited Seafood Box is Here! 2 lb. Alaskan Salmon Fillets (8 x 4 oz. vacuum-pack) 2 lb. IQF Whiting Fillets (4 oz.-6 oz. fillets) 2 lb. IQF Large Shrimp (26-30 per lb.)

1 comment:

Neabear said...

Interesting stuff here! Sounds like you will have fun with the assortment of meal options here for your family. Love ya!