Several families have written in requesting help for this particular area. After sifting through several different store flyers, here is this weeks $50 menu plan for zip Code 84078= Vernal, Utah:
As we’ve mentioned, in order to plan meals properly, you need to know what you have on hand in your pantry, fridge and freezer. Without having any knowledge what-so-ever of what these folks have on hand, here is a weekly menu plan to help get them started!
Here are the highlights of the flyers in this particular area:
Groceries Deals From Davis Weekly Flyer:
Cauliflower .77 lb
Broccoli .77 lb
Fresh Pineapple .79 lb
cottage cheese $1.77 lb
Iceberg Lettuce .89 head
Bell Peppers .69 ea
Baking Potatoes .59 lb
Boston Butt Roast $1.99 lb
4#s strawberries $4.99
Groceries from Smiths Weekly Ad: Ad 5/16-5/22
Haas Avocados .69 ea
Split Breast Chicken .99#
Milk $2.39 gallon
Red/Yellow Peppers $1 ea
Mangoes $1 ea
Kroger Singles $2/3
Gala Apples .99lb
Roma Tomatoes .79 lb
Frozen Vegetables .96 bag
Bread $1.68 loaf
Rice 2#’s $2.68
Eggs: $1.08 doz
White Corn Tortilla Chips $2.00
1# Shrimp $5.
Oatmeal (15 ways)
Eggs- Scrambled, Poached, etc
Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quesadillas (Omit cheese/yogurt)
Toasted Biscuits with Strawberry Jam or Applesauce
Main Meal Ideas For Dinner & Lunches:
Hawaiian Grilled Chicken & Pineapple
Roast Pork (Boston Butt), Au Gratin Potatoes, Salad
Grilled Chicken Breast with Pineapple Mango Salsa & Steamed Broccoli
Garlic & Broccoli Penne
Pulled Pork Sandwiches (from leftover roast)
Chicken Stir Fry or This one
Grilled Black Bean & Rice Stuffed Peppers
Southeastern Chicken Stew, Biscuits
Grilled Shrimp Stir Fry
In all seriousness, if I lived in this zipcode, I would more than likely switch to Bi-weekly Menu planning, with a once a month trip to purchase meat in bulk at Sam’s Club (which unfortunately is 90 miles away). It would be worth it to get together with a couple friends and split cases of meat, or even alternate shopping trips for meat. That way all you’re picking up during your grocery trips is fresh produce & dairy.
If you haven’t already, you can talk to the Manager in the meat department at Walmart/Smiths/Davis to find out if they offer special pricing for bulk meat purchases.
Grand Junction Sam’s Club
1040 Independent Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81505
Distance: 90.2 mi
As far as produce goes, have you checked into the SEED community garden that is available in Vernal? You have the opportunity to get your own portion of the garden.
Also, you may be able to find weekly deals at the Ashley Valley Farmers Market that is in town.
In addition, there are 3 wholesale grocers in this particular area:
It may be worthwhile to contact them to find out if they have any deals on meat or produce available.
Btw- this Saturday is Vernal’s Annual Free Community Breakfast at the Vernal Fire Station.