• $50 Weekly Menu Help: Vernal, Utah

    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
    Cantaloupe .79#
    Kiwi 3/$1
    Gala Apples .99lb
    Roma Tomatoes .79 lb

    Walmart:
    Frozen Vegetables .96 bag
    Bread
    $1.68 loaf
    Rice 2#'s $2.68
    Eggs: $1.08 doz
    White Corn Tortilla Chips $2.00
    Oatmeal $2.00
    1# Shrimp $5.


    Breakfast Ideas:
    Tropical Risotto
    Oatmeal (15 ways)
    Muffins
    Bagels
    Eggs- Scrambled, Poached, etc
    Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quesadillas (Omit cheese/yogurt)
    French Toast
    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 Cheese
    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


    Other:
    Toaster Over Apple Pies
    MYO Tortillas for Wraps/Quesedillas
    Chewy
    Granola Bars



    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:

    1. Lowe's Produce Farm Fresh Delivery 435-722-4946
    2. Meadow Gold Dairies 435-789-2121
    3. Vernal
      Winnelson 435-789-6070


    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.

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