Using a weekly budget meal plan is the best way to cook healthier for your family, save money, and time! This week’s menu includes our popular Baked Ziti, Pork Chops with Creamy Mustard Sauce, Ham Fried Rice, Broccoli Cheddar Soup and Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad.
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We’ve tried to be thoughtful about keeping your grocery bill low by selecting meals that use cheaper ingredients, but that we think your family will love! As always, each budget meal plan includes a shopping list.
- Each Budget Meal Plan serves 4:
Each of the five meal plans serves approximately 4 people. But you can adjust the servings size (and the recipes in the meal plan) if you save it to your own collection.
2. Save Money:
While we include budget information in all of our meal plans, the main goal of these budget meal plans is to save you extra money by choosing recipes that use more affordable ingredients. You’ll notice we’ve included the estimated cost per recipe as well as the cost for the entire meal plan, making it even easier to budget and see exactly how much you’re saving when you cook from scratch and use a meal plan!
*note that recipe costs are an estimate based on ingredient prices at my local grocer. They will likely vary depending on where you live.
3. Eat Healthier:
Cooking from scratch is a great way to manage your health goals. Both take-out and pre-made meals from your local grocer are going to have more fat, sugar, and sodium than the same foods cooked at home.
3. Don’t forget the sides
Don’t forget to search for appetizers, sides, or dessert recipes to add to your list. Often a post will offer suggestions for sides that might accompany the recipe, and if you would like to swap any meals for a different meal, visit our main dish recipes or search our recipe index.
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**NOTE: You’ll notice the shopping list includes categories like “pantry staples”, and “spices”. Hopefully, those are items you already have on hand, and you can cross them off of the list.
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