This is truly one of my favorite days of the month. It’s new meal plan day!!
Call me a nerd, but it’s always exciting to have a new meal plan, ready for the month ahead. To think of the time it frees up, the stress it eliminates, being able to check off all the boxes from my fridge and freezer inventory?!
Have I confessed my love for checking boxes? It’ll be the demise of me for sure, lol.
Anyway, this month’s meal plan is extra special because it’s the first meal plan that comes with shopping lists!
Yes, all these month’s I’ve been hinting at shopping lists and planning guides and all the fun stuff to make eating real food on a budget DOABLE is finally here, and we’re SO excited!
I have all the details for how you can get the full kit-and-kaboodle to go with this meal plan, but first, let’s talk about the food.
We’re knee deep in winter months so we’re enjoying the bounty of the season with produce like squash, hearty greens, apples and pears. There’s meals that will warm you cold toes (like classic chili and enchiladas) and seasonal salads that will carry you through to spring.
Most importantly, there’s plenty of frugal meals strewn throughout so you can eat well without going broke!
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Frugal Real Food Meal Plan January 2015
Notes on this Frugal Real Food Meal Plan:
- This meal plan is for the average family of four, costing approximately $330. You might need to change portion sizes according to your own family size and budget.
- Meals are based around 2 whole chickens, 2 1/2 lbs pork roast, 2lbs bacon, 1lb ground beef and ham shanks.
- The meals within this plan were designed to build off of each other, using leftovers when possible and allowing opportunities for batch cooking (i.e. making one big batch of tortillas instead of making “just enough” on two separate days. Take advantage of this to really lower your budget and reduce time spent in the kitchen.
(S) Slow Cooker Mexican Carnitas with Cabbage Slaw, Black Bean & Corn Salsa and Homemade Corn Tortillas
(M) Winter Waldorf Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette and Biscuits
(T) Mexican Shredded Pork Bowl with Homemade Salsa
(W) Winter Squash Pasta Bake
(T) Garlic White Bean Soup with Kale with Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
(F) Baked Potatoes with Traditional Topping Bar and Garden Salad
(S) Open-faced Grilled Sandwiches with Carrot Fries and Buttered Peas
(S) Northern Bean & Ham Soup over Rice
(M) Baked Greek Chicken, Couscous, Hummus and Homemade Pita Bread
(T) Buffalo Chicken Pita Pockets with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing and Garden Salad
(W) Cheesy Mexican Lentil Macaroni
(T) Vegetable and Barley Minestrone Soup with Biscuits
(F) Asian Pork Taco Wraps with Homemade Tortillas and Ginger Marmalade Dressing
(S) Barley Veggie Sliders on Homemade Buns with Roasted Squash Puree and Garden Salad
(S) Classic Hearty Chili over Rice
(M) Orange Chicken over Rice with Steamed Broccoli & Carrots
(T) Chopped Asian Salad with Fluffy Dinner Rolls
(W) Vegetable Fried Rice
(T) Tomato Basil Soup with Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
(F) Open-faced Pizza Sandwiches with Garden Salad
(S) Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches on Homemade Buns with Homemade BBQ Sauce, Cilantro Slaw and Roasted Sweet Potatoes
(S) Pasta e Fagioli with Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
(M) Fajita-style Quesadillas on Homemade Tortillas with Simple Spanish Rice and Refried Beans
(T) Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas
(W) Most Requested Salad with Sweet Balsamic Dressing and Biscuits
(T) Tortellini with Alfredo Sauce and Garden Salad
(F) Sweet & Sour Chicken over Rice
(S) Veggie Panini’s with Roasted Vegetables
Breakfasts are usually a variety of meals, based largely on what we have in the kitchen and almost always served with fresh fruit. These are a few basic meal ideas, plus some recommended recipes that should align with the ingredients being purchased for the dinners above. Simple meals like breakfast porridge and baked oatmeal can be flavored based on what you have in your own kitchen.
Similar to breakfast, lunches are usually a variety of meals based on what’s in the fridge and pantry and come with a side of fresh fruit. My first suggestion for lunch is always leftovers (unless the leftovers are already slated for another meal), but here are a few additional lunch ideas that are simple and easy to prepare. As a bonus, all of them can be tailored according to what you currently have on hand, and packed either for school or a picnic lunch on the go.
Since the goal is to not consume too much sugar, let’s keep the options minimal. Still, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious fall flavors in either one of these treats.
Looking for more delicious and frugal inspiration? Get more real food meal plans here.
What’s on your frugal meal plan this month?
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