This is the month where farmer’s markets across the country start to open their doors for business again. Soon our tables will be graced with asparagus, green beans, apricots and strawberries and I can’t wait!
This four week meal plan includes as many spring fruits and vegetables as one could squeeze in, but at the same time, you’ll find plenty of year-round produce as well.
You know, just in case the farmers have been too busy shoveling snow to actually tend to the fields…
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Frugal Real Food Meal Plan March 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, 1 beef brisket, 1 pound of ground beef and 1 pound of sausage.
- 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) White Chicken Chili
(M) Vegetarian Kung Pao over Rice
(T) Spring Panzanella
(W) Cajun Chicken Alfredo with Steamed Broccoli
(T) Tortilla Soup and Jalapeño Biscuits
(F) Pineapple Mesquite Chicken Wraps with Homemade Flour Tortillas
(S) Sausage Etoufee
(S) Braised Beef Greek Tacos with Homemade Pita Bread, Cucumber Tomato Relish, Feta Mint Tzatziki, Tabbouleh and Roasted Squash
(M) Chopped Asian Chicken Salad
(T) Classic Taco Salad in Homemade Taco Shells
(W) Pasta Alla Vodka
(T) Split Pea Soup with Overnight Artisan Bread
(F) Sloppy Joes with Homemade Buns and Roasted Potato Wedges and Side Salad
(S) Sesame Ginger Beef Wraps
(S) Southwestern Bean Soup with Cornbread
(M) Family Nacho Night with Homemade Crunchy Shells, Coconut Rice
(T) Spring Panzanella
(W) Penne with Simple Tomato Sauce
(T) Clam Chowder in Overnight Artisan Bread Bowls
(F) Loaded Slow-Cooker Baked Potatoes and Garden Salad
(S) Roasted Chicken with Autumn Rice Pilaf and Steamed Broccoli and Carrots
(S) French Onion Soup
(M) Easy Burrito Bowls
(T) Chopped BLT Salad and Biscuits
(W) Fusilli with Spinach Pesto
(T) Tomato Florentine Rice Soup and Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
(F) Fajita-style Quesadillas with Spanish Rice, Refried Beans and Homemade Tortillas
(S) Layered Vegetable Enchiladas
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 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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