Want one of my biggest tips for pre-shopping savings?
Check the local circulars.
The spring and summer are the best times to find the best local sales. But it isn’t always spring and summer.
Sad, I know.
Thankfully, finding affordable produce all year long is possible. You have a few options:
- Buy Frozen – There’s always the option of buying frozen vegetables. They go on sale often for $1 per pound and they are great to have on hand when funds run low or nothing appetizing is on sale.
- Buy Canned – Canned goods are helpful for the same reason as frozen. And they are often on sale for less than a $1. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of canned goods, it’s always good to have some extra on hand in case of emergency.
- Rely on Inexpensive “Staple” Vegetables – Some vegetables stay the same price year round. Keep an eye on those foods and incorporate them often in your meal plan. This helps offset the more expensive produce when you can splurge a little.
- Eat What IS Affordable – Think beyond vegetables, too. Fruit can be a great option when produce is a little high. Take the papaya for example. It’s not a common fruit, but certainly worth trying for its affordable price during the right season.
Stretch your meal planning imagination and expand your taste buds. You never know what you’ll discover!
Real Food Recipes: May 2013
A note about real food recipes:
- This meal plan is designed to feed a family of four for about $350. Prices may vary per region and with family adaptations.
Real Food Recipes: Week 1
(S) Slow Cooker Chicken with Crash Hot Sweet Potatoes
(M) Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
(T) Summer Squash Pasta
(W) Beef & Tex-Mex Lentil Quesadillas
(T) Tortilla Soup with Garlic Focaccia
(F) Homemade Focaccia Pizza
(S) Orange Beef & Broccoli
Real Food Recipes: Week 2
(S) Slow Cooker Lasagna
(M) Grilled BBQ Chicken with Broccoli Salad
(T) Grilled Sandwiches on Homemade Beer Bread
(W) Red Curry Lentils
(T) Tomato Basil Soup
(F) Homemade Hot Pockets
(S) Appetizer Night with Mozzarella Sticks, Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Crispy Potato Wedges
Real Food Recipes: Week 3
(S) One Pot Chicken and Rice with Vegetables
(M) Greek Salad Wraps
(T) Spring Vegetable Pasta Salad
(W) Beef Tacos with Homemade Salsa, and Spanish Rice
(T) Mexican Corn and Potato Chowder
(F) Buffalo Chicken Pizza
(S) Grilled Salmon with Grilled Asparagus
Real Food Recipes: Week 4
(S) Cheesy-Mexi Lentil Macaroni
(M) Buffalo Ranch Chicken Salad with Dinner Rolls
(T) Vegetable Fried Rice
(W) Savory Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Greens
(T) Tomato Basil Soup with Dinner Rolls
(F) Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
(S) Chicken Salad Sliders with Crispy Potato Wedges
Besides just shopping the sales at local stores on seasonal produce, use this guide to shop the farmer’s market on a budget.
Find more real food recipes in the meal plan archives!