Summer is in full swing! CSA boxes are being delivered, Fridays are spent at the beach with free concerts and we’re cooking on the grill as much as possible. That is, if dinner even requires cooking in the first place!
As I mentioned in June’s meal plan post, I’m still working on a fun little something for you guys that isn’t letting me eat exactly what you see below, but this menu really isn’t too far off. Some of our menu changes depending on what comes in the CSA box and it’s hard to plan what we’ll eat in three weeks when I have no idea what veggies we’ll get in just three days. In addition (and believe it or not), we’re STILL eating out the crevices of the freezer, although we’re making significant progress (and saving quite a bit at the same time).
However, one thing hasn’t changed: This menu can still be accomplished on just $330. There are plenty of new delicious recipes and lots of options to include fresh produce from your garden, the CSA box or a great deal found at the market or store. Play your cards right and a good portion of this month can be cooked without the stove too!
The goal for this month is to enjoy the taste of summer – in salads, on sandwiches and mingled among whole grains. Don’t feel confined to eating exactly what we have written. These are just ideas to get your own creative cooking juices flowing.
Remember, re-arrange the days according to your own schedule and to the summer celebrations you have planned. Just to clue you in on my methodology, in our house, Mondays are “quick and easy,” Tuesdays are “salad,” Wednesdays are “pasta,” Thursdays are “soup” and Fridays are “pizza” or a variation thereof (stromboli, calzone, etc).
Whole Food Eating Plan: July 2014
Notes on this Whole Food Eating 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 lb of beef roast and 2 lb of bacon. You’re welcome.
Whole Food Eating Plan: Week 1
(S) Whole Roasted Chicken
(M) Baja Chicken Tacos
(T) Southwestern Salad and Dinner Biscuits
(W) Green Chicken Enchilada Casserole
(T) Hearty Minestrone Soup with Barley
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) Loaded Grilled Cheese & Veggie Sandwiches
Whole Food Eating Plan: Week 2
(S) Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
(M) Loaded Veggie Quesadillas
(T) BLT Chopped Salad and Dinner Biscuits
(W) Roasted Tomato Caprese Pasta Salad
(T) Garlic White Bean Soup with Kale
(F) Homemade Pizza
(S) BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Whole Food Eating Plan: Week 3
Whole Food Eating Plan: Week 4
Whole Food Eating Plan: Breakfast
Breakfasts and lunches are pretty “standard” around our house. These are a few basic ideas, and can be made with what we typically have on hand. The exact flavor or style of the meal (i.e. strawberries vs. banana pancakes) just depends on what we have in the pantry. Mix/match according to your schedule and your own kitchen!
- scrambled eggs
- yogurt with fresh fruit and granola
- breakfast porridge
- blueberry pie millet porridge
- strawberries & cream baked french toast
- Toast and Smoothies
- zucchini bread with apples & carrots
Whole Food Eating Plan: Lunches
- leftovers from breakfast or dinner
- peanut butter & fruit sandwiches/wraps
- Healthy Homemade Lunchables
- homemade yogurt with granola and/or fruit
Looking for more delicious and frugal inspiration? Get more real food meal plans here.