Why helloooooooo there Spring! We’ve been intentionally visiting the farmer’s markets these past few weeks, scoping out what local farmers have to offer and comparing them to stores… which is key to balancing teeny grocery budgets and the desire to shop at markets.
But the cool part is that we’re finding a good bit of deals (winter squash for 80¢/lb) and enjoying varieties of old favorites (four different varieties of oranges!).
April’s meal plan has lots of staples planned, but offers TONS of wiggle room for you to incorporate the fresh produce coming from the fields. As always, tailor this meal plan to best fit YOUR family’s needs!
Spring Meal Plan: April 2015
Notes on this Spring 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 pork roast, ground beef & pork & bacon – YUM!
- 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.
Spring Meal Plan: Week 1
(S) Slow-cooker Quinoa Sweet Potato Chicken Fajitas with Homemade Flour Tortillas
(M) Garlic White Bean Soup with Kale with Soaked Whole Wheat Bread
(T) Most Requested Salad and Dinner Biscuits
(W) Slow Cooker Meatless Lasagna
(T) Kale & Rice Minestrone with No-knead Overnight Artisan Bread
(F) Kielbasa and Cabbage
(S) Peanut and Vegetable Fried Rice
Spring Meal Plan: Week 2
(S) Mexican Carnitas, with Coconut Lime Rice and Homemade Flour Tortillas
(M) Salmon Burgers on Homemade Buns
(W) Healthy Baked Ziti
(T) Creamy Roasted Cauliflower and Potato Soup with Perfect Crostini
(F) BBQ Pork Pizza
(S) Kung Pao Chicken with Vegetables
Spring Meal Plan: Week 3
(S) Beans and Cornbread
(M) BBQ Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw, Roasted Potato Wedges
(T) Cornbread Salad
(W) One-pot Spring Veggie Pasta
(T) Kung Fu Panda Soup with Asian Sweet Bread
(F) Baked Potato Bar
(S) Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Spring Meal Plan: Week 4
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.
Looking for more delicious and frugal inspiration? Get more real food meal plans here.