Here is this week's $25 weekly meal plan. This week's plan includes soup, stuffed peppers, chicken, shepard's pie and more...
The whole idea in sharing these plans is to inspire you to find lower cost options and plan ahead to save time and money. If you have specific dietary needs, you can alter some recipes or create your own plans. This is for inspiration, to prove it is possible to feed a family of 4 for supper meals on $25/week...customize as you wish. You can do it!
This $25 meal plan offers suggestions for anyone trying to really cut costs, while keeping meals as "real food" or "from scratch" and unprocessed as possible. These are not my personal weekly meal plans, I will share some of those from time to time in a seperate post.
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For this menu, bake all chicken on a bar pan (cookie sheet with sides) and remove meat to portion for various meals. Use skin and bones to make broth for soup.
- Baked Lemon Mustard Chicken with Potatoes
- Shephard's Pie (see recipe below)
- Stuffed Peppers (see recipe below)
- Southwest Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes (bake potatoes, scoop out and combine sourcream, southwest seasoning and some shredded chicken, fill skins and bake to heat through)
- Chicken Soup and Biscuits (use bones from chicken + a few cups of frozen veggies)
- 4 lbs Chicken Legs with Backs ($0.99/lb @ IGA Coop)
- 3 lbs Ground Beef ($2.79/lb @ IGA Coop)
- Potatoes (20lb $3.97 @ No Frills)
- Frozen veggies ($2.50 @ IGA Coop)
- Sour Cream (500ml $2.99 @ Shopper's or 250ml $2 @ Superstore)
- Pepper ($3.97 @ No Frills for Imperfect Peppers)
TOTAL SPENT: $25.75
- homemade broth
- 2 cups Beef broth
- 3/4 cups White rice, long grain Cooked
- 1 lb Ground beef
- 3 cloves Garlic
- 1 tsp Onion Powder or 1/2 diced onion
- 1 tsp Parsley
- 1 14.5 oz can Tomatoes
- 1/4 tsp Black pepper
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 Cup Shredded Cheese (any kind you wish to top them with)
- Cook rice using beef broth. Set aside.
- Brown meat and all other ingredients (except peppers) in frying pan until cooked through and well combined. Stir in cooked rice.
- Cut tops off peppers and scoop out seeds. Stuff the peppers with filling and place in baking dish.
- Top each pepper with a little shredded cheese and bake at 375 for 25 to 30 minutes.
- 2 Tbsp Butter
- 2lb Ground Beef
- 1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 Onion Chopped
- 1/4 Cup Beef Stock
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Tbsp Ketchup
- 1 tsp Rosemarry
- t tsp Thyme
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- 1 1/2 Cups Frozen Mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn)
- 3 - 4 Potatoes
- 1 Tbsp Milk
- 2 Tbsp Sour Cream
- Boil peeled Potatoes until tender. Drain and cool
- Mash potatoes with Milk and Sour Cream. Set aside.
- Melt butter and brown ground meat and seasonings in a large frying pan.
- Add frozen veggies, and heat through.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F and place the meat mixture into a dutch oven type dish and then top with the mashed potatoes.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until top is browned. Cool for 10 minutes and serve. Enjoy!
I also have a Pinterest Board for my $25 Meal Plans set up HERE. This includes previous meal plans and some recipe links.
Please comment, offer suggestions, ask questions and share recipes. This feature is to help people see it IS possible to eat well on a tight budget.
This weekly feature will have at least one meal plan for 4 to 5 supper meals that will feed a family of 4. Some weeks I will show 2 meal plans, but I may not be able to do that every week based on flyer sales.
Most of the items purchased will be flyer or in store sales, and I will try to incorporate coupons, cash back and points offers when I can.
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PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT an entire grocery order, and we do eat much more in the way of protein and veggies throughout the day/week. This feature is simple to show you what can be done with $25 and trying to keep it to real food, from scratch cooking.