Here is this week's $25 weekly meal plan. The plan includes Carrot Soup, Roasted Chicken and Veggies, Lasagna Bake & Tacos . Family friendly frugal meals on a budget each week based on sales in Atlantic Canada.
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!
Greek Quinoa Salad
This is a weekly salad in our house. It is often made with pasta as well. My favourite pasta to make this with is Orzo. It is a small rice like pasta.
Try adding other veggies you enjoy, such as diced peppers, shredded carrot, corn, etc...
Greek Quinoa Salad
This is a regular weekly addition to our meal plan. We love this as a supper meal with diced chicken added or as a side dish. We always make a double recipe and have left overs as a lunch the next day/days. You can add more veggies, as noted below. I hope you enjoy.
- 2 1/2 Cups Quinoa (cooked & rinsed)
- 7-10 Grape or Cherry Tomatoes (Quartered)
- 1/2 cup Cucumber (diced)
- 1 Cup Feta Cheese (Crumbled or cubed)
- 1/2 Cup Sliced Olives (Green or Black)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Greek Seasoning
- In a small bowl combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and greek seasoning and set aside.
- Combine quinoa, feta & tomatoes in large bowl. Stirring to combine.
- Pour dressing over quinoa mixture, combine by stirring and refrigerate for a few hours. You can eat it right away, but if you let it sit in the refrigerator the flavours combine better.
This recipe was for the Quinoa but you can really use any pasta you wish. We have made it with macaroni, orzo and penne. I prefer the Orzo, simply for texture. My son likes it better made with bigger pasta, he hates Quinoa. I have added chopped up onion, sundried tomatoes, peppers and diced Chicken to this recipe before, all great options. ENJOY!
Make Your Own: Sundried Tomatoes
Sundried Tomatoes are one of my favourite savoury foods. They are pricey to purchase in store, so I started making my own over a year ago. I watch for grape or smaller tomatoes to go on sale, or even better, clearance, then make up a sheet of "sundried" tomatoes.
They are simple and very affordable to make.
I started off by picking up 2 packs of grape tomatoes. They were $0.99 each!
- Grape / Cherry Tomatoes
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder / or fresh minced
- Any other seasoning you wish
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Slice grape tomatoes in half (if using larger tomatoes, be sure to slice thinly).
Place on baking sheet in single layer.
Sprinkle with seasoning and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake for approximately 2 hours. Keep an eye on them and remove from oven when dried and about half original size.
You do not want them to be crunchy.
Place in a jar or other covered container. If you prefer, you can add olive oil to cover.
These will remain fresh for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Use drained & chopped in casseroles or on sandwiches.
Or puree with parmesan cheese and make a sundried tomato pesto for your favourite pasta.