31 Aug

BTS meal plan

 

Kids everywhere are going back to school.

Between school supply lists, new clothes, textbooks, haircuts, and all of the little extras that go into sending our little darlings back to school, budgets can take a serious hit this time of year.

My local news reported recently that the average family spends over $630 on school supplies, clothing, shoes, and electronics. And on average, families have spent 42% more on back to school items over the last ten years.

Wowza!

And if that wasn’t stressful enough, before we know it the craziness of alarm clocks, rushed breakfasts, packed lunches, getting out the door on time, piles of forms that need to be filled out, and homework groans will soon be upon us.

That doesn’t leave much time to think about dinner.

So every day this week, I’ll be posting simple, delicious, and healthy meal ideas that will easily feed four people for around $50 total for the week.

I’m even including an extra recipe idea to help you stretch those leftovers!

My total out-of-pocket expense for groceries for the week was $43.74. Your total will obviously vary depending on the amount of people you are feeding and the prices at your grocery store, but you should still be able to come pretty close to our $50 goal. I’m betting that you probably already have a few of the ingredients in your kitchen.

Feel free to swap out ingredients depending on what looks better in the store, what your family prefers, what’s cheaper, or what you might have a coupon for.

 

Here’s the menu for the week:

Roasted Sausage and Veggies: Mixed veggies roasted with all natural chicken sausage and served with chipotle sour cream. Cam called this meal “Roasted Salad” when she was little and it’s still one of our favorites! I’ve also included an extra recipe idea for leftovers.

Burrito Bowls: Spiced sweet potatoes, corn, tomatoes, green onions, avocados, and black beans served burrito bowl style on a bed of brown rice and topped with an easy cilantro dressing. Chili lime mango slices round out this meal. This meal is vegetarian but you could easily add shredded pork, chicken, sliced steak, or ground beef.

Chicken and Pasta Salad with Our House Dressing: Chicken, pasta, charred corn, tomatoes, greens, nectarines, and homemade croutons tossed together and served with one of my favorite “toasts” to eat in the Summer time.

Citrus and Soy Marinated Chicken with Rice and Veggies: Chicken breasts marinated in soy sauce and fresh orange juice. This chicken goes with pretty much everything but I like to serve it with brown rice, veggies, and a salad.

Eggs on Toast with Simple Side Salad: Fancier than it sounds but fast, easy, and super delicious. We like this meal for brunch too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to “”

  1. Sara August 31, 2015 at 3:57 pm #

    Thanks for the dinner ideas!

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