This week we’ve got some delicious things cooking in our kitchen for our very first budget friendly weekday meal plan! 😉
Our budget has recently gone into overdrive. Apparently, you need money for things. Who knew?
There’s a bunch of boring, adult things that we’re saving up for, including a car to replace my clunker, so we’ve doubled down on our spending. We’re especially bad when it comes to our weekly grocery trips. We always seem to go hungry and unprepared, and leave with way more food than we can eat in a week. This leads not only to throwing away ingredients, but also cash.
It’s been up to me, being the Pinterest fiend that I am, to make our grocery list for the week as well as the menu, including breakfast and lunch for the both of us. And because I’m a weirdo who adores both planning and cooking, I was totally alright with this. Plus, it just meant more time browsing Pinterest!
We set our grocery budget at 100 dollars a week for five meals. On the weekend, we either splurge a bit on pizza or eat up any leftovers.
Here’s a fun Pinterest roundup of what we’re cooking this week! I hope it inspires your weekly menu!
I meal prep our lunches and breakfasts on Sunday afternoon so that they’re ready to go on weekdays. I also bake bread that day if I feel like spending the TON of effort it takes to just throw all the ingredients in our bread maker…hehe.
Just click on any of the photos to be taken to the hosted recipe!
For breakfast this week, or any week to be honest, I am ALL ABOUT these awesome little egg muffins. They’re so, so easy to whip up and they freeze so, so well. I like to throw in any veggies and that we have left over from the week before.
This week, I used mushrooms, some chicken sausage from our freezer, leftover zucchini, onion, and fresh herbs from our garden. Plus cheese, of course!
This is one of my favorite go-to breakfast egg cup recipes. It’s flawless! Plus, it’s super cheap when you have things laying around in your fridge that would otherwise be unused! I think the only thing we purchased for this was the cheese, which we will later put on everything else anyway 😉
This week, I made chicken Caesar wraps and chicken quesadillas.
I like to make two different variations of our lunches using the same base protein and similar ingredients, since midweek burnout is REAL when you eat the same exact thing every day. The ingredients are simple, the time to prep is quick, and the results are delicious!
I packed both with a cup of yummy grapes and a hardboiled egg.
Chicken Caesar Wraps
With these wraps, I grabbed some hummus that was on sale to go with BOGO pretzel chips we bought a week or so ago.
For the chicken quesadillas, I also cooked up some quick brown rice with frozen mixed veggies. Yum!
Baked Asparagus Fries
These asparagus fries are baked, not fried, so they’re lighter than the traditional version. I also just toss everything into the oven for this meal at the appropriate timing. It takes very little work, but it is fabulous!
Vegetarian Baked Ziti
This is actually our vegetarian dish of the week! Served up with a light Italian salad, it’s scrumptious with its veggie stuffed goodness. I add peas, zucchini, and spinach to round out the protein a bit.
A lot of times I actually will double up on this recipe and stick one unbaked version in the freezer. That way in a few weeks when I don’t feel like cooking dinner, I’ll have something to just put in the oven and go!
Oven Roasted Broccoli + Leftovers
We love ziti. Love it! I always make a big enough dish so that we can have leftovers the next day. I served this was oven roasted broccoli because it gets crispy and goes so well with the softened ziti noodles.
Shredded Pork Carnita Bowls
Yellow Turmeric Rice
Turmeric Rice via Pretty Providence
This shredded carnita pork is so simple with a crockpot! I also adore this easy turmeric Spanish rice recipe. For the bowl, I just layer the pork over the rice and top with a mix of our favorite fresh veggies, like tomato, onion, and lettuce. Then, you can add whatever toppings you like, whether cheese, guacamole, sour cream, or it all!
Cilantro Lime Cole Slaw + Leftover Pork for burritos
With the leftover rice and pork, I’ll make some burritos for us to enjoy with chunks of fresh avocado and tomato inside. The texture and taste is different enough to set it apart from the previous night’s dinner. I’ll also serve this up with a delightfully fresh cilantro lime slaw.
Dessert of the Week!
Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies
I LOVE this recipe. It is so quick and so easy and so very tasty! Even Connor, who doesn’t like sweets, can’t help but nibble on a few of these.
As you can already see, I love throwing things in the crockpot or making large batches of something easy, like ziti, and then reusing it the next day. A lot of times you can redress leftovers as something different and fun, like taking pork bowls and making burritos, so that every night is a little different.
Reusing meals also saves a lot of cash at the store because you don’t have to buy a variety of assorted ingredients for every single night.
What are your favorite weeknight recipes? I’ll be posting these every Tuesday, so check back next week!
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