Sometimes we have to tightener our belts even more than usual and feed our family healthy but cheap meals.It is difficult I know but do-able so what can you meal plan if you can’t even afford Special Offers? This is Meal Planning on a Tiny Budget and includes breakfasts and lunches and I have even budgeted for drinks.
The great thing about meal planning is that if you take 10 -15 minutes to plan for the week ahead you will ultimately save you time, save you money and you will end up eating healthier. So follow my Meal planning on a tiny budget today and start saving.
Tiny Budget Meal plan
Here is your downloadable Free Meal Planning Printables so you can make your own budget using local stores to you and I have included a Freezer Inventory to help you shop from your freeze.
Tiny Budget Meal Plan – recipes
Breakfast – Porridge with Banana
Porridge oats are great for cheap and healthy breakfast for just 99c- add fruits and nuts to give texture and flavour or serve with milk and honey.
Lunch – Butternut Squash and Sweet potato Soup
Soup is a great stand-by for Lunch – make a big pot and it will last you a few days. Both sweet potatoes and butternut squash are 49c in Lidl making this soup a cheap option and the recipe will be in the Newsletter tomorrow.
Mince is on special a lot in supermarkets and this Sweet Potato Cottage Pie is full of flavour and great on a cold and miserable day. and if you pop it in the slow-cooker in the morning you will come home to a delicious dinner. And you can use the Sweet potatoes that you bought for cottage pie recipe the soup.
Tip: You can swap beef mince for meatless mince which is 1.99 a bag. Going Meatless is one way of cutting cost and load it with cheap kidney beans to add extra protein.
Breakfast – Eggs on Toast
Eggs are so versatile and a cheap form of protein. Serve them scrambled, poached, fried, boiled, as an omelette and you will always have a good meal.
Lunch – Baked Potato Tuna and sweetcorn
Baked potatoes are a great lunch and can be loaded with lots of different toppings from leftover chilli to cheese and the classic tuna. Tuna is a cheap fish I always have at least two tins in the cupboard and at 79c are a great cupboard staple.
Dinner – Go to Carbonara
This tasty Carbonara is a great meal if you are on a budget – just leave out the Parmesan. I can get bacon pieces for 1.99 and you get two packets I use one for the Carbonara and on for another meal.
Tip: Pasta is cheap even if you are buying gluten-free these days
Breakfast – Natural Yogurt and fruit
Natural Yogurt is cheap and better for you than some of the fancier yoghurts. I add frozen fruits which I defrost the night before
Lunch – Beans on Toast
The good old favorite of all college students Beans are full of nutrients and you can spice them up by frying some of those bacon pieces and putting them through it or adding paprika for a kick.
Dinner – Pizza
Pizza is one of those processed foods we all love but you can make your own this tasty Gluten-free Pizza is so actually easy to make and with low-fat Mozzarella makes this a healthier meal. You can also use wholemeal pitta bread as bases if you want to make mini pizzas cheaply.
Tip – Pizza is available from supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi cheaply and make a handy meal midweek
Breakfast – Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal
A lot of sugary cereals are expensive as well – try porridge and bran flakes which are cheaper and better for you.
These handy dinner rolls are easy to make but you can buy cheap part bake rolls for 4 for 59c in Lidl
Dinner – Bacon and Chorizo Gratin
Use the rest of your bacon pieces from earlier in the week to make this tasty Bacon and Chorizo gratin for dinner
Tip: Chorizo is 1.99 in Lidl and you get a couple of meals from one sausage.
Breakfast – Boiled egg and Soldiers
Boiled eggs with wholemeal toast soldiers will keep them going until Lunch
Lunch – Pasta with Pesto and cherry tomatoes
Pesto and pasta is a quick dinner throw some sweet cherry tomatoes in and a little cream cheese it is delicious
Dinner – Beef Stroganoff
One of my favourite things to pick up when I am on a budget is Lidl’s Beef Stir-fry it is €2.89 and not only can you make stir-fry with it but I use it to make Tasty but Low-Calorie Slow-cooker Beef Stroganoff
Tip: Look for cheap cuts of meat and don’t be afraid to check the reduced section especially in the evening.
Breakfast – Fruit smoothie and Wholemeal Toast with Jam
Use some of the natural yoghurt, milk and frozen fruits make smoothies you can add oats or spinach to make them even healthier
Lunch – Pitta with tuna and salad
I always suggest wholemeal even with Pitta bread – yes sometimes it is a couple of cents more but wholemeal is a complex carb which keeps you fuller for longer and is better for regulating sugar in your body.
Dinner – Quick Bacon and Mushroom Pasta
Sometimes you need quick and easy dinners and this Quick and Easy Bacon and Mushroom Pasta is great when you are in a hurry and kids love it.
TIP: You can get pasta in all sorts of varieties now from wholemeal to gluten-free
Brunch – French toast and Bacon
Sunday Dinner – Roast chicken
We usually have dessert on Sunday and I am going to try these amazing Strawberry tarts from Lidl using Gluten-free flour and frozen fruits and strawberry jam to make the curd.
Tip: Make your own treats at home that way you know what ingredients are in them and you cut down on processed food.
The total for all these dishes is €56.42 for all your meals for 4 for a week and I have included tea, coffee and cordial and I have even designed a Shopping list to help you – click the image to download. If you have a good store cupboard it will be a lot less
Disclaimer: these Prices are correct in Ireland for this week 26/02 – as some prices fluctuate this could be slightly more if used at another time. Also obviously I can only describe the prices in my country. I would love to know how others got on in their countries with this list.
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