Meal planning is fantastic for Families on a budget. You only buy what you need, you can shop the “specials” in the supermarket and you use what is in your pantry. Sometimes we all need to tighten our belts whether it is to save for something special or because needs must.Family Meal Planning on a budget doesn’t mean you have to survive on beans. You can still provide healthy food for your family. And I provide Free Meal Planning Printables to help you
I have done just that this week been careful to keep to a budget. When things are a bit tight it is time to go back to healthy budget-friendly food that won’t break the bank or the waistline!
This week’s Meal Planning on a Budget costs €30.91 for all you dinners which worked out at €4.30 a day and I usually feed 4 to 5 on for dinner. That is a lot cheaper than buying takeout.
Family Meal Planning on a budget Printable Menu
How to Keep on Budget with your Menu
- This menu was based on shopping the Specials in each of my local Supermarkets.
- Knowing which Supermarket is the cheapest for each product
- Never Shopping when Hungry – this one is Vital !!
- Don’t buy more than you need.
- “Shop” from your own freezer, fridge, and cupboard first
Get your Free Meal Planning printables below
Here is your downloadable Free Meal Planning Printables so you can make your own budget using local stores to you
The Links to all the recipes are below
Chicken Pieces are on Special in Lidl this week – €2 a packet and would work perfectly for this tasty Gluten-free dinner Of Easy Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
TIP – If you have a large family turn this Skillet dish into a tray bake to serve 4-6
Have you ever checked out the International food specials in the supermarket? It is a good chance for your family to try something new or get some good Chorizo a great price in my case. This tasty Chorizo and Garden Vegetable Pasta is a family favourite here I make mine with Gluten Free Pasta.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to try something new – if your family don’t like it at least you know !!
I have finally cracked the recipe for Gluten Free Pizza If you want stuffed crust Pizza you can find that recipe here. I have included gluten free flour on my list but if you are lucky enough not to eat it you can remove it. The Recipe for low-fat wedges is here.
TIP Making your own pizza is cheaper than buying take out and you can adjust it to your families tastes so if you need gluten free or wholemeal or vegan cheese you can do that.
This Quick and Easy Pork stir-fry with Cashew Nuts is great as a midweek dinner and Pork stir fry is on special in the supermarket
TIP: Don’t feel guilty taking shortcuts like buying pre-cut meat if it is on special offer
TIP: Try and get fish in your diet once or twice a week it is so good for you even if it is covered in Batter !!
Slowcooker chili is great because you can serve it so many ways – on Nachos, on Baked Potatoes, on Rice or in Tacos or wraps the choice is yours !! Pork mince works great with chili and is on special this week.
TIP: Grate some dark chocolate in your chili to take it up a notch
Chicken is the cheapest Roast I will be making that for Sunday dinner. Blueberries are on specials in Aldi and Bramley apples are on special in Lidl so I will be buying them to make a big batch of these tasty blueberry Or Apple Crumble Muffins, I hope this Meal planning on budget post encourages you to take up Meal Planning. If you sign up for my Snapshot and Snippets Newsletter, which as exclusive recipes and tips. Sign up and you can a Free copy of my Beginner’s guide to Menu Planning which comes with plain versions of the Meal Planner and the Shopping and so much more. For more Menu’s head over to the Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Link up.
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