Meal planning is fantastic for people 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. Meal Planning on a budget doesn’t mean you have to survive on beans. You can still provide healthy food for your family.
I have done just that this week been careful to keep to a budget. Easter, of course, blew the budget big time. All that chocolate !! So 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 €32.40 for all you dinners which worked out at €4.63 a day and I usually feed 4 to 5 on for dinner. That is a lot cheaper than buying takeout. I have even created a shopping list below if you want to try this Menu for yourself ( note all prices are in Euros and based in Ireland)
This Week’s Meal Planning on a budget 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
Here is your downloadable Shopping List with prices ( correct when published ) and Meal Planner Menu
The Links to all the recipes are below
I was lucky enough to pick up some chicken pieces from Supervalu on Friday that they were selling off for €2.00 a packet. The sell by date was May 5th as they were in the freezer section. I knew I would use them before then. I checked my cupboard and found a jar of Rogan Josh – dinner sorted. You can find my Vegetarian Rogan Josh Recipe here just add in the chicken pieces at the beginning and you have Chicken Rogan Josh.
TIP – Check the meat offers sometimes when they are close to the sell by date they reduce it dramatically to clear as long as it is within date you can always pop it in the freezer and use later.
Both Mince and Sweet Potatoes are on Special in Lidl this week and this Cottage pie is a great way to use them and is a family favourite. If your family can’t handle Sweet potato you can make it with normal Potato or a mix of both.
TIP: Shopping the Super Market specials is a great way of keeping the price down you can find them online these days.
I have finally cracked the recipe for Gluten Free Pizza and I will be sharing it with you on Friday. If anyone want that recipe drop back in on Friday or 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 is much more fun as you can adapt it to your taste.
The great thing about this Tummy warming stew is it is available in a Beef version or a Vegetarian version. Slow-cooking means that you can use tougher cuts of beef as the long cooking process makes it tender.
TIP:Eat a Vegetable based meal once a week will cut down on the price of meat.
Pasta is always a quick and cheap meal and this Tasty Bacon and Chorizo Bake is a breeze to make.
TIP: Chorizo sausage is cheap and very tasty to throw into dishes to add flavour
I am a big fan of IKEA in fact I am currently sat at Micke Desk typing away. But the one thing I love besides their furniture is the Swedish Meatballs in the food hall. They are divine and I have been trying to make my own at home ever since !! I have a recipe I hope to share with you soon. It took a bit of taste testing to get it right !!
TIP: If you have a favourite recipe from a restaurant why not try and make your own version?
Whole Chicken is down to €3.00 this week in Lidl and I will be making that for Sunday dinner. I have lots of puff pastry in my freezer and I got pears this week so I am making this Tasty Pear and Ginger Slice. The total cost of this amazing dessert is €1.89 that is nothing for a great looking and tasting dessert.
I hope this Meal planning on budget 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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