Welcome to week 2 of the budget challenge. Hopefully, you enjoyed last weeks meals. This week was cheaper than last week. I was pretty excited when I finished at the checkout and saw the final price! I counted on the fact that you will still have some peanut butter, tahini, and bbq sauce left over from last week.
I know a lot of you are not into using canned foods, so please feel free to swap out canned food for something else. I use them because they are easier for me during the week. I did all my shopping at Winco again. I realize many of you do not have a Winco but hopefully, you have some type of discount grocery store.
For breakfast this week I alternated smoothies and oatmeal with banana slices. I also added a kids lunch again.
I heard from a few of you that there was not enough fruit for the week. I did not add snacks into this meal plan. We usually will add grapes or some type of fruit that is on sale to have as snacks. Usually, it will add 3-5 bucks onto the bill. Please feel free to add fruit in as a snack.
I hope you enjoy the plan this week. Please feel free to leave comments with any questions. Enjoy!
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Grocery List:Bunch of Cilantro 2 Limes 4 Onions 3 Red Bell Peppers 4 Green Bell Peppers 5 Zucchini 3 Carrots Jalapeno 4 Tomatoes Head of Garlic Head of Celery 8 Button Mushrooms Bag of Shredded Cabbage Green Apple Bunch of Kale Bunch of Spinach Avocado 12 Bananas 2 Dried Peppers 3 Cans of Black Beans 3 Cans of Kidney Beans Can of White Beans 4 Cans of Chickpeas Can of Water Chestnuts 4 Cans of Fire Roasted Tomatoes 6oz Can of Tomato Paste Almond Milk Salsa Chips Whole Wheat Bread 12 Tortillas 2 Bags of Frozen Berries 2 Bags of Frozen Stir Veggies 3 Bags of Frozen Mixed Vegetables Total Cost: $75.00 Day 1: Breakfast: Oatmeal with Bananas Prepare Oatmeal and add sliced bananas Kids Lunch: Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich with Carrot Sticks Adult Lunch: Hummus and Cucumber Sandwich with Carrot Sticks Dinner: Grilled Veggie Fajitas with Black Beans Day 2: Breakfast: Kale & Berry Smoothie Recipe - Add 3 cups of almond milk, 1 ½ cups berries, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of kale Process - Add all ingredients into a blender, blend and split between 4 glasses Kids Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich with Celery Sticks Adult Lunch: Steamed Veggies Process - Steam a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, mix with your favorite sauce and split between 2 people. Dinner: Gumbo Day 3: Breakfast: Oatmeal and Bananas Lunch: Chickpea Salad Sandwiches Dinner: BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with Steamed Frozen Vegetables Day 4: Breakfast: Kale and Berry Smoothie Kids Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches with Carrot Sticks Adult Lunch: Steamed Stir Fry Veggies Dinner: Curry Chickpea and Rice Bowls with Spinach Salad Spinach Salad - Toss Spinach, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers and add your favorite dressing or sauce. Day 5: Breakfast: Oatmeal and Bananas Lunch: Hummus and Cucumber Sandwiches Dinner: Bean and Rice Burritos with Chips and Salsa Day 6: Breakfast: Kale and Berry Smoothie Lunch: Chickpea Salad Sandwiches Dinner: Veggie Kung Pao Rice Bowls Day 7: Breakfast: Oatmeal and Bananas Kids Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches with Celery Sticks Adult Lunch: Steamed Frozen Veggies Dinner: Low Fat Chili