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next week’s menu plan #14, 6 meals for less than $55!

…because you just completed task #82 for the day, and you’re still only halfway through your list.

…because who has time to stop and menu plan, let alone shower daily, give the meyer lemon tree you inherited from your mother a bath, and remember to floss?

…because you just sat on the freeway for 45 minutes WITHOUT MOVING.  like literally.  at a standstill.  oh wait, that wasn’t you, it was just me?  well nevermind.  moving on…

For all these reasons and more I have this handy-dandy menu plan for you, with shopping list!, including 6 meals for less than $55!

Let’s take a look:

Dinner #1:

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas and a Simple Side Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  1 hour 15 minutes

Total:  $8.12 for the enchiladas + estimated $2.00 for the salad

Dinner #2:

Pork Medallions with Cherry Zinfandel Sauce and Mashed Butternut Squash

Prep and Cooking Time:  40 minutes

Total:  $4.99 for the pork + $3.75 for the squash


Dinner #3:

Italian Chicken Salad Pasta and a Simple Side Salad

Prep and Cooking Time:  30 minutes

Total:  $7.62 for the pasta + estimated $2.00 for the side salad


Dinner #4: 

Grilled Chicken with Chipotle Cilantro Carrots and Feta and Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Prep and Cooking Time:  1 hour

Total:  $7.22 for the chicken + $1.96 for the rice


Dinner #5 – Brinner!!:

Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese and Cinnamony Baked Oatmeal

Prep and Cooking Time:  45 minutes

Total:  $3.00 for the eggs + $3.83 for the oatmeal


Dinner #6:

Pan Roasted Orange Balsamic Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Feta

Prep and Cooking Time:  20 minutes

Total:  $6.22 for the chicken + estimated $4.25 for the orzo


Total for 6 nights of dinners:  $54.96!

Shopping List (items you likely don’t already have in your pantry):

Meat

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin (I look for pork on sale for $1.99/lb)
  • 6 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast (stock up at $1.99/lb)

Produce/Herbs

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint or basil (for orzo)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 limes
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots
  • 4 roma tomatoes
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 sprigs rosemary (I snag some from our “community” garden (wink wink)…it grows like a weed so I hate paying for it)
  • 7 cups arugula
  • lettuce
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves

Pantry

  • 1/2 pound orzo pasta
  • 1 cup dried brown rice
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (for oatmeal)
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 16-ounce jar green salsa
  • 8 corn or flour tortillas (for enchiladas)
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon raspberry or blackberry jam
  • 1/2 pound brown rice (or regular if you prefer) penne pasta

Dairy/Eggs

  • 1 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded jack cheese
  • 10 eggs
  • 5 ounces crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup shredded asiago or parmesan cheese

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love the idea of brinner = sounds delicious

    August 27, 2012

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