Sunday, April 22, 2012

5 Meals Under $50: Shopping List (v.2)

I'm back with another 5 meals under $50 series!  I really enjoyed the process of creating a menu for a week's worth of meals the first time around, so I'm so excited to share round 2 with you!  In my opinion the April version was even better than the original from March!

Remember, the idea behind this is to improve my menu planning skills and budgeting.  I know it is possible for 2 people to eat for much less than $50 a week, but I wanted to maintain variety with this menu.  And as with the first version, I actually spent less than $50.  April's expenditure was closer to $45, so a bit more than March.  The reason it was a bit more expensive was that I wasn't as well prepared and ended up having to go back to the store, oops!

The Menu:
1) Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans
2) Turkey Meatballs with Linguini
3) Soy-Ginger Noodles with Roasted Vegetables
4) Turkey and Black Bean Tacos
5) Chicken and Asparagus Quesadillas

Here is your shopping list:

2 boneless chicken breasts*
450 grams lean ground turkey
1 package whole wheat or "smart" linguini
1/2 cup quinoa (try to find this in the bulk section)*
1 package of 6 inch whole wheat tortillas (10 tortillas)
300 gram container skim ricotta cheese
1 bunch asparagus
1 yellow bell pepper
1 avocado
1 large carrot
2 Roma tomatoes
1 lime
1 garlic bulb
1 lemon
1-1/2 inches fresh ginger root
1 sweet potato
150 grams green beans
Basil (I got a basil plant for $3)
1 jar Marinara sauce (you could make this yourself with 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and garlic)
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo
1 can low-sodium black beans
1 whole wheat bakery bun (bulk)

*I bought my chicken and quinoa at Costco, chicken was about $6 for 2 breasts and the huge bag of quinoa that I bought was $9 (not pictured). I also didn't end up using the sour cream pictured in the photo.

Other pantry items that I used:

Vegetable Oil
Soy sauce
Sesame Oil
Rice wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
BBQ sauce


  1. What a great idea! I have tried to do this for myself in the past and really need to get back to doing this. Planning ahead really does help stay on budget. Your meal plan for the week sounds delicious!

  2. I like that you included the extra pantry items in your lists. Gathering up a pantry of staples is so important when try to build up menu plans like this.

  3. I am eyeing that asparagus. I need to start shopping with you!


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