Dinner for Two… weeks of meals under $100

Meal Plan

Hi friends,

I am back with a meal prep blog for you. With the plethora of ice cream I’ll be inhaling over the next 8 weeks, it’s important to keep my eating clean when I’m home. And since the majority of my next 8 paychecks will end up in boardwalk souvenir shops, budgeting is important too.

So I humbly present to you… 2 weeks of easy meals for 2 adults. The entire 2-week plan is less than $100. (Of course, this may vary but that amount is based on shopping at my local ShopRite here in the Philly area.)

I based this budget off of the food my boyfriend and I actually eat so obviously feel free to modify it as necessary. I chose almost all dinner recipes that can be made in a crock pot (indicated with CP) and prepped in advance for my fellow young professionals. These recipes are all low in fat and there are at least 2 vegetarian meals included per week.

As far as recipes go, they are a collection of my faves from Pinterest and beyond, but I will provide links to give all these talented ladies cred. So here goes!

Menu

Breakfast

  • Cereal and almond milk
  • Bagels
  • Fruit

Lunch

  • Pitas and rolls
  • Turkey or ham
  • Cheese
  • Pop chips
  • Fruit

Dinner

Shopping List

  • Ciabatta loaf $4
  • Pita pockets $2.50
  • Fresh bagels $5
  • Hamburger rolls (2 packs) $2
  • Almond milk $2
  • NutriGrain bars $2.50
  • Chex cereal $2
  • Large can crushed pineapples $1.25
  • One can each corn, diced tomatoes, black beans $2.50
  • Deli sliced sweet pepper rings $2
  • 2 cans chicken broth, one can beef broth $3
  • 2 jars marinara $2
  • 1/4 lb. deli American cheese $1
  • 2 bags shredded mozz cheese $4
  • Turkey burgers $7
  • Cheese ravioli $1.50
  • Mini frozen meatballs $3
  • 2 Wheat pizza dough $4
  • Low-sodium turkey and ham $8.70
  • Whole grain brown rice $3
  • 8 lb watermelon, cut $6
  • 2 large carrots $2
  • Garlic $1
  • Onion $1
  • Lime $.50
  • 2 bell peppers $3
  • 2 yams $1
  • 3 bags salad mix $5
  • 2 individual snack bags of tortilla chips for chicken tortilla soup $.50
  • 2 bags Quaker Pop Chips $2
  • 3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast $9
  • 2 lb. boneless chuck roast $11

Preparation

Breakfast and lunch are pretty simple, just plan ahead. Follow the instructions linked for dinners. I recommend taking time on a Sunday morning to prep all your crock pot meals. Throw them in thick freezer bags, label, and store. If you’re interested in me doing another post on exactly how to meal prep with freezer bags, let me know. I feel like there are plenty of examples of this on Pinterest for reference.

Budget

I rounded for the most part but all told, my ShopRite at Home app says $96 total for this plan! Anticipate that you may also need to pick up some spices as needed. Anyone who has a local ShopRite, I would encourage you to try out their at-home service. Right now, they’re offering $15 off when you spend $75 and $10 off $20 in General Mills products. Plus, you can schedule a time that’s convenient t for you. Using this service alone has saved us hundreds because I have time throughout the day to slim things off the list and don’t pick up things I don’t need while perusing the aisles.

I hope you enjoy all of these recipes as much as I do, at a price point you can afford.

What do you want to see next? Challenge me to an even slimmer budget? Just MORE MEALS? Let me know in the comments below! 

Meal Planning 101: Getting Started

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Week of 1/25/16

Menu

Breakfast: PB Chocolate Banana Shake

Lunch: Meatless Mex Mashup

Dinner: Mediterranean Chicken

Shopping List

  • protein powder (preferably chocolate peanut butter)
  • 4 large bananas
  • 4 cups skim/almond milk
  • 14 fajita-size flour tortillas
  • 5 large potatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 small container any kind hummus (roasted red pepper is my favorite)
  • 3 avocados
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 bags frozen steamer vegetables (medley or broccoli work best)
  • 1 bag baby carrots
  • 1 container strawberries
  • 1 container blueberries

You should have in your pantry:

  • healthy snacks such as kashi bars, low-sodium turkey jerky, babybell cheeses
  • italian seasoning mix or herbs
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • containers

Recipes

PB Chocolate Banana Shake

Fill your blender with half a banana, one scoop protein powder, 1/2 c milk, 1/2 water, 3-5 ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Clean boneless breasts. Beat to make tender and of even thickness. Arrange on a cookie sheet covered in foil. Coat in 1 tbsp of olive oil and italian seasoning on both sides. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn over and bake for 15 more minutes. Chicken is done when it is 160 degrees inside on food thermometer.

Scrub potato skins clean, then pierce with fork throughout. Place in microwave for 10-13 minutes. You may have to do this in two batches depending on the size of your microwave. Potatoes are done when they can easily be scooped from their skin.

Microwave frozen vegetables.

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Meatless Mex Mashup

Black Bean Potato: Arrange half the flour tortillas flat. Spread a thin layer of cooked potato innards onto each tortilla. (This should use about 1.5 potatoes.) Rinse black beans and place 1-2 tbsp on top of potatoes.

Avocado Hummus: Pit and scoop out avocados. On the other half of the tortillas, spread a thin layer of avocado. On top of that, put 1 heaping tsp of hummus.

Arrange

Each dinner container should include 4oz chicken, half potato, vegetables.

Each lunch container should include one of each type of tortilla and a cup of fruits and vegetables.