Did you hear about the challenge I'm giving myself?? If not, see HERE for my rules and game plan. Basically, I am challenging myself to spend only $500/month for food for my FAMILY OF 6! We will be eating all REAL FOOD (and even allergen free food!). Do you think I can do it?? Follow along and keep me accountable!
Below, I've formulated my meal plan for the budgeting challenge. My goal was to keep it as simple as possible, which is why I made the breakfasts the same each week and didn't schedule out lunches. I don't work well under structure, so leaving lunches open ended works better with my personality. Dinner is scheduled each night for four weeks and allows room for leftovers. I've linked where possible to recipes and each meal is gluten free (if you're not gluten free, this meal plan still works! Just replace certain recipes with your family favorites). I will probably adapt some recipes (because that is how I roll!) but have linked the ones I'm thinking of using as guides. When you look at the meal plan at a glance, it might seem heavy on meat. We try to eat mostly vegetables at dinner and use the meat part of the dish sparingly, so we should have plenty of leftovers available after each dinner that will be used for lunches or later in the week.
I am nervous but excited to take on this challenge and save some major moola over the next few months!
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Here are all of the links to the recipes I plan on using - this meal plan is loose (because let's be honest, I suck at sticking to meal plans, but I am REALLY going to try!!) - I may switch out recipes here and there, but here's my plan!
Breakfast (All Month, rotating each day)
- Monday: Sweet Potato & Egg Hash
- Tuesday: Acai/Smoothie Bowls & Homemade Granola
- Wednesday: Buckwheat Blender Pancakes
- Thursday: Smoothie & Muffins
- Friday: Waffles
- Saturday: Kids Choice
- Sunday: Oatmeal
Lunch (Variable - below are ideas)
- Grilled Chicken with Quinoa & Veggies
- 3 Bean Chili
- Pulled Pork Taco Salad
- Crockpot Indian Butter Chicken
- Pizza Night (every Friday)
- Leftovers (every Saturday)
- Paleo Pad Thai
- Chicken Lime Soup
- Pulled Pork & Roasted Sweet Potatoes (scroll down for sweet potato recipe)
- Rice & Beans with Fried Eggs
- Breakfast For Dinner
- Pizza Night
- Pasta Bolognese
- Pesto Pasta & Veggies
- Indian Lentils
- Spaghetti & Salad
- Crockpot Orange Chicken
- Pizza Night
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Crockpot Pork Tenderloin
- Baked Potato Bar
- One Pot Beef & Bean Tacos
- Garlicky Pasta & Veggies
- Pizza Night
- Crockpot Salsa Chicken Tacos
Weekly Baking Ideas
- Homemade Granola
- Graham Crackers
- Pizza Crust
- Muffins (one, two, three, four)
- Tortillas (we may use these or we may use lettuce instead)
- Chicken Stock
So, are you joining in? If so, be sure to use the tag #cleanseyourlifechallenge on Instagram or Facebook so we can all follow along! Make up your own rules, use your own recipes, or use my guide - you can do whatever you want! Can't wait to see how much money we all save!
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