Budget Friendly Meal Ideas


IMG_1394.JPGShopping on a budget can come across as hard and overwhelming but it is not! It took me about 20 minutes to write a list of things out and come up with recipes based on the ingredients. I find Trader Joes to be the most affordable place for where I live but I know for some people there are cheaper places to go! I also know that everyone has different budgets and depending where you live some of the ingredients could be really expensive. So just feel free to swap it out for things that are cheaper or you currently have. I did not include spices and condiments in my budget. Again just use what you have or whatever you can afford.


All the meals were easy to make, healthy and delicious! You will also get about 2-3 servings from each meal so this should be able to last you around 5 days. Here is my shopping list:

Loaf of bread [tuscan pane]: $2.49
2 cans of chickpeas: $1.58
Quinoa: $3.99
1 apple: $0.49
1 can of white beans: $0.79
Bag of kale: $2.29
Frozen brown rice: $2.99
1 green pepper: $0.89
Frozen broccoli: $1.49
Bag of 9 potatoes: $2.29
1 onion: $0.79
Veggie broth: $1.99
Raspberries: $2.49
1 lemon: $0.49
1 banana: $0.19

Grand Total: $25.24

Breakfast Idea #1: Hummus + Toast with Fruit
Prepare fresh hummus by adding chickpeas, a squeeze of lemon juice, salt, onion powder, garlic powder and if you have tahini to a blender. Blend until smooth and add a little water if you need. Serve with toast and some raspberries or banana.

Breakfast Idea #2: Breakfast Quinoa with Fruit
Cook 1 cup of dry quinoa with 2 cups of water. After it has been cooked take 1 cup of quinoa out and save it for one of our lunch ideas. Add in some cinnamon and about 1/4 cup of sweetener of choice I like maple syrup. Mix together and serve with fruit. Can be eaten cold or hot.

Lunch Idea #1: Kale, Apple, Quinoa and Potato Salad
Take a big bunch of kale and rip off any stems. Massage it with your hands until it is soft and tender. Then add in the cup of quinoa that we saved from breakfast, 1 apple chopped up and cooked potatoes. To cook the potatoes simply chop up 2 potatoes, add some seasonings of your choice and place in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes. Add some lemon juice, salt, pepper and red wine vinegar to the salad. If you have another dressing you like then add that!

Lunch Idea #2: White Bean Soup
Cut up 1/4 of onion and put it into a pot with some veggie broth. Cook the onions until they are translucent. Then add in white beans, another big bunch of kale, one bag of frozen rice and a little lemon juice. Then add in 3 cups of water and any seasonings you like. Cook until kale has wilted.

Dinner Idea #1: Falafel Stuffed Peppers
*this idea was inspired by my friend Silvia’s recipe. Check out her Instagram: @scecco_food.for.thought
Take your green pepper and slice it in half and clean it out. Boil it in on the stove to soften. Prepare the falafel filling by taking 2/3 of your chickpeas, 1/4 white onion chopped, garlic powder, parsley, cumin, salt and breadcrumbs. If you do not have breadcrumbs you can use oats or take a slice of bread toast it and crumble it up. Blend until it forms a falafel dough mixture. Take out peppers and dry them off and stuff them with the falafel filling. Top with more breadcrumbs and place in the oven for about 45 minutes. Serve with rice, hummus and lemon.

Dinner Idea #2: Buddha Bowl
Make fries by cutting potatoes and adding salt and pepper and baking them in the oven. Serve with leftover chickpeas, broccoli, kale or quinoa. This is a great way to use up leftovers.


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