Have you ever gone to the grocery store for a week’s worth of food and felt overwhelmed by the cost? If you plan accordingly and go in with a list, it’s really not as daunting as it seems. I like to go every two weeks personally, but sometimes I don’t do healthy meal plans for more than one week. I like to get what is on sale and go from there, but this is a good base real food meal plan to start from. With this template, you can create some really fabulous healthy meal plans for $50 a week AND keep your family happy. This is, of course, for a family of 5, and should give you some leftovers at least for mom or dad to take to work with them.
Healthy Meal Plans for a Family of 5
Each week I use the same template but switch up the meal ideas a bit according to what is on sale. You CAN create healthy meal plans with quick and easy weeknight meal ideas that kids love!
Meat & Veggie Monday
Turkey burgers with spinach, onion and cheese
Make burger base use this turkey burger recipe then add sautéed onion and spinach and shredded cheese and make into patties.
Meal Total = $8
Combine beef, salsa, beans and homemade seasoning
Add to taco shells with cheese
Meal total = $10
Rotini Protein Pasta, broccoli, cheese, creamy sauce = $6
Crock Pot Thursdays
Whole chicken in crockpot
Moroccan Lentils on the side
Then use leftover chicken bones to make broth overnight. Add a celery, carrot and bay leaf and cook on low for 9-10 hours.
Meal total = $7
Seafood paella = $8
Natural, no-nitrate turkey hot dogs, french fries, smoothies = $8
Refrigerator Soup or leftover pot pie = $0!!
TOTAL WEEKLY DINNER COST = $47