Budget Meals for Spring
$100 a week for five people
This budget recipe plan is designed for a family of five living mainly on food stamps. You should be able to get all the food needed for this plan for about $100 a week, shopping at Walmart or discount grocery stores, or even at regular grocery stores. This budget won't stretch to organic or farmer's market food unless your local farmer's market has a special program for food stamp recipients. But this plan does allow for at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and a lot of whole grains, and some fish. There is very little meat, but the kids get milk with every meal, and with their snacks too.
If you're eating on this budget, the children will probably be getting a free breakfast at school. The adults can each have a bowl of oatmeal with a sliced banana in it, and a cup of tea, for their breakfast. On the weekends, when the kids are home, they can have oatmeal and bananas too.
Again, the kids will probably have free lunch at school on weekdays. Adults can have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on whole wheat bread, and an apple, on some days, and the leftovers of the week's dinners, on other days. All of these leftovers can be microwaved to heat them up. Some of them, like pizza, can be eaten cold.
On Saturday, the kids can also have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but on Sunday it's nice to have a hot lunch of pancakes with strawberry sauce and applesauce.
If somebody is preparing snack for the kids after school (and for the adults too!), popcorn is a good healthy choice, and this budget also allows for grapes and sliced oranges to be served either with the popcorn or instead of popcorn.
Each of these dinners corresponds to a recipe here on Gevirts. All of them can be made in an hour, and most of them take only half an hour. If you don't get home from work until 6, this will mean that you don't eat until 7 or 7:30, but that will work out fine for you.
- Monday - Black-eyed peas and rice, and a green salad
- Tuesday - Asparagus and potato omelette, fresh bread, and sauteed spinach
- Wednesday - Leek and potato soup, crackers, and meringues with strawberry sauce for dessert
- Thursday - Salmon and parsley new potatoes, and green peas
- Friday - Pizza with pepperoni and/or mushrooms, and a green salad
- Saturday - Spinach ravioli with green salad
- Spaghetti with chickpeas and parsley pesto sauce (or mushrooms and tomato sauce!) and green salad