Budget Meals for Winter
$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.
Soup and bread makes a great hot lunch in the winter - make your own no-knead bread, and try our tomato soup, onion soup, and vegetable soup. Make a big batch and freeze individual portions in tupperwares, and you can just microwave them for lunch. Many of your lunches can just be leftovers from dinner, though - most of these dinners can be reheated easily in the microwave.
Each of these dinners corresponds to a recipe here on Gevirts. All but the stuffed zucchini 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. I've put the recipes that take longer on weekend nights for you.
- Monday - Tofu Stir-Fry over rice
- Tuesday - Lamb Stew with green salad
- Wednesday - Unstuffed Cabbage with apple slices
- Thursday - Pizza with onions and mushrooms and green salad
- Friday - Tomato Soup and grilled cheese sandwiches and green salad
- Saturday - Macaroni and Cheese with grated carrots
- Sunday - Lentil Stew with cheesecake and strawberry sauce for dessert