This week's family meal plan has international flavors, like a Vietnamese Noodle Salad or Chili Beef Tacos, at a budget price.
Introduce your family to new flavors without breaking the bank. On the weekly meal plan this week: our take on a Vietnamese
noodle salad, fast beef tacos and a budget pasta primavera made with lima beans and carrots.
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Cost per serving: $2.95
Prepare a pot roast in your slow cooker and then use the meat in this lively tasting entrée. Two jars of salsa cook right into the roast, and you can serve more salsa on the side as a topping.
See recipe: Chili-Beef Soft Tacos
Cost per serving: $1.46
Using ricotta instead of cream lightens up this primavera, plus it’s loaded with good-for-you vegetables. Although the recipe calls for lima beans, frozen shelled edamame works well, too.
See recipe: Cheesy Pasta Primavera
Cost per serving: $2.56
An Asian noodle salad becomes a filling meal with the addition of sliced pork tenderloin. For extra crunch, sprinkle coarsely chopped peanuts over the salad.
See recipe: Vietnamese Noodle Salad with Pork
Cost per serving: $1.82
Move a step beyond basic grilled cheese with these delicious, filling sandwiches. Serve with veggies and dip on the side for a family-friendly meal.
See recipe: Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Cost per serving: 73¢
A light marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary and garlic makes this chicken extra tasty. Keep the sides simple: A green vegetable and white rice round out the meal perfectly.
See recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs