Plan to eat at home this week (and save money) with these five easy, budget-friendly family recipes and easy printable shopping list.
Serve up a week’s worth of quick and easy recipes. These dishes are simple, delicious and low-cost. This week’s menu includes
hamburgers, baked ziti, grilled salmon kid-friendly chicken tacos and a twist on a fresh fruit dessert.
Click to download: Shopping List (PDF)
Cost per serving: $2.37
A family-pleasing dish like this is a great place to sneak in some extra vegetables. If you have leftover cooked carrots, zucchini, spinach or broccoli, chop up finely and add to the sauce. You can also cook this dish with whole-wheat pasta for added fiber and other nutrients.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Baked Ziti
Cost per serving: $2.62
Make this recipe year-round by broiling the salmon instead of grilling it. Preheat the broiler and place a rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Broil the fish for about 15 minutes, flipping over once. It should be lightly browned on both sides and should flake with a fork.
See recipe: Grilled Salmon with Cucumber-Yogurt Salad
Cost per serving: $3.38
This salad is hearty without meat, but ham lends saltiness and depth. You also can make this dish topped with grilled chicken or shrimp.
See recipe: Warm Spinach Salad with Red Onions and Nectarines
Cost per serving: $1.79
These mini burgers are out the oven and ready to eat in 25 minutes. Special ingredients of turkey, yogurt and a mix of spices put a tasty and healthy spin on the all-American burger.
See recipe: Turkey Sliders with Herbed Mayonnaise
Cost per serving: $2.96
You can use quality chicken in this kid-friendly dish. Nuggets don’t have to be a guilty pleasure. Use a healthier variety such as Ian’s or Applegate Farms. Look for coupons in the Sunday newspaper and at mambosprouts.com to save on pricey cuts.
See recipe: Chicken Nugget Tacos
Cost per serving: 87¢
Make this dish à la mode by serving the roasted fruit with vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt instead of whipped cream. Also, experiment with cookie selection. Gingersnaps lend a nice bite to this dessert, but other types of cookies work just as well: Graham crackers, butter cookies or oatmeal cookies are all great choices.
See recipe: Roasted Peaches with Cookie Crumble