This Week’s Dinners for $70 or Less: Comfort Foods

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This  week’s meal plan is full of comfort foods, can be shopped at Trader Joe’s (though you don’t have to) and comes in under $70. What’s not to love?

This Week's Dinners for $70 or Less: Comfort Foods - This  week's meal plan is full of comfort foods, can be shopped at Trader Joe’s (though you don’t have to) and comes in under $70.

Hey everybody! This Week’s Dinners for $70 or Less is back! I’m so excited that these budget-friendly, kid-friendly, sanity-friendly meal plans are so popular. I made the first one for Amy, but now I make them for me! And for you, of course.

I’m thrilled that you like them — and that they help your life as mom.

If you missed the first three, they are still available here:

Plan 1: Mostly Chicken (chicken sliders, chicken & bean burritos, salsa verde chicken, sausages and rice, tortellini pasta salad, soup, and pizza)
Plan 2: Mostly Meatless (green chile burritos, cheese enchiladas, egg sandwiches, Popeye’s burgers, meat sauce and pasta, vegetable soup, pizza)
Plan 3: Pretty Meaty (pasta with meat sauce, chili beans soup, pizza, tacos, sandwiches, and chicken)

A comfort food meal plan

This week’s plan is all about comfort food. While we’re still having warm days in November in San Diego, the evenings are chilly enough that I am ready to hunker down with a big ole pot of Mac and Cheese or a plate of Lawnmower Taco. These are the ultimate comfort foods in this plan. And the price tag is pretty sweet, too.

If you’ve got a good stock of spices on hand already, you can easily bring this meal down in price from my $70 target. And that’s even with buying the bacon!

(I’ve added some alternatives to the four slices of bacon needed, so you can trim costs if you like.)

This Week's Dinners for $70 or Less: Comfort Foods - This  week's meal plan is full of comfort foods, can be shopped at Trader Joe’s (though you don’t have to) and comes in under $70.

As always, I’ve included some cheats in the meal plan notes. Be sure to read all the notes! They’ll give you accommodations for the recipes to make them just a little more economical and to fit into the bigger picture of the week’s meals.

For instance, testing this plan out, I used corn tortillas (99 cents) instead of tortilla chips in the Lawnmower Taco. This shaved the price down and my family preferred the casserole with tortillas. Bonus points, the dish ended up a bit healthier without the added fat and salt of the chips.

So, be sure to read the notes, print out all the recipes, and get thee to the store.

Per design, this is all shoppable at Trader Joe’s — and readers tell me Aldi, as well. You don’t have to go there, but regulars at these stores know that you can’t find EVERYTHING there. Well, you can find EVERYTHING for these meal plans there which makes wherever you shop, a one-stop shopping experience. Booyah!

Be sure to tell all your friends about these Trader Joe’s meal plans! 😉

Here are the meals included in the plan:

You can download the meal plan for free along with the grocery lists, prep instrux, and cheat sheet.

In addition to the 40+ meal plans already available on Life as MOM, we’re now preparing meal plans with a week’s worth of recipes that build on one another and that cost under $70 for the whole week of dinners.

Obviously this type of plan is a little more time-intensive to prepare than previous meal plans, so we won’t be posting them on a weekly basis, at least not at the start. Any constructive feedback you can offer as we work out the bugs, is greatly appreciated. You can leave a comment here or email janel(at)lifeasmom(dot)com or jessica(at)lifeasmom(dot)com. Thanks!

Now let’s get cooking!

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  1. Thank you! I loved the other $70 meal plans and look forward to trying this one.

  2. Michelle S. says:

    Hooray! a new one! i just love these $70 plans. They are such a hit with my family. Thank you!

  3. Thank you! You can’t begin to imagine what a blessing you are to all of us budget – conscious mamas. Can’t wait to try this week’s menu out!

  4. I’m really looking forward to trying this out! The fact that I can buy everything at Trader Joes is a big plus for me. Thanks so much!!!

  5. I have been waiting for this menu!! It is a great fit for my family, right down to the “breakfast for dinner” egg bake one night! Thank you so much for your effort in putting this together.

  6. This is so awesome!! I downloaded the PDF and, just to let you know, it says on the bottom of each page “$70 Meal Plan #3: Pretty Meaty” 🙂

  7. We just had an Aldi open in town. I am so excited to try these plans.

  8. Heather M says:

    How many servings does each meal make. I cook for 2 adult and 4 kids under age 8. will I need to double everything?

    • You’ll have to look at the recipes on the list and compare them to your family’s tastes. Some recipes I’m able to stretch to feed our 8. They are guaranteed to feed 4 adults.

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