This Week’s Dinners for $70 or Less: Easy Meal Plan

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This  week’s meal plan is super tasty, can be shopped at Trader Joe’s (though you don’t have to) and comes in under $70. It also features extremely easy-to-prep meals.

This Week's Dinners for $70 or Less: Easy Meal Plan

We all want dinner to be easy, don’t we? If that weren’t the case, restaurants, disposable plates, and dishwashers never would have been invented. However, it takes extra money to make dinner easy — or a little planning. Lucky for you, you can have the best of both worlds with my This Week’s Dinners for $70 or Less meal plans.

Janel and I have done the planning for you. If you missed the first four budget meal plans, 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)
Plan 4: Comfort Foods (chicken pot pie, mac and cheese, lawnmower taco, bacon and broccoli egg bake, beans and rice, soup, pizza)

The new plan is full of lots of yummy items, from Slow Cooker Enchiladas to  Alfredo Mac and Cheese to Homemade Pizza. All the work is done for you: planning, list making, and prep-ahead scheming. All you need to do is print and head to the store. When you get home, follow the prep steps so that supper comes together quickly and easily all week long.

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This Week's Dinners for $70 or Less: Easy Meal Plan

Here’s what’s included in this week’s meal plan:

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

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!

Have a very tasty week!

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  1. Yay! A new one! I’ve recently found you and your sites through a search looking for meal plans. You sucked me right in! You’ve gotten me excited about budgets of all things and have me making my own bread! Thank you for helping those of us who are trying to get and keep it together!

  2. I love this! I have your Good Cheap Eats cookbook and it’s one of my favorites. The idea of these menus is very intriguing to me. What I really, really wish is that there was one link to download all of the recipes in a single file. Then that file could be either printed or saved for viewing on my tablet. It’s a bummer that all of the recipes are located in different places and clicked on individually.
    Thanks for all the work you all have done on this. I am excited to get cooking!

  3. So excited to see another one of these plans!!! I hope to use it for our menu next week! Combined with my breakfast and lunch rotation, inspired by you, it should make for an easy week! 🙂

    Thank you for putting these plans together, I love them!

  4. What do you use the Jamie’s Seasoning for in this meal plan?

  5. I made a batch today and then couldn’t figure out which recipe it was for. Thanks! I have been looking at so many recipes these past few days, can you please advise where else you use the seasoning? I get that it’s an all-purpose seasoning, but if you have any more specific recipes I’d appreciate hearing about them.

  6. Marty C. says:

    I am a big fan of both of your cookbooks, and.atopped by to see what was new on the blog… I LOVE these weekly plans! Before it folded, Everyday Food magazine had a feature called “Grocery Bag” that was very similar, and I haven’t been able to find anything like until now… Thank you!! I can’t wait to go back and try the others, it’s such a fun way to break out of a food rut and bring some new recipes into the regular rotation!

    On a completely different note… I am a regular Trader Joes shopper and have a peanut/tree nut allergy son… I remember reading that you’ve dealt with allergies with your family too and wonder if you’ve heard anything positive about their allergy labeling policies? I’ve been searching for more information with mixed results… Your mention of their non-GMO and other policies made me wonder where I could find out more. If you happen to know 🙂

    • Hi Marty! Thanks so much for your kind words. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the weekly plans. As for TJ’s, I just read every label to make sure it’s safe for my daughter. She is allergic to walnuts and peanuts, but can have almonds, hazelnuts, cashews. It’s tricky because of the cross-contamination issue among nuts themselves, so we just read every label. TJ has the typical disclaimer on most things, so I don’t know that it’s better or worse than other places. I love brands like Pirate’s Booty or Junior Mints who verify that it’s a peanut-free facility.

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