The Meal Plan for the Week of June 20, 2022

Budget and Plan a Week of Dinners

The cost of groceries seems higher than even right now, which is why this week’s meal plan is all about grocery shopping on a budget. The recipes below provide five dinner meal ideas for an average family of four for less than $100.

A few things to keep in mind – where you shop will play a role in the cost of ingredients. Some of the ingredients in recipes are pantry staples, so if don’t already have an ingredient, that will increase the cost slightly. Using leftovers is a big part of saving money when it comes to groceries, which you will see put into practice below. Let’s get started!


Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Cooking fajitas instead of ordering them out will not only save on money but can also be healthier! Sheet pans meals are also as easy as they come, which is great for busy weeknights. Make a double recipe and save leftovers overs for tomorrow night’s dinner (below)!


Chicken Fajita Bowl

Using leftover chicken fajitas from the night before and transforming them into a new meal is a great way to stretch your grocery dollar. Simply swap the tortillas for brown rice and beans and add a few toppings for a delicious and nutrient-rich meal. Extra tip – This recipe uses dry black beans, but you can also use no salt added canned beans, too!


Spaghetti with Meatballs

Spaghetti and meatballs are a dinner staple. It’s easy to make, filling, and sure to please everyone at the dinner table! I like to pair a meal like this with a fresh green salad or bagged salad kit to add some color to the plate. You can make a simple side salad or buy one of the salad kits!


Meatball Sub

Using the leftover meatballs, marinara sauce, and salad kit from the night before saves big time on this recipe! Boost nutrients by purchasing whole-wheat sub rolls, reduced added sugar marinara sauce, and part-skim mozzarella cheese.


Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing

Cooking a big batch of shredded chicken and using it in various recipes throughout the week is the ultimate time-saver and money-saver. Shredded chicken can be used in soups, quesadillas, pasta dishes, pizza, grain bowls, casseroles, on top of salads…the list is endless!

Total amount: $89.66

As a reminder, this is an estimated cost and will vary depending on where you shop. All estimated costs demonstrated here came from Walmart. The costs of each of these meals account for the full quantity of the ingredients which means you will likely have leftover ingredients to use towards other recipes during the week! Also, how long leftovers last will also depend on your family’s personal portion sizes at meals.

About the dietitian

Lizzie, one of EHG's Client Success Managers, completed her Dietetic Certificate and Internship at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. Her interest in nutrition and exercise field comes from a passion for helping people meet their goals. Being a part of someone’s health journey by listening, providing them with accountability, and encouraging them every step of the way has been the source of her coaching success.

Lizzie Waldo

Engagement Health Group