Seven Dinners For Four For Around $50 (1)



     I use Aldi for my meal plans. I have yet to find a more frugal option and my goal is to provide the most affordable meal plans I can.

     You will not find organic, paleo, or gluten free meal plans from me. My goal is to come up with meal plans that feed a family relatively healthy for cheap. Aldi does offer many organic and gluten free products. You are welcome to make substitutions if you so choose.

     My meal plans are designed to have little waste. The same ingredients may be used in multiple dinners.

     Below you will find a week of dinners for your family of four for around $50. Be aware prices change regularly without notice. Prices also vary by region.

This week’s dinner plan includes:

Salmon with Brown Rice and Green Beans

Chicken Tacos

Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, and Salad

Hot Dogs, Fries, Salad

Ground Turkey Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken Over Pasta With Salad

Breakfast For Dinner




Salmon, Brown Rice, Green Beans

Sprinkle salmon with lemon pepper seasoning. Broil for 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Serve with brown rice and green beans.

Chicken Tacos

Place one pound of skinless boneless chicken breast in slow cooker. Sprinkle chicken with one packet of taco seasoning. Pour ½ a jar of salsa on top. Cook 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Shred chicken. Serve on tortillas with lettuce, shredded cheddar, sour cream and optional jalapeños.

Spaghetti, Bread, Salad

Brown one pound ground turkey. Add one jar of spaghetti sauce and ½ jar of salsa. Top spaghetti noodles with meat sauce. Salad consists of lettuce, carrots, onion, dressing and optional jalapeños. Serve with toasted garlic bread.

Hot dogs, Fries, Salad

Boil, grill, or broil hot dogs. Toast hot dog buns. Follow oven directions for ½ bag of fries. Make salad same as spaghetti night.

Ground Turkey Tacos

Brown one pound ground turkey. Add one envelope taco seasoning following directions on package. Serve on tortillas with lettuce, shredded cheddar, sour cream and optional jalapeños.

Slow  Chicken over Pasta, Salad

Place two pounds of skinless boneless chicken breasts in slow cooker. Top with one Italian seasoning envelope, an 8 oz block of cream cheese, and two cans of cream of chicken soup. Cook for 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Slice chicken into bite size chunks. Serve over pasta with a salad on the side.

Breakfast for Dinner: Eggs, Bacon, Toast, Cantaloupe

Cook entire package of bacon in oven on broiler pan, flipping bacon halfway through. Fry 10 scrambled eggs. Serve with toast and cantaloupe or other fruit that is in season.

Shopping List:

Aisle One

$1.69 1 Jar of Salsa

1.19 1 Jar of Jalapeños

.70 2 Taco Seasoning Envelopes

1.69 Bag of 20 Tortillas

1.00 1 Bottle Salad Dressing of Choice

Aisle 2

1.00 Lemon Pepper Seasoning

.69 Italian Dressing Seasoning Packet

Aisle 3

1.98 2 Heads of Lettuce

.99 1 Bag of Baby Carrots

.99 1 Bag of 3 lb Bag of Onions

Back Wall Refrigerated Case

8.07 3 lbs Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts

1.99 1 Block Cream Cheese

Aisle 4

.89 1 Package of 8 Hot Dog Rolls

1.50 Cantaloupe or other in season fruit

1.38 2 Cans Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup

Aisle 5 including Refrigerated and Freezer Case

3.38 2 lbs Frozen Ground Turkey

3.97 1 lb Salmon Fillets

.88 2 lb Frozen Green Beans

1.29 Sour Cream

1.99 Bag Shredded Cheddar

1.19 1 Jar Traditional Spaghetti Sauce

1.78 2 Boxes Whole Wheat Spaghetti Noodles

1.00 1 Loaf Frozen Garlic Bread

2.50 1 Package of 10 Beef Hotdogs

1.89 1 Bag Frozen French Fries

2.99 1 Package Bacon

1.39 Dozen Eggs

1.29 1 Loaf 35 calorie Fit & Active Wheat Bread

$51.29 Total for 7 Dinners

Check out another week’s meal plan here.

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