Budget Low Carb $25 Seven Day Meal Plan (Recipes), Three Meals Daily
So you might be running low on money or you rather save money on food. You probably paid all your bills this week leaving you with $ 50. The only thing that’s in your refrigerator is butter, a couple ketchup packets and some salt pepper. So what do you do now go buy a couple pounds of rice, beans and some roman noodles or would you rather make it through with this low carb menu? I seriously hope you choose the second choice.
This being said, just know that this menu is made for one person. It will give you three meals a day for a week. If your serving for more than one person the recipes can be double or shared with a second person. I personally felt that what I cook was more than i needed and satisfied my hunger. I also placed some things aside to eat as a snack but never did. Make sure you have access to a Dollar that sells frozen foods and the bigger the section the better. These are items that are sold in the Dollar Tree stores around Birmingham, and they sell similar items in other places.
Before I start, I want to say a couple of things.
I picked Dollar Tree for a few reasons. Out of curiosity, because there are some cool, LC items you can get there, and because sometimes when you’re broke, you don’t have the gas money for going to three or four stores to buy the sale items there. That’s how broke I’ve been.
Before everyone begins to complain, this is not a Paleo menu and it isn’t a gourmet menu either. You might even find gluten in it somewhere. The meat are processed. Nothing at all is fresh. This menu is specifically made to get you what you need on a $25 budget. If you need things like coffee, creamer or sweetener you can find them all at the dollar tree, the creamer isn’t sugar free. The Dollar Tree sells half and half which really isn’t a great option. So if you need to have your daily coffee and have those free extra dollars you got that.
The recipes on this plan are really simple to make and they taste great. Snacks are pork rinds, sunflower seeds, olives, pickles and string cheese. You can make them all on Sunday and package them for the entire week.
Some of them will make leftovers, not a huge amount, but I actually ate this exact food for a week and I didn’t go hungry. I didn’t even need snacks most days. It all depends on your appetite. There will also be some items that you have left in your pantry to roll over into your next week’s menu.
I don’t mind foraging some, so just for funsies, I went outside and cut a handful of those wild onions that grow everywhere to add to some of the recipes for bulk and for some mild, onion flavor. I like them, and they were free. However! Unless you know for certain that you have onions, don’t try this at home.
Please do your own nutritional counts.
My grocery purchases were these:
One bag of pork rinds
Two bags of frozen veggie mix
One bag of frozen peppers and onions
One bag of frozen spinach
One package of frozen tilapia filets
One chub of frozen breakfast sausage
One two pack of frozen chicken legs
Two 3 oz packages of shredded mozzarella (Make sure it’s real cheese, not the fake stuff)
One 3 oz package of shredded cheddar (again, real)
One three pack of string cheese
3 half dozen cartons of eggs
A bottle of real mayonnaise
A package of walnuts
A jar of pickles
A can of mackerel
A can of tuna
A bag of shelled sunflower seeds
A jar of Rinaldi pizza sauce (read your labels! Rinaldi does not have added sugar.)
A shaker of parmesan (get the smaller one, the big can is “cheese product”)
A can of black olives
A package of pepperoni slices
You want your breakfast sausage, a six pack of eggs, and a cup of the frozen pepper mix.
Brown the sausage and scramble the eggs with the peppers, the stir it all together and keep it in a bowl. Dip some out each morning and heat it up for breakfast. Easy.
Mix together the tuna with 3 tablespoons of mayo and slice up the pickles, the package of walnuts and salt and pepper . Boil two eggs. Cook two cups of the California blend veggies. Place half of the tuna, 1 egg and half the veggies aside for dinner
Preheat oven to 400.
Thaw the whole package of spinach, put it in a mixing bowl with about 1/4 cup of mayo and 1/4 cup of parmesan, plus some salt and pepper. Put it in a small baking dish and crack four eggs on top. Salt and pepper the eggs, put in the oven, and bake for 20 minutes. You could shorten the baking time to 10-12 minutes if you wished for a runny yolk, but I like my eggs yolks firm. Serve half per meal for two separate meals. I had some sunflower seeds for a snack.