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Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly

Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly Shopping List: Week of April 1, 2024

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Dear Friend,

Here is your weekly meal plan and shopping list!

On Monday, the Oodles of Noodles recipe calls for 2 ¼ cups of grape tomatoes. However, a pint of grape tomatoes is generally 2 cups, which should be sufficient, so we’ve only put one pint on the shopping list to help keep the budget in check. Wednesday’s chicken recipe lists half a head of cauliflower; you’ll use the other half on Friday as a side dish with the baked fish.

For Thursday’s pork recipe, you need honey mustard, but don’t bother buying a special honey mustard blend for this recipe. Just mix together equal amounts of honey and mustard, which you may already have in your pantry, and use that for the pork chops!

Finally, you’ll note that the Oodles of Noodles recipe calls for whole wheat flour. We’ve simply noted that you should check your pantry for flour. All-purpose will work just as well as whole wheat flour for thickening the recipe, and if you’ve got it on hand, there’s no need to buy something special.

Please note that the recipes provided may serve different numbers of people. The shopping list is built from the recipes, so depending on the size of your family, you may need more or less of some ingredients. Remember to check the serving sizes before you shop so you can adjust your list to work for your family!


Oodles of Noodles


Black bean soup, tortilla chips


Sheet Pan Chicken Legs and Vegetables, rice


Honey Mustard Pork with Lemon Spinach


Spicy Baked Fish, rice, cauliflower


1 pint grape tomatoes
1 head garlic
1 bunch Swiss Chard
1 lb. spinach
1 head cauliflower
4 carrots
1 bunch Brussels Sprouts
2 onions
1 green bell pepper
1 lime

Grocery Items/Dry Goods

1 package whole wheat penne pasta
1 quart vegetable broth
1 bag rice
1 bag tortilla chips
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans
1 jar salsa
1 can (8 oz) diced tomatoes

Frozen Foods


4 top loin pork chops
12 chicken drumsticks
1 lb. cod filets


1 pint orange juice
1 small container (4 oz) sour cream, optional

Check Your Pantry For

Olive oil
Canola oil
Chili powder
Soy sauce
Lemon juice