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Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly

Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly Shopping List: Week of February 12, 2024

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Dear Friend,

Here is your weekly meal plan and shopping list!

This week, we’ve put lettuce and tomatoes on the list for both topping the taco burgers, and chopping up to top the tostadas. The taco burgers also call for avocado; if you have extra, you can add that to the tostadas as well.

The chicken tender recipe for Friday includes marinara sauce for dipping, but we’ve omitted it from the shopping list in favor of letting you choose your own dip (or eat the chicken tenders plain — they’re great either way!). We’ve also suggested purchasing chicken breast rather than tenders for this recipe; if chicken breast is more cost-effective, just cut it into strips before breading and cooking.

On Monday, you’ll need cheese for the tuna melts; we suggest choosing something that can do double-duty for topping your tostadas as well so you can purchase one package and keep your budget in check.

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!


Tuna melts, fruit


Turkey Taco burgers, corn


Tostadas, corn and rice


Orange thyme chicken and rice, mixed vegetables


Parmesan chicken tenders, fruit, mixed vegetables


Fruit of your choice
1 avocado
1 lemon
1 head Lettuce
4 tomatoes
1 bunch celery
2 onions
1 package fresh thyme
1 orange
1 head garlic

Grocery Items/Dry Goods

1 package burger buns
1 bag brown rice
2 cans refried beans
1 dozen corn tortillas
1 jar salsa
1 can tuna
1 loaf whole wheat bread
1 quart chicken stock
1 package panko bread crumbs

Frozen Foods

1 bag frozen corn kernels
1 bag frozen mixed vegetables


1 lb. ground turkey
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken tenders


4 slices (about ¼ pound) pepper jack cheese
16 oz. cheese of your choice (for tuna melts and tostadas)
1 stick butter
1 dozen eggs
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Check Your Pantry For

Olive oil
Vegetable oil
Cooking spray
Bay leaves
Chili powder
Garlic powder
Italian seasoning OR basil/oregano