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Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly

Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly Shopping List: Week of January 13, 2020

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Dear Friend,

Here is your weekly meal plan and shopping list!

This week, you’ll use several different types of vegetables for corn soup, fiesta wraps and taco salad. We have listed a side salad to go with Wednesday’s pasta dish; plan to use half of your head of lettuce for that, along with any odds and ends — bits of bell pepper, carrots, onion and so on — that may be leftover from Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Similarly, you’ll use quinoa in Tuesday’s Fiesta Wraps, and will have some leftover to cook for Thursday night, to go with the lemon pepper chicken. The chicken recipe calls for white wine or water, but we recommend using chicken broth this week instead — you will have a cup more than you need for the corn soup, so saving it to make the sauce on Thursday makes good sense and will avoid waste.

Lastly, please make sure to check your pantry and refrigerator for tortilla chips and salsa before shopping. You may have those items on hand and not need to purchase them again in the quantities needed for the taco salad.

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!


Corn soup, tortillas


Fiesta Wraps


Red Hot Fusilli, salad


Lightning fast Lemon Pepper Chicken, quinoa, carrots


Taco Salad


1 yellow onion
1 red onion
1 lb. carrots
2 stalks celery
2 red bell peppers
1 small potato
1 head garlic
1 small chile pepper (optional)
1 lime
1 lemon
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 bunch scallions
1 head romaine lettuce
8 large fresh tomatoes

Grocery Items/Dry Goods

3 cans (6 cups) chicken broth
1 package quinoa
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 dozen whole wheat tortillas
1 package fusilli pasta
1 bag tortilla chips (10 oz)
1 jar salsa

Frozen Foods

1 package frozen corn (you need 4 cups)


1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ lb. ground beef


1 stick butter
1 bag shredded cheddar cheese

Check Your Pantry For

Cornmeal or flour
Salt and pepper
Chili powder
Garlic powder
Crushed red pepper
Vegetable Oil
Olive Oil
Salad dressing, or oil and vinegar to make your own