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Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly

Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly Shopping List: Week of May 16, 2022

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Dear Friend,

Here is your weekly meal plan and shopping list!

This week, you’ll use broccoli twice, in both a broccoli soup and a beef and broccoli stir fry. For the stir fry, use whatever beef steak option is the most cost-effective. You don’t need much! If you would prefer and find it more cost effective, you can also make a chicken and broccoli stir fry instead; just substitute boneless, skinless chicken for the beef in the recipe.

Lettuce and tomatoes are listed in the tostada recipe, but we’ve also added some extra to the shopping list for topping your half-veggie burgers and for making a salad to accompany the soup. You’ll also have plenty of brown rice on hand, so you can feel free to add it to any meal this week as needed.

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!


Broccoli soup, bread, salad


Tostadas, rice, fruit


Tasty Italian Chicken, bread


Beef, brown rice and broccoli stir-fry


Half Veggie Burgers, fruit


2 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1 lb. mushrooms
1 head garlic
4 green onions
1.5 lbs. broccoli
1 onion
2 medium green peppers
1 head lettuce
3 tomatoes
Fruit of your choice

Grocery Items/Dry Goods

1 (14-16 oz) can chopped tomatoes with herbs
1 bag brown rice
1 quart chicken stock
2 cans lentils or beans of your choice
2 cans refried beans
12 corn tortillas
1 package burger buns
1 loaf whole wheat bread

Frozen Foods


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ lb. beef steak
1 lb. ground beef


4 oz. mozzarella or provolone cheese
8 oz. shredded cheese for tostadas
1 stick butter
1 pint milk
4 oz sour cream

Check Your Pantry For

Italian seasoning (or basil and oregano)
Olive oil
Soy sauce
Bay leaves
Thyme or basil
Vegetable oil
Salad dressing, or oil and vinegar to make your own
Ketchup, mustard and other condiments for the burgers