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Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly

Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly Shopping List: Week of May 22, 2023

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Dear Friend,

Here is your weekly meal plan and shopping list!

This week, you’ll have plenty of lettuce and tomatoes on hand to make quick garden salads for side dishes, as well as a main dish Taco Salad. We also suggest using one or two tomatoes, along with half of your broccoli, in the Vegetable Quiche recipe. You can choose different vegetables for the quiche if you prefer; just make sure to update your shopping list!

The list also includes 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and 2.5 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. The cheddar is for the quiche and taco salad, while the mozzarella is intended for the ziti bake and English Muffin pizzas. However, you can buy different types of cheese for these dishes if you’d prefer, and if it’s more cost-effective to buy a large bag of a single cheese blend for all the meals, that’s a good option to consider.

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!


Vegetable Quiche, Hold the Crust; fruit


Taco Salad


Ziti bake; garden salad


Crispy Oven Baked Chicken; broccoli; baked potatoes


English Muffin Pizzas; salad; fruit


2 onions
2 lbs. Broccoli
1 head romaine lettuce
4 green onions (scallions)
6 medium tomatoes
Baking Potatoes -- 1 per person
Fruit of your choice

Grocery Items/Dry Goods

1 cup cornflake cereal crumbs
1 can kidney beans
1 jar salsa
1 (10 oz) bag tortilla chips
5 cups (40 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 package English muffins
1 lb ziti

Frozen Foods


1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 lb ground beef


1 dozen eggs
1 pint milk
1 stick butter
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2.5 cups shredded mozzarella
15 oz cottage cheese
4 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

Check Your Pantry For

Olive oil
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
Onion powder
Chili powder
Salad dressing, or oil and vinegar to make your own