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Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly

Dinner Tonight: Budget Friendly Shopping List: Week of September 27, 2021

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Here is your weekly meal plan and shopping list! This week, you’ll enjoy healthy dishes built around lots of colorful vegetables — pasta, rice and chicken dishes, as well as a meat-free twist on burgers.
To keep the budget in check, we’re suggesting that you leave the asparagus out of the Pasta Primavera recipe. It will still be tasty! Also, for both the Hawaiian Chicken and the Chicken Tacos, you can use either chicken breasts or thighs. Feel free to choose whichever you like better, or whichever is less expensive.
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!


Pasta Primavera


Beanie Burgers on buns, topped with sliced tomato and any leftover spinach leaves; Roasted Potatoes


Vegetable jambalaya; Fruit


Hawaiian Chicken; Rice; Broccoli


Quick Trick Chicken Tacos


1 small package spinach (you need 2 oz. for the pasta and can use leftovers for burger toppings)
6 potatoes
2 carrots
1 bunch celery
1 red onion
1 head garlic
1 bunch fresh parsley
1 bunch green onions (scallions)
1 pound broccoli crowns
1 red bell pepper
2 green bell peppers
2 yellow onions
3 large tomatoes
1 small green chile pepper (optional)
1 lime
1 small package fresh basil leaves
Fruit of your choice

Grocery Items/Dry Goods

1 package fettuccine pasta (you can also use spaghetti)
1 package long-grain rice
1 can (16 oz) black beans
1 jar salsa
1 package flour tortillas
1 package burger buns
Chicken broth or vegetable broth (1 quart or 2 cans)

Frozen Foods

1 bag frozen peas
1 bag frozen corn
1 can (6 oz) frozen pineapple juice concentrate


3.5 lbs. Boneless skinless chicken, breasts or thighs


1 dozen eggs
Parmesan cheese (optional, for the pasta)

Check Your Pantry For

Olive oil
Ground cumin
Dried oregano
Bay leaves
Garlic powder
Cayenne pepper
Dried thyme
Worcestershire or soy sauce