Frugal Living: Simple Menu Plan

Our simple menu plan for our large family on a budget.

This is our large family simple menu plan using the ingredients I listed in my Frugal Living: My Grocery Shopping List post. Also, visit Frugal Living: How I Shop For Groceries post to see how we budget for groceries every month.

This is what I have on my calendar, but of course, I can switch things around if needed.

A Large Family Simple Menu Plan

Monday
Breakfast: hard boiled eggs and bananas. (I usually have a homemade chocolate protein shake every weekday morning, so this is for the kids)
Lunch: leftover meat or lunch meat, bread, apples, etc.
Supper: soft tacos and burritos using ground beef or slow cooked steaks, Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream), crock pot pinto beans, chopped tomatoes and onions, and taco sauce.

Tuesday
Breakfast: hard boiled eggs and oatmeal with real maple syrup.
Lunch: bread, lunch meat/tuna, cheese, apples.
Supper: chicken. Savory chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. Or anything else with chicken!

Wednesday
Breakfast: hard boiled eggs and bananas.
Lunch: pinto beans with Greek yogurt and taco sauce.
Supper: ground beef and potatoes. Often meatballs or meatloaf. Oven roasted potatoes. Green beans or broccoli.

Thursday
Breakfast: hard boiled eggs and oatmeal with real maple syrup.
Lunch: bread with sunbutter, apples.
Supper: chicken and veggie/beans. Often a simple crock pot chicken chili. Sometimes we have wild caught salmon or other fish instead.

Friday
Breakfast: hard-boiled eggs and protein smoothie.
Lunch: pinto beans with Greek yogurt and taco sauce.
Supper: usually spaghetti for the kids and we have a dinner date alone after the kids are put to bed.

Saturday
Breakfast: oatmeal with real maple syrup. Plus whatever else is kicking around (bananas, etc.)
Lunch: sandwiches/leftovers.
Supper: Ramen Noodles and cheese slices.

Sunday
Breakfast: eggs and sausage, sometimes we’ll have hash browns or pancakes/waffles.
Lunch: chicken with veggie.
Supper: this varies… sandwiches, leftovers, etc.

Other notes:
*I often mix up a batch of muffins, pancakes, or waffles for breakfast 1 day during the week… it just depends on how our day starts (between Abigail and baby), usually on Mondays!
*Snacks for the kids are usually apples, bananas, almonds/walnuts, or sometimes sardines or dried seaweed. A favorite is a protein smoothie using frozen blueberries, canned coconut milk, bananas, and real maple syrup/raw honey.
*I mix up Gwen’s Easy Bread about 3 times per week (each batch makes 4 small loaves of bread or about 15 rolls). It is an easy no-knead artisan-style bread. I bake it every day except Sunday. I usually bake extra on Saturday.
*I make a crock pot full of dried pinto beans every weekend. I just put 4 cups of beans to soak overnight, drain the next morning and recover with water. Put going on high for 4+ hours, checking to add more water after 2 hours. They are done when they can be split easily with a fork. I scoop them out and store in the fridge to be used all week. Very simple & easy!
*I make 8 hard boiled eggs every evening (we were gifted this awesome egg cooker)
to be used for the kids’ breakfasts and Joey’s lunches the next day.
*Joey brings the same foods to work everyday: 4 hard boiled eggs, 1 bean burrito, 1 tuna wrap, 1 apple, and 2 protein drinks. He usually has a banana and a protein drink for breakfast before work. There is a lot of food at his shop, though, so he eats whatever he wants from there.
*We drink water, coffee, & tea… Almond milk and canned coconut milk are used for smoothies and baking.

Admittedly this is a VERY simple menu plan. It is our base plan and it keeps us from going hungry. I am NOT a good cook or baker, so I keep things as simple as possible. Plus, I am blessed with a husband and kids who are pretty easy to please! 🙂

10 thoughts on “Frugal Living: Simple Menu Plan

  1. Sounds super nice! I REALLY need to sit down with my girls and plan weekly menus..simple, cheap ones! I get so tired of trying to decide what to make! Sundays are the worst!! We never seem to eat good..or cheap :p I want to figure out crock pot meals for Sundays OR maybe buy some whole chickens and put them going before church. Also our cleaning day is another day I need something preplanned for..it would make life so much easier! 🙂 Thanks for sharing…gives me ideas 🙂

    1. Buy 4-5 whole chickens from Costco every month (1 per Sunday ) and put baking before church … I do 4 hours at 300 degrees. All I do is sprinkle chicken with pepper and nutritional yeast and sometimes put mustard. Add a veggie and some homemade bread when you get home! I usually put it in the oven at 9am and we eat at 1pm. 🙂

      1. You could make your own chicken broth from your leftover whole chicken, just throw whatever’s leftover into a pot full of water and simmer all day, adding water as needed 🙂 I think I’ve even seen a crock pot recipe for it before!

        1. I have done that. We dont seem to get a lot and usually just use it for a soup.
          I buy chicken broth now and use it and mayo (for butter) in our mashed potatoes, they turn out yummy!

    1. Missy, I now use integral Collagen from trim Healthy Mama for my protein… more healthy, dairy free, and tasteless! I use it in my morning coffee usually, but it works in shakes too.

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