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Breakfast- Recipes that are Easy, Healthy, Inexpensive, and Kid-friendly
- Lunch- Recipes that are Easy, Healthy, Inexpensive, and Kid-friendly
A week's worth of lunch ideas, complete with grocery list, recipes, ideas, and combinations to ensure you use up the food you buy- and feed your family homemade, healthy, easy, kid friendly meals. The second in a series!
- Part Three- Dinner for a Week!
Spend $40.00 and feed your family of five for an entire week.
You see it all the time on google or other food websites..
- Healthy meals for a week
- Meal planning with kids
- Meals that only take 30 minutes
- Meals with little cleanup
If you are me, you want a recipe that is all of those in one. What good is a 30 minute meal if it uses a thousand pans and dishes? Healthy is great, except the kids won’t touch it. Okay, glad the kids like it but it took me ten hours. Would someone please give me a recipe that does all of those things?
This article is the first in a series that highlights the recipes I've found that meet the fabulous four requirements. It must be relatively quick and easy (doesn't use too many dishes since I cooked in a kitchen with no dishwasher for 8 years!), kid friendly, inexpensive, and reasonably healthy (we're not talking bird food by the way, I'm talking- it's homemade, uses mostly whole ingredients, and doesn't include a fast food stop).
I also am not interested in buying a whole carton of something for one recipe. So all of these recipes will interchange ingredients to minimize waste and keep that food bill low. For a family of five for a week, I figure the average grocery budget is around $150.00. Divide that by four (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) and you have approximately $37.00 set aside for each group.
This breakfast outline will provide you with enough ingredients to make breakfast for a week, within budget, and meeting all the requirements I listed above. In time, I'll add an article for lunch, dinner, and snacks as well.
Grocery List - Breakfast for a Week
1 bunch of bananas
1 bag of frozen blueberries
Plain Yogurt (32 oz)
Milk 1 gallon
1 jar applesauce 24 oz
2 dozen eggs
whole wheat flour
12 pack english muffins
1 pack tortillas
1 jar salsa
1 block of cheddar cheese
Paper cups (to hold frozen smoothies)
Monday- Applesauce Bread
- 3 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups applesauce
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup sour cream
Servings- 2 loaves
This uses two bowls. One for combining moist ingredients, one for the dry. Bake at 350 degrees for 80 minutes. It makes two loaves, which will last for more than just one breakfast. It's not the healthiest of all the recipes, but it does use mostly whole ingredients (so it's better than a quick stop to Dunkin' Donuts), and your kids will love it! Serve it with some plain yogurt. The only thing that you will have to do is prepare ahead of time. That is why it's for Monday's breakfast. You can make it over the weekend. It's not really realistic to bake bread in the morning unless you are supermom. Prep time is minutes, and the rest of the time, it's baking.
Tuesday- Banana Blueberry Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup of plain yogurt
- 2 TBS honey
Servings- 5 to 8
This smoothie takes minutes to prepare. It only dirty's one dish- the blender, plus any cups you use to serve. If you want to make it ahead, freeze in individual paper cups so you can grab one out of the freezer and thaw. If you want to, add some granola for an extra "carby" crunch. Your kids will feel like they are eating a milkshake for breakfast!
Wednesday- Egg White English Muffin Sandwich
This recipe works well if you have one of those little egg pans (so cute!)
- 1 egg white
- 1 english muffin
- 1 slice of cheese (optional)
Serving size- 1 sandwich
Toast up the english muffin. Add some butter. Fry up the egg and put it all together with the cheese. It's easy, cheap, healthy, and the kids love it. One little tiny pan is dirty, that's it!
Thursday- Blueberry Muffins
- 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
Serving- 12 muffins
Here's how this one fits my requirements. Measure out the milk in a measuring glass. Add the egg and applesauce right in and stir. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients and pour the wet on top of it. Mix until just combined and stick in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. This recipe is healthier than other blueberry recipes, you can't go wrong with kids and muffins, it uses one bowl, one measuring cup, and a muffin pan, and is cheap to make. You can make these ahead of time and freeze individually, or keep in a rubbermaid container. Grab a banana to go with it. You have a bunch after all!
Friday- Quick Egg Burrito
- 2 eggs scrambled
- 1/4 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey, etc.)
- A handful of diced tomatoes
- Sour cream
Whip the eggs. Right before they are done, add the cheese and tomatoes. Roll it up in a warm tortilla with a bit of salsa and sour cream. The kids can have the eggs and tortilla separately if they are funny about mixing foods, but most kids enjoy rolling up the eggs in the wrap and dipping it in sour cream. It takes minutes and only dirty's one pan and a cutting board.
So with those ingredients, you can make the following alternative breakfasts:
1. Yogurt sprinkled with blueberries and honey
2. English muffin with honey and/or butter
3. Scrambled eggs with cheese and tomato on an english muffin
4. Tortilla spread with honey and banana slices and rolled up
You will know that when you go to the grocery store, by the end of the week- you will have used up all your ingredients. No more odds and ends items to throw away and waste. You'll have fed yourself and your kids a healthy homemade breakfast every day! (Many of these can be repeated obviously. Not everyone has to have a different breakfast each and every day).