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5 Meals for $50 or Less

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Start with a stocked pantry, add a great meal plan and carve out some prep time to feed a family of four all week. And because these recipes utilize nextovers, you won’t eat the same thing twice!

Start with a stocked pantry, add a great meal plan and carve out some prep time to feed a family of four all week. And because these recipes utilize nextovers, you won’t eat the same thing twice!

 

If you feel like you don’t have time to prepare food this week, let us do the cooking! You’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen—time to take a break! Your local Schnucks has plenty of delicious, ready-to-eat meals for when you need a little extra me-time.

Week 1

Grocery List

  • 2 lb. ground pork
  • 2 lb. ground pork
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 5 lb. bag russet potatoes
  • 16 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 16 oz. pico de gallo
  • 1 lb. salad greens of choice
  • 1 bunch fresh green onions (if desired)
  • 2-3 oranges or grapefruit
  • 15 oz. frozen pepper and onion strips
  • 10 oz. package Schnucks frozen chopped spinach
  • 10 oz. Schnucks Steamin’ Easy frozen green beans
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 8 oz. Schnucks shredded cheese of choice
  • 8 oz. grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Schnucks panko breadcrumbs
  • Sesame seeds (if desired)
  • 4 3-oz. packs ramen

Sunday Prep

  • Start the week off by adding 5 pounds of potatoes to a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and cook until fork tender, 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Remove about a third of potatoes from pot; cover and refrigerate. With the remaining potatoes (about 3 pounds) prepare using our Mashed Potatoes recipe.
  • Prep your chorizo you will need during this week as well by following our Homemade Chorizo recipe.
  • Cook and freeze remaining pork

Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish

These perfectly simple mashed potatoes pair well as a side dish for so many meals you’ll want to start keeping potatoes on hand all of the time.

40M
8

Homemade Chorizo

Dinner, Pork

Chorizo is the secret ingredient to make a Mexican dish taste authentic and full of flavor. Simply mix together fragrant herbs and spices with ground pork and you have delicious made from scratch chorizo!

10M
4

Monday

Chopped Steak Dinner

30-Minute Dinner, Beef, Dinner

This comfort food meal is the perfect week night dinner that can be prepared in just 30 minutes!

30M
4
Uses Sunday's prepped Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday

Smashed Potato Nachos

Appetizers

This recipe transforms the delicious flavors of a loaded baked potato into shareable nachos that are perfect for any occasion!

55M
4
Use Homemade Chorizo and prepared un-mashed potatoes

Wednesday

Crispy Potato & Chorizo Salad

Salad & Slaw

Repurpose leftover mashed potatoes to create crispy croquettes and pair with a fresh and fruity salad.

45M
4
Use Homemade Chorizo and prepared Mashed Potatoes

Thursday

Brown Butter Gnocchi

30-Minute Dinner, Dinner, Pasta & Pizza

Repurpose leftover mashed potatoes to make a delicious gnocchi dinner in just 30 minutes!

30M
4
Use prepped Mashed Potatoes

Friday

Ramen Stir-Fry

15-Minute Lunch, 30-Minute Dinner, Dinner, Pasta & Pizza

This recipe is easy, inexpensive, and full of flavor that’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

15M
4
Use thawed, cooked pork

Week 2

Grocery List

  • 5 lb. pork shoulder roast
  • 8 Schnucks chicken thighs
  • 2-3 lb. bag onions
  • 1 lb. bag carrots
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 2 avocados, plus more to top chili (if desired)
  • 2 tomatoes, plus more to top chili (if desired)
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeños
  • 1 apple
  • 1-2 limes (if desired)
  • 14 oz. cole slaw mix
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 bunch fresh green onions (if desired)
  • 5 oz. Schnucks frozen chopped spinach (leftover from week 1)
  • 8 oz. Schnucks shredded cheese of choice
  • 1 pint buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, plus more if desired (leftover from week 1)
  • 24 oz. cornmeal
  • 20 oz. Schnucks pineapple tidbits in 100% pineapple juice
  • 18 oz. Schnucks BBQ sauce
  • 16 oz. dried black beans
  • 30 oz. tomato sauce
  • 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes

Sunday Prep

  • Kickoff another week of meal prepping by preparing Carnitas Pulled Pork and placing leftover pineapple in the refrigerator for Monday.
  • Make 3 cups cooked black beans (1 cup dry)
  • Make 6 cups cooked white rice (2 cups dry)

Carnitas Pulled Pork

Dinner, Pork

Using your slow cooker makes it extra easy to have authentic, full of flavor carnitas that are perfect for any Mexican style dish.

8H
9

Monday

Tropical Burrito Bowl

30-Minute Dinner, Dinner

Burrito bowls are a great family staple dinner. Prepare the base of the burrito bowl and set out different toppings for everyone to create their own unique combinations. 

20M
4
Uses Sunday's prepped Carnitas Pulled Pork, beans and rice

Tuesday

Honey-Garlic Chicken & Polenta

Chicken, Dinner

There’s definitely comfort in this dish. Crispy, honey-garlic chicken thighs on a bed of creamy polenta is both easy to make and satisfying to eat. 

35M
4
Cook four extra chicken thighs for later when making

Wednesday

Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

Chicken, Dinner

This classic Hungarian recipe includes tender chicken in an rich, flavorful and creamy paprika sauce.

35M
4
Use cooked chicken from Tuesday

Thursday

Black Bean Chili & Rice

Soup & Chili, Vegetable

This veggie based chili recipe will leave you feeling full and satisfied, but also happy with a minimal clean-up by using only one pot to cook everything in.

40M
4
Use prepped beans and rice

Friday

Southern Barbecue Waffle Stack

Dinner, Pork

This recipe is another take on chicken and waffles that keeps the southern style, but instead of chicken uses pulled pork, BBQ sauce and topped with tangy coleslaw.

35M
4
Use Carnitas Pulled Pork

Week 3

Grocery List

  • 2 lbs. turkey sausage
  • 4 6-oz. tilapia filets
  • 2-3 lb. bag onions
  • 5 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 lemons (if desired)
  • 2 apples or pears (if desired)
  • 2 carrots (leftover from week 2)
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lb. salad greens of choice
  • ½ lb. fresh green beans
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • Fresh parsley and basil (if desired)
  • 15 oz. ricotta cheese
  • 8 oz. Schnucks shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz. sour cream (if desired)
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
  • 16 oz. dried green lentils
  • 16 oz. Schnucks angel hair pasta or spaghetti
  • 16 oz. Schnucks penne pasta
  • 3.5 fl oz. capers
  • Schnucks hamburger buns

Sunday Prep

  • Prepare Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Side Dish

Perfectly roasted sweet potatoes are an excellent simple side for many meals or can be used for recipes calling for precooked sweet potatoes. 

30M
8

Monday

Tilapia Piccata & Cacio e Pepe

30-Minute Dinner, Pasta & Pizza, Seafood

Flaky tilapia and tangy capers with fresh lemon juice over a bed of pasta makes this recipe a seafood lover’s dream. Not sweet on seafood? No worries. You’ll also love this recipe by swapping the tilapia for boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

25M
4

Tuesday

Harvest Turkey Sausage Skillet

30-Minute Dinner, Dinner, Turkey

This simple one skillet meal can be ready in just 20 minutes, making it perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!

20M
4
Use Roasted Sweet Potatoes and cook 2 cups onion and 2 lbs. turkey sausage during step one, then remove half of mixture before moving on to step two.

Wednesday

Ricotta & Turkey Sausage Pasta

Pasta & Pizza

Hearty and delicious, this one-pot pasta recipe is sure to please the family.

1H
4
Save time by using cooked sausage and onions from Tuesday

Thursday

Lentil & Sweet Potato Niçoise Salad

Lunch, Salad & Slaw, Vegetable

This vegetarian friendly dish is full of fresh flavors and hearty enough to leave you feeling full and satisfied.

45M
4
Use Roasted Sweet Potatoes and cook an extra cup of dried lentils for Friday

Friday

Lentil Burger with Garlic Mayo & Sweet Potato Fries

Sandwiches, Tacos & Wraps, Vegetable

These lentil based veggie burgers paired with sweet potato fries is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. Plus, mixing and forming the lentil mixture is a perfect job for little helps and child chefs!Not only is it fun to squish and smash, but you also don’t have to worry about cosscontamination from these meatless burgers.

45M
4
Use cooked lentils from Thursday

Stock Up & Save!

Cooking from scratch is the best way to make the most of your grocery run. Stock up on these versatile ingredients so you’ll be ready to make all of the recipes throughout this meal plan—and many more!

  • All-purpose flour
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Broths: chicken, beef
  • Butter
  • Condiments: hot sauce (sriracha), mustard (Dijon), soy sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • Citrus: lemon and lime juices
  • Eggs
  • Herbs and spices: basil, black pepper, cayenne pepper, celery seed, chili powder, chives, cinnamon, crushed red pepper, cumin, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, minced onion, onion powder, oregano, paprika, parsley, salt, thyme
  • Mayonnaise
  • Milk
  • Minced garlic
  • Oils: olive oil, vegetable oil
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Sweeteners: honey, sugar
  • White rice
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