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5 Meals for $50 or Less

ARTICLES, TIPS & HOW-TO'S, Budget Friendly

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
  • 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.

Homemade Chorizo

Dinner, Pork, Skillet

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!

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, Slow Cooker

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


Tropical Burrito Bowl

30-Minute Dinner, Budget Friendly, Dinner, Pork, Quick Dinner

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


Honey-Garlic Chicken & Polenta

Budget Friendly, Chicken, Dinner

Cook four extra chicken thighs for later when making


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, Simple Sides

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


Tilapia Piccata & Cacio e Pepe

30-Minute Dinner, Budget Friendly, Italian, Pasta, Pasta & Pizza, Quick Dinner, Seafood, Skillet

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.


Harvest Turkey Sausage Skillet

30-Minute Dinner, Budget Friendly, Dinner, Flavors Of Fall, Quick Dinner, Skillet, Turkey

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.


Ricotta & Turkey Sausage Pasta

Budget Friendly, Pasta, Pasta & Pizza, Turkey

Save time by using cooked sausage and onions from Tuesday


Lentil & Sweet Potato Niçoise Salad

Budget Friendly, Lunch, Salad & Slaw, Vegetable

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

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