Budget Meals for Winter

Budget Meals for Winter

$100 a week for five people

This budget recipe plan is designed for a family of five living mainly on food stamps. You should be able to get all the food needed for this plan for about $100 a week, shopping at Walmart or discount grocery stores, or even at regular grocery stores. This budget won't stretch to organic or farmer's market food unless your local farmer's market has a special program for food stamp recipients. But this plan does allow for at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and a lot of whole grains, and some fish. There is very little meat, but the kids get milk with every meal, and with their snacks too.

Breakfast

Kids should be geting their breakfast at school. Adults can enjoy hot oatmeal with raisins, or toasted whole-wheat bagels with peanut butter or cream cheese.

Lunch

Soup and bread makes a great hot lunch in the winter - make your own no-knead bread, and try our tomato soup, onion soup, and vegetable soup. Make a big batch and freeze individual portions in tupperwares, and you can just microwave them for lunch. Many of your lunches can just be leftovers from dinner, though - most of these dinners can be reheated easily in the microwave.

On Sunday it's nice to have a hot lunch of bread pudding with sliced melon or applesauce.

Snack

For an afternoon snack, in the fall popcorn can't be beat. But slices of apple with hummus are also a great afternoon snack, or slices of sweet potato pie or apple crisp.

Dinner

Each of these dinners corresponds to a recipe here on Gevirts. All but the stuffed zucchini can be made in an hour, and most of them take only half an hour. If you don't get home from work until 6, this will mean that you don't eat until 7 or 7:30, but that will work out fine for you. I've put the recipes that take longer on weekend nights for you.