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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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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