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Printable Menu Plans: Frugal Homemakers Thrifty Recipes

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Our menu plan this week features recipes from the thriftiest frugal homemakers in the blogosphere!  We’re happy to help frugal homemakers save money on groceries by providing new and interesting recipes that don’t cost a lot to make.  Learn more about ways to save money on groceries here.

Home Ever After’s exclusive free printable Take and Make Menu Plans contain everything you need for an entire week’s dinners and all you have to do is the shopping and cooking!  Print out the menu plan each Sunday, which includes:

  • A printable grocery shopping list of ingredients.  Print out the list, check off what you already have on hand, then take your shopping list to the store.
  • A dinner meal for each day. Click the name of the meal to print the recipe and directions.  (After the week is over, add the recipes to your cookbook for future use.) 

Take And Make Menu Plan:

Frugal Homemakers’ Thrifty Recipes

Menu is planned for a family of 4.  Please adjust ingredients and recipes up to accommodate extra people.

Printable Grocery Shopping List:

Meats and Proteins:
____  3 chicken breasts
____  1 lb. Chicken
____  Parmesan Cheese
____  2 pounds ground beef
____  Mozzarella cheese
____  1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans
____  1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
____  2 cans pinto beans
____  1 can pink kidney beans
____  3/4 cup lentils
____  2 cups cheddar cheese
____  3 cloves garlic
____  3 onions
____  1 zucchini
____  8 large bell peppers (any color)
____  2 tomatoes
____  1 Yellow Bell Pepper
____  1/2 bag Baby Carrots
____  1/2 bag Frozen Sugar Snap Peas
____  1 can whole kernel corn
____  1 can Mexican style stewed tomatoes
____  1 can diced tomatoes
____  1 can Rotel tomatoes – mild
60; 1 can diced green chiles
____  1 can black olives
____  1 bunch green onions
____  Sliced jalapenos
____  1 carrot
____  2 cups milk
____ 1/4 cup lemon juice
____ 3 1/2 cups chicken broth 
____ 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
____  3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
____  1/4 cup Soy Sauce
____  3 Tbsp Orange Juice Concentrate
____  Salt
____  Black Pepper
____  Pinch Red Pepper flakes
____  1 tsp dried oregano
____  Chili powder
____  1/2 tsp Garlic Salt
____  1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
____  1 package taco seasoning mix

____  1 package ranch salad dressing mix
____  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
____  1/2 tsp garlic powder
____  3 Tb. capers
____  3-4 Tb Margarine or butter
____  1 container Sour Cream
____  1/4 cup Salsa
____  Corn chips

Grains / Baking:
____  3 Tb. Flour
____  1 box pasta (any kind)
____  1 1/2 cups cooked couscous
____  1 loaf bread dough
____  1 box fettuccine
____  2 Tbsp Brown Sugar >
____  1/2 cup brown rice

Meals with Recipes:


Dinner: Chicken Piccata (recipe by Kristen at From My Tiny Kitchen).



Dinner: Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers (recipe by Kim at Misadventures of Mub).


Dinner: Quick And Easy Chicken Enchilada Bread (recipe by Raise Them Up).


Dinner: Orange Ginger Chicken Noodles (recipe by Kaycee at In the Moment).



Dinner: Crockpot Taco Soup (recipe by Deanna’s Corner Cooking).  I’ll be the first to point out that this recipe violates my “8 ingredients or less” rule in a BIG way!  However, I tend to go crazy with ingredients in my soups too (my husband calls them “everything but the kitchen sink” soups.  Soups are the best way to use up frozen tidbits hanging around in the freezer that are too small in quantity to be main ingredients.  This crockpot soup recipe sounds exciting and different!


Dinner: Lentil Brown Rice Casserole (recipe by Phoebe at Cents to Get Debt-Free).  Buying rice in bulk from your local warehouse store can be a fantastic way to lower your grocery costs.



Dinner: Leftover Love. Spread out a buffet table of all the leftovers from the week’s meals.  This means a day-off for the chef!

Print out our other Take and Make Menu Plans or check out other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday.

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  1. Michelle
    Mar 01, 2009 @ 19:09:38

    I love the sound of the chicken piccata ! Have a great week.


  2. Annie
    Mar 01, 2009 @ 19:49:34

    Wow, that chicken enchilada bread sounds amazing. I made chicken enchiladas last week and I can never get enough… my family, on the other hand, might like a change. I wonder if they’ll notice if I wrap some bread around it….? :)


  3. mub
    Mar 01, 2009 @ 23:35:02

    Hey thanks for choosing my recipe =D It’s really a good one (but maybe I’m biased *L*). I’m excited to try the chicken piccata!


  4. Amy
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 04:57:37

    Love your menu! I make a printable grocery list too. I’ll be sure to use yours too. Thanks!!


  5. Deanna
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 05:34:54

    I hope that your family enjoys the Taco Soup as much as we do!


  6. Kristen
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 06:52:25

    Thanks for the feature – I love your site! And I’m saving that Crockpot Taco soup recipe, sounds fabulous!


  7. Kaycee
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 08:58:46

    Thanks for linking my recipe.

    How is it that I’ve never been to your blog before? I love it!


  8. Steph @ Problem Solvin Mom
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 14:51:00

    Sounds fabulous, what a great printable!

    Have a great week!


  9. Michelle
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 15:21:30

    I just love how this has come together….wonderful weekly plans…makes it so easy!


  10. Cee
    Mar 06, 2009 @ 17:56:59

    This is such a good shopping list and menu. I’m going to recommend it to my readers. Thank you!


  11. Becca W
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 12:02:11

    Would someone be willing to e-mail me this recipe? Orange Ginger Chicken Noodles (recipe by Kaycee at In the Moment) I got this message:

    This blog is open to invited readers only

    Thanks :)


  12. Home Ever After
    Mar 01, 2009 @ 21:42:07

    @Annie: You are too funny! Sometimes my hubby gets boredwhen I go overboard with soups. What can I say, they’re easy! The bread wrapping looks interesting to me, too. Chicken enchiladas are what first got me hooked on green chilies. Thanks for stopping by!



  13. Home Ever After
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 08:26:40

    @Mub: You’re more than welcome – we’re glad to find great frugal recipes to share. Thank you for inventing it!



  14. Home Ever After
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 08:31:59

    @Amy: Thank you so much! Printable lists are where it’s at – I’m glad it’s helpful! Thanks for joining the conversation :)



  15. Home Ever After
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 08:33:58

    @Deanna @Kristen: Thank you! The taco soup recipe is not the same one I use – mine isn’t for the crockpot and has very different ingredients. My family loves it anyway, and it will be nice to try a different version for a change!



  16. Home Ever After
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 08:34:31

    @Kristen: Oh- and you’re welcome- thanks for the fantastic recipe!



  17. Home Ever After
    Mar 02, 2009 @ 16:03:21

    @Michelle @Steph: Thank you both so much! I love anything that will save people time, and if the menu plans save you time AND money, it’s that much better!



  18. Home Ever After
    Mar 06, 2009 @ 21:04:12

    @Cee: Thanks for the recommendation! Feel free to forward recipes you think are fab to us if you’d like to see them featured. Glad you stopped by!



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