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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