healthy eating on a budget: week 7 // cait's plate

Somehow we are another week down!  I just don’t know where they go, but I’m not complaining!

I did a pretty good job this week of using what I had on hand.  I also made a batch of whole grain banana bread which helped in terms of having a whole grain carb on-hand for snacks and breakfasts.

As a result of forcing myself to use what I had, I definitely repeated food items more than I usually do, but in a way it was good because it forced me to get creative and use the same things in different ways.  Even though I was eating a lot of the same items, I never felt like I was bored or tired of them (it also helps that my sister made me a delicious homemade turkey meatball dinner one of the nights!).

Total Spent: $31.43

Groceries Purchased:

Produce: Apples (5), Pear (1), Oranges (2)

Pantry Items: Can of lentil soup, can of low-sodium minestrone soup, box of Quaker Oatmeal Squares

Dairy: Carton of soymilk, 16 oz. container of Greek Yogurt

Protein: Carton of eggs

Freezer Items: Kashi frozen Mayan Harvest Bake meal, bag of broccoli florets, bag of brussel sprouts, bag of peach slices

Things I had on hand: Frozen loaf of whole wheat bread, chicken breasts and chicken sausage, whole wheat pasta, 2 sweet potatoes, natural peanut butter, feta cheese, whole wheat hot dog buns, chia seeds, coffee

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 1

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 2

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 3

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 4

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 5:

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 6:

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 7:

Day One:

Breakfast #1: 6 oz. plain greek yogurt mixed with 1 tbsp. chia seeds topped with a crumbled slice of whole grain banana bread, diced apple and peanut butter plus coffee with soymilk

Lunch #1: Big bowl of roasted brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes and chicken sausage

Dinner #1: Treated to a homemade dinner by my sister! Whole wheat penne topped with homemade turkey meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce with sautéed mixed veggies and melted mozzarella

Day Two:

Breakfast #2: 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats mixed with a diced apple and a spoonful of natural peanut butter plus coffee with soymilk on the side

Lunch #2: Trader Joe’s low sodium minestrone soup with grilled chicken breast added in plus toasted whole wheat bread with olive oil and an orange.

Dinner #2: Whole wheat penne with broccoli, chicken sausage, a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt

Day Three:

Breakfast #3: Slice of homemade whole grain banana bread topped with peanut butter, plain greek yogurt mixed with chia seeds and a diced apple

Lunch #3: Scrambled eggs with roasted brussel sprouts and feta cheese plus whole wheat toast with olive oil and an orange.

Dinner #3: Trader joe’s lentil & vegetable soup with toasted whole wheat roll topped with olive oil and salt.

Day Four:

Breakfast #4: Bowl of Quaker Oatmeal Squares with soymilk, a pear and coffee

Lunch #4: Chicken sausage with ketchup and mustard on a whole wheat bun with roasted sweet potato and brussel sprouts and an apple.

Dinner #4: Whole wheat penne drizzled with olive oil then topped with shredded chicken breast, broccoli and feta cheese

Day Five:

Breakfast #5: 1/2 cup of oats with 1 tbsp. chia seeds and diced peach slices topped with granola and sunflower seed butter plus coffee and soymilk on the side.

Lunch #5: Kashi mayan harvest bake meal with homemade baked tortilla chips and an apple

And dinner #5 was had on-the-go since I was traveling so wasn’t included in the groceries or the budget!  Happy weekend everyone!


disclaimer: i share these meals for inspiration and because i’m often asked for the recipes on instagram.  please note that i do not share these meals with the intention of them being prescriptive or because you should eat exactly what i eat.  everyone is different and requires different calories and nutrition.  if you’re seeking an individualized plan for you, consult a dietitian in your area.



  1. Ohhh, you’ve got me craving some turkey sausage! Can’t even tell you the last time I bought some! And I just tried that TJ’s Minestrone soup a couple weeks ago. I hate how low-sodium soups are usually really bland tasting so my expectations for this were pretty low, but it surprised me by having a pretty great flavor…I will definitely be buying it again to have on hand for a quick meal option!

    Love the meat ball dinner your sister made! Looks delicious!

    • I agree about low-sodium soups, they do tend to be a little bland and I was definitely pleasantly surprised by this one as well! And yes – the meatball dinner was AMAZING. I’m one lucky girl to have my sister so close 🙂

    • It’s definitely a challenge but a good one at that! I hope my posts can help you with your goals and feel free to share any tips you might come up with as well! 🙂

  2. Cait, I love love love these posts! The breakdown of your grocery list and the pics are perfect. Exactly what I like to eat too! Question: do you prep your roasted veggies and cook them all at once to eat throughout the week?

    • I’m so happy to hear that! As for the roasted veggies, I don’t usually prep them in advance (though it probably would be a better idea!). My school schedule (plus super fast-cooking gas stove) allows me the luxury to be able to do it in the moment but if you’re short on time I would highly recommend doing that. I’ve done it before and all it takes is a quick re-roast in the stove and they’re good to go!

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