Easy Spring Meal Plan | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Easy Spring Meal Plan


I’ve put together a week’s worth of great food in this easy Spring meal plan. We’ve got five dinners, including three meatless recipes. There’s also a weekend breakfast recipe, a cocktail, and of course, a dessert. I have to say, if you made everything on this list, it would be a truly awesome week.

Easy Spring Meal Plan | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

A friend and loyal reader requested a weekly meal plan complete with a grocery list, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’d love to hear your feedback on this type of post. Do you find this helpful? What could be changed to make it better? If you like it, we could make it a regular feature. Let me know in the comments.

Lemon Risotto | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

For Meatless Monday, I’ve got this bright and sunny lemon risotto. It’s hardly warm here in Scotland, so something hearty like risotto still seems appropriate, but the citrus brightens the whole thing.

Mexican Lasagna | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Another simple vegetarian recipe, this Mexican Lasagna is packed with flavor and texture. Make it as spicy or as mild as you like.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta is super simple. The fresh rosemary is definitely my favorite part.

White Cheddar Polenta Souffle | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

White Cheddar & Polenta Souffle is light and flavorful. Serve it with your favorite green salad and a glass of wine to feel utterly French.

Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Finish the week with burger night. This Spicy Southwest Burger is one of my favorites. Grill these up in the backyard or cook them in a skillet in the kitchen. They’re great either way. Add some Southwest Pasta Salad alongside, and you’ve got yourself a backyard picnic.

Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

For a tasty weekend breakfast, try these Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs. Served with fingers of toasted ciabatta, even this confirmed picky eater loves this dish.

Carrot Ginger Orange Mimosas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mix up a pitcher of Carrot Ginger & Orange Mimosas at the weekend, and take it easy.

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

And because every week deserves a great dessert, I’ve got this simple and sweet Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge. Make your own passion fruit curd if you’re feeling crafty.

What groceries will I need?

Fresh ingredients from the shops will include:

  • Shallots or onions
  • Celery
  • Unsalted butter
  • Lemon
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Eggs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Double or heavy cream
  • Garlic
  • Bell pepper
  • Small chilies like jalapenos or serranos
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Tortillas
  • Goat cheese
  • Chicken breast – It can be fresh or frozen. Or even precooked.
  • Ground beef
  • Pork sausage
  • Hamburger buns
  • Green onions, aka spring onions or scallions
  • Cheese with chilies such as pepper jack
  • Lime juice
  • Spinach
  • Ciabatta
  • Carrot juice
  • Orange juice
  • Ginger root
  • Baking spread or shortening

Pantry items you may have on hand:

  • Olive oil
  • Arborio or risotto rice
  • Vegetable stock (cubes or concentrate are fine)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Canned tomatoes, bonus if one is with chilies
  • Ketchup
  • Canned black beans
  • Canned corn
  • Short pasta such as rigatoni
  • Cornmeal or polenta
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cream of tartar
  • Bread crumbs
  • Salsa
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Cider vinegar
  • Ground coriander
  • Sugar
  • Dried basil
  • Dried parsley
  • Sparkling wine
  • Self-Rising Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Passion fruit curd

I hope you enjoyed this weekly meal plan. To be honest, it would probably take us at least 10 days to work through all this food, so take what you need and change what you want. And for more recipe ideas and a peek at what I’m eating, be sure to follow me on Instagram. And don’t forget to tag me if you make any of these recipes. Happy cooking, friends.

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