Who says you can't eat healthy on a budget? I went to my local Trader Joe's and even ordered up the same items on line and found these main shopping items for only $20.50 ( with sales tax).
Here's what I bought:
a bag apples
8 oz bag carrots
potatoes 5# bag
kidney beans dry
brown rice bag
At Trader Joe's I had to take off the cheese because my chicken was higher and I could only find canned beans. But the total was still only $20.50
Now to make the menu plan
Breakfast has little variety but eggs are showcased.
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1/2 cup black beans, 2 corn tortillas - season with chili powder and cumin. Add cheese sparingly.
Breakfast option 2: Chopped broccoli with 2 egg scramble. Side of sliced red russet potatoes. Season with olive oil cooking spray, salt and pepper after putting them in the oven for 15 minutes at 425. (They crisp up so yummy)
Snacks: Apples, Bananas or Carrot slices
Lunch: Chicken Soup - use the whole chicken, add chopped carrots and onion and use rice for the starch. A hearty 2 cups each lunchtime for 4 of the 7 days.
Chicken tortillas are a hit as well. Eat these 3 times for lunch Add 3 oz of shredded thigh meat with finely diced onions, slivered carrots for crunch and sprinkle of cheese in your corn tortilla
Dinner: You'll have a vegan dinner for 4 of the 2 nights. Chicken breast shredded with rice and beans help starve off hunger and a 4 oz of chicken next to broccoli and beans works a great meal as well.
I'll admit the meals could use some spices: Cumin, Red pepper, Black pepper, lemon, and chili powder work well with these ideas.