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MyPlate on My Budget, Monthly Meal Plan

Can I follow the USDA thrifty food plan and feed my family the USDA MyPlate nutrients?  That’s the question I’m asking this March with MyPlate on My Budget.

Rose McAvoy from Our Lady of Second Helpings is providing support, guidance and yummy recipes.

We both decided I needed a plan.

The USDA recommends family eat seafood twice a week.  So right off the bat I need 8 seafood dinners (and a lot of hope that my kids will eat fish).

I’d also like at least 4 vegetarian recipes to serve on Meatless Mondays, plus a few more.  (Carrie from Carrie on Vegan was a lot of help in this area.)

To stretch my food budget of $144.85 a week as far as it could go, I decided to buy a meat package from local butcher, Silvana Meats.  Combination #4 costs $75.98 and gets me a lot of food.  That also makes planning the rest of the month a lot easier.

I still need a lot of help with the seafood section, but I think my monthly meal plan is shaping up.

MyPlate on My Budget Meal Plan

Seafood (8 Dinners)

Vegetarian (7 dinners)

Chicken (2 dinners)

Pork (6 dinners)

Beef (7 Dinners)

Okay, so maybe it’s not shaping up.  I still have a lot of planning to do!!!

Does anybody have some kid-friendly seafood ideas to share?

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