Daphne's Diary

Eat for $35/week

Here’s the challenge, feed your family for $35 per week!

I need nutritious, delicious and not time at all!  So I”m using the book, “Taste of Home: simple & delicious cookbook.”  You get:

  • 12 weekly meal plans
  • weekly shopping list
  • I bought my copy at Wal-mart for $15.95. 

 Or you might try using the Busy Cook’s Pyramid.   You could also use this free meal planner!  You might wish to store your plans in a 3 ring binder, and at the end of the year, you’ll have a year’s worth of fast, inexpensive meal plans for my family related to the seasons!


  • Week 1 – 5 Dinners: Salsa Fish, Garlic Chx ‘n’ Gravy, Ginger-Apple Pork Chops, Southwestern Skillet Burgers, Grilled Rib Eyes. 
  • Shopping List at Walmart
  • Chx & groung beef (free in my freezer)
  • 6 boneless pork loin chops (3.38)
  • Chuck Tender Steak (4.26)
  • 2 lb Haddock (4.34)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning (.47)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (.63)
  • 1 can condensed bean w/bacon soup (1.16)
  • 1 can apple pie filling (1.42)
  • 1 jar salsa (1.37)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (1.50)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (1.50)

Additional Items

  • 3 bags frozen vegetables 1.00 each (3.00)
  • lg frozen pizza (3.33)
  • lg bag chex mix (2.78)
  • Great Value Box of Mac-n-Cheese (.50)
  • Teddy Grahams (2.00)
  • orange juice (2.50)
  • 2% milk, gallon (2.86)

Total Cost: ……………………………………. $37.00


1 Response to "Eat for $35/week"

Hey this is a Pampered Chef reciepe (revised a little bit) but it’s really fast, easy and can be used so many different ways!
Chicken Club Braid
1 package of Pillsbury Original Cresent Rolls
3 cups Chicken, coarsely chopped & cooked
4 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained & chopped
3/4 cup shredded cheese
1 small onion, chopped and fried
1/4 of a green & red pepper, chopped and fried

Preheat oven to 375. Roll out Pillsbury Rolls onto a large cookie sheet. Pinch together the ‘slices’. Cut slits into dough on the longest sides on the dough about 3 inches toward the middle and about 1 inch wide, evenly on both sides.
Add ingredents into the very center of the dough.
Starting from the end, take one strip from each side, twist together & lay on top of mixture. Continue until all strips are twisted together. Brush top with a tiny bit of melted butter (if desired). Sprinkle with a little cheese. Bake 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
I love this recipe b/c it can be used in so many different ways and it looks like you’ve slaved over it for hours when you’re done. I like to put just meatballs in the middle add a little cheese, twist it up, add cheese to the outside (I also add a little Chili Powder for a little color), cook and serve with marinara or spaggetti sauce on the side for a quick finger food or snack! I usually make this recipe when we’ve got company coming over! Now we are a family of 2 adults and 2 little ones under the age of 4, and just one package of Pillsbury Rolls will fill us but when we have company I’ll make 2 or 3 (depending on how many will be joining us)! I’ve often made 2 or 3 different braids. For example, Stromboli-just add Ham and Pepperonni with sauce on the side, Pizza Bites-Pepperonni and Cheese with sauce on the side to dip…etc. The list is truely endless!!
This is my absolute favorite recipe and I hope you enjoy it!!
I’m not 100% of the total cost but I know it’s way under $35!!

Also-In the winter time I’ll make a croc-pot full of chili and my family will eat this all week long but I just add a different ingredient each day to make it a little different for each dinner. For example, Day 1 we’ll have Chili, Day 2 I’ll add some cooked elbow noodles to make it kind of like goulosh, Day 3 I’ll add cheese and put it in a cassarole dish and bake it in the oven, Day 4 I’ll add some breadcrumbs and re-bake and it’s a totally different taste each day, and so on and so on!
Happy cooking!

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  • Jennifer: Renee, congratulations on starting your own blog! I'm looking forward to your "eat for $35 a week" posts. :)
  • Bobbi-Jo Bassler: Hey this is a Pampered Chef reciepe (revised a little bit) but it's really fast, easy and can be used so many different ways! Chicken Club Braid Ing
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