Know what to make for dinner tonight? We have the solution, with 5 dinner meal plans all made from ONE grocery bag full of ingredients. From stuffed peppers to Mexican quinoa, and wraps and soup. All of these meals are wholesome, delicious, and gluten free!
Hey friends! So today I have something different. A special gluten free meal plan that accidentally happened. A good accident! This weekly meal plan just might help you budget wisely while also enjoying meals delicious! Yes, 5 meals from 1 bag of groceries!
Printable grocery list and recipes linked below within post!
The quest for budget friendly meals plans!
You see, we live less than half mile from the grocery store. If the weather is nice, I will walk over to get groceries. But I had to plan wisely if I did! Why? Because I couldn’t carry home more than one (very full) bag of groceries. What I came to realize is that yes, if you do PLAN wisely, you can squeeze in 5 meals by using the same ingredient in more than one meal. I know, shocking. Haha!
My quest to get fresh air and exercise (walking to the store) turned into an accidental budget friendly meal plan! And that my friends, is how this post came about. Now, you don’t have to walk to the store to get this one bag of groceries (gluten free groceries) for dinners, but it wouldn’t hurt. Extra Vitamin D anyone?
Let’s discuss what’s in the bag and what to make for dinner this week, mm k?
What to make for dinner tonight?
I get it… If your daily routine keeps you running non-stop, it can be hard to figure out your dinner ideas for tonight. More difficult than planning the meal, though, is finding the time to shop for the ingredients, am I right?
Well, my friend, I have really great news for you because I’m here to help you! I’ll show you what to make for dinner tonight, tomorrow night, and the rest of the work week too! Plus, I have a grocery list of ingredients for you, so you will know how to quickly shop for everything you need.
One bag of groceries and your weekly dinner meal plans are done!
Pick up these items and bring them home in ONE bag. Then you’ll be on your way to making the dinner ideas for tonight! Printable Grocery list HERE.
- Ground turkey or beef
- cauliflower or broccoli
- 2 Small Onions and Garlic Bulb
- Coconut milk
- Tamari sauce (gluten free soy sauce)
- Hot sauce or salsa
- Bell peppers and optional jalapeno pepper (2)
- Grated Cheese
- Green onion (scallion)
- Tomatoes (regular and cherry tomatoes)
- Tomato sauce
- Spinach and collard greens
- Frozen corn
- Quinoa and/or rice
- Organic stock or vegetable broth
- A few lemons and limes
Pantry staple items. Hopefully you already have these!
- Spices – cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, dried herbs, favorite seasoning or spice mix.
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Butter or plant based butter
5 Cotter Crunch Dinner Meal Plans
(For a printable of all 5 recipes CLICK here!)
Mexican quinoa is a vegetarian and gluten free recipe that makes for a great quick dinner or as an appetizer. Thanks to our favorite gluten free grain quinoa, this Mexican skillet dinner is rich in complete protein and iron.
In addition to quinoa, you will also need:
- bell peppers
- optional toppings, like salsa
Mexican avocado egg salad wraps make for a perfect low carb veggie packed lunch! Paleo Avocado Egg Salad seasoned with Mexican spices and jalapeño, all wrapped up in collard greens! Whole 30 friendly, gluten free, and grain free.
In addition to eggs, you will need:
- green chiles (feel free to sub for salsa!)
- green onions or red onions
- collard greens or romaine lettuce leaves
Gluten free Deconstructed Stuffed Bell Pepper Bowls are family friendly, easy to make, easy to clean up and easy to devour! The combo of lean beef and bell peppers make for one iron-boosting and antioxidant-rich bowl. Dairy free friendly and option for vegetarians included!
In addition to the bell peppers, you will need:
- ground beef or turkey
- cooked quinoa
- cherry tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- onion and garlic
- tamari sauce (gluten free soy sauce)
- spinach or leafy greens of choice
Spicy Corn Soup is a comfort food recipe that is simple to make, but that’s not all! Made with roasted sweet corn, this vegan soup is also nourishing! Gluten free and delicious any time of the year. Serve warm or chilled. Ready in 35 minutes and super tasty!
In addition to roasted corn, you will also need:
- olive oil
- light coconut milk
- mint leaves (optional)
- chili sauce or hot sauce
- optional toppings, such as black peppercorns and jalapenos
Egg and Cheese Cauliflower Casserole is packed with nutrient-rich veggies, protein from Eggland’s Best organic eggs, plenty of cheese and loads of spicy Tex-Mex flavors. It’s an easy meal prep recipe for breakfast, brunch, or light dinner. Best of all, it’s gluten free, low carb/keto, and kid-friendly, too. Dairy free option in recipe card!
In addition to ceggs, you will also need:
- taco seasoning
- enchilada sauce or hot sauce
- cilantro, to garnish
Alright, now you have these ideas, save this pin (below) or print off all the recipes here so you can tackle this week with ease! Sound good?
Alright my friends, let me know if you like these weekly meal plans! And if you decide to walk to store to grab one bag of groceries, I suggest you wear comfy shoes and bring your biceps. 😉
Cheers to new healthy budget friendly meals!