Week 5 – $54.25


Caprese Penne with Prosciutto

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Cherry Tomatoes - $2.19 @ TJ's

Basil - $2.99 @ TJ's

Fresh Mozzarella $3.99 @ Whole Foods

Prosciutto - $3.99 @ TJ's (optional ingredient)

Balsamic Vinegar (already had it, but you can get it for around $5-$6 and it will last a loooong time)

Penne - $1.29 @ TJ's (will use for the mushroom dish below too)


Herb Crusted Chicken - with Roasted Carrot Coucous Salad

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Chicken Breast - 2 skinless breasts @ $3.53 on sale @ Roche Bro's

Rosemary & Thyme - already had these in the pantry, hopefully you do too!

Panko - $2.99 and will last you through several other dishes

Lemon Zest - $0.99 for 1 lemon

Dijon Mustard - $2.69 on sale @ Roche Bro's


Steak Fajita Quesadillas with Spicy Simmered Pinto Beans-

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Beef - $3.19 for one lb of a really good cut of beef - I actually found this at Whole Foods.  It was on sale because of a fat line running down the middle of the cut, so they were basically giving it away.  Hint, hint:  this happens ALL THE TIME!

1 Onion - $0.69

1 Red Pepper - $1.19

Spices - already on hand

Cheese - already had on hand, but if you need to buy cheese, buy a block and shred it yourself.  You'll save on calories, fat, sodium and $$$

Tortillas - $1.99 @ TJ's

1 16oz can pinto beans - $0.99

1 jalapeno - $0.42

Chicken Broth - $0.99


Creamy Pesto Penne with Mushrooms & Spinach

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Mushrooms - $2.89 @ TJ's

Organic Spinach - $1.99 @ TJ's

Greek Yogurt - 6oz for $0.80 - see under snacks for pricing

1 onion - $0.69

Pesto (homemade can be pricey and time consuming, so this time I picked up a fresh pesto from the fridge section of Whole Foods for $4.99, which lasts 2-3 meals)


Nonfat Greek Yogurt, Plain - 5 for $4.00

2 peaches - $1.59 for both (on sale)

sliced almonds (already had them, but you can grab a bag from TJ's for $4.99)

Annies Organic Snack Mix - portioned out for each day of the week - on sale at Whole Foods for $3.99


Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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