7-Day Meal Plan: Feed a Crowd for $3 or Less
Cooking for a crowd doesn't need to drain your wallet. With this week's meal plan you can easily feed 6 or more people for $3 or less per serving. And you don't need to spend all day in the kitchen either. Some light meal prep in advance can make weeknight recipes even easier-just look for the "Plan Ahead" notes we included for some of the days. The goal is to stress less, eat better.
5 Dinners From 1 Bag of Groceries
Day 1: Tuscan Pork Loin
$1.67 per serving
Tuscan Pork Loin: In this Italian roast pork recipe we coat the lean meat with garlic, rosemary and aromatic lemon zest before it goes in the oven, and then deglaze the pan with vermouth to make a savory gravy. The roast is perfect for entertaining but equally as great for a simple Sunday dinner. Serve the pork with Green Beans with Parmesan-Garlic Breadcrumbs and Garlic Mashed Cauliflower to make it a meal. With the addition of the sides, this dish ends up being $3.06 per serving.
Day 2: Winter Vegetable Dal
$1.47 per serving
Winter Vegetable Dal: This southern-Indian-inspired vegetable dal recipe is rich and creamy thanks to light coconut milk and gets exotic flavor from spice-infused coconut oil. A serving of the dal is a generous 1-2/3-cup-pair it with flatbread or naan for a warm, satisfying meal.
$1.17 per serving
Macaroni with Sausage & Ricotta: A bit of sausage goes a long way in flavoring the creamy ricotta tomato sauce in this healthy and quick pasta recipe. Serve with a big green salad and crusty Italian bread to round out the meal.
$1.69 per serving
Plan Ahead: To cut down on the time it take to get this recipe together, you can prechop the veggies for the salsa and make the marinade ahead of time.
Chicken Fajitas with Red Grapefruit Salsa: This healthy chicken fajita recipe gets a fresh spin with a sweet, tart and spicy grapefruit salsa. Adjust the amount of jalapeño to tailor the heat level.
Day 5: Brazilian Black Bean Soup
$1.42 per serving
Plan Ahead: You can make this soup ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 6 months.
Brazilian Black Bean Soup: Brazil's cuisine often features smoky, grilled meats, but this healthy vegetarian bean soup recipe is completely meat-free. Instead, blackened jalapeños, fire-roasted tomatoes and smoked paprika provide the Brazilian flair. A little molasses adds a sweet-toasty note, and the kale, while not traditional, bumps up your daily veggie count.
$1.54 per serving
Brussels Sprouts & Pepperoni Pizza: If you want to spark some joy in your house, give this pizza combo a try. Brussels sprouts, pepperoni, lemon zest and fontina cheese make this healthy pizza recipe anything but boring. Preshredded Brussels will speed up your prep time, but try to get pepperoni sliced fresh from the deli-it has better flavor and texture than the shelf-stable kind.
Day 7: Slow-Cooker Cassoulet
$2.18 per serving
Plan Ahead: This recipe only takes 30 minutes to prep, but needs anywhere from 6 to 9 hours in the slow-cooker. Be sure to plan your day accordingly!
Slow-Cooker Cassoulet: This classic French stew recipe is typically made with a variety of meats and simmered over the course of multiple days. In this easy, streamlined cassoulet, the slow cooker makes it a breeze to have a healthy dinner on the table when you get home.