Ahhhh…summertime. Just saying or thinking the word “summertime” puts me in a chill mood. There’s so much to love. The sun. The flowers. The amazing outdoor adventures. The peak of farmer’s market season. Being outside till dark. Fireworks. Fireflies. S’mores. I think you get the picture. Summer also means a lighter meal plan for our family. We really take advantage of whatever our garden (or friends’ and families’) produce. We shop the bounty of summer produce and plan dinners around what’s available during a certain week/month, grill out a lot, and eat simple salads.
Affordable Organic Meal Plan Tips
This affordable organic meal plan features 14 summer-friendly dinners that use Walmart prices, but if you grow these items or can buy them locally, please choose that! If you see a vegetable side you’re not a fan of, simply swap it out for something you’d prefer. If you’re able to pick up local produce much cheaper for this meal plan, here are some ideas for how to spend the excess budget money.
We realize not everyone needs 14 dinners (you may use leftovers, have a planned night out, etc.) so feel free to cut out your least favorite meal or two or use those extras to prep a few lunches.
Before You Get Started
Here are a couple of quick, standard notes and disclaimers that will apply to most of our meal plans. While some plans may feature gluten-friendly or dairy-free or keto-type meals, these plans don’t typically follow any types of restrictions (except for Lindsey, whose household is gluten-free). Email us directly if you have any questions or refer to specific recipe creators where it applies.
Also, we mostly follow USDA recommendations when it comes to portion sizes for meat, etc. That means we stick to 3-4-ounce portions of chicken, beef, fish, etc. We try to stick with as much organic meat as possible, and that access can vary. If you can get your hands on organic turkey, pork, or other cuts of meat, feel free to sub in where desired. See FAQ for more.
Next, we try to keep our shopping list totals to about $150 or less, but that doesn’t include tax. In West Virginia and Ohio, we don’t have a
Finally, we all do the best we can when it comes to eating mostly organic, but we aren’t going to find every ingredient every time that’s organic. If you find something on our shopping list that you can’t get organic, simply do the best you can with your options. Conversely, if you CAN find something that’s organic that we have listed as “conventional” on the list, feel free to grab that option.
Another disclaimer: Prices, product availability, and coupons will obviously vary from region to region.
14-Day Walmart Dinner Plan
Click the very last link to find full printable shopping list and recipe info!
Mediterranean Salmon Salads (Chicken Option)- (Cafe Delites)
Lemon Garlic Chicken Sheet Pan
Mexican Cauliflower Rice Skillet
Pesto Pasta With Chicken
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks with Sweet Potatoes
Egg Salad Sammies
Shrimp Kebabs w/ Pineapple (Well Plated)
Chopped Greek Salad Chickpea Wraps
Balsamic Chicken Skillet (Budget Bytes)
Egg Roll In A Bowl
Chicken Apple Sausage w/ Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
Garlic Butter Shrimp w/ Pasta
Helpful Tools For This Meal Plan
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Sheet pan meals are our FAAAAAVE. You’ll use these for everything. (Including like five of these dinners!)