Hi Guys! Recently I’ve been really into meal planning as I spent the first part of my summer living on my own. It was an eye-opening experience for me in terms of how much food costs and what it takes to eat well by myself. I’ve been cooking at home for years but I’ve never had to worry about budgeting food costs or worries about wasting food. If this sounds like you, I’ve got a 15 ingredient meal plan that will easily feed one person. Now the 15 ingredients do not include kitchen staples like olive oil, butter, or salt and pepper. As for the recipes, I’ve pulled together some basic recipes I make at home as well as some excellent recipes from around the web.
- Chicken Thighs (or the cut of your choice. I prefer thighs because they are cheap and flavorful).
- Two Large Sweet Potatoes
- Baby Spinach
- Two Bell Peppers (I like red and yellow peppers best, but green peppers are usually on sale).
- One Dozen Eggs
- One Can Petite Diced Tomatoes
- One Bag of Onions (a single 3 lb. bag of onions should last you longer than a week, but it is better to buy them all at once then individually each week).
- One Bag of Frozen Corn (you can also get a medley of frozen veggies to add variety or stick with whatever vegetable is your favorite).
- Sandwich Meat – Ham or Turkey
- Two Avocados
- One Lime
- 1 box of Penne Pasta
- Chicken Broth
- One Loaf of Sandwich Bread
- Hardboiled Eggs with Fruit – This recipe is pretty basic, just hard boil some eggs and serve with fruit. Ingredients required: Eggs, Strawberries.
- Scrambled Eggs with Breakfast Hash – Ingredients required: Eggs, Sweet Potato, Bell Pepper, Onion. You can also add some of the sandwich meat to the eggs if you like to have a little extra flavor.
- Avocado Toast – Ingredients required: Bread, Avocado.
- Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich – Ingredients required: Avocado, Hard Boiled Eggs, Bread, Salt, and Pepper. At its most basic, this recipe only requires avocado and hardboiled eggs, but if you have extra room in the budget or already have some at home a little mustard goes a long way in upping the flavor of this egg salad. Otherwise, a little salt and pepper will have to suffice.
- Veggie Salad– Ingredients required: Baby Spinach, Bell Peppers, Onion (if desired), Chickpeas, Frozen Corn, Lime Juice. This one is completely up to you, add whatever veggies you prefer and dig in. If you have salad dressing on hand, that’s great, if not a little lime juice is perfect for perking up this salad.
- Leftovers – This isn’t a recipe so much as a recommendation, all of the dinners make excellent leftovers the next day. I prefer to eat leftovers before putting in the effort to cook something new, but it is totally up to you.
- Ham Sandwich- Ingredients required: Ham and Bread (optional add-ins include avocado, spinach, and peppers.) To be perfectly honest, this is my go-to for lunch. I’m usually not interested in prepping anything fancy for lunch so a simple ham sandwich does the trick.
- Quick and Easy Pasta for One – Ingredients required: Penne Pasta, Onions, Canned Tomatoes, Bell Peppers, Baby Spinach, Frozen Corn, Salt & Pepper.
- Chicken Soup – Ingredients required: Penne Pasta, Onions, Canned Tomatoes, Sweet Potato, Chicken Broth, Chicken Thighs, Bell Peppers.
- Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potato and Spinach Salad – Ingredients required: Chicken Thighs, Sweet Potato, Onion, Spinach, Lime Juice, Salt and Pepper, Olive Oil (or the oil of your choice).