Meal Prepping 101 – The $200 Monthly Food Cost Breakdown Challenge

At last, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – my challenge to spend $200 or less for groceries to feed myself for a whole month in macros (well, about 20 days to be exact – I’m not counting weekends!).  In this example, I’ve decided to choose 7 different meals and break apart the ingredients per recipe to show the actual cost per ingredient:

– Filipino-style Chicken Adobo and Rice (8 servings)
– Moussaka (8 servings)
Pizza Bianchi (White Pizza) (16 servings)
Turkey Stroganoff (7 servings)
– Chipotle Barbeque Pulled Chicken Sandwiches  (16 servings)
Red Velvet Cupcakes (12 cupcakes)
Swedish Meatballs & Pasta  (16 servings, if you double the recipe)

Based on these 7 recipes, it looks like I would be able to feed myself for about 18 days (which is close to the 20 days in the month I was trying to aim for).

Now, after analyzing these 7 recipes, here is the breakdown of ingredients and the price I paid for each (before tax):

Please note that I did not include spices (salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg, paprika, chipotle, etc.) since all avid cooks should already have these in their pantries.  However, if you don’t have these these items, please add another $30-$50 to this list.  Luckily enough, spices tend to last long, so once you buy them, you wouldn’t have to buy them again for a really long time.

You may have also noticed that some ingredients were in bold italics – the reason why I did that is because these are ingredients that may not be common in your pantry, but can be used for extended periods of time – once you purchase these items, it may be at least a month or more before you end up buying these again (and therefore, saving you money in the long run).

So there you have it!  Hopefully this will give you some ideas on how to stretch your dollar and still eat amazingly well!

Questions?  Send me an email and I’d be happy to help!  



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