March 2015 Budget Meal Plan - A Month of Meals for $166

Month of Meals On A Budget | March 2015 Meal Plan with FREE Printable Grocery List | 31 Days of Dinners for $166

This month’s menu was scheduled to be published and sent to inboxes everywhere this Friday, but so many of you have been asking me for the past week when March’s menu would be posted, I figured what the heck, it’s been a slow week, why not post it now!  Enjoy, and share with your friends and family.  Eating healthy, delicious meals doesn’t have to cost a lot – with a little bit of planning (which I took care of), and a little dedication you will be able to keep your family and your wallet full.  

I can’t believe it’s March already!  Can you smell spring in the air?  No?  Me either.  I am definitely ready for warmer weather, and more importantly – NO SNOW!  I love the month of March, it’s my birthday, and St. Patricks Day, so I always manage to get spoiled with gifts and delicious food.  I just wish my father-in-law was here to make me some rubens!

March 2015 Budget Meal Plan - A Month of Meals for $166

Last month’s menu was a hit, and spread like wildfire on Pinterest – thank you to all of you who shared and passed on the menu.  This months menu includes 31 days of no repeat dinners that are simple and delicious for only $166.46.  

Like every month that I plan, I used Walmart Grocery to figure out the cost of the menu – but by shopping around at a couple different stores, and buying things that are on sale, it could be even less.   For more tips on saving money on your groceries, check out these 8 Easy Ways to Save.

Eating healthy and delicious meals doesn’t need to cost a lot of money.  With a little bit of planning, and some dedication, you can keep your family and your wallet full.  

March 2015 Budget Meal Plan - A Month of Meals for $166


The recipes for this months menu are kid-tested and kid approved.  Scroll down to the bottom for a printable menu and grocery list with everything you need to make the recipes on this menu with a little extra space incase I forgot something (which happens sometimes) or for you to add your own items to.  And as a bonus, I have added a blank one-week meal planner with grocery list if planning meals for a week is easier for you.

March 1 
Ultimate 30-Minute Stove Top Mac and Cheese

ultimate macaroni and cheese

March 2 
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

black bean and corn quesadillas

March 3 
Turkey Tacos

cooking matters | share our strength | no kid hungry |} turkey tacos recipe

March 4 
BBQ Meatloaf
Sweet Potato Fries

March 5 
Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs
Brown Rice

teriyaki chicken meatballs

March 6 

March 7 
Quick and Easy Pasta with Bacon and Peas

Easy 20 Minute Pasta with Bacon & Peas from Mom's Bistro
Easy 20 Minute Pasta with Bacon & Peas from Mom’s Bistro

March 8 
Roast Chicken
Mashed Potatoes

March 9 
Pierogies with Caramelized Onions

March 10 
Chicken Enchiladas
*Use leftover chicken from Sunday

March 11 
Shepherd’s Pie

March 12
Breakfast for Dinner

Breakfast Quesadilla

March 13 
Chicken Noodle Soup Day
Chicken Noodle Soup
*Use leftover chicken from Sunday to make broth

March 14 

March 15 – My Birthday! 
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce with Penne
*Make extra sauce for Mini Spaghetti Pies and Pizza later in the month

crockpot spaghetti sauce

March 16 
Asian Noodle Stir Fry

March 17 
St. Patrick’s Day
Corned Beef and Cabbage

March 18 
Sloppy Joe Day
Easy 20-Minute Sloppy Joes
Sweet Potato Fries

The BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe EVER! Only 3 Ingredients!
The BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe EVER! Only 3 Ingredients!

March 19 
*Use leftover corned beef from Tuesday

March 20 

March 21 
Chicken Parmesan Meatball Sandwiches

Kid-Friendly Chicken Parmesan Meatballs ready for dinner in 25 minutes!

March 22 
BBQ Chicken and Rice Casserole

March 23 
Mini Spaghetti Pies

mini spaghetti pie recipe
Easy 30-Minute Mini-Spaghetti Pie Recipe

March 24 
DIY Nacho Bar

The ULTIMATE Nacho Bar!
The ULTIMATE Nacho Bar!

March 25 

March 26 
Tortilla Chip Crusted Chicken Fingers

tortilla chip crusted chickn fingers

March 27 
Homemade Pizza

March 28 
Korean Beef and Rice

March 29 
Sweet Potato Fries

March 30 

March 31 
Egg Fried Rice

share our strengths cooking matters vegetable fried rice

Save even more money, and grind your own meat.  I know it sounds weird, and extremely complicated, but with a food processor and a sharp knife you can have fresh ground meat anytime you want.  

how to grind chicken


As you can tell, we’re HUGE pasta fans around here, but I must say, eating pasta is delicious and cheap.  There have been weeks when we are struggling to make ends meet, and we worry about paying our bills or buying food, and having homemade pasta is always like the light at the end of the tunnel.  It’s a hearty meal that goes a long way and feeds a lot of people.  What kind of meals does your family enjoy?  

March 2015 Budget Meal Plan - A Month of Meals for $166 | Mom's Bistro


Click the menu above to download a free printable PDF version of March’s menu and grocery list. And if you haven’t yet, scroll back up top and signup to have the new kid-friendly recipes from this months menu sent right to your inbox.

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  1. So excited to find your blog. I just printed the March menu so I can have a plan. And I everything on there is something even my picky eater, aka. my husband, will eat…and the kids will love it too.

  2. I really liked finding your blog. It gives me great ideas for my family. I do have a question…I looked at your March plan and when I look at your grocery list to shop from, it makes it so helpful for shopping. However, when I looked to make the macaroni and cheese from the beginning of the month, it says you need half-n-half and elbow macaroni; however, no on your shopping list, neither of those ingredients are listed.

    Also, many of your meals don’t list the recipes, so it makes it difficult to know what to buy at the store or what ingredients from the grocery list you used for that recipe. I.e. Asian Noodle Stir Fry (March 16). I looked for this in your recipe search and wasn’t able to find it (at least not easily, if it’s there).

    If you can provide some additional insight as to the best way to do this, it would be appreciated. Thanks for your help!

    • Hey Christine,

      Sorry, March has been crazy for me. I started a new job, so I haven’t been able to update my website as I wish. Please send me an e-mail to with the recipes that you want, and I’ll send them to you from my personal data base 🙂
      Have a fantastic Monday, and thank you for your kind words.

      Lindsie 🙂

  3. I love your monthly menus! Will you have one coming out for April? Looking forward to it. <3

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