Here's What Happened When I Tried Cooking At Home All Week On A Budget

    No takeout, no delivery, no excuses.

    Hey! I'm Hannah — and I've been trying to find ways to save more money on food.

    Last month, I challenged myself to make dinner all week for $30. Now, I wanted to see if I could make allll of my weekly meals myself — again, for way less than I usually spend.

    On top of all that, I was recently gifted an 11-piece Tasty cookware set, so now I literally have no reason not to cook more at home.

    My plan for the week? I would cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home for the entire week, no exceptions.

    Then, I put together my grocery list Sunday...

    I used the rest of the day to meal prep.

    It wasn't too much — mostly just making pasta and rice to use throughout the week. I also split and froze some ground turkey so it'd be fresh later in the week, and hard-boiled some eggs.

    Breakfast: 2-ingredient banana pancakes

    This batter made enough for about 6 pancakes, so I used half and saved the rest for later in the week.

    Lunch: Avocado egg salad sandwich

    Dinner: Rotisserie chicken fried rice

    I had enough left over for lunch the next day, too.

    Breakfast: Banana peanut butter smoothie

    Lunch: Leftover rotisserie chicken fried rice

    Dinner: Shakshuka

    While it's vegetarian, this dinner was super filling thanks to the hearty tomato sauce, chickpeas, and egg.

    Breakfast: 2-ingredient banana pancakes

    Lunch: Turkey burrito bowl

    Dinner: Penne with spinach and mushrooms

    Again, there was more than enough for one meal — so I saved the rest for later in the week.

    Breakfast: Banana peanut butter smoothie

    Lunch: Leftover pasta with spinach and mushrooms

    Dinner: Rotisserie chicken quesadilla

    Now before you scoff at the idea of a cheeseless quesadilla,* let me tell you that this one was great.

    Sidenote: I think my dog is a big fan of me cooking at home.

    Breakfast: Egg and veggie scramble

    Not only was this breakfast great, but it taught me an important lesson: I should probably forego the $15 brunch plate and make eggs at home more often because they taste even better on the couch in my pajamas.

    Lunch: Turkey lettuce wraps

    Dinner: Vegetable bibimbap

    This recipe was surprisingly easy to make.

    Breakfast: Avocado toast with fried egg

    Lunch: Asian rotisserie chicken salad

    This was definitely a step up from my typical homemade salads, thanks to the roasted chickpeas and homemade dressing.

    Dinner: Upgraded instant ramen

    Soft-boiled eggs make everything better.

    Breakfast: Breakfast burrito

    Lunch: Pesto pasta salad

    Dinner: Turkey meatball bowl

    These were a bit lighter than typical meatballs because I didn't have bread crumbs, but they tasted great.

    What are your best tips for saving money on food and cooking more often at home? Let me know in the comments below!