Meal Plan Review: $20 at Trader Joe’s


If you saw my post about with cheap plant-based meal plans, you know that there’s nothing I love better than making a meal plan on the cheap, to create delicous but simple recipes. There are a ton of plans out there, so to take some of the guesswork out I decided to try them all for one week and review them here. This week: $20 at Trader Joe’s = lunch and dinner for 5 days.

The Spoon U Trader Joe’s meal plan can probably be even cheaper shopping at Aldi or another cheaper food market, but Trader Joe’s definitely offers great prices and tons of vegan products. So, I’ll post the grocery list (which I tweaked a bit to make healthier), links to recipes,  meal prep steps, and my review below.

Grocery List

  • 1 box whole-grain pasta
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli
  • 2 onions
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bag carrots
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 package pizza dough
  • 2 cans (or 1 bag) chickpeas
  • 1 multigrain roll

Recipes: Eat them for both lunch and dinner of day listed

Mon: Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Pasta

Tues: Veggie Pizzas

Wed: Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl

Thurs: Roasted Carrot Soup with Caramelized Onion and Hummus Sandwich

Fri: Veggie Noodle Stir-Fry

Meal Prep


  • Roast red pepper, tomatoes, broccoli, onion, carrots, garlic, and sweet potatoes in the oven for 350 for 15-30 mins
  • Make hummus from Sandwich recipe
  • Make roasted chickpeas from Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl recipe
  • Make 1/2 box of hummus, make Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta for tomorrow


  • Cook pizza dough, pesto, and put tomato and onion on both (recipes says make one woth brussel sprouts but I don’t like them, so I did tomato on both)


  • Assemble Buddha Bowls


  • Make soup and sandwiches


  • Cook rest of the 1/2 of pasta and make veggie stir fry


All the recipes listed were delicious, although some had ingredients not listed in the grocery list. My only complaint is that it was very cooking-heavy, and a lot of ingredients couldn’t be prepared ahead of time (i.e. Pizza crusts). So this would be best for a slow week, and probably the winer since it’s a lot of hot food like soup. The price point was spot on, as I spent about $20 exactly at Trader Joe’s.

Price: 5/5 stars

Cooking: 3/5 stars

Recipes: 4/5 stars

Overall: 4/5 stars


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