Ok, so basically I've never really done a "meal plan" but I need to start. I have always just hit the store bought the "usual" stuff and if I wanted to make something specific make sure I had everything for it. I've been working with a very short grocery budget for awhile so that's not really the issue what is the issue is the doc wants me to go on this "diet". So now I need to plan meals which will mostly involve me cooking for everyone else then making something seperate for myself. I just have no idea how to plan meals and how to make a plan work with the little bit i have to work with. here's the specifics...
my meals need to be 500 cal 3 times a day and 1 snack of 150 cal, each meal 40-50 carbs and snack 15-30 carbs.
No allergies, some family pickiness (one child dislikes onions and mushrooms, another isn't fond of veggies other than green beans and corn sometimes broccoli and carrots) DF lived off processed microwavable crap his whole life until me so I try to mask veggies and fruits when I can and I have shown him that rice is yummy especially brown and wild rice.
The budget is about $30-$50 per week, 2 adults, 4 kids but the baby doesn't really "eat" yet not like our foods and wic covers her baby foods and most of her formula.
I have been trying to do this for the last 2 weeks and I'm so frustrated it's just not even funny. I have done numerous searches and come up with nothing helpful.
ETA: Ground beef is about all the meat I have to work with right now, we bought a cow a year ago. Getting low but have enough to get through the next couple months no prob. Also a couple steaks and soup bones but no roast left. I am being daring and bought 50 cornish cross chicks a week ago they were 99 cents each and at the end of May they are being butchered which will cost me $80 so after then I will have chicken. It's gotten too expensive to really buy in the store anymore and the last 2 times I bought it, it was near spoiled. I had 3 quarters in the fridge for 2 days and when I went to cook them they were totally rancid. We live in the country but the landlord won't let me have a garden. Don't know why there's freakin 10 acres here and plenty of room around the house for one.