$60 Grocery Guide

$60 Grocery Guide

Eating healthy well-balanced meals doesn’t have to break the bank. We understand that cost of living has gone up but we want to show you how you can still eat healthy on a budget.

We have set ourselves a $60 budget to come up with 1 breakfast and 3 lunch or dinner meals for the week!

Overnight oats | Loaded sweet potatoes | Veggie bolognese | Poke bowl

Let us show you how to make:

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Overnight Oats

The perfect breakfast to prep in advance and customise just how you like it.


  • half a cup of oats 
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Berries
  • Protein powder (optional)
  • Cinnamon, coconut, chia seeds, nuts (optional extras)


1. Place half a cup of oats in your jar

2. Dice 3/4 a banana and place this into the jar (keep the other quarter to add on top)

3. Add a handful of berries to the jar

4. Add a cup of milk to the jar

5. Add a scoop or protein powder (optional)

6. Add any additional extras that you would like to add

7. Place the lid on the jar and shake really well

8. Place jar in the fridge overnight

9. Take jar out of the fridge when you are wanting to eat it and add the extra banana and any other toppings on top

10. Eat and enjoy


  • Protein powder substitutions include peanut butter, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
  • Add seeds and nuts to get your macronutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • If you don’t like the texture of banana you can mash it up or replace it with grated apple
  • Other fruit alternatives include dried fruit or canned fruit (in juice not syrup)
  • Berries can be fresh or frozen depending on the season 
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Loaded Sweet Potato

This dish is made with textured vegetable protein (TVP) which can be found at your local supermarkets generally in the health food section. TVP is a great plant based alternative to mince and shares a similar texture.

Serves: 4


  • 400g of TVP
  • 4 small sweet potatoes (you can use large ones and use half per serve)
  • 1 onion
  • 500g of frozen veg
  • 2 large carrots
  • Sachet of Mexican seasoning


1. Turn oven on to 180 degrees

2. Wrap sweet potatoes in aluminium foil and place on a the oven tray and cook for 30 minutes or until soft on the inside OR Microwave sweet potatoes until tender

3. Heat pan/ pot to medium heat

4. Chop onion finely and add to pan (add a little water to stop it from sticking)

5. Chop or grate carrot finely and add to pan

6. Boil some water

7. Place TVP in a bowl and pour water over it (follow packet instructions)

8. Let TVP absorb the water and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes

9. While the TVP is sitting, add frozen veggies into mix with the carrot and onion

10. Add the TVP mix to the pan

11. Add the seasoning mix, salt and pepper and whatever other spices you would like to add

12. Stir until all combined and lower heat

13. Let mix sit until the sweet potatoes are cooked

14. Once the sweet potatoes are cooked, cut them in half and add a large scoop of the TVP mix on top

15. Add cheese if you wish

16. Eat and enjoy


  • TVP is a great source of plant based protein – if you don’t want to cook with this you can use beef or turkey mince instead. For another plant based alternative you can use tempeh or crumbed firm tofu
  • Remember, if you don’t have an oven you can cook sweet potato in the microwave
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Veggie Bolognese

Want to reduce your meat intake? Is meat getting too expensive for your budget? This is the perfect pasta dish for you to try. TVP has a similar texture to meat and is just as tasty. Adding veggies to your pastas dishes is a great way to consume veggies, adding important nutrients and bulking out the meal.

Serves: 4


  • 200g of TVP
  • 2 x Carrots
  • 2 x Zucchini
  • 1 x Onion
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce


1.Cook TVP as per instructions on the packet

2. Boil pasta

3. Heat pan to medium heat and add oil

4. Chop onion finely and add to pan

5. Chop or grate carrot and zucchini and add to pan

6. Once TVP has boiled, add to pan 

7. Add pasta sauce to pan

8. Once pasta has finished cooking add to pan

9. Add some pasta water to pan and stir through

10. Add salt and pepper to taste

11. Assemble into 4 portions and add cheese if you wish

12. Eat and enjoy


  • Adding beans to your pasta dish will add extra protein and fibre
  • If you can afford it, changing your pasta to one that includes extra fibre or protein will give you extra nutrients and keep you fuller for longer
  • Extra veggies that you can add into this dish if you have them on hand include fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, celery and spinach
  • When buying your pasta sauce, try to look for whole ingredients and less salt. Alternatively, you can make your own pasta sauce by cooking tomatoes, garlic and whatever herbs and spices you would like.
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Poke Bowl

This is another versatile meal that can be adapted just the way you like it. We have used tofu or chicken but you can use beans or tempeh or beef strips.

Serves: 4


  • 400g of chicken or 600g of tofu
  • 200g Edamame
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 2 x Carrot
  • 2 x Cucumber
  • 2 tbs soy sauce


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees

2. Chop sweet potato into small cubes

3. Drizzle oil, salt and pepper on sweet potato and place in oven for 25 minutes

4. Heat pan to medium heat and add splash of oil

5. Chop chicken or tofu into small pieces

6. Add chicken / tofu to pan and cook through


7. Add soy sauce to pan and stir through

8. Cook rice as per packet instructions

9. Chop carrot and cucumber into thin strips

10. Boil or microwave edamame

11. Assemble all ingredients into bowl

12. Eat and enjoy


  • Adding nuts, seeds or avocado is a great addition to this dish
  • You can add whatever vegetables you enjoy, capsicum, beans and cabbage would be great additions for some extra crunch
  • Combining peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce and chilli is a yummy dressing you could add to this dish


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