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Weekly Grocery Haul and Menu Plan

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA.  Some weeks are just a lot crazier than others.  Two weekends ago we drove into the potty training world and even though I was home for about 3 days straight I feel like I got less down and the house was even messier than then normal.

Anyway, let me share with you my grocery haul and menu plan.  Next week, the kids and I are going to be heading up to Chicago to help my sister out for a few days while her husband is on a work trip.  My sister has a 2-year-old boy and is 9 months pregnant with their second baby so she needs all the help she can get.  And since I work from home, it’s easy to travel up there and help her out.  I will be sharing more about our trip and what I do to pack/plan for a trip like this.  Since she is very pregnant and I’m still on the whole 30, I’m just going to make our dinner and bring it with me.

Total spent – $105  / Budgetted $75

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So it’s another full week of meals to cook and plan.  I’m not going to lie, Wes being on vacation for the past week has put a major dent into my grocery budget.  I’ve recently switched from shopping at Meijer to Fresh Thyme supplement my hauls from Aldi’s.  It’s closer, has free fruit for Norah and has more options for healthier foods.

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Aldi’s Haul – $85

2% milk, half gallon of whole milk, bananas, 1 lb strawberries, 3 lb spring mix, fresh green beans, grape tomatoes, whole grain white bread, 2 dozen eggs, 2 broccoli, 3 lb gala apples, applesauce, 2 frozen mix veggies, 1 lb ground turkey, 2 boxes shells and cheese, microwave mac n cheese, Italian chicken sausage, 2 bags of shrimp, goldfish, butternut squash, 5 lb golden potatoes, can of green beans, 2 cans of tomato sauce, 3 lb lemons, zucchini, cauliflower rice, almonds, mini cucumbers, paper towels, mini muffins.

Snacks for James’ class – cheeze it’s, vanilla wafers, raisins.

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Fresh Thyme – $20

bacon, sage, 7 russet potatoes, clementines, 3 green bell peppers, avocado, 8 dates, 2 sweet potatoes

Menu Plan

Friday – Broccoli and Shrimp

Saturday – Steak w/ green beans & sweet potatoes

Sunday- Waffles

Monday-  Chicken Fingers and French Fries

Tuesday- Sloppy Joes     One of my favorite recipes I’ve found on the whole 30 and Norah loves it too.

Wednesday –  Spaghetti & Meatballs – I’m gonna have zoodles but I’m also going to do pasta for my sister and the kids.  Here is the whole 30 spaghetti sauce that I like.

Thursday – Chicken sausage and veggies

Friday – Pork Chop w/ butternut squash  I’m using boneless pork chops because that’s what I had in my freezer and I didn’t have the room in my grocery budget for bone-in ones.

For our lunches and breakfasts while we are in Chicago

I’m going to have hardboiled eggs and some roasted potatoes that I’m going to prep at home and just reheat and lunch is just going to be leftovers.

For the kids – I’m planning on doing mac n cheese, pb&j, turkey slices, string cheese for lunches and muffin and donuts w/ yogurt for breakfast.

So that’s my food plan for the week.  What does your look like?  When you drive do you bring your own food or do you eat out?

Megan

grocery haul · recipes

Weekly Grocery Haul and Meal Plan

So I had to switch up my meal planning a little bit.  I usually go grocery shopping on Tuesday but due to a weekly walk with my neighbor, I’m going to move it to Thursday.  So instead of my normal 7-day meal planning, I did a 10-day plan.  And to add a little more to the mix, my budget was also reduced because of purchases I made over the weekend for some food.  So doing 10 days on $56 was going to be tough.  Sadly I didn’t make it but I did get it done for the $75 that I budget that I had set aside for my weekly grocery trip.  I pulled the extra cash out of my freezer meat budget.

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The total that I spent for this week’s grocery was $112  ($75 from this week, $25 from freezer budget and $12 rollover from the previous week)

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Aldi’s – $55

Watermelon, mini muffins, zucchini, bananas, eggs, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, spring mix, 2% milk, whole milk, 8 x baby food pouches, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, broccoli, whole cashews, mini cucumbers, brussels sprouts, sugar,Italian sausage, sugar snap peas, strawberries and blueberries.

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Fresh Thyme – $23

Chocolate chip cookie, Medjool dates, frozen waffles, dijon mustard, bacon, 3 green bell peppers, red bell peppers, russet potatoes, sweet onion, sweet potato, Yukon gold potatoes.

This that I got before my weekly shopping trip

Meijer – $ 25

Cucumbers, parsley, potatoes, peppers, bacon, sliced turkey, 2 spring mix salad mix, spinach mix.

Fresh Thyme – $ 9

Milk chocolate almonds and almond butter

Meal Plan

Monday- Chicken Tenders and Fries

Tuesday – Pork Chops with brussels sprouts and baked apples

Wednesday – LO

Thursday – Chicken Fajitas (These ended up being steak fajitas because I didn’t have enough chicken)

Friday – LO

Saturday – Grilled Chicken with mushrooms and Zoodles in a tomato sauce

Sunday – Pancakes

Monday – Sloppy Joe Bowls   This is becoming one of my favorite recipes.  I’m thinking about doubling the recipes and freezing some for a quick meal.

Tuesday – LO

Wednesday – Sausage and Veggie skillet

I also wanted to included a couple of finds that I was pretty excited about.

I found both of these at Aldi’s and they are both Whole 30 compliant.

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I found this at Fresh Thyme and it even has the whole 30 logo to show that it’s approved.

So that’s why grocery haul and meal plan for this week.  I’m already halfway through it and it’s turning up pretty tasty.

Love,

Megan 

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Whole 30 Dump Ranch Dressing Recipe

One of my favorite recipes that I got out of my first run of Whole 30 is the Dump Ranch Dressing recipe.  It’s so good that I use it even when I’m not doing the whole 30.  I like it because it’s quick, simple, I can mix up the flavor as I like and can make it from stuff I already have on hand.   So I’m going to share this recipe with you and hope it becomes one of your favorite recipes too.

Ingredients

1 large egg, at room temperature   – THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT.  IF IT’S NOT AT ROOM TEMP THAN IT WON’T BLEND.

1 cup light olive oil  – I had this second to last in a slow pour

1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk

1/2 cup of fresh herbs –  I like to use cilantro, parsley, dill and garlic

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon onion powder

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

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  1. You can use either an immersion blender or a food processor (that’s what I use) and I add all the ingredients except for the oil.

2.  I turn the food processor on high and slowly pour in the oil so it combines really well with the other ingredients.

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3. Then I just put it in a mason jar because it makes me feel fancy.

So that’s it.  My Dump Ranch Dressing Recipe.  Super easy, super tasty and super customizable.  And I  hope you enjoy it!

Love,

Megan