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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

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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 

 

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Weekly Grocery Haul and Meal Plan

Hi Everyone,

It’s that time of week again for my weekly grocery haul and meal plan.  This week’s grocery haul is a little different than lasts weeks because I cut my grocery bill by 25%.  The last couple of weeks I’ve been diving back into the cash envelopes and breaking down the costs for things.  One thing I like to do is buy my meat in bulk so I calculated the cost of 1/4 cow, 80 lbs of chicken and about 50 lbs of pork and it equaled about $100/month.  So instead of adding another $100 to our monthly budget, I decided to pull $25 from each week and to my surprise this week I was able to keep it under budget, UNDER my $75 budget.

I spent in total $61 of my $75 grocery budget.  I do expect that I might have to go back and grab a couple fresh produce items since I didn’t have that in my grocery haul on Tuesday.  I am also going to be moving my grocery haul days to Thursdays while I believe  I have enough food to make two extra days, I’ll use that extra $14 just in case I need more food.

I will post more about my cash envelopes and how I divide them up and how much I put in them in a few weeks after I get the kinks all out.  But I will go ahead and share my grocery haul and meal plan for this week with.

I didn’t get a whole grocery haul picture because I was a little pressed for time because James was going to get off the bus in a couple of minutes.

Aldi’s Haul $33

2% milk, syrup, 1 dozen eggs, 1 lb of strawberries, almond milk, banana, mini muffins, green grapes, 8 baby food pouches, 2 avacados, 3 lb apples, grape tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, peanut buter, 2 shells and cheese.

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Meijer’s Haul – $28

3 – 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, ben and jerry’s ice cream, big bag of tootie fruities (off-brand fruit loops), 2 icing tubs, 1 bag of chocolate chips, loaf of texas toast, smoked sausage, 1 can of green beans.

*when I saw that I was gonna come in under budget I brought some extra stuff.  I like to follow the rule of buy one for now and 2 for later and thats what I did with the ice cream.  It was only $1.88 each so $1.11 off so I had the room and grab two extra for later.

My Meal Plan

Tuesday – Homemade Pizza*

Wednesday- Leftovers

Thursday- Smoked Sausage, mac n cheese, and green beans

Friday- Leftovers

Saturday- Steak and Potatoes*

Sunday – French Toast

Monday –  Homemade Chicken Fingers and French Fries w/ homemade ketchup

I put a * by the meals that I rolled over from last week.  We had a couple of things popped up during the week where either I didn’t have time to make dinner or didn’t have to so to save money, I just put them on the schedule again.

The recipe for the chicken fingers isn’t the one that I’m gonna use on Monday because I’m starting the Whole 30 again and need to use one without flour.

What does your meal plan look like this week?

How much do you spend on groceries each week?

Love,

Megan

 

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Freezer Cookies

Hi Everyone,

I don’t know about you but sometimes I’m just in the mood for some cookies.  And because I like to bake I usually have the supplies on hand it’s easy for me to whip them up.  But the problem I run into is that I end up with so many cookies.  And since I’m trying to get back into shape, having a ton of cookies around isn’t helping. And I am not a fan of the recipes that make only 20 cookies. If I’m going to get out all the ingredients, measure it out, dirty up the kitchen, preheat the oven and then clean up, I want a decent about of cookies for my work.  So what to do when I want to make enough cookies/ dough to make it worth the effort but don’t want just 60 cookies laying around waiting for me to eat them.  Let me induce you to the idea of freezing cookie dough.

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Maybe I’m not really inducing you to the idea because it’s a pretty simple one that seemed to take me a long time to do.   Besides the problems it solves that I have listed above, freezing unbaked cookie dough has some other benefits.  You know that mid-day low, maybe it’s naptime and you just feel like some chocolate, pop in a couple frozen cookie dough balls and enjoy a little bit of paradise before all hell breaks out again.  Another benefit is when you are going to a meeting and you want to bring a little something but don’t have the time to really make something.  I did this last week for a small meeting I was attending for my prayer group.  I wanted to bring a little snack but I didn’t have the time to make anything so I just popped them in and in about 15 minutes (they were big cookies) I had a snack all ready to go without any mess or hassle.

So I thought I would share how I freeze the cookie dough and some of my favorite recipes to freeze.

  1. Line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or foil.  This really helps with the post freeze clean up.
  2.  Take scoops of cookie dough and roll them into balls placing them close together but not touching.fullsizeoutput_44f
  3. Place them into the freezer and leave them in there until they are frozen or I remember they are in there (truth). fullsizeoutput_450
  4. After you pull them out of the freezer, place them into a freezer baggie and label the bag.fullsizeoutput_451
  5. When you need them, bake them at the same temperature but for a couple of minutes more since you are baking from frozen.

 

Here are some of my favorite cookie recipes.

Michelle Pearson’s Chocolate chip cookie

Betty Crocker Oatmeal cookies

Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pudding chocolate chip cookies