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Weekly Grocery Haul and Meal Plan

Hi Everyone,

I will admit this grocery haul isn’t one of my best. It was a short week to plan because I knew that, with the Chicago trip, I wouldn’t get a chance to go grocery shopping until Saturday morning so I had planned the previous week for extra meals. So this week was only Saturday – Wednesday and in theory, it should have been easy on the budget week but it didn’t turn out that way.  I got pulled into impulsive some items and when I blow the $30 I had left in my budget on the first store I didn’t completely say suck it but I wasn’t too cautious about my total.


Total – $96


Fresh Thyme – $23

kodiak cakes (I paid $6.99 for this but found it at Meijer for $4.99. Again not my best shopping day), 2 sweet potatoes, 2 russet potatoes, Apple Cider Vinegar, Yellow Thai chicken curry, red grapes and a few chocolate covered almonds (because James went potty at Fresh Thyme).


Aldi’s – $38

2 dozen eggs, whole milk, yogurt drops, romaine lettuce, yellow squash, zucchini, 2 boxes of shells and cheese, individual cups of mac n’ cheese, bugles, mini cucumbers, bananas, avocado oil, pinto beans, black beans, strawberries, riced cauliflower.


Meijer – $45

Gala Apples, animal cookies, cashews, almond butter, body wash, asparagus, pork loin, 2 can of peaches, 2 cans of pears, can of mixed fruit and diced mangos.

Besides paying $2 more for the same pancake mix, I also didn’t make the best decision with the pork loin.  I had it on my menu and honestly, it sounded really good so although I couldn’t find it at Aldi’s and wasn’t on sale at Meijer, I still got it.  Paid way too much for it and it completely blew my budget.

This week’s menu

Saturday – Yellow Chicken Curry with cauliflower rice and roasted potatoes

Sunday – Pancakes (I had leftovers)

Monday – Taco salad w/ pinto beans

Tuesday – Pork with roasted asparagus and sweet potatoes

Wednesday – Salmon and veggies

What does your meal plan for this week look like?

What do you do when you can’t find the item you need for a meal at a reasonable price?  Do you go ahead and get it or do you think of something else?



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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


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.



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.


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?



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.


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


  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.


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!





Whole 30 Prep Week

Hi Guys!

So I’m two days in on the Whole 30 food challenge and it’s going pretty well.  I’ve already learned a lot from my food habits and it will be interesting to see what I learn after 30 days. For those who aren’t familiar with the Whole 30 food challenge.  I’ll explain it briefly.


The What: For 30 days, you eliminate all grains, legumes, dairy and sugar from your diet and then slowly reintroduce them to see if your body has a reaction to them.  They say in the 30 days of not eating these food groups, your digestive system will heal itself from any damage you have done in eating not the best foods.  And will give you a clear imagine on how your body responds to certain food groups and how they truly make you feel when you eat them.  If you want more information check out

The Why: So if I’m not allowed to eat all my favorite foods then why am I doing this.  I feel like I need a hard reset.  I don’t know if you have ever had your computer or phone just act weird and the only way to fix it is either CRTL-ALT-DEL or hold the off and home button at the same time until they reset and they are good as new.  That’s what I’m doing for my body and eating style.   I’ve tried for the past few months to lose about 10 -15 pounds from Norah and James’ pregnancy but I just can’t stick with it.  I’ll say no desserts until 8 pm and I find myself eating them at lunch.  Or no ice cream unless it’s on the weekend, yet Wednesday night and I’m enjoying a big bowl of it.  I need to take them all away, I’ve starting to learn that when it come to eating healthy, I’m either a all or nothing girl.  So to reset my body and my eating habits, I need it all to go away.   Yes, while I would ideally like to lose the said mentioned weight but I’m also doing it because I want to feel comfortable in my skin and clothes, set a health example for Norah and James’ and set my body up to have a healthier pregnancy when we decide to have another one.  At the end of both my pregnancy I’ve had high blood pressure (it might be a little bit of white coat syndrome and in postpartum my blood pressure is never an issue).  Not to the risk of preeclampia, I did have the swollen or other symptoms, but I was included with both pregnancies and I would like to do everything I can to help me prevent that.

The How:  Going into this challenge, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy for me.  So I knew that I needed a plan.  I need to meal plan my breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.  If I didn’t, I would be able to stick with it.  Since I have young kids at home, I’m not able to completely clean out the house of everything that I’m not allowed to eat.  The kids do need their snacks for theirs and mine sanity.  That and I don’t want to buy everything again.  So I needed to plan it.   I looked through the two cookbooks and picked out recipes that looked good to me and that I thought I would make.  I wrote down all the ingredients that I need for the food so I don’t have any excuses not to make it.  I also brought the Whole 30 Day to Day book to help me get through it.  To give me support and guidance as I make it through.

Even though I couldn’t get rid of all the food that I can’t eat, I did pack up what I could and put it done in the basement.  Out of site, out of mind.  I pulled a lot of the food that I eat when I get snacky, like the baking and pasta shelf and the cabinets with most of the breakfast foods and chips.  I emptied out the bread drawer and put it in the freezer to use it later and not waste it.    If I find that I have a problem with any of the other food that left in the house, my plan is just remove it.  That’s one of the big things they talk about in the book, if this happen, then I’ll do this.   It helps you prepare for situations before they actually happen so you can make smart decisions.

I feel like by taking these steps, prepping my house, figuring out my why besides just to lose weight, meal planning the whole week and every meal and figuring out my if/thens that I’ve had a successful two days on the Whole 30.   I know two days doesn’t seem like much but sometimes the beginning of any journey is the toughest part.

If you are interested in during the whole 30 with me, let me know.  Also if you have done it before, I wanna hear about all your tips and tricks.