Grocery Haul and Meal Plan – March 28

Or, Why I’m Not Sending My Husband Grocery Shopping Again

I got my wisdom teeth out on Friday and I’ve had a long weekend of pain and not being able to eat real food. I’d love nothing more than a great big sandwich as soon as I can stretch my jaw that far and chew without issue.

So on Thursday I did my Friday stuff, doing the laundry and visiting Aldi. I didn’t go to Shaw’s because their deals don’t start until Friday. I tried to get most of what I needed at Aldi but there were a few things I needed at Shaw’s. So I persuaded my husband to go with a very detailed list.

Well, he came back with some stuff.

First, my Aldi haul:

  • Turkey Sausage – $1.99
  • Frozen ravioli – $2.69
  • 5 lbs of potatoes – $2.49
  • Baby bella mushrooms – $1.59
  • Half gallon of milk – $1.29
  • Tub of Greek yogurt – $3.69
  • 1 lb of sour cream – $1.19
  • Two avocados – $0.89 each
  • Wheat bread – $1.39
  • Two green bell peppers – $1.69
  • Frozen blueberries – $2.79
  • Frozen mixed berries – $2.79

Total: $25.37

I got some stuff for dinners as well as things I could eat while I was recovering from my teeth.

My Shaw’s list:

  • Asparagus – $1.27 lb
  • Green beans
  • Baby spinach
  • Orzo
  • Pasta sauce
  • Natural jelly
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Frozen mango
  • Lactose free whole milk
  • Shrimp
  • Deli meat
  • Orange juice
  • Bananas

What my husband got:

  • Orzo
  • Natural jelly
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Lactose free fat free milk (I didn’t buy it at Aldi because all they had was fat free or 2%)
  • Orange juice
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Shrimp
  • Green beans
  • Deli meat
  • Pre-trimmed asparagus – $2.99
  • Doritos
  • 2 loaves of bread
  • Ice cream
  • Italian ice
  • Bananas
  • A premade sub sandwich

No frozen mango or baby spinach in the entire store though apparently.

Total: $53.47

Sigh. I guess this is why I do the grocery shopping. Oh well.

My meal plan for the week:

Sweeter Off the Vine by Yossy Arefi

This book was released today, March 22, 2016. I received a copy through NetGalley.

If you like pies, tarts and any other fruit dessert, this book is definitely for you. It is divided by season and then fruit, with several different recipes for your favorite fruit. From pear pie to strawberry tarts to more exotic desserts such as ones with rhubarb and persimmons, there’s a little something for everything.

This book also comes with beautiful, delectable photos of each dessert and all the different fruits.

One recipe I’m excited to try is strawberry ice cream sandwiches with cacao nib and poppyseed cookies. I’ll be sure to post any attempts I make.

Grocery Haul and Meal Plan – March 21

Welcome to spring, said the several inches of snow outside…

I get my wisdom teeth out on Friday, so excited… I plan to veg out on the couch, drinking healthy smoothies and watching cartoons, because why not?

Here’s my haul for the week, Aldi and Shaw’s combined.

 Aldi haul:

  • A gallon of milk – $1.49
  • Frozen peas – $0.95
  • Dishwasher tablets – $2.49
  • Dish soap – $1.89
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Oranges (last of the season) – $2.99
  • Two bags of tortellini – $1.29 each
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Spinach – $1.79
  • Mushrooms – $1.29

Total: $18.85

Shaw’s haul:

  • 4 items for $10 – Cheerios, cage free eggs, frozen strawberries, all-purpose flour
  • English muffins – B1G2, $4.39
  • Peeps (for hubby) – $1.29
  • Diced tomatoes – 2 cans for $0.88 each
  • Orange juice – $3.29
  • Frozen vegetables – $1
  • Ground turkey – 2 for $2.69 each, plus a coupon of $1.50 off 2
  • Shrimp – $3.99
  • Sweet potato – $0.67
  • Bananas – $1.41
  • Deli cheese – $5.49
  • Deli ham – $7.13

Total: $44.30

Total for groceries:  $63.15

Meal plan:

 

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini

This book will be released on March 22, 2016. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

If I wrote a cookbook, it would be just like this, but this book is so much better than anything I could attempt. The author has worked in many different settings with many different vegetables and is definitely what I would call an expert when it comes to vegetables.

All vegetables you’ve ever heard of and some you haven’t are featured in this book. Each one has its own section with gorgeous pictures and instructions on how to prepare and cook them. Each section also has information on the season the vegetable is available, the different varieties, how to select and store them, and what foods and flavors go best with them.

This is a beautiful book you should definitely check out if you like food and cooking, and it would make a great gift for any cooks in your life.

Grocery Haul and Meal Plan – March 14

I wore a dress on Friday, because I’m trying to work on my style, so I wore it grocery shopping as well. I had a nice response to it too, as the regular checkout guy at Aldi was much more attentive, asking me about my weekend plans. It’s funny how a simple change can get a different response. The deli guy at Shaw’s I see every week (even if I shop on Saturday!) was a bit friendlier as well.

My Aldi haul:

  • Lactose free milk – $2.79
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Oranges – $1.79
  • Frozen broccoli – $0.99
  • Onions – $0.79 (for the whole bag!)
  • Feta cheese – $1.79 (way cheaper than $4 I usually pay at Shaw’s)
  • Mushrooms – $1.29
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • 28 oz can of diced tomatoes – $1.49 (I could get a better deal, need to stock up on sales)
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Black beans – $0.59
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce – $0.25

Shaw’s haul:

  • Farfalle pasta – $0.88
  • Free range eggs – $3
  • Sour cream – $1.39 (better deal at Aldi, but I really didn’t need a pound of it)
  • Orange juice (2) – $2.50 each
  • Cookie dough ice cream – $2.99 (very disappointed as this ice cream has corn syrup as one of the first ingredients. Need to always check that. Delicious though)
  •  Shrimp – $3.88
  • Red bell peppers – $1 each (didn’t even really need them this week, chop and freeze)
  • Bananas – $2.22
  • Lemon – $0.69
  • 1 lb of parsnips – $1.99
  • Deli chicken – $8.07

Total of: $47.91

And my menu for the week:

Using lots of things I already have makes dinner a really cheap meal. Each of these meals makes at least 3 and up to 5 or 6 servings.

Grocery Haul and Meal Plan – March 7

(Delayed posting: WordPress ‘missed schedule’)

I don’t know about you, but my Mondays are sometimes super busy. I schedule a lot of my appointments on Monday so I can just be done with them and take it easy the rest of the week. Today, I have to go to the doctor to get a shot and then go get my car inspected. Here is my food plan for the week. (Sorry about the blur on these photos, didn’t notice until I uploaded).

Aldi haul:

  • Lactose free milk – $2.79
  • Avocado – $0.49
  • Two green bell peppers – $0.99
  • A bag of oranges – $1.99
  • Bananas – $1.18
  • Frozen blueberries – $2.49
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Lentils – $0.99
  • Half gallon of milk – $1.29
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Black beans – $0.59
  • Tomato sauce – $0.25

Total of $17.58

Shaw’s haul:

  • Toilet paper (not shown) – $7.99
  • English muffins – 2 for $4.39
  • Girl stuff (hiding behind orange juice) – $3.99
  • Green enchilada sauce – $0.79
  • Red enchilada sauce – $2.99
  • Orzo – $0.88
  • Orange juice – $3.29 each
  • Frozen vegetables – 2 bags, $0.88 each
  • Ice cream – $1.99
  • 5 lbs of potatoes – $2.99
  • Asparagus – $1.97
  • Hummus – $1.88
  • Deli sliced chicken – $6.35
  • Deli cheese – $6.26

Total of $50.81

My meal plan for the week: