Meal Plan and Grocery Shopping – April 25

Welcome to another week! Did you have a nice weekend? We finally met with a realtor this week and we’re going to see our first house on Tuesday! It will be so nice to finally get our own house.

Here are my groceries and meal plan for the week.

Aldi haul:

  • Oranges – $2.99
  • Strawberry jelly – $1.99 (trying new varieties from Aldi to replace the $3.49 kind from Shaw’s)
  • Three pack of bell peppers – $1.49
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Cantaloupe – $0.99
  • Tortellini – $2.69
  • Greek yogurt (for special project this week) – $3.69
  • 1 lb of mozzarella cheese – $2.99
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Milk – $1.49
  • Baby spinach – $1.99

Total: $23.69

Shaw’s haul:

  • English muffins – B1G2
  • Rotini and penne – $0.50 each
  • Black beans – $1 (forgot to buy at Aldi)
  • Rice Pilaf and Couscous – $1 each
  • Orange juice – $3.49
  • Ice cream single – $1 (only bought this to make sure a 5/$5 deal went through)
  • Frozen broccoli – $1.50
  • Shrimp – $3.88
  • Mushrooms – $1.67
  • Deli chicken – $8.23
  • Two boxes of cake mix – $1 each (for upcoming birthday party, one to practice with and one for the party)

Total: $30.16

Weekly total: $53.85

Not bad for what I bought, including a few splurges.

Meal plan:

  • Sausage and Mushroom Rice – Already had rice
  • Shrimp and Broccoli – using rice pilaf box
  • Man Pleasing Chicken with Savory Seasoned Potatoes – Already have all ingredients
  • Skillet Tortellini – Bought tortellini
  • Stuffed Peppers – Bought peppers and black beans

With the exception of the chicken dish, every other meal is modified from the original recipe this week.

Meal Plan and Grocery Haul – April 18

So far I’m liking the new grocery shopping schedule I’ve made. Aldi puts out some new deals on Wednesday, so I go there for those deals and my staples, then I shop as normal at Shaw’s on Friday (or Saturday in this case). On Friday it took me almost twice as long to get from my parents’ to my apartment turnoff thanks to abnormal traffic and I just did not feel like fighting people traffic in the store for my groceries.

So here is my grocery haul for the week.

Aldi haul:

  • Decaf coffee – $2.69
  • Greek yogurt – $0.75 (found one random tub on sale so I grabbed it)
  • Oranges – $1.79
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Lactose free milk – $2.79 (apparently they don’t carry whole lactose free milk anymore, that’s disappointing)
  • Saltines – $0.75
  • Green peppers – $0.99
  • Mushrooms – $0.79
  • English muffins – $0.99 (trying out different kinds so we’re not shelling out over $4 each time)
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Imitation crab – $1.89 (thought I’d try something new, this was on sale)
  • Whole milk – $1.99
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Chicken leg quarters – $0.89 per pound, $4.65
  • Almond butter – $4.99 (always wanted to try it and that’s the best price I’ve seen)

Total: $28.99

Shaw’s haul (ignore husband foot in the background):

  • Olive oil – $4.99, saved $2
  • Nature Valley cookies – FREE with coupon
  • English muffins – $2.50 for 12 (more trying new)
  • Natural jelly – $3.49
  • Chicken bouillon – $2.49
  • Shredded mozzarella – $2.34
  • Greek yogurt – $0.88 each
  • Sour cream – $1, saved $0.39
  • Orange juice – $3.49 each
  • 6 eggs – $1.49
  • Ice cream – $1.99
  • Ground turkey – $1.88 each, plus a coupon for $1.50 off two
  • Grapes – $3.47, saved $1 per pound
  • Bananas – $0.99
  • Deli cheese – $5.44
  • Deli ham – $4.94

Total: $47.89

Weekly Total: $76.88

Okay, so the total budget is getting a little high, but we feel more satisfied during the week. My husband has extra fruit to take to work. My almond butter bumped it up as well but that was a one-time purchase.

Meal plan:

  • Honey and Soy Tofu, Broccoli and Rice – All ingredients from stockpile
  • Crockpot Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy – Bought chicken and chicken bouillon this week, everything else from stockpile
  • Pasta Crab Casserole – Purchased mushrooms, crab meat, green peppers and sour cream this week.
  • Orange Rice Bowls – Purchased ground turkey and orange juice.
  • Breakfast – Decided to take break at the end of the week and eat breakfast for dinner, with some frozen homemade waffles I made on Sunday.

Eaternity by Jason Wrobel

This book was released on April 5, 2016. I received a copy through NetGalley.

I am not a vegan, nor do I think I ever could be. But I definitely admire and appreciate people who can make that kind of commitment for their health, the environment or both. There is definitely something to be said for borrowing from the vegan philosophy once in a while, cutting out meat and focusing on healthy foods that grow in the earth for us to enjoy.

This book echoes my own personal beliefs that what we eat has an effect on our health. Getting the right nutrients for our health goals and problems could go pretty far in solving a lot of our chronic health concerns. Eaternity is divided up by what you want your food to do for you. Whether it’s getting better sleep, losing weight, mood balance or even help in the bedroom, there is a recipe for you.

My one complaint is that a lot of the ingredients in the book are very special and possibly harder to find or expensive. But it’s perfect for those who already eat this way or are looking for recipes to experiment with. I’m interested in trying the almond butter and banana sandwich recipe which elevates a normal PB and J or PB and banana sandwich.

Grocery Haul and Meal Plan – April 10

Whew, we had a long day yesterday! One of my closest friends from college got married yesterday on Martha’s Vineyard and we spent 7 hours travelling both ways to get there and home. Time for a nice day of relaxing and getting ready for the week. Here is my Shaw’s grocery haul and meal plan, I’ll be going to Aldi a little later in the week.

  • Thin spaghetti – $0.88
  • Red enchilada sauce – $1
  • Green enchilada sauce – $0.79
  • Sardines – $0.79
  • Coffee – $4.99
  • Milk – $1.99
  • Orange juice – $2.99
  • Ground chicken – $3
  • Green pepper – $0.54
  • 5 lbs of potatoes – $1.77
  • Asparagus – $2.59
  • Tofu – $1.50
  • Deli ham – $3.77

Total: $26.60

I also picked up a bunch of household items we were out of like cold medicine, Advil and toilet cleaner.

Meal plan:


Mid-Week Emergency Aldi Run

I spent half the week snowed in and staying in from the cold. I didn’t have half of the ingredients I needed for any of my weekly meals so I had to get creative. Orzo Skillet one day, Spaghetti, even breakfast for dinner. I finally went yesterday to the new Aldi they opened in my city. Man, was that a pain to get to. We have stupid intersections where you have to turn right and go around a half loop in order to turn left. The GPS didn’t tell me that, just said turn right, so I did, when Aldi was on the left. The new store is nice, besides that.

Anyway, here’s my haul. I didn’t have meals in mind for all of these, so I’m just winging it.

  • Quick oats – $2.39
  • Frozen blueberries – $2.49
  • Cantaloupe – $0.99
  • Grapes – $3.98
  • Rice – $3.49
  • Mushrooms – $1.49
  • Chicken thighs – $4.11
  • Tomato sauce – $0.25 each
  • Corned Beef – $1.79 (cashier charged me twice, boo)
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Black beans – $0.59
  • Pasta sauce – $0.99
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99

Grocery Haul and Meal Plan – April 3

I’m recovering from my wisdom teeth extraction, finally. I woke up on Saturday to a little bit of pain but mostly full range of motion again, yay!

At least I was able to go shopping myself this week, so we don’t repeat last week. I still need to get to Aldi (they opened one in my city finally!!!) and Costco, because we’re out of chicken.

I’m very happy with this week’s groceries, I got literally almost everything either on sale, in a deal or with a coupon.

Shaw’s haul:

  •  2 packages English muffins – B1G1 $4.39
  • Vegetable oil – was on sale for $2.99 but I didn’t notice that it rang up at $3.99. Oh well.
  • Body wash for hubby – on sale for $4.29 plus a $1 off coupon
  • Shaving cream for hubby – $1.59, plus they scanned it through a second time
  • Deodorant for hubby – on sale for $2.50 plus a $1 off coupon
  • Orange juice – $3.49 each (price went up $0.20)
  • Shredded mozzarella – $1.88
  • Butter – $2.50
  • Ground chicken – $3
  • Grapes – on sale for $0.97 a pound! I got more than $10 worth of grapes for $2.50
  • Spinach – $2.50
  • Deli turkey – $7.48
  • Deli cheese – $2.91

My store was also running a huge deal, buy 10 mix and match items, get them for $0.79 each. I bought:

  • 2 cans of tomatoes, diced and sauce
  • Sandwich bags
  • Pasta
  • Frozen cauliflower
  • 6 greek yogurt tubs

But wait, that adds up to 11 items! Yes, because the sandwich bags didn’t have a sign on them and I didn’t want to end up with 9 items and no sale. However, it worked out because only 5 of the yogurts got scanned. Plus it balances out with the twice-scanned shaving cream. I wish people would pay more attention, but at least it somewhat worked out in my favor this time.

My menu for the week:

I am one recipe short, so I thought I’d wing it with what I have on hand. I always come up with an interesting recipe when I do that.