Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 30

How is your Memorial Day going? We spent it having lunch at my parents’, fun fun.

So we still have no luck with finding a house. Luckily we have until September to be out of our apartment so hopefully one will come up soon.

In other news, I cut off all my hair and dyed it red. It’s nice to shake things up a bit now and then. There might be a picture on Instagram eventually. It took three dyeing attempts and my husband’s help to get it all covered somewhat evenly.

Also, thanks to the cantaloupe in the below picture, I managed to slice a few layers of skin off my finger. It was not ripe and super hard to cut. Luckily it’s mostly healed now.

Aldi haul:

  • Cantaloupe – $1.49
  • Sandwich bags – $1.99
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes – $0.55 each
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • 2 cups of Greek yogurt – $0.65 each
  • 2 green peppers – $1.49
  • Grapes – $3.98
  • Frozen edamame – $1.69
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Bananas – $1.38
  • Peanut butter – $1.49
  • Chocolate frosting (for birthday cakes next month) – $1.29
  • Bread – $1.39
  • 2 packages of English muffins – $0.99 each

Total: $23.21

Shaw’s haul:

  • 2 packages of English muffins – B1G1
  • Sesame oil – $2.99, on sale down from $4.49
  • Spaghetti – $0.88, on sale down from $1.19
  • Alfredo sauce – $1.50, on sale down from $2.50
  • Eggs – $0.79
  • Milk – $1.99
  • Orange juice – $3.49
  • Ground turkey – $1.69, on sale down from $5.49 and a $1 coupon
  • 2 packages of imitation crab – B1G1
  • Spinach – $2.99
  • Potatoes – $1.63
  • Lettuce – $1.49
  • Oranges – $1.80
  • Blueberries – $1.27, on sale down from $4.99
  • 3/4 pound of deli chicken – $6.15
  • 2 wraps – $2, with a $1 off coupon

Total: $38.84

Total for the week: $62.05

Meal Plan:

Since it’s a holiday weekend and my husband took off work until Thursday, I probably won’t end up cooking all of these. I will prioritize the dishes with the most perishable ingredients.

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 23

Everything is happening! We finally found a house we could agree on so we put an offer in. Unfortunately there is more than one offer on it so we have to wait and see if ours was accepted. I really hope we get it, the house is perfect (minus the kitchen, boo) and it’s in a great location.

But we’re still waiting, so here’s my grocery haul and meal plan for the week.

Aldi haul:

  • Tomato sauce – $0.25
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Bananas – $0.91
  • Hummus (under the blueberries) – $1.79
  • Mushrooms – $0.89
  • English muffins – $0.99 each
  • Honeydew – $1.69
  • Grapes – $3.98
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Asparagus – $1.99
  • Organic cumin – $1.99
  • Lactose free milk – $2.79
  • Green peppers – $1.49
  • Strawberry jelly – $1.79
  • Corned beef – $1.79
  • Blueberries – $0.99

Total: $26.91

Shaw’s haul:

  • Cereal – $2.50
  • Orzo – $1
  • Tomato sauce – $1
  • Butter – $1.99
  • Orange juice – $2.99 each
  • Gallon of milk – $2.79
  • Italian ice – B1G1
  • Ground turkey – $2.50
  • Oranges – $1.66
  • Potatoes – $3.44
  • Avocado – $0.99
  • Zucchini (rang up as a cucumber) – $0.79
  • Red bell pepper – $1.67
  • Mushrooms – $1.79
  • Rev wraps – $2.25 for 2
  • Deli cheese – $3.02
  • Deli chicken – $7.99

Total: $44.85

Total for the week: $71.76

A bit more this week because I splurged on a few things for my husband who is always hungry.

Meal plan:

  • Stir fry – free with tofu from last week and frozen vegetables
  • Spaghetti – $1.89 for mushrooms and tomato sauce, no meatballs
  • Orzo Skillet – $3.05 for ground turkey and diced tomatoes
  • Sesame Chicken – $1.67 for red pepper
  • Zucchini, Black Beans and Rice – $0.79 for the zucchini, need to buy more diced tomatoes.

Healthy Speedy Suppers by Katriona MacGregor

This book was released today, May 17, 2016. I received a copy through NetGalley.

This is another great book for those who are new to cooking, need a little inspiration, or maybe they’ve gotten so busy that they don’t think they have time to cook. While the author is a trained cook, she found herself falling into the rut so many other people find themselves in, coming home after a long day and eating convenience food.

Every recipe in the book takes less than an hour, some of them much less. It talks about what ingredients and tools to keep stocked in your kitchen then guides you through different courses (salad, soup, entrees, meat dishes, desserts) to find exactly what you need.

I cooked Turkey Ragu with Pappardelle from the book. It was a familiar dish but is slightly fancier than something I would normally make. I unfortunately didn’t find any pappardelle at my store, so I cooked it with plain spaghetti. I plan on trying again when I can find some.

This dish was very easy to make, all in one dish besides the pasta, and my husband, who is definitely a spaghetti fan, approved.

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 17

Oops, I’m a day late on this. I got swamped with work. The house hunt is still ongoing, at least we have some time before we need to move.

Aldi haul:

  • Lactose free milk – $2.79 (still no whole milk)
  • Half gallon of regular milk – $1.59
  • Mango sorbet – $1.99 (delicious!)
  • Frozen broccoli – $1.89
  • Dijon mustard – $0.99
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Tomato sauce – $0.25
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Deli turkey – $2.49
  • Asparagus – $2.99 (This bag could be divided into 4 servings!)
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Bananas – $0.76
  • Strawberry preserves – $1.79
  • 2 packages of blueberries – $1.99 each

Total: $26.09

Shaw’s haul:

  • Tomato paste – $1.99
  • Greek yogurt – $0.88 each
  • Orange juice – $3.49 each
  • Frozen broccoli – $0.97
  • Tofu – $1.50
  • 2 lemons – $0.69 each
  • Green pepper – $1.37
  • Baby spinach – $2.50
  • Deli chicken – $7.99
  • Not included – body wash, shampoo, trash bags and toilet paper

Total: $28.20

Total for the week: $54.29

I spent almost $50 just at Shaw’s, but it was mostly household stuff. I need to spend a little more on food and leave household items out of the equation because we don’t have a lot in the house besides what I buy for meals. If we don’t have leftovers, we’re left scrambling for something to eat on the weekends.

I was also able to save money this week because we’re stocked up on pantry items pretty well.

Meal plan:

 

 

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 9

Welcome to another week! My husband and I have been looking at houses and hope to find one soon, our very first home. I can’t wait to find one and get settled.

Until then, I have to keep plugging along with our normal lives. Here are my food plans for the week.


Aldi haul:

  • Rice – $3.29
  • Diced tomatoes – $0.55
  • Tomato sauce – $0.25
  • Baking powder – $0.99
  • Pasta sauce – $0.99
  • Green peppers – $0.99
  • Half gallon of milk – $1.59
  • Quick oats – $2.39
  • Mushrooms – $1.19
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Maple syrup – $6.49

Total: $20.11

Shaw’s haul:

  • English muffins – B1G1
  • Spaghetti – $0.88
  • Orzo – $1
  • Near East Quinoa – $0.88
  • Greek yogurt – $0.88
  • Butter – $2.99
  • Orange juice – $3.49
  • Scallops – $6
  • Shrimp – $3.99
  • Tofu – $1.50
  • Lemon – $0.69
  • Mushrooms – $1.99
  • Deli cheese – $2.07
  • Deli chicken – $6.15

Total: $37

Total for the week: $57.11

Meal plan:

Make It Easy by Stacie Billis

Make It Easy

This book will be released on May 10, 2016. I received a copy through NetGalley.

I love this book. It is a great resource for those who want to feed their families good food, but between schedules and budget, don’t know where to start. This book provides great information for which store-bought staples are worth it, with a bunch of recipes to make them from scratch, as well as a ton of recipes to use those staples in your cooking.

Every recipe has a list of other recipes that can be paired with it to make a lovely balanced meal or to customize it to your liking. It also comes with a lot of beautiful pictures, always a plus in a book about food.

I made Yogurt Chia Breakfast Pudding from the book. It’s a quick, simple recipe to make the night before and enjoy for breakfast. Another recipe I’d like to try is the one for homemade graham crackers.


Combine Greek yogurt, your choice of milk, chia seeds, honey and vanilla extract.

Once combined, it kind of looks like the flesh of a dragonfruit. Let it sit overnight covered in a bowl. The consistency and taste must depend on the milk you choose. I chose regular dairy milk as that’s what I like best and what I had on hand. Almond or coconut milk, suggested, might make it a bit more sweet. This goes really well with some fruit mixed in.

 

Grocery Shopping and Meal Plan – May 2

Welcome to May! Is it warming up where you are? It’s trying here.

Here’s my grocery shopping and meal plan for the week.

Aldi haul:

  • Gallon of milk – $1.49
  • Lactose free milk – $2.79
  • Chickpeas – $0.65
  • Black beans – $0.59
  • Bread – $1.39
  • Turkey sausage – $1.99
  • Frozen blueberries – $2.49
  • Grapes – $1.98
  • Quinoa – $2.99(!)

Total: $16.36

Shaw’s haul:

  • Tortilla chips – $1.99
  • Cheez its – $1.99
  • Orange juice – $2.99 each
  • Ravioli – $2.50
  • Shrimp – $3.99
  • Grapes – $2.58
  • Bananas – $1.32
  • Deli cheese – $3.46
  • Deli turkey – $6.11 (I totally ordered chicken, not cool deli guy)

My store was running a buy 6 items, get them for $1.88 each sale.

  • Coffee
  • Cage-free eggs
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Steamfresh frozen side
  • Ice cream
  • Hummus

Shaw’s total: $41.20

Total for the week: $57.56

Meal plan:

  • Cheez it Chicken – Not the healthiest, but making it with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Good for a treat now and then. Only bought Cheez its this week, need to pick up chicken.
  • Baked Ravioli – Only bought frozen ravioli this week.
  • Sausage and Rice – Only bought sausage.
  • Taco Casserole – Will also be replacing this sour cream with Greek yogurt. Only bought tortilla chips, need to pick up ground turkey.
  • Honey and Garlic Shrimp – Made this on Friday after grocery shopping at my husband’s request (usually leftover day). So I’ll need to find another recipe to make this week.