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$100.00/Week Real Food Meal Plan - Week 7

February 11, 2018

If you’re just tuning in, this is an ongoing series in which I share our weekly meal plan as I (attempt) to convert us to a Whole/Real Food lifestyle.  Our grocery budget is $100.00/week for 2 adults.  Often I make 2 different meals because I am primarily plant-based and my husband is not.  Most of what we eat is made from scratch and any boxed, canned and/or frozen products follow the Real Food guidelines.  Meal planning is my way of controlling the grocery budget (read as a LOT of dollars saved), ensuring there is no food waste for the week, as well as saving time.  You can read more about meal planning here.

Read the entire series here.

After a year of eating primarily plant-based meals and making the switch to real foods, I feel like I can try to wrangle our weekly grocery budget down to $100.00 a week (food only - does not include paper towels, cleaners, etc.).  I am using a few things to help trim it down which I'll share in a post later in the week.  I wanted to cut our grocery budget down so we can put additional money toward large projects on the farm.

Weekly Meal Plan:
Breakfast - (me) Veggies & HomeFries; (J) Eggs over Homefries
Lunch - French Bread Pizza (me - veg; J - burger)
Dinner - Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken, Twice Baked Potatoes, Spinach

Breakfast - Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Lunch - Kale & Vegetable Soup (J's version has mini meatballs)
Dinner - Shrimp Skillet Rice, Roasted Brussels sprouts

Breakfast - Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Lunch - Kale & Vegetable Soup (J's version has mini meatballs)
Dinner - (me) Beans & Greens with Pasta; (J) Chicken Skillet Lasagna (using leftover chicken)

Breakfast - Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - (J) Smothered Pork Chops, Broccoli Rice with Beans, Roasted Carrots

Breakfast - Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Lunch - Kale & Vegetable Soup (J's version has mini meatballs)
Dinner - (me) Veggie & Dumplings; (J) Chicken & Dumplings (using leftover chicken)

Breakfast - Carrot Cake Oatmeal
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Refried Bean Enchiladas, Mexican Rice, Spinach

Breakfast - Omelet & Home Fries
Lunch - Veggie Dumpling Soup
Dinner - (me) Roasted Vegetables & Rice; (J) Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry with Rice

 Weekly Food Costs:
Commissary: $28.95
(I am not allowed to share individual product prices so I'm giving a list of what was purchased within the total)
Potatoes, Celery, Broccoli, Brown Rice, Tortilla Shells, Flour, Whole Wheat Pasta, Dry Beans, Tomato Sauce, Crushed Tomatoes, Non-GMO Organic Oats, Ricotta Cheese, Pepper jack Cheese, Mozzarella Cheese, and Frozen Spinach

Aldi's: $9.86
Blueberries - $1.79 x 2
Kale - $3.49
Mandarin Oranges - $2.79

BJ's: $21.49
Organic Whole Chicken - $14.51 ($2.49/lb)
Organic 1/2 & 1/2 - $2.99
Organic Whole Milk - $3.99

Farmer's Market: $26.00
Grass-Fed Pork Chops (I bought a pack of 4 thin cut for $10.00; we'll use 2 this week and 2 next week) - $5.00
Grass-Fed Beef Ground Burger (1.3 lbs) - $5.00
Grass-Fed Beef Flank Steak - $8.00
Apples - $4.00
Carrots - $4.00

Hannaford: $20.03
Cilantro - $1.29
Parsley - $1.29
Brussels Sprouts - $2.99
Peppers (3 pack) - $2.99
Salsa - $2.99
Refried Beans - $2.49
Shrimp - $5.99

Total Weekly Cost: $106.33

Weekly Food Notes:
I make our breads and baked goods almost always from scratch (from time-to-time we purchase whole grain bread by Dave's at the grocery store).  I am making the homemade dumplings with white flour, so I purchased a bag of that, because they just taste much better than whole wheat.

I cook a whole chicken either in the oven or slow-cooker and then use the meat throughout the week.  I cook the carcass in the slow-cooker the next day for homemade chicken stock.

I had raw walnuts, (from Trader Joe's), raisins, better half (my coffee creamer), homemade vegetable stock, butter and oil on hand so you do not see it listed in the food costs.

Any canned, boxed and/or frozen food I buy follows the real food guidelines so you will notice they are not the cheapest versions available.

We raise chickens for eggs so you will (hopefully) never see eggs on the grocery list.

I could have come in only $1.00 over budget if I made my refried beans and salsa.  The cost of convenience......

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