$100.00/Week Real Food Weekly Meal Plan - Week 11

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.

I wrote last week about re-organizing our freezers (we have 3) and updating the inventory lists.  One thing that I knew needed to be done was that updated inventory.  I was pretty sure the counts I had were off and sure enough they were.  I was surprised to find a whole chicken (from the last time we raised chickens for meat) left as well as some of the other meat I thought we'd run out of.  I also didn't remember that we had so many bags of frozen corn & squash from our garden last year.  So, my focus over the next couple of weeks is to begin using up some of our stockpile as well as adding to it, if deals are found.

We took a few hours one day to re-organize.  The freezer in the house (attached to the refrigerator) is food for the dogs, excess butter, frozen raw nuts, recent leftovers, J's ice cream, some veggies and whatever frozen meat, etc. I'll be using that week.  The stand-up freezer is now all of the meat, seafood and fruit.  The chest freezer is now all of the homemade stock, dumplings, dough, prepped freezer meals, and frozen veggies.

Have you ever cooked a whole chicken in milk?  Oh my, it's SOOOOOO tender.  I highly recommend it!

Weekly Meal Plan:
Breakfast - Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - me - Veggie Sandwich; J - Ham Sandwich
Dinner - Burgers (beef for J; Veg for me), Baked Potato Wedges, & Broccoli Salad

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Nuts
Lunch - Leftover Pizza (from Friday)
Dinner - Slow-Cooker Chicken in Milk; Roasted Carrots & Brussel Sprouts, Rice

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Nuts
Lunch - Me - Salad; J - Ham Sandwich
Dinner - Stuffed Cabbage (me - veg & rice; J - meat & rice), Steamed Spinach

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Nuts
Lunch - Quesadillas
Dinner - Pasta with Vodka Sauce; J- leftover chicken; Roasted Cauliflower

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Nuts
Lunch - Leftover Stuffed Cabbage
Dinner - Me - Beans & Greens; J - Orecchiette with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Nuts
Lunch - Quesadillas
Dinner - Me - leftover Beans & Greens; J - Chicken with Spinach, Pasta & Cream Sauce

Breakfast - Breakfast Frittata; Hashbrowns
Dinner - Me - Buffalo Cauliflower Fajitas; J - Chicken Fajitas; Avocado Crema; Mexican Rice

Weekly Food Costs:
Aldi: $28.04
Cauliflower - $2.49
Brussel Sprouts - $2.69
Peppers - $1.99
Cabbage - $1.49
Potatoes - $2.69
Broccoli - $1.69 x 2
Kale - $2.99
Blackberries - $1.99 x 2
Kerrygold Butter - $2.85
Organic Milk - $3.49

Trader Joe's: $16.45
Mushrooms - $2.29
Orecchiette Pasta - $2.69
Rolled Oats - $3.99
Organic Chicken Sausage - $5.99
Non-Dairy Creamer - $1.49

Hannaford: $15.40
Avocado - $.98
Mesclun Mix - $2.99
Oranges - $2.59
Buffalo Sauce - $2.69
Whole Wheat Pasta - $.99
Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells - $1.79
Refried Beans - $2.38
Cream - $.99

Farmer's Market: 19.50
Grass-fed Beef Burger - $5.00
Apples - $2.50
Certified Organic Spinach - $8.00
Certified Organic Carrots - $4.00

Grand Total: $79.39

Weekly Food Notes:
- I had on hand: whole chicken, rice, cheese, vodka, homemade chicken dumplings (potstickers), celery, homemade chicken stock, raw almonds, raw cashews, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sunflower seeds, mayonnaise.

- the whole chicken will be used up for meals throughout the week.

- chicken dumpling soup is SUPER simple and you can use homemade potstickers or store bought fresh or frozen.  I sauté minced carrots, onions and celery, then add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and onion powders.  Add chicken stock and boil for a few minutes.  Add dumplings and boil until dumplings are done.  That's it!  I also add julienned kale to mine once it's finished cooking.

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