$100.00/Week Real Food Weekly Meal Plan - Week 12


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.

You will see the Mississippi Pot Roast on the menu again this week.  I originally made it a few weeks ago but wanted to adjust the seasonings a bit to see if I can make it even better.  It's a really good recipe but the original recipe uses 2 packets - 1 of au jus and 1 of a ranch dressing, making it way too salty with a touch of a chemical flavoring.  So I've adjusted with homemade substitutions.  If it's successful I will post the recipe this week. 

I was $20.00 under budget last week (woo hoo!) so I was able to use that this week to stock up on pork ribs while they were on sale.  I'll cook some this week (oven baked BBQ Ribs are DELICIOUS) and freeze the remainder for use later (they are even better when you can finish them on the grill!).

On to the meal plan!

Weekly Meal Plan:
Sunday
Breakfast - Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - (me) Veggie & Chickpea Sandwich; (J) Ham Sandwich
Dinner - (me) Beans & Greens; (J) Mississippi Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus

Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Nuts
Lunch - leftovers
Dinner - (me) Veggie Stir Fry; (J) Chicken & Cheese Tortellini in Cream Sauce; Broccoli

Tuesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Nuts
Lunch - (me) Veggie & Chickpea Sandwich; (J) Ham Sandwich
Dinner - (J) Meatballs, Pasta with Sauce, Spinach

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Nuts
Lunch - (me) Veggie & Chickpea Sandwich; (J) leftovers
Dinner - Jambalaya; Roasted Carrots

Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Nuts
Lunch - (me) Veggie & Chickpea Sandwich; (J) leftovers
Dinner - (me) Teriyaki Veggie Stir Fry; (J) Chicken Teriyaki, Rice

Friday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Berries & Raw Nuts
Lunch - (me) Veggie & Chickpea Sandwich; (J) leftovers
Dinner - (me) Veggie Stuffed Baked Potato; (J) Oven-Baked BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs; Mac & Cheese; Broccoli

Saturday
Breakfast - Blueberry Pancakes
Lunch - Tomato Soup; (J) Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Dinner - Pizza (me - veg, J - Ground Beef & Mozzarella)


Weekly Food Costs:

Commissary: $28.30
*I am not allowed to share individual costs from the commissary so I've listed what we purchased and the total price*
- Russet Potato, Oranges, Carrots, Pasta, Canned Whole Tomatoes, Canned Tomato Sauce, Hoisin Sauce, Tortilla Shells, Mozzarella Cheese, Lunch Meat, Sliced Cheese, Cream, & Frozen Raw Shrimp

Aldi: $14.34
Potatoes - $1.49
Asparagus - $.98
Broccoli - $1.69
Peppers - $1.99
Grass Fed Angus Pot Roast - $8.19

BJ's: $15.82
Spinach - $3.29
Berries - $5.49
Organic Chicken Thighs - $7.04 (this was a larger pack so we will get 3 meals from this = $2.35 per meal; I put the remaining in the freezer for future use)

Farmer's Market: $7.50
Apples - $2.50
Grass Fed Beef Ground Burger - $5.00

Fresh Market: $47.99 
Bread - $3.99
Pork Baby Back Ribs - $44.00 (the baby back ribs were buy 1 rack, get 1 rack free so I purchased a total of 4 racks at $11.00 each; we will get a total of 8 meals from this = $5.50 per meal; I put the remaining half racks in the freezer for future use)

Grand Total: $113.95 (I had an extra $20.00 left from last week's shopping trip to use toward this weeks total)



Weekly Food Notes:
- You should not see eggs on the grocery list (ever) since we raise chickens for eggs.

- I had on hand: Raw Nuts (I have a stash in the freezer), Organic Chicken Breast (leftover from a shopping trip a couple of weeks ago), Rice, Spaghetti Pasta, Frozen Tortellini, Flour, Spices, Milk & Non-Dairy Creamer.

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