$100.00/week Real Food Weekly Meal Plan - Week 18


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.

Well, we've gone from winter to summer, all in one week.  From the upper 40's to, we are told, the low 80's by tomorrow.  I can tell you for fact that ALL of the critters are enjoying this change.  The Coop Girls went from constant complaining (rain was dampening their spirits) to full out joy.  The dogs are spending as much time outside as they can and Jack, our handful of a cat, spends every second of every day trying to figure out how to successfully sneak outside.  (he's made it and goes into sheer panic mode when he does successfully escape)

The kitchen reno has finally begun!  Countertops are in, as is the new sink and faucet.  Backsplash is getting installed today and tomorrow.  And my fingers are crossed that the work continues from there........I'm just throwing this out to the universe - PLEASE let my kitchen get finished this month!!!!  I'm still dealing with a half finished bathroom so I'm really hoping not to be stuck with 2 half finished rooms.

I'm thinking of getting to work in the garden this week.  I would like to at least clean out the asparagus bed and prep a few of the other beds for planting in the next week or two.  The problem, is that the night-time temp's can still dip quite low, so I try (try.....) to only plant cold-hardy items until the 3rd week in May.  It is really hard to resist though.  We shall see!


Weekly Meal Plan:
Sunday
Breakfast - Cereal
Lunch - (me) Salad/(J) Ham Sandwich
Dinner - Skillet Shrimp, Spinach & Orzo One-Pot Meal

Monday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Blueberries & Almonds
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Out (using a gift certificate from Christmas)

Tuesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Blueberries & Almonds
Lunch - BLT Pasta Salad
Dinner - (me) Veggie Stir Fry, (J) Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli, Rice

Wednesday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Blueberries & Almonds
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Squash Risotto, Oven-Roasted Veggies, (J) Grilled Pork Chop

Thursday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Blueberries & Almonds
Lunch - BLT Pasta Salad
Dinner - Veggie Kebabs On The Grill, (J) Grilled Chicken Breast, Homemade Biscuits

Friday
Breakfast - Oatmeal with Blueberries & Almonds
Lunch - Hummus & Veggies
Dinner - Refried Bean & Veggie Tacos with Homemade Salsa, Mexican Rice

Saturday
Breakfast - Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Egg Salad Sandwiches
Dinner - (me) Veggie Burger, (J) Fried Chicken Sandwich, Onion Rings

Weekly Food Cost:
Aldi - $10.91
  • Butter - $2.36
  • Broccoli - $1.69
  • Cilantro - $.89
  • Tomatoes - $2.49
  • Organic Baby Spinach - $2.49
  • Scallions - $.99

Commissary - $20.12
*I am not allowed to share individual costs from the commissary so I've listed what we purchased and the total price*
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes, Mayonnaise, Ham lunchmeat, Bread, Sweet Onions, Red Onions, Canned Chickpeas, Organic Spring Mix, whole wheat rotini,

Hannaford - $14.41
  • 2 Blackberries - $5.98
  • Blueberries - $2.99
  • Oranges - $3.95
  • Pork Chop - $1.49

Trader Joe's - $79.16
  • 2 Red Peppers - $2.00
  • Opal Apples - $5.16
  • EVOO - $7.99  (backstock for the pantry)
  • Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar Dark Choc Almonds - $4.49 (these are AMAZING)
  • Sea Salt - $1.99
  • Marinara Sauce - $3.49 (backstock for the pantry)
  • Kalamata Olives - $2.99
  • 2 Fire Roasted Red Peppers - $5.97
  • 2 Rolled Oats - $7.98
  • 2 Raw Slivered Almonds - $6.98
  • Mushrooms - $2.29
  • 2 Coconut Creamer - $2.98
  • Asparagus - $2.49
  • 3 Shredded Hash Browns - $5.37 (I like to keep these in the freezer for quick breakfast)
  • Cereal - $3.99
  • Organic Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts - $13.00 (4 whole breasts = 6-8 meals)

Farmer's Market - $12.00
  • Honey - $12.00

Grand Total - $136.60 *
*(I used the $100.00 from this week and the leftover money from the last 2 weeks that totaled $61.53, leaving me with 24.93 additional for next week if needed)

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

  • I had on hand: milk, orzo pasta, rice, butternut squash, refried beans, flour, bacon, brussels sprouts, potatoes, sirloin beef, shrimp, & homemade (freezer) veggie burgers.


1 comment

daisy gurl said...

We had highs in the upper 80's yesterday and boy, did it feel HOT! Hope you get to your gardening soon.

Congrats on the kitchen reno. We are working toward that too.

Hope you are feeling strong, my friend.