A Year Of Eating Locally Challenge-Meal Plan + Food Costs: Week of June 10, 2018

If you’re just tuning in, this is our 1 year challenge in which I share our weekly meal plan as we try to eat primarily locally grown food.  You will see that I 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.

Oh asparagus......I LOVE asparagus but I must say, I'm ready for new veggies!  And our CSA delivered on that wish!!!  They had sugar snap peas and broccolini this week.  Can I just tell you how truly excited I was?  The sugar snap peas are sooooooo sweet and delicious.  I did buy more asparagus too, this may be the last weekend it's available so I wanted to make sure we eat it until it's gone.  For a year.  It's so sad to think about the length of time.

Our CSA started up.  If you are not familiar with this concept, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a system where farmers and the consumers (members) are in partnership of sharing both the benefits and risks of farming. Members purchase a share at the start of growing season so the farmers receive up-front capital to grow and manage the farm. Members then receive an allotted amount (share) of vegetables each week. Where the risk comes in is if the farmer has a crop that fails, that type of veggie or fruit won't be a part of the share. This typically comes at a savings over purchasing the items themselves weekly.  I've already paid in full.  Our Certified Organic CSA charges $390.00 for 21 weeks, breaking down to $18.60 per week.  Ours is a free choice CSA meaning we are able to select a set amount of items per week, but we get to pick which items.  I will list the weekly cost below including a list of what I received.  We eat a LOT of fruits & veggies, however, so I've considered either purchasing the larger share or purchasing another CSA from another farmer and "sharing the love".

I used quite a bit that we had on hand this week, making room for the items we'll be preserving for the next year.  I also purchased a few items for canning.  Our food costs would have been considerably more had I not had some of the meat and seafood in the freezer. 

Strawberries made their first appearance this weekend as well.  Now that I think about it, this was a GREAT weekend for fresh food!  Strawberries are absolutely one of my favorite foods and, therefore, I tend to stockpile them.  Not always a good idea as sometimes I hoard stash many bags in the freezer....

Some of you have emailed asking me about veggie burger recipes.  One of my fav's is from the blog Oh She Glows and is found here.  It features black beans and sweet potatoes, which are almost always in my house.

On to the meal plan!

Weekly Meal Plan:
Breakfast - Breakfast Sandwiches
Lunch - (me) Veggie Sandwich, (J) Ham Sandwich
Dinner - (me) Rice & Veggie Bowl (Sugar Snaps, Kale, Asparagus, Broccolini, herbs, Black Beans), (J) BBQ Chicken Quarter, Rice, Asparagus

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Strawberries & Raw Walnuts
Lunch - (me) Salad of Quinoa, Kale, Chickpeas, Cilantro, Sunflower Seeds, & Grated Carrots, (J) Homemade Flatbread Pizza
Dinner - Grilled Salmon Salad & Homemade Sourdough Bread

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Strawberries & Raw Walnuts
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - (me) Soba Noodle Bowl with Roasted Red Peppers, Sugar Snaps, Kale, & Asparagus), (J) Grilled Steak Tips, Rice, Asparagus

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Strawberries & Raw Walnuts
Lunch - (me) Salad of Quinoa, Kale, Chickpeas, Cilantro, Sunflower Seeds, & Grated Carrots, (J) Homemade Flatbread Pizza
Dinner - Orecchiette with White Beans & Broccolini, Homemade Sourdough Bread

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Strawberries & Raw Walnuts
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Burgers (Veg - Me & Beef - J), Potato Salad, Kohlrabi Sticks (*see note above for link to veggie burger recipe*)

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Strawberries & Raw Walnuts
Lunch - (me) Salad of Quinoa, Kale, Chickpeas, Cilantro, Sunflower Seeds, & Grated Carrots, (J) Homemade Flatbread Pizza
Dinner - (me) Salad with Avocado, Black Beans, Sugar Snaps, Radish, Broccolini, & Roasted Red Peppers, (J) Grilled Pork Chop, Mac & Cheese, and Sautéed Sugar Snaps

Breakfast - Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - Bean & Veggie Quesadilla's 
Dinner - Grilled Chicken Breast/Veggie Burger, Mushroom Risotto, Stir Fry of all leftover veggies

Making For the pantry:
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam
  • Vanilla Strawberries
  • Strawberry-Vanilla Jam
  • Rhubarb Compote
  • I think I will put a bit of asparagus in the freezer as well.  It's good in frittata or quiche.
Weekly Food Cost:

Farmer's Market - $87.60
  • Milk - $2.50
  • 1/2 & 1/2 - $2.50
  • Asparagus - $8.00
  • Lettuce - $6.00
  • Rhubarb - $8.00
  • Strawberries - $21.00
  • Grass-fed Beef Burger - $5.00
  • Grass-fed Beef Steak - $16.00 (this was large enough for 2 meals, so I've put 1/2 in the freezer)
  • CSA Share - $18.60 (included organic kohlrabi, mesclun mix, broccolini, sugar snap peas, radish)
Commissary - $14.23
*I am not allowed to share individual costs from the commissary so I've listed what we purchased and the total price*
  • Potatoes, lemons, garlic, carrots, sweet potato, onions, sugar

Hannaford - $28.75
  • 2 Avocados - $1.76
  • Mushrooms - $3.99
  • Dates - $5.99
  • Organic Black Beans - $1.59
  • Organic Bananas - $1.86
  • 4 Pectin - $13.56

Grand Total - $130.58

Weekly Food Notes:
  • You should never (ever) see eggs on our shopping list since we raise chickens for eggs.
  • I had quite a bit on hand: Kale (garden), Ham, Parsley (garden), Basil (garden), Cilantro (garden), Raw Pecans, Raw Walnuts, Rice, Quinoa, Chickpeas, Raw Sunflower Seeds, Pasta, Pork Chop (from last week - farmer's market), Roasted Red Peppers, Chicken Quarter, Chicken Breast, Honey, Balsamic Vinegar, Maple Syrup, Mustard, Mayo, Cheddar Cheese (from last week - farmer's market), Salmon, Flour, Butter, & Olive Oil


Sweet Love and Ginger said...

What CSA do you go with? I'm in your area and thinking of trying one this year. Thanks!!

Sweet Love and Ginger said...

Also if you find the time you should go strawberry picking. I went last weekend to Buhrmaster farm and got 6 quarts for 25$ I thought it was a pretty good deal.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

I went with Tangleroot Farm. The couple who own/run it are amazing. :)