A Year Of Eating Locally Challenge-Meal Plan + Food Costs: Week of July 1, 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.

Last week is a bit of a blur.  J had a minor knee surgery the Friday prior so things were a tad erratic as we weren't entirely sure what to expect.  The good news is, he's doing very well and back up and running.  Well, not running, but you know what I mean.  Actually, he is completely against running even when he hasn't had knee surgery, so that will never be a true statement.  But I digress.....

Raspberries are here!!  Both red and black varieties, and they are sooooo good.  Summer squash is up and running.  Well, for the farmer's at the market they are.  My 4 plants have teeny tiny squash on them.  I'm sure in no time they will be the size of a baseball bat, but for now, I'll get them at the market.  Cherries and peaches made their debut in the stores a couple of weeks ago.  The prices have finally dropped to what I deem reasonable, so they went on the shopping list.  I'm not aware of anyone local who grows cherries or peaches to sell.  

This week it's quite hot and very humid.  Upper 90's to just over 100 degrees + high humidity = a very unhappy group here at Cobble Hill.  Not one of us has an appreciation for it.  The poor chickens are miserable and the dogs are bummed about not being able to hang out on the deck much.  It goes without saying that the grill will be used a lot this week.  Sunday was a high of 104 degrees with the heat index.  Needless to say it was a HOT day to be a vendor at a farmer's market which is why I opted not to take a photo of my market veggies.  That and I forgot my cute little market basket.  Instead I bring you a photo of beautiful lettuce growing in the ground.

On to the menu!

Weekly Meal Plan:
Breakfast - Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - PB&J Sandwiches, Kohlrabi Sticks, Cherries
Dinner - Grilled Buffalo Shrimp, Veggie Stir Fry & Rice

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Mixed Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Salad (me-bean, J-grilled chicken)
Dinner - Burgers (me-bean, J-beef), Grilled Potato Wedges, Kohlrabi & Celery Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette, Quick Pickled Cukes

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Mixed Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - leftovers
Dinner - Zucchini, Corn & Bean Stuffed Zucchini, (J) Grilled BBQ Pork Ribs

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Mixed Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Salad (me-bean, J-grilled chicken)
Dinner - Crispy Veggie Korean-Style Pancakes with Soy-Sesame Sauce, Veggie Fried Rice, (J) Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Mixed Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - leftovers
Dinner - Potato Gnocchi with Sage Butter, Broccoli, Roasted Red Pepper, & Black Bean Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Dressing, (J) Grilled Steak Tips

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Mixed Berries & Raw Almonds
Lunch - Salad (me-bean, J-grilled chicken)
Dinner - Grilled Stuffed Zucchini Boats (me-Bean, J-Sausage), Homemade Naan Bread

Breakfast - French Toast
Lunch - Quesadilla's (me-bean, J-leftover chicken)
Dinner - Homemade Pizza (me-broccoli & pesto, J-pepperoni & mushrooms), (J) Jalapeno-Peach Grilled Chicken Wings

Weekly Food Cost:

Farmer's Market - $69.00
  • CSA (scallions, mesclun mix, sugar snap peas, broccolini, kohlrabi) $18.00
  • Zucchini, Lettuce, Black Raspberries, Red Raspberries, Strawberries, Cucumbers $20.00
  • 2 small whole Pasture-Raised Chickens - $22.00
  • Grass-Fed Beef, Ground - $5.00
  • Salsa (canned) - $4.00

Commissary - $12.78
*I am not allowed to share individual costs from the commissary so I've listed what we purchased and the total price*
  • celery, burger rolls, potatoes, mushrooms, chicken wings & tortilla shells

Trader Joe's - $28.09
  • Raw Walnuts - $8.99
  • Raw Slivered Almonds (2) - $6.98
  • Rolled Oats - $3.99
  • Parmesan - $5.15
  • Coconut Creamer (2) - $2.98

Whole Foods - $18.95
*if you ever shop at Whole Foods and are an Amazon Prime member, make sure you download their app before you go - they have some nice discounts for Prime members*
  • Peaches - $4.69
  • Cherries - $4.28
  • Vegan Mozzarella (Follow Your Heart Brand) - $6.99
  • Potato Gnocchi - $2.99

Grand Total - $128.82

Weekly Food Notes:
  • You should never (ever) see eggs on our shopping list since we raise chickens for eggs.
  • I had on hand: soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, herbs (garden), flour, butter, jam, cashew butter, frozen corn (from last fall), frozen peas (store bought), radish, frozen jalapeno (from last summer), roasted red peppers, rice, sun-dried tomatoes, sausage, parmesan cheese, black beans, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, mustard, steak tips, pork ribs, 

1 comment

daisy g said...

Y'all have more heat than us down here in NC! All I can say is, stay hydrated!

Hope the temps start sinking a bit.

Your lettuce looks scrumptious!