A Year Of Eating Locally-Meal Plan + Food Costs: Week of August 26, 2018

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Are you overwhelmed by zucchini yet?  Chances are, if you are growing them in your garden then you nodded an adamant "yes" to that question.  We are too, but we sure love them.  Stuffed zucchini, zucchini cake, zucchini bread, grilled strips or spears, baked, muffins, zucchini fritters, zucchini & corn sauté, etc.  We love them all.

This is my last meal plan post prior to the month long pantry challenge.  I'm excited to get my freezer's cleaned out a bit (to make more room for fruit and veggies).  This is the time of the year that I ramp up food preservation of much of what is currently in season.  The weather will (likely) change in the next 3 weeks which will mean the end of the growing season for much of the produce.  I'm also going to try to get some dinners and snacks made up for the freezer because October through December get a little hectic around here.

I bought the best raspberries I've ever eaten from a local farm this past weekend.  They are huge and super sweet!  I wish I had known, I would have bought more.  Now that we've already eaten them up I'm craving more.....  I also picked up a really good watermelon, and some summer apples that are crisp and sweet.  We are well stocked in fruit.  A nice surprise was that a friend gave us a big old slab of frozen salmon that he caught himself.  I'll have that to eat during the pantry challenge, so I'm pretty excited about that.

Oh, and I'm back to eating peppers, tomatoes, etc. again.  I ended up having some allergy issues on day 22 of not eating them so I figured maybe it wasn't really helping.  Although I avoided them for 22 days but may have not given it enough time (when I omitted dairy it took 28 days).  I also wonder if something I ate may have had paprika in it.  Paprika is sneaky....it's in a LOT of foods without being listed (only as "spices"), so it's definitely a possibility since a friend made fish for us one day.  I might try again later in the year because I really did feel like it was helping.  Oh tomatoes and peppers....how much I missed you!

On to the menu plan!

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.

Weekly Meal Plan:
Breakfast - Breakfast Burritos
Lunch - PB&J, Veggie Sticks
Dinner - Burgers (me-veg, J-beef), Grilled Sweet Potato "fries", Pickles

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts
Lunch - Corn Soup
Dinner - (me) Veggie & Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato, (J) Grilled Pork Chop, Zucchini Fritters, Grilled Potatoes

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts
Lunch - Gazpacho
Dinner - Quesadillas (me-bean & veg, J- leftover chicken & veg) with Homemade Salsa

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts
Lunch - Corn Soup
Dinner - Broccoli Rice, Steamed Green Beans, (J) Grilled Steak

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts
Lunch - Gazpacho
Dinner - Veggie Stir Fry, Millet, (J) Teriyaki Chicken

Breakfast - Oatmeal with Apples & Walnuts
Lunch - Corn Soup
Dinner - (me) Shrimp Scampi & Grilled Zucchini

Breakfast - Blueberry Pancakes
Lunch - Pasta & Veg Salad
Dinner - Stuffed Zucchini & Risotto Cakes

Weekly Food Cost:

Farmer's Market - $57.00
  • CSA Share (lettuce, tomatoes, garlic, onions, zucchini) - $18.00
  • Raspberries & Strawberries - $13.00
  • Summer Apples, Eggplant, Potatoes - $10.00
  • Melon - $3.00
  • Grass-fed Angus Steak - $13.00

Commissary - $37.87
  • Sweet Potatoes, Oats, Pasta, Arborio Rice, Limes, Lemons, Frozen Shrimp, Butter, Bread Flour, Pickled Jalapenos

Grand Total - $94.87

Weekly Food Notes:
  • You should never (ever) see eggs on our shopping list since we raise chickens for eggs.
  • I had on hand: blueberries (freezer), zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, cukes, herbs, kale, broccoli (all from garden), corn (from last week), nuts, cashew butter, jam, flour, oils, millet, rice, chicken, pork chop, burger, non-dairy creamer, half & half, whole milk, whole grain sandwich bread, cashew milk, beans

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