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Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 3

Oops. I forgot to post our meal plan last week. That’s probably because we didn’t plan and ended up spending way more than $50 on groceries… so I’ll just pretend it never happened. This week will be much better! We shopped at Aldi’s and Walmart and spent $30.61 at Aldi’s including tax and $14.59 at Walmart including tax. Our total then comes to $45.20. I did however have some things at home already that I did not need to buy this week such as eggs, maple syrup, sweet potatoes, arrowroot powder, and maybe some other things.

After missing a week of meal planning I feel really really silly for not doing it. Not only does it save money, but also time. We don’t wonder what we will be eating for dinner and I can typically prep for dinner between classes. Meal planning is a must for our family from here on out. Our grocery list for week #3 consisted of:

Aldi’s:

Frozen chicken breast (4lbs)

Spinach

3 cans of Tuna

Dijon Mustard

3 Green bell peppers

2.5lbs ground turkey

Chicken broth

1lb frozen green beans

2 avocados

blackberries

Honey

Walmart list consited of:

Pork shoulder (4.5lbs)

Romaine Lettuce

Rice Vinegar

Here is what our meals will look like this week:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
MONDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Homemade Granola Bars Tuna Burgers (http://www.kaylasjoy.com/tuna-patties/ ) *Can crumble over Spinach salad Sweet Potato Meat Loaf (http://www.livehealtheasy.com/2013/12/sweet-potato-meatloaf.html) and Ugly Beans (http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2011/08/better-than-fries.html) Berries, Homemade Popcorn-isn’t considered Whole30 but it’s cheap, healthy, and filling for a snack (http://www.bewellwitharielle.com/snack-2/home-made-coconut-oil-popped-popcorn-in-4-minutes)
TUESDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Homemade Granola Bars Left over Meal Loaf White Chicken Chili (http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2014/01/white-chicken-chili-paleo.html) Rice Cakes with Almond butter
WEDNESDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Homemade Granola Bars Leftover White Chicken Chili Chicken (http://www.wittyinthecity.com/2011/08/man-pleasing-chicken/) and Parsnips (https://twentysomethingandpaleo.wordpress.com/category/luhnch/) Popcorn
THURSDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Homemade Granola Bars Leftover Chicken and parsnips, spinach salad Pancakes!!!!! (http://thefitbaldman.com/4/post/2013/09/paleo-banana-pancakes.html#.VMUm3kfF8f1) Berries, popcorn, rice cakes, granola
FRIDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Homemade Granola Bars Tuna Burgers  *Can crumble over Spinach salad Sausage, Pepper, Onion Hash ( https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/cc/cc/e5/cccce5440087ec35a2726fd22dc7de8c.jpg) Combine Smoked sausage, onion, and green peppers in a frying pan with oilive oil and fry until brown.  leftovers, Popcorn
SATURDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Homemade Granola Bars Salad with White Chicken Chili over top Pulled Pork Sandwiches (http://www.neighborfoodblog.com/2014/06/easy-slow-cooker-sweet-and-spicy-pulled-pork.html) granola, rice cakes
SUNDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Homemade Granola Bars Left over Pulled Pork Taco Salad (http://www.dailyrebecca.com/2013/06/15-minute-paleo-taco-salad/ ) popcorn, berries, granola

You can always find any of the recipes I use at https://www.pinterest.com/ellie21794/paleo-wife/ . I refer to this board on Pinterest daily and am always trying to find new, healthy recipes to add to it.

Let me know what you think of the recipes you try and if this blog is helpful to you! I hope it is:)

Blessings,

Ellie McAchren

Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 2

This week has been rough. I started a new semester on Monday and these 18 credit hours are making it very difficult to meal plan and cook. So far, we have managed. The hubby is going to have to step up and learn how to get his hands dirty in the kitchen because with this new schedule, i’m not going to be able to cook every meal for him. We’ll see how that turns out! I had to persuade him with Smoothie King in order for him to come grocery shopping with me. (That was our little splurge for the week but I didn’t include that in the budget [= )

This weeks grocery list was:

eggs (lots and lots)

2 1/2 lb beef chuck roast

beef broth

tomato paste

yellow onions (2)

mushrooms

chili powder

chicken broth (2)

2 (14oz) canned black beans

2 (15 oz) diced tomatoes

1 (15oz) whole-kernal corn

1 (14oz) diced green chiles

avocados

romaine lettuce

salsa

2lbs ground turkey

cucumber (4)

green peppers (3)

1 lb frozen green beans

1 4oz can of tuna

1 red pepper

cayenne pepper

vegan cheese

pizza sauce

11 bananas

10 small red apples

Our meal plan for this week looked like this:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
MONDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie (http://www.paleocupboard.com/Cinnamon-Roll-Smoothie.html) Left over chili, sweet potato, green beans Beef Stew (http://paleonewbie.com/slow-cooker-paleo-beef-stew/) Berries, Homemade Popcorn-isn’t considered Whole30 but it’s cheap, healthy, and filling for a snack (http://www.bewellwitharielle.com/snack-2/home-made-coconut-oil-popped-popcorn-in-4-minutes)
TUESDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie left over beef stew Enchilada Soup (http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-chicken-enchilada-soup-recipe/)  Baby Carrots
WEDNESDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie left over enchilada soup (add in spinach) Taco Salad (http://www.dailyrebecca.com/2013/06/15-minute-paleo-taco-salad/) Baby Carrots, Celery, Popcorn
THURSDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Left over Taco Salad (add in some spinach if more lettuce is needed) Tuna Burger (http://www.kaylasjoy.com/tuna-patties/) and Ugly Beans (http://healthylivinghowto.com/1/post/2011/08/better-than-fries.html) Any small amount of leftovers, Popcorn
FRIDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie left over tuna burgers or other leftovers Chili (http://poorpaleo.com/the-bomb-paleo-chili/)  leftovers, Popcorn, Celery
SATURDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Left over chili Oven Fajitas (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/02/oven-fajitas/) leftovers, Popcorn, Celery
SUNDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie left over fajitas Spinach Crust Pizza (http://www.recipebyphoto.com/spinach-pizza-crust/) leftovers, Popcorn, Celery

Again, our breakfasts are super boring but I am not a morning person and even standing over the stove cooking eggs is too much for me in the morning. I know, it’s sad. Maybe someday I will enjoy cooking so much to where I want to wake up every morning and have a full breakfast ready. Until then, smoothies it is. Tyler hasn’t complained about a single meal lacking flavor and surprisingly has liked (or at least said he likes) every meal. We LOVE the chili and could eat it every day, so this is our 2nd week in a row eating it.

I hope someone finds this helpful! Our budget for the week was $50 like last week and we went over it by $10ish dollars (Tyler lost the receipt before we even got out of the store) We went to Aldi’s and got $53.57 worth of groceries (some of the food we got in bulk or bought extra of for the future so I can’t really include that all in this weeks budget) and then we had to go to Walmart to get a couple things like chili powder and romaine lettuce which Aldi’s didn’t have. Overall, we did pretty good for only being on week #2!

Please let me know of any questions that you have or advice. I would love your feedback!

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Healthy Eating on a Budget Week 1

Tyler and I sat down at the beginning of the week and figured out our budget. Some friends of ours told us that they only spent $40 a week on their groceries. Before budgeting, we did not pay attention to how much we were spending on groceries. After looking at Meijer.com which tracks how much you spend every month, I learned that we had spent more than $400 a MONTH! We are only feeding two people. The $400+ was not including all the times we had eaten out that month. Obviously, we needed to change. While doing the Whole30 Challenge in November I lost 10 lbs and was feeling great, had no junk food cravings, and was less hungry. Tyler decided to join me as I completed my second round of Whole30. The Whole30 food list of what you can eat can be found here http://whole30.com/whole30-program-rules/ . After several hours of meal planning and forming several lists, I came up with our grocery list that ended up being $54.96 including sales tax. So for our first time doing this, we went one dollar over out budget not including tax. We also bought everything at Meijer because we needed to get groceries since our fridge was practically empty. Next time, I will be shopping at Aldi’s, Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, and Fresh Thyme and comparing prices and going where ever there are sales.

Grocery List Week 1

eggs (24 pack)

bananas (14)

Small Red apples (14)

Coconut milk or almond milk (1/2 gallon)

Spinach (lots)

Romaine Lettuce (3 hearts)

Berries (whatever were on sale- these are for snacks)

2 cans of tomato paste

1 can diced tomato

Chicken broth

Celery

Baby Carrots

1 sweet onion

Chicken (we buy frozen because it is typically more cost effective)

3 Cucumbers

1 green bell pepper

Salsa (Meijer organics and read ingredients to make sure there is no added sugar or preservatives)

4 Sweet Potatoes

(At home we already had: 2 lbs ground turkey, 2 lbs deer meat, 6 eggs, leftover chicken meat, left over italian sausage and veggies)

Meal Plan Week 1

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snacks
MONDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie (http://www.paleocupboard.com/Cinnamon-Roll-Smoothie.html) Left over chicken(from the previous week) on spinach, seasoned with olive oil and Mrs. Dash or sea salt and pepper Paleo Chili (http://poorpaleo.com/the-bomb-paleo-chili/) Berries, Homemade Popcorn-isn’t considered Whole30 but it’s cheap, healthy, and filling for a snack (http://www.bewellwitharielle.com/snack-2/home-made-coconut-oil-popped-popcorn-in-4-minutes)
TUESDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Left over sausage-veggie stir fry(from previous week) (http://www.thetwobiteclub.com/2014/05/kielbasa-pepper-onion-and-potato-hash.html Chicken Nuggets and Parsnip Fries(already had)  (http://thedomesticman.com/2014/04/22/building-a-better-chicken-nugget-gluten-free-paleo-recipe/)(http://twentysomethingandpaleo.wordpress.com/category/luhnch/) Berries, Baby Carrots
WEDNESDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Left over chicken nuggets, small cup of leftover chili, add spinach into chili Tilapia (http://www.deliciously-thin.com/baked-tilapia-recipe.html) with green beans (already had), sweet potato Baby Carrots, Celery, Popcorn
THURSDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Left over Chili, Spinach Salad Taco Salad (http://www.dailyrebecca.com/2013/06/15-minute-paleo-taco-salad/) Berries, Any small amount of leftovers, Popcorn
FRIDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Left over Taco Salad (add in some spinach if more lettuce is needed) Stuffed Peppers (http://stupideasypaleo.com/2012/09/16/breakfast-stuffed-peppers/) Berries, leftovers, Popcorn, Celery
SATURDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Salad with chicken (from previous week) or left over stuffed peppers White Chili (already made and in freezer from previous week) (http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2014/01/white-chicken-chili-paleo.html) Berries, leftovers, Popcorn, Celery
SUNDAY Hard Boiled Egg, Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Any Left overs with spinach salad Sweet Potato hash, eggs, any leftover veggies

http://cocoswell.com/sweet-potato-hash-browns/

Berries, leftovers, Popcorn, Celery

Snacks included Homemade Popcorn which isn’t considered paleo but we found a healthy alternative to microwave popcorn and we LOVE it! (http://www.bewellwitharielle.com/snack-2/home-made-coconut-oil-popped-popcorn-in-4-minutes) Additional snacks are any kind of berries, celery, baby carrots, and small portions of leftovers.

The majority of recipes that I use can be found at: http://www.pinterest.com/ellie21794/paleo-wife/

So obviously our breakfasts are very boring, but we are typically on the go and this is what works for us. You could easily do different types of breakfasts and budget those in too. For example, on Sundays we might do veggie and egg omelettes. I would love to hear your feedback, advice, and questions! Thank you for reading [=