Welcome to my 2nd weekly meal plan! We are really short on time this week so I designed my meal plan to be quick and easy (and to use the meat that is currently in my freezer)!
You can view last time’s meal plan here. This week for grocery shopping I focused mainly on fruits and veggies. We have meat in our freezer that I am trying to cook through.
I shared my grocery shopping trip on Instagram and I’ve had some questions about what we eat. So here are some tips I’ve learned for eating more organic and natural foods and cutting out processed foods whenever we can:
- Focus on purchasing high quality meat – this has been a big one for us this year! I’m learning to really shop the sales, stock up on the high quality meat when I find it for a low price and then design my meal plans around that meat!
- Cutting out processed foods! Processed foods might feel cheaper up front, but in the long run they end up costing so much more. I think people assume that eating healthy has to cost more money because they swap out the cheap jump food with the expensive organic junk food. It’s still junk food!
- Eat whole foods. That’s my goal plain and simple. I want to eat whole foods the way that God intended them. Yes, we do splurge on some “processed” things here and there. You will notice in my photo above we have two packs of Zevia sodas (we LOVE these!) and two bags of terra chips made with avocado oil. But both of those things are expensive compared to the 8 ears of corn I got for $2!
- I make all of our bread products. I know, I know. This sounds insane and like it takes hours and hours a day. Honestly it doens’t! I grind all of my own flour and it’s a quick and simple process with an electric grain mill but it gives you the highest possible quality flour for the cheapest you can buy. Plus the flavor is outstanding, it’s the most nutritional flour you can get, and makes amazing breads, muffins, tortillas, and more.
For example, let’s break down the cost of a loaf of bread. A loaf of white plain bread might cost around $1.40 for a loaf. A pretend healthy bag of “whole grain” bread might cost around $2.80 a loaf. And if you want the really healthy bread it might cost upwords of $4-6 a loaf. YES, this does add up and the healthy versions do end up costing a lot more.
But you can also make sprouted spelt bread at home with just a few healthy ingredients in your bread maker (takes me less than 5 minutes to make) and ends up costing less than any of these! Figuring out how to feed my family higher quality foods while keeping the grocery budget affordable has been a big passion of mine over the past 2 years!
So I wanted to share some of those tips with you because I get asked a lot about our grocery budget, what we buy, etc. Last summer Jason and I did a couple months of a grocery budget challenge if you want to read/hear all about the specific numbers of our grocery budget here.
My Weekly Meal Plan: Week #2
Breakfasts: I love keeping breakfasts very simple. So this week I’m making a huge batch of Ezekiel waffles (you can find the recipe here) that will last for a few breakfasts, we will do oatmeal with added bananas, blueberries, and/or nuts, and we will also do eggs with toast. We tend to just trade off between these three breakfasts.
Lunches: Lunches are another good opportunity to keep things simple! This week we will be alternating between homemade PB&J, smoothies, and snack platters all made with healthy and yummy ingredients but they are all fast and easy to make!
Baking Day Agenda:
I tend to like to set aside one morning (usually about 3-4 hours) where I do a baking day. But this week my morning time is more broken up so I’ll just be cooking these in batches when I have the time. Follow me on Instagram to see my updates throughout the week as I share my meals and baking.
- Sandwich loaf in my bread machine (I’ll make two of these this week) – here’s the recipe I use
- Pumpkin Rolls to go with soup
- Pumpkin Muffins (these are my favorite)!
- Lemon Blueberry Muffins (maybe if I can find the time)
- Saturday: Korean Beef Bibimbap (here’s the recipe I base mine off of)
- Sunday: Leftover Bibimbap
- Monday: Sausage Lentil Soup with Pumpkin Rolls
- Tuesday: Leftovers
- Wednesday: Date night out/kids at grandparents
- Thursday: Cheesy Cauliflower Rice Shrimp
- Friday: Leftovers
- Saturday: BBQ corn and meat of some sort
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