The Menu Planning Mondays series kicks off on a Tuesday. Big news, folks, I know. =)
I did things backwards (again) by going shopping first and then planning the menu second, but it worked out pretty well! I went to two different grocery stores – Costco and The Teet. Even though I went to a bulk store AND didn’t use any coupons, I still managed to stay well under my $75 weekly budget! I was impressed with myself.
I’ve been wanting to go to Costco for quite some time to stock up on a few staples, but for some reason haven’t been in months. It can be rough going in there because of all the things you never knew you needed until you see them, but I managed to do a fairly good job sticking to my list. There’s a Costco right in my neighborhood, so it’s not a big deal for me to go there to pick up just a few things.
I find that it’s tough to buy too much produce from there when you’re eating for just one or two – so the key is to focus on things with a long shelf life, and things you can eat almost every day if you’re buying fresh. You can also do really well with dairy there – milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese – just make sure to check expiration dates to ensure you can use it in time. I also find tofu and beans to be really cheap there, but didn’t grab any this time around.
First up, the Costco Loot:
- Baby Spinach
- Skinny Hommus
- 2 tubs Fage 0% Greek Yogurt (Expires May 12)
- Low-fat Cottage Cheese (Expires May 10th)
- 12 Fuji Apples (7.99 – 67 cents each)
- Blackberries (4.99)
- 6 lbs mixed frozen fruit – strawberries, peaches, honeydew, pineapple (8.89 – 1.48/lb – sooo much cheaper than buying it in single pound bags!)
Total damage: $48.91
I know that seems like a lot of money for not that much stuff, but I’m pretty well stocked on some of my staples for a while now. I have enough greek yogurt to last me for 3 weeks, and enough cottage cheese for even longer since I don’t eat it every day. I also have enough apples for over two weeks, and more hummus than I probably need…
Next up, the goods from The Teet:
- Broccoli (On sale for $2.00)
- Thin Sliced Provolone (this brand has 1 pt+ per slice)
- Loose Kale ($1/lb so only 50 cents!!!)
- Mango (On sale for 59 cents – would have gotten more many they looked wrinkly)
Total damage: $9.99
Total spent between both stores: $58.90
I’m happy to have a little wiggle room in case I need to pick up a few things later in the week, but I knew I had some tofu, tempeh, and beans in my house so I didn’t need much in the way of fish/protein. My pantry is also overly stuffed with grains, so I’m trying to avoid buying too much in the way of carbs until I work through a lot of what’s in my pantry already.
Weekly Menu Plan
|Monday||Greek Yogurt, Blackberries, Wheat Berries||Black Beans mashed with salsa + cumin, on an English muffin w/cheese; spinach salad w/hummus||Banana, Apple,Cottage Cheese||Buffalo Tofu w/blue cheese crumbles, roasted broccoli, brown rice||45 minute bike ride outside!!!!|
|Tuesday||English Muffin w/ Peanut Butter + Banana||Spinach salad with leftovers from dinner on top||Blackberries, Apple,Celery + Hummus||Black Bean and Veggie Quesadilla, leftover broccoli||1 mile run/25 min Weights/15 min elliptical|
|Wednesday||Greek Yogurt, Blackberries, Wheat Berries||Egg + Egg White Salad Sandwich w/hummus; carrots, banana||Apple, Cottage Cheese, Celery||Tempeh Taco salad w/tortilla bowl||Interval Run|
|Thursday||Oatmeal with PB Flour + Banana||Tempeh Taco Salad||Cottage Cheese, Apple, Blackberries||Roasted Chickpeas, Kale Chips,||rest|
|Friday||Greek Yogurt, Blackberries, Wheat Berries||Kale + Chickpea salad w/blue cheese crumbles||Cottage Cheese, Apple, Frozen Fruit||Out after the 5k!||5k Friday|
I know this is totally off topic, but can I just say that riding my bike outside last night for the first time this year was AMAZING!? It was in the 70’s and I wore a tank top and shorts!
Questions for today:
- Do you do any bulk shopping? What types of things do you get and what’s your favorite store for it?
- What meal are you looking forward to the most this week?