Menu Plan Monday

Boo another weekend gone. And only THREE left in my current apartment before I move into the city – cahrazy!

I have to say, I am seriously kicking this kitchen clean out challenge’s BUTT. I have done so well limiting my grocery spending and working my way through my pantry/fridge/freezer and though I still have a few weeks left, I’m quite impressed with my progress. And humble about it, too. Winking smile

Yesterday, I took a trip to Whole Foods and managed to do really well there.

Here’s everything I got:

Let’s take a closer look:


    • Spring Mix
    • Peaches (99 cents a lb!)
    • Organic red grapes (2.99/lb)
    • Organic Bananas x5
    • Quart grape tomatoes ($2.99!!)
    • Organic Green Beans


    • Multigrain Pop Cakes (see below)
    • Fage 0% ($3 on sale)
    • Organic Firm Tofu
    • Vidalia Onions x2
    • Organic Collards

The new-to-me purchase of the day:

Multigrain Pop Cakes. They are sort of like a cross between rice cakes and pop chips with an almost rice cake like texture. Sort of hard to explain, but check out the stats:


A serving is six of them, and they are pretty big – about the size of a corn tortilla. 6 have 3 pts+, so you get 2 for 1 pointplus. Not bad!

And the ingredient list?


Short and pronounceable. Win!

The total damage from the trip?

Just 23.74! Woohoo.

Here’s what I came up for a meal plan, using up all the fresh stuff I bought plus working my way through some things still left in my kitchen:

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday Eggs w/toast and tomatoes, grapes Salad w/black beans + cheese + pop cakes Collard Wraps
Tuesday Overnight Oats in a Jar w/banana Leftover Collard Wraps w/Popchips Sesame Tempeh w/steamed spinach
Wednesday Green smoothie w/greek yogurt, milk, frozen fruit Leftover tempeh and spinach over salad Refried bean and Cheese burrito, steamed collards
Thursday Bagel thin w/peanut butter and banana Bean + Cheese burrito w/veggies Linguini with white clam sauce
Friday Greek yogurt w/frozen berries + cereal Leftover linguini w/white clam sauce BBQ Tofu + green beans

I’m most excited about the collard wraps for tonight – they’re something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time and am finally getting around to! I’ll do a step-by-step recap of the technique later this week – don’t worry.

And just for kicks, here’s my workout/marathon training plan for the week as well:

  • Monday: 1 hour outdoor yoga – Check!
  • Tuesday: 5 mile run
  • Wednesday: The Shred
  • Thursday: 35 minute intervals
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 12 miles (!)
  • Sunday: Rest

What dinner are you most looking forward to this week?

21 Comments on Menu Plan Monday

  1. Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    August 8, 2011 at 8:53 am (9 years ago)

    I did my grocery shopping at Whole Foods on Friday (I usually don’t but it was a good opportunity to go) and did NOT do as well money-wise. I wasn’t as prepared with the coupons (though I still used about 5), and spend around $100. That’s what I typically spend on weekly groceries so it’s fine, I just feel like I got less for my money! I did get chicken breast, beer, and laundry detergent so that was a good $30 right there.

    Anyway, I’m really looking forward to making empanadas this week! We got all this ground beef from Matt’s dad (he bought a cow) and we’re chipping away at it little by little.

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm (9 years ago)

      Ohh homemade empanadas must be fun to make!!

      I normally spend in the $75 range but that’s just for one person and includes breakfasts lunches and dinners. In light of moving in a few weeks, I’m trying to do $35, and so far so good!

  2. Cait @ beyond bananas
    August 8, 2011 at 8:54 am (9 years ago)

    That’s an amazing weekly grocery total! Not sure I’ve ever spent that little during a week! Hope you had a nice weekend and that they week flies by for ya!

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm (9 years ago)

      I know – I can’t believe how little I’ve been spending. And eating well, too!

  3. Lisa @ I'm an Okie
    August 8, 2011 at 8:55 am (9 years ago)

    Those peaches look DELICIOUS! Great grabs.

    Our whole foods should open this fall! I am beyond excited.

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm (9 years ago)

      Ohhh SO exciting. Just make sure you go in with a plan or it can be dangerous for your wallet!

  4. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    August 8, 2011 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

    I am looking forward to our meals on Wed night, Thurs and Fri — we’ll be on vacation! 🙂

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm (9 years ago)

      Ahh I’m jealous. I have no vacation on the horizon!

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm (9 years ago)

      Wow that sounds delicious!

  5. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    August 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm (9 years ago)

    What aided in your decision to move to DC? I’m trying to decide if I want to move into the city and I’m just wondering what influenced y’alls decision.

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm (9 years ago)

      It’s a looong story that I’ll post all the details of a little later, but the bottom line is that I wanted to be able to walk everywhere rather than drive/metro and be closer to my friends! All of my best (local) girlfriends live within a few blocks of where I’m moving – so that was the biggest part of it.

  6. Amy @ Conquering Self
    August 8, 2011 at 1:18 pm (9 years ago)

    That is an incredible grocery bill for Whole Foods…holy cow! Are you good at not going back to the store the rest of the week to pick up extra stuff? I feel like that is where my hubs and I get caught spending more than we should…running over quickly for something and ending up spending another $10-20!

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm (9 years ago)

      I never go back unless there’s something I absolutely need. Cutting down to one trip a week made a HUGE difference for me in cutting spending. I love grocery shopping so I could easily go several times a week and be happy, but spending just gets way out of control for me that way!

  7. Roz
    August 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm (9 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see the collard wraps. they sound sooo good! As do the multigrain pop thingys! Way to go on the small bill at Whole Foods!! Hope you have a great week Beth!!

  8. Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    August 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm (9 years ago)

    I just found your blog from the Weight Watchers boards. I also lost my weight on Weight Watchers (70 lbs) and work as a receptionist in the Philadelphia area. I’m looking forward to reading your blog!

    • Beth
      August 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm (9 years ago)

      Aww so glad you found me Anne Marie! I love Philly – my sister lives there and attends WW too!

  9. robin
    August 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm (9 years ago)

    I looked forward all day to dinner at my sisters home. Fresh carrots , potatos, mushrooms, onions, and potroast . It was delish and I did not make a pig of myself. I am learning not to have seconds. Beth was this hard for you at first?

  10. Nicole
    August 8, 2011 at 11:56 pm (9 years ago)

    Nice job on the shopping! I wish I could say my bill there this weekend was only $26 :/ My bad! This week I’m most looking forward to making some mini pizzas…been craving them for a couple of weeks and finally have the goods!

  11. Laura
    August 9, 2011 at 8:23 am (9 years ago)

    What are overnight oats in a jar? They sound good! I struggle with having enough time to eat breakfast while getting the family out the door in the morning and am always looking for new quick ideas. Thanks!

  12. Sarah
    August 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm (9 years ago)

    You are always so organized with the meals plans! I should use you as inspiration. I’m going to have to find those coco puffs because they look delish!

    Good luck living in the city. I grew up in NoVA, lived in Silver Spring for a year, and Arlington for the past two but never DC proper. Maybe someday when I don’t have to worry about driving to work!!


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