I finally got it semi right this week, not only posting my menu plan on Monday, but also doing a little planning before going shopping. I’m on a roll.
For shopping this week, I actually went to THREE different stores. I know that might seem crazy, and it definitely feels a little crazy, but I did the main trip on Saturday to Trader Joe’s to get most of what I needed, but then I found myself in Fairfax, VA near a Wegmans yesterday so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. After that, I ended up at Target to run some other errands and scooped up a few things I’d forgotten at the other stores. Just slightly crazy.
First up, here’s the menu plan I came up with.
|Monday||English Muffin w peanut butter and banana||Grilled Tuna (Sat night) Salad, mango, strawberry, goat cheese, sunflower seeds||Grapes, Apple, Cottage Cheese||Lentil and Quinoa Patties||The Shred|
|Tuesday||Wheat Berries, Greek Yogurt, frozen fruit||Lentil and Quinoa Patty leftovers, grapes||Hard boiled egg, apple, banana||Leftover Mexican Casserole (Sunday night)||Running Intervals|
|Wednesday||Protein Smoothie w frozen fruit, peanut flour, greek yogurt||Leftover Mexican Casserole + salad||Greek yogurt w frozen fruit||Quesadilla w Brie, Provolone + sliced apple, salad||Elliptical|
|Thursday||Pb oatmeal with banana + apple||Open face Tuna Salad Sandwich||Greek yogurt w frozen fruit||Sun dried tomato Calzones and salad||rest|
|Friday||Greek yogurt, rolled oats, fruit, cinnamon||Leftover calzone + salad||Hard boiled egg, cottage cheese, apple||Dinner out after the 5k||Crystal Run 5k Friday|
I’m actually pretty excited about the menu this week and looking forward to having some things I haven’t had in a while – calzones and mexican casserole – plus trying some new things! It should be good.
On Saturday, I did the main part of my shopping trip spending $47.80 at TJ’s. I mostly stuck to my list and had to stock up on protein like tempeh and tofu, but also picked up a few impulse buys (cough*edamame hummus*cough). Here’s everything I came home with:
- Lite Mexican Blend Cheese
- Whole Wheat English Muffins
- Whole Wheat Mini Pitas
- Whole Grain Flour Tortillas
- Extra Firm Organic Tofu (x2)
- Organic 3-Grain Tempeh (x2)
- Edamame Hummus
- Pineapple Salsa
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar
- Semisweet Chocolate Minis (99 cents for the pack of 12 – steal!)
- Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
- Sweet Potatoes
- Sun Dried Tomatoes
- Roasted, Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
- Bell Peppers
- Spring Mix
- Frozen Herbs (up close below)
I’d seen these many times in the store and have been tempted to buy them, and then finally took the plunge this weekend. I picked up Cilantro, Garlic, and Basil, and they keep in the freezer for several months. They are separated into teaspoon sized portions, so you can use them in soups, sauces, or whatever else you can think of. Here’s what the other side looks like:
You basically just pop them out into whatever you’re cooking and they’re supposed to flavor the dish just like fresh herbs would. I’m pretty excited to try them!
Though I definitely could have made do with what I got at Trader Joe’s, when we realized we were right by the Wegmans yesterday, I couldn’t resist checking it out. Have you ever been to one? It’s seriously like heaven if you love grocery shopping. I was pretty impressed with the self control I exercised while I was there. Here’s what I managed to limit myself to:
- More spring mix
- Red Grapes
- Spanish Onions
- Wheat Berries
- Part-skim Mozzarella
Total damage: $16.18
Final stop, Target.
- Light Sour Cream
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Light Ricotta
- Chunky Salsa
Total spent: $8.78
Between the three stores, I ended up coming in just under budget at $72.76, which is not bad considering all the stuff I got. I could have definitely spent less (slash went to less stores) and stuck to the list a little more, but it also could have gone largely the other way when I found myself in Wegmans, so I’m not sweating it. Plus, I’m really excited about my menu this week, so it’s worth it!
Do you use herbs a lot in cooking? Dried, fresh, frozen or a combination? Any recommendations on using those frozen ones a certain way? Which is your favorite? The only herbs I’ve really mastered are cilantro and basil, and I use the word master loosely to mean semi-know how to use and can recognize from afar. 🙂