Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Weekly Grocery List & Meal Plan. February 5th through February 12th.




Meals:
Breakfasts: 
Pancakes with fruit
Eggs and sweet potatoes
Oatmeal and fruit
eggs and bacon
smoothies and muffins


Lunches:
Salads
leftovers


Dinners:
Chicken Fajitas
Meatloaf
Pasta with meat sauce
Potato soup
Roasted Chicken with Roasted root vegetables
 

Kroger list:
Coconut Milk
Chocolate Almond Milk


Costco List:
2 dozen eggs
Maple syrup
Organic Beef
Organic Chicken Breasts
Organic whole chickens



(1) Yellow Bell Pepper
(1) Red Bell Pepper
(1) Yellow Onion
(1) Sweet Potato (Yam), large
(1) bunch Rainbow Carrots
(1) bunch Green Kale
(1) stalk Celery
(1) bunch Broccoli
(2) Blood Oranges
(2) Green Bell Pepper
(1) Mango
(3) Kiwi Fruit
(6) Bananas 
(1) Pineapple - $4.99
(1) 8 oz Lets Do Organic Shredded Coconut - $3.49
(1) 8 oz Snyder's of Hanover Oat Bran Pretzel Sticks - $3.29
(1) 12 oz Smoking Goose - Applewood Smoked Bacon - $7.29
(1) 1 lb Gunthorp Farms - Ground Pork - $5.49
(1) lb This Old Farm - Ground Beef - $5.99
Sub-total:$70.53


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Meal Plan and Grocery List - January 23rd through January 29th

This past week was our first week with our grocery delivery.  In two days, we will have our second delivery. I downsized from a large produce box to a medium box. Our delivery day is Thursday, so that's why the dates are spaced as such.

Here's the plan for the week:

Meals:
Breakfasts:
Oatmeal and fruit
Bacon and Eggs and potatoes


Lunches:
Leftovers & salads

Dinners:
Beef Tacos with homemade tortillas, butter lettuce and roma tomatoes
Potato Soup with Bread Bowls
Grilled Chicken Salad
Meatloaf with Steamed Broccoli and Lentils
Pasta with Meat Sauce
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Leftovers



Snacks/Baked Goods/Things to make:
Bread bowls
Tortillas
Sandwich bread



Grocery list:
Protein:
Ground Beef (2lbs)
2 dozen eggs
ground pork (1 lb)
Chicken breasts (2-3)


Produce:
From my box:

Kiwi Fruit












































Russet Potatoes 5LBUS









Pantry:
Lentils
Pasta
Pasta Sauce


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Meal Plan and Grocery List for Jan 9 through Jan 16

I'm trying something new this week. There is a local organic grocery delivery service that I'm using. It's well below 0 here and towing two babies to the grocery store in this kind of weather is just not what I'm in to... Also, it looks like it's going to cost less in the end!! 

My Meal Plan:

Breakfasts:
eggs
fruit
smoothies
oatmeal


Lunches:
leftovers and usually similar to what we eat for breakfasts. Whatever we feel like :) 

Dinners:
Tacos with ground turkey and avocado
Meatloaf with salad
Chicken Noodle Soup
Egg salad sandwiches on homemade bread with homemade mayo (Jack's request!)
Turkey blt sandwiches on homemade bread
Salad
leftovers


Snacks/baked goods/desserts/stuff:
applesauce
pasta sauce
tortillas 
sandwich bread
cinnamon swirl bread for french toast
banana bread
zucchini bread
I keep meaning to make no bake cookies, so I'm going to put them on the list again... Who knows if I will have time or want to make them this week with all of this produce! 


My Grocery List & Cost Break Down 
The produce box was $55.99 with a $22.40 discount from a promo code!! 

(2) Avocado
(8) Bananas
(3) Pink Lady Apples
(3) Gala Apples, small
(1) Celeriac (Celery Root)
(3) Kiwi Fruit
(1) Lime
(4) Navel Orange
(3) Mango
(1) Red Bell Pepper
(1) Celeriac (Celery Root)
(1) bunch Green Kale
(1) 1 lb Baby Carrots
(6) Roma Tomatoes
(1) 3 pack Romaine Hearts
(2) Zucchini Squash
(2) 1 LB White Potatoes (Local)
(2) Yellow Onion (Local) 
(1) 12 oz Smoking Goose - Applewood Smoked Bacon - $7.29
(1) dozen Creswick Farms Pastured Large Brown Eggs - $4.29
(1) 16 oz Bionaturae Organic Spaghetti - $2.99
(1) 13 oz Newman's Own Vanilla Wheat & Dairy Free Newman O's - $4.49
(1) lb This Old Farm - Ground Beef - $5.99
(1) 6 oz Organic Prairie - Roasted Turkey Breast Slices - $6.99
(1) 12oz Organic Prairie - Ground Turkey - $6.99
(1) 1 lb Gunthorp Farms - Ground Pork - $5.99
(1) 6 oz Great Lakes Potato Chip Co. - Original - $2.99
(1) 32 oz SO Delicious Original Coconut Milk - $2.99
Sub-total:$106.99
Taxes:$0.00
Delivery:$0.00
Discount:$22.40
Total:$84.59

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

December 30 to Jan 5 Meal Plan and Grocery List


Meals:

  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Meatloaf with Spinach Salad
  • Egg Salad Sandwiches
  • Tacos
  • Crockpot Roast Beef and Vegetables
  • Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
  • Leftovers
Breakfasts/Lunches:
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Eggs with English muffins and fruit
  • Fruit and Veggie smoothie 
  • Banana Nut Muffins
  • Leftovers
  • Salads

Snacks/Desserts/Baking:
  • Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • English Muffins
  • Sandwich Bread
  • Chocolate Cake
  • Tortillas
  • Breadcrumbs with Seasoning for the Meatloaf
Grocery List:
Produce
  • Potatoes
  • Bananas
  • Leek
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Spinach Salad (Mixed baby greens and baby spinac)
  • Lemon
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Avocado
  • Pineapple
Meat/Protein

  • Eggs
  • Ground Beef (2 portions)
  • Ground Pork
  • Whole Chicken
  • Roast
Other
  • Chicken Stock
  • Organic Ketchup
  • Olive Oil
  • Organic All Purpose Flour
  • Organic Refried Beans
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
Sorry for the choppy list this week, we have a lot of leftover groceries from last week and we have been having a ton of extra food after every meal which leaves us with a lot more leftovers and a lot less meals. I think I'm making 3 or 4 meals a week and having leftovers 3 or 4 days! I will be sharing my baking recipes for this week too! 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Eating Well on a Budget

A common question that I get asked is, "Where do you shop?" 

Eating well can be incredibly expensive! Especially if you shop at Whole Paycheck or any other specialty type grocery store.

My secret is that I know where the best deal is (usually) on my staple food items. 


My Costco haul:
*Kale Salad $4.99 (should be good for at least 2 lunches and maybe 1 or 2 dinner sides)
*Organic Ground Beef $16.99 (should be good for 3 meals, so $5.66 per meal)
*Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $20.67 (should be good for 3 meals, so $6.89 per meal)
*Pork Loin $16 (should be good for at least 3 meals, so $5.33 per meal)
*Organic Eggs $3.39/doz  (I bought 4 dozen)
*Large bag of Yukon Gold potatoes $7.99 (should be good for maybe 2 weeks of meals)
*Fruit and nut trail mix $10.79 (my only impulse buy :) ) 
*Onions $4.99 (This for sure will last me 2 weeks worth of meals)
*Pita bites $6.49 (husband's impulse buy, a snack food)
*Mini Babybel Cheeses $9.75 (hubby's snack food)
Yeast $4.49 (this is probably 1/100th of the price of the ones you can buy in the store.) 
*Pineapple $2.99 
Brown Sugar $3.59 

---------
$119.73



My Kroger haul: 
*Organic Parsley $1.09
*Organic Leeks $2.99
*Allspice $2.99
*Ginger Root $0.18
*6 Bell Peppers $7.50
*3 Organic Peppers $3.75
*Bunch of Organic Bananas $2.01
*Organic Thyme $2.00
*Shallots $1.79
*Bacon $5.49
*3 cans of Organic Tri Bean Blend $3.00
*1 can of Organic Garbanzo Beans $1.00
*1 can of Organic Black Beans $1.00
*1 can of Organic Tomato Paste $0.79 
*1 can of Organic Crushed Tomatoes $2.49

----------
$38.07

*Total cost of everything I'm using this week: $108.04 for homemade meals every meal for 2 1/2 people. (I should really count myself as at least two adults because as a mama who breastfeeds 2 babies, I eat more than my 6'2" husband!) 

It's really hard to break it down like this because although I spent $2.99 on allspice, I might be using that for 6 months or so, so I didn't include that. And, things like the trail mix, that might last me 2 weeks worth of snacks, that kind of thing. There are things like the yeast that I will buy and will last me months and months. 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Meal Plan and Grocery List for December 6 through December 13th

Meals:

  • Apple Cranberry Stuffed Pork
  • Chicken Fajitas with beans and rice
  • Chili and Cornbread
  • Leftover Chili
  • Burgers and baked potatoes with salad
  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Peppers & Eggs with Potatoes

Snacks/Desserts/Baking:
  • hard boiled eggs
  • banana bread
  • no bake cookies
  • fruit
  • honey whole wheat bread

Grocery List:
Produce
  • dried cranberries
  • 4 yellow bell peppers
  • 4 red bell peppers
  • 3 green bell peppers
  • 5 yellow onions
  • ginger
  • large shallot
  • 2 large idaho potatoes
  • 8-10 yukon gold potatoes
  • Leeks
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • superfood salad (from Costco)
  • bananas
  • melon of some kind
Meat
  • 2 1/2 lb pork loin center cut
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 2 lbs ground sirloin
  • bacon
Other
  • black beans
  • allspice
  • 4 dozen eggs
  • kidney beans
  • garbanzo beans
  • tomato paste
  • crushed tomatoes

For breakfasts and lunches we usually have oatmeal or banana bread and fruit or eggs with spinach, and lunches are usually dinner leftovers. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

An Introduction and a Little Background Information

Hello! 

My name is Allison. As I am typing this, I am a 27-almost-28 year old wife, and a mother to two little boys.  I have struggled with my weight since adolescence. I'm 5'2" tall.

In middle school, high school, and college, I was never overweight, but always considered myself to be on the chubby side of things. I struggled with unhealthy body image like most girls that age do; and struggled with some unhealthy eating and dieting habits and unrealistic expectations of my body. 

I met my husband, Jack, and started dating him when I was just 19 years old, and I still had my college body as well as all of my eating issues. 

Jack and I got married when I was 21 and we quickly moved out of State. We basically honeymooned for 2 years before moving back home. I gained about 35-40lbs after we got married and slowly added a bit more after a few years of struggling with infertility, infertility treatments and all of the stress that comes along with that. 

I was at my highest adult weight (185lbs) when I found out that I was pregnant with my first son in July of 2011.  When I delivered my first son, I weighed about 235lbs.  Aside from the typical wanting to lose the baby weight (and then some,) my son was having some health issues that I was trying to solve using an elimination diet. I had read about different breastfeeding complications before he was born and decided to try cutting dairy out of my diet.  This is really where it all started.

At first, I was always hungry. I had no idea how many things had dairy and everything still seemed to bother my son and it was just easier for me to be hungry than have my baby upset and sick from what I was eating. 

After a few months, and countless hours of scouring online, I slowly figured out things I could eat. Every day, I figured out more and more and tried new recipes. The more I read labels, which I had never done before, the more bothered I became about what I discovered. 

Why could I make tortillas at home in a few minutes alongside of preparing the fixings for fajitas or tacos easily with five simple ingredients, but the tortillas - even the "healthy" tortillas had 10 to 15 or more ingredients? 

The more that I missed foods that I used to eat, the more I tried to reproduce the recipes, and the more I discovered the massive amount of preservatives and chemical additives in food. I discovered that the bread I thought was "healthy" had more synthetic ingredients and preservatives than real food ingredients. I wasn't even eating real food. 

With hidden dairy ingredients came the discovery of all of the massive amounts of unnecessary additives and preservatives and cosmetic additives in food. I wondered why these were there and the more I read, the more horrified I became.  Why are we consuming this? I am just assuming that most people are like me, and just assumed that the cookies you buy in the store would be similar in ingredients to what you can make at home.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  

Reading labels changed my whole perspective on food. The more I learned, the more I realized how little I really knew about nutrition and what healthy foods really were. I learned so much about the food industries in the U.S. and how that influenced what most Americans know as "healthy" or "health food." This also taught me a lot about why every "diet" I had ever tried didn't work. 

When I first started my dairy & soy free diet, I was at a complete loss. What would I eat? Every label I read had either or both of these ingredients or derivatives of these. I racked my brain and was always thinking about food. In the beginning, I was always hungry because I could not find anything that was safe to eat.  

I slowly began to realize that there were so many things that I could eat. That first, and mostly uncharted section of my grocery store... PRODUCE! An apple has no label. Oranges. Bananas. Cucumbers. Carrots. Lettuce. Spinach. Onions. Peppers. I ate these things before, but pretty sparingly, and usually cooked or coated in either cheese or butter. How would these things even taste without cheese and butter? 

One recipe and one meal at a time, I learned how to cook dairy free. I also taught myself how to improve and modify recipes that I already knew. Fajitas, spaghetti and meat sauce, salads.

I started to miss baked goods and foods that I could easily grab and go. I began making my own snacks. Banana bread, muffins of all kinds, sandwich breads and snack bars and cookies. My snacking habits also changed from pretzels and chips to homemade oatmeal bars and fruits and vegetables or hummus and pitas. 

For dinner, I learned to cook (and pronounce) quinoa [keen-wah] and steamed and sautéed vegetables as sides instead of the mashed potatoes with milk and butter I had prepared before. Instead of macaroni and cheese, (which I had at least made from scratch before), we ate spinach salads with fruits and vegetables and vinegar and oil. 

In October of 2012, I was happy to discover that I was pregnant with our second child.  I started that pregnancy 80lbs lighter than my previous pregnancy, at 155lbs. When I delivered him in June 2013, I weighed 185lbs. Now, in December 2013, I weigh 135lbs. 

Over the months, the weight slowly peeled off. It happened so gradually that today neither my husband or I had even realized how DRASTIC a change losing 100lbs is when you are 5'2" tall. 


The picture on the left was taken a few hours after my first son was born, in March 2012.  The picture on the left was taken on Thanksgiving 2013.


I plan to share my experience, my recipes and my thoughts on having 2 babies in 2 years and losing 100 pounds.