What’s for dinner? (Week 1)

I think I will make this a weekly post. I got so many questions about price differences and what we were having each night that I think we can turn this into something fun!

I was interested in seeing if Trader Joe’s was cheaper than Whole Foods on certain items and went through my list at both places and checked price differences. Some items for this week were the same price and others were much cheaper. Since going mostly organic our grocery bill has risen and I needed to figure out if I could save money each week by shopping at Trader Joe’s or local grocery stores. Trader Joe’s doesn’t have everything we always need, which is a little frustrating considering I don’t want to travel to three different stores with bubs. That will be the other thing to consider, is saving $20 worth driving to multiple places? You can be the judge of that. I should also note that we shop at Costco for certain items. I usually buy our avocados, fruit, and beef there.

OK-onto our meals for the week. We had a different kind of week. I kicked our normal boring recipes to the curb. I love to cook and bake and was feeling the need to shake things up a bit. This a common theme in my life in all areas. Thankfully I have a sweet husband that puts up with it. When it comes to meals though he LOVES trying new things. He isn’t picky at all so it makes my job easy.

Let’s get to it:

Monday: Ordered in pizza. J was on a business trip and I just flat out didn’t want to cook. I ordered bubs and I pizza, salad, and kids spaghetti. Fun fact, he hates pizza! Who does this kid think he is?!

Tuesday: Brussel sprout tacos. These were so good. They are from a tried and true blogger gal that I’ve followed for many years now. I haven’t made a bad recipe yet. I changed a few things though, I don’t love cilantro so I cut it down to 1/4 c. instead of 1 c. I also ran out of cumin and didn’t notice. We added chili lime seasoning from TJ’s. This stuff is so good! It’s a pantry staple for us! I also bought the pre-minced garlic. Just a little less work for me.

Wednesday: 5-Ingredient butternut squash, arugula, and goat cheese pasta. Again, from the same tried and true blogger. I will link below. Such an easy meal to make! **This one wasn’t my absolute favorite, but J loved it!!

Thursday: I pulled out leftover veggie soup from the freezer. I attempt at always having soup of some kind in the freezer so that I don’t have to cook every single night! This recipe is a good one too! It’s our favorite veggie soup.

Friday: Apple Thyme, and white cheddar pizza. So fun to make your own dough and have some different kind of pizza! This recipe is also from a wonderful woman that doesn’t know I exist, but I’ve made almost every recipe on her blog. We have LOVED them all.

Saturday: Taco soup. My easy recipe is tasty and easy to freeze! Made with lots of pantry staples. We also have a family gathering this day so I will be making apple cake. This is a great coffee cake kind of cake. Not too sweet, but perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Sunday: Clean out the fridge day. We eat all the leftovers and go grocery shopping for the upcoming week!

For breakfast and lunch we pretty much do the same thing everyday. J and I have a chocolate peanut butter smoothie and bubs has a green smoothie. I don’t want him to have protein powder yet. For lunch we will have turkey sandwiches, PB&J, avocado toast, etc. Easy peasy!

Links to all of the recipes used this week:

Brussel Sprout Tacos: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/brussels-sprouts-tacos-with-creamy-avocado-sauce/

5-Ingredient Pasta: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-butternut-squash-arugula-and-goat-cheese-pasta/

Veggie Soup: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/vegetable-soup-recipe/

Pizza: https://fraicheliving.com/apple-cheddar-thyme-heart-shaped-pizza/

Apple Cake: https://fraicheliving.com/okanagan-apple-cake/

Taco Soup:

1 lb ground beef

2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans of pinto beans, drained and rinsed

2 cans of corn, drained and rinsed, or 1 c of frozen corn

1 can of fire roasted tomatoes

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 c. of diced yellow onion

Chili lime seasoning (to taste) or taco seasoning packet (I also like to make my own taco seasoning. Blend of cumin, chili powder, onion salt, garlic, oregano).

Ranch seasoning packet

I will be adding 1 poblano pepper this week because I have it leftover from the brussel sprout tacos.

There are certain things that are pantry staples for us that I didn’t have to buy this week. I also had some items on hand in the freezer for these meals so I didn’t have to buy those either.

Grocery List:

Brussels sprouts

Arugula

Pasta noodles

Thyme

Apples

Pizza dough (gf and regular)

Goat cheese, Cotija, and Cheddar

Milk

Sour cream

Avocados

Cilantro

Tortilla chips

Ginger shots (we keep these on hand during the winter months)

Limes

Corn Tortillas

Gala apples

Granny Smith apples

Pine nuts (expensive!)

Chopped frozen spinach

Almond flour

1 can black beans

Fresh garlic

*All of this cost $115. I did an order for Whole Foods delivery because we needed the fresh herbs and the pizza dough. I also ordered lunch meat and lunch cheese. I got a lot of baking soda for cooking and cleaning needs! I also had gotten fruit at Costco and spent about $20 on that.

Our pizza order was $25. We may eat out one more meal, just depends on what is leftover on Sunday. We will usually do something like Qdoba and that will cost around $25 or less.

In all for the week for all food: approx. $200. For all of our groceries and eating out that’s not bad! This was about $75-100 cheaper than it has been. Whew! Trader Joe’s for the specific items I bought was about $20 cheaper than Whole Foods would have been. I did end up doing a Whole Foods order because bubs was sick and I wasn’t going to force him out of the house and into the grocery store. I spent more than needed with that to meet the free delivery fee, but I did buy things that we will use in the week to come! I may try to work on getting it lower if possible. This is a good start though.

Going into the grocery store with a plan in mind helps to not buy stuff that isn’t needed. I’ve heard this before, but am going to work on having a plan in mind more often now. I knew exactly what we needed and didn’t buy extra. I also made paleo chocolate chip cookies Monday night with bubs and we had everything we needed in the pantry already!

I hope this helps you and gives you new ideas for dinner!!

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