This week in our household meals are EASY! The week leading up to Christmas unfortunately, for most people has too many stressors-your meals shouldn’t be one of them.
Again, Trader Joe’s was cheaper on all fronts OR the same price. So, to Trader Joe’s we went.
Meals for the week are…
- Crockpot salsa chicken
- Pasta with chicken sausage
- Veggie soup
- Taco soup
- Waffles and bacon (Friday breakfast-our Christmas at home)
SO SO EASY!
- Almond flour (needed more for cookies!)
- Organic almond milk (unsweetened)
- Organic whole milk
- Organic baby spinach
- 2 green bell peppers
- 2 sweet potatoes
- Organic low sodium vegetable broth
- Organic celery
- Bag of apples
- Gluten free bread
- 1.5 lbs of chicken breast
- Cayenne ginger shots (we really do feel like these help to keep sickness at bay!)
Crockpot salsa chicken is about the easiest thing you could make. Put chicken in a crockpot and pour your favorite salsa all over. That’s it. Add all your toppings. We already had corn tortillas, sour cream, and cheese from last week. We will also make nachos with this chicken in a couple of days for dinner! Two meals-DONE!
This veggie soup has quickly become a staple in our home. I’m doubling the recipe and freezing half!
I have leftover pasta from our meal last week! So this week I am adding garlic and herb chicken sausage and a tomato sauce, plus fresh parmesan cheese on top. Voila! I also have spinach for the soup, cherry tomatoes, onion, and nuts. I will make a simple salad to go along with this meal.
Taco soup is easily a favorite for us. I’ve had many friends ask for our recipe. It’s basically pantry staples and we didn’t have to buy anything for it this week! Taco soup recipe below.
- 2 can black beans (drain and rinse)
- 2 can pinto beans (drain and rinse)
- 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes OR rotel
- 1 can of diced tomatoes
- 1 can of corn or 1/2 c. -1 c. of frozen corn
- Ranch seasoning
- Taco seasoning in packet or your own blend. I usually make my own and add in a little TJ’s chili lime seasoning.
- 1 lb. ground beef (cooked)
- This week I’m also adding poblano pepper because we have one leftover from a meal last week.
- Add any toppings you’d like. Sour cream, plain yogurt, cheese, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, avocados, guacamole. The options are endless!
I will also make fresh applesauce. We love to have it on hand. Just put peeled and cored apples in a pot with as much cinnamon as you would like and wait for it to get mushy! About 45 min. Then I put it in the blender and save it in the fridge.
This may not be the most gourmet food this week, but it’s real life food. I can also freeze all of these meals. So if we don’t eat something we can save it for after Christmas. We use all of our leftovers and try to not let anything go to waste. Today we had leftover pizza. The apple, white cheddar, and thyme pizza was to die for. Check out this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about. We will definitely be making it again.
We are celebrating Christmas as our little family of three on Friday morning. We get maple syrup from Vermont sent to us and have waffles, bacon, and special syrup on “Christmas morning”. J and I visited a farm there and love having it sent to us as a treat for Christmas. It’s not as expensive as I thought it would be either which is a win!
On Saturday we are taking bubs to stay with my parents so we can have a date weekend. Ya’ll I cannot wait to sleep in our own bed and sleep in! I love bubs so much but we are in need of a date night and some relaxation time. We are so thankful my parents can watch him and be able to give us this much needed time to invest in our marriage. I pray you are able to get some time to invest in your spouse during this crazy season of life. Kids are an incredible gift from God, but your marriage should come first, after God of course. We have never just taken bubs to my parent’s house to stay for the weekend so we are praying for fun, rest, and calm for them all! I seriously cannot wait for this time alone with J.
Ok-price for the week of groceries. $100. This was a little more than I had planned on spending, but we did get a few extra items not on our list. We ended up with Gerolsteiner sparkling water-a horrid habit after being in Europe. At $1.50 a pop they are not cheap, but it’s fun to have on hand every once in a while. We also got a few snacks for bubs to take to my parents house on Saturday. My grocery list elsewhere would have been approx. $130. So all in all we saved money today!
*If a recipe calls for something but you don’t see it on the grocery list-it’s because we already had it on hand!
**We buy organic when possible. This has made our grocery bill higher, but the benefit outweighs the cost for us. I am also gluten free and have been for approximately 10 years. The options now are so much better than they used to be, but are still expensive! Both of these things can make our bill higher, so if you want to make these meals a little more cost effective you can I’m sure!
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