What’s for dinner? (Week 6)

Meals for the week are…

  • Taco Soup
  • Veggie Soup
  • Pesto and Chicken Sausage Gnocchi
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Spaghetti
  • Brussel Sprout Tacos

Grocery List:

  • Bacon
  • Organic whole milk
  • Bananas
  • Almond Milk
  • Avocados
  • 2 bags of brussel sprouts
  • Celery
  • Chicken Sausage
  • 1/4 lb of Turkey (for sandwiches)
  • Cheese (for sandwiches)
  • Hummus
  • Carrots
  • Oranges
  • Eggs
  • GF Waffles
  • Vanilla
  • Garlic Powder
  • Gerolsteiner Water
  • Chicken
  • Pesto
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Ground Beef
  • Marinara
  • Coconut Aminos (GF soy sauce)
  • Frozen Green Beans
  • Frozen French Fries
  • Cayenne ginger shots (we really do feel like these help to keep sickness at bay!)
  • Everything but the bagel spread, holy moly, so good. (Trader Joes)
  • Pimiento Cheese
  • Spinach
  • Canadian Bacon
  • Crackers

Kung Pao Chicken: This one is SO GOOD. We’ve been doing this for about 2-3 years now. Cook your cubed chicken in sesame oil. Take out chicken and set on a paper towel to soak up the juices. Use the same pan and add more sesame oil and add frozen or fresh green beans (not canned). Once these are a tad blistered or cooked to your liking add back in your chicken. Mix up siracha, chili paste, honey, garlic powder, and coconut aminos. I just taste as I go and see if I like it! Pour it over the chicken and green beans. Add peanuts and sesame seeds at the end. Put it all over rice or cauliflower rice! So so yummy and easy. I’ll add carrots sometimes too!

Taco soup: 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)
  • Add any toppings you’d like. Sour cream, plain yogurt, cheese, jalapenos, fresh cilantro, avocados, guacamole. The options are endless!

Pesto Pasta: I bought frozen gnocchi at Trader Joe’s and will use it to make pasta! I like to get it nice and browned in a pan on the stove. I’ll add pesto and a little half and half when it’s all nice and browned and a tad crispy. I’ll add some of the garlic and herb chicken sausage, frozen peas, and brussel sprout shavings too. Put a little fresh parmesan cheese on top! I also make homemade garlic “bread”, toast, sometimes.

Brussel Sprout Tacos: I can’t take credit for this one. One of my favorite blogger gals has this recipe.

Good ‘ol spaghetti: Marinara, ground beef, noodles. That’s all we do. One of bubs favorites. Sometimes I will make my own sauce, but I’m not this week.

Veggie Soup: Again, can’t take credit. Same blogger. Love her recipe.

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.

Total for the week: Monday-Sunday $160. Plus one extra meal, eating out with family over the weekend. We also had family in town so I bought extra of snacks and other items like water bottles. Made it a little more expensive but we love having family here!

**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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Don’t forget the fresh flowers! They are so affordable at Trader Joe’s and make for such a special touch in every room!

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