What’s For Dinner? (Week 8)

Meals for the week are…

  • Taco Soup and/or chili
  • Veggie Soup (pre-made/frozen)
  • Spaghetti
  • Kung Pao Chicken
  • Grilled Chicken, Asparagus, and French Fries
  • Pork Tenderloin, Brussel Sprouts, and Mashed Potatoes

Grocery List:

  • Bananas
  • Almond Milk
  • Avocados
  • 2 bags of brussel sprouts
  • 1/4 lb of Turkey (for sandwiches)
  • Cheese (for sandwiches)
  • Hummus
  • Carrots
  • Kiwi
  • Apples
  • GF Waffles
  • Gerolsteiner Water
  • Chicken
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Ground Beef
  • Marinara
  • Coconut Aminos (GF soy sauce)
  • Frozen French Fries
  • Everything but the bagel spread, holy moly, so good. (Trader Joes)
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Crackers
  • Vegetarian Chili mix
  • Kidney beans
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Corn

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!

Chili: J makes this one and he does such a good job!!

Pork Tenderloin: I buy the peppercorn crusted from Trader Joe’s. All I have to do is put it in the oven or on the grill and that’s it! I’ll make it with frozen brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes this week.

Grilled Chicken: I’ll marinate about a pound and a half of chicken. One night we will do chicken and veggies with french fries. One night we will do a mexican bowl with it. Rice, beans, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, mexican corn, etc. If there is any left over I can do a salad, sandwich, nachos, etc. with it!

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. I will also make a salad to go with it.

Veggie Soup: Again, can’t take credit. Same blogger. Love her recipe. I made ours about 2 months ago and doubled the recipe. We’ve had it several times. It makes so much!!

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. I really think this grocery haul is going to last us about 2 weeks though. I might have to get a few fruits and veggies next week but not much.

**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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