Daily Archives: March 7, 2017

Vegetarian Meal Prep Week of 2/25/17 Under $30 ~ How I Use My Groceries

Meal Prep: Week 7

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday:

Breakfast: Breakfast Potatoes & Peppers and Granola & Strawberries

Organic Yellow Potatoes
Caputo’s Last Week: $1.99 used 1.75lbs =$1.16
Green Peppers
Aldi Last Week: (3) $0.99 used 1 pepper =$0.33
Organic Red Peppers
Jewel-Osco Last Week: (4) $0.99lb @ 2.44lb =$2.41 used 1.5 peppers =$0.90
Cheese
Valli Produce: $0.99 used about 1c =$0.50
Protein Granola
Homemade: maybe around $0.25
Strawberries
Caputo’s: $0.99 used about 1/6 =$0.17
Blueberries
Aldi: $1.99 used 1/6 =$0.67
=$3.98 for 3 or $1.33 each

Lunch/Snack: Spinach Salad with Mandarins and Almonds, Cutie, Cheese Stick, Hummus & Pretzel Chips, Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks, Granola Bars, & Cheddar Bunnies

Organic Baby Spinach
Aldi: $2.49 used 3/5 =$1.49
Mandarins
Aldi: $0.79
Almonds
Caputo’s Prior Week: $0.75
Cutie
Aldi: $2.49 used 3 of about 20 =$0.37
Cheese Stick
Aldi: $2.79 used 3 of 12 sticks =$0.70
Hummus
Aldi: $1.99 used 3/5 =$1.19
Pretzel Chips
Aldi Last Week: $1.99 used 3/10 =$0.60
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
Caputo’s Prior Week: $1.00 used 3 of 5 =$0.60
Annie’s Organic Granola Bars
Caputo’s Prior Week: $1.00 used 3 of 6 =$0.50
Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Caputo’s Prior Week: $1.00 used 3/10 =$0.30
=$6.92 for 3 or $2.31 each lunch

Dinner: Burrito with Avocado

Spinach Wrap
Aldi: $1.99 used 3 of 6 =$1.00
Old El Paso Refried Beans
Jewel-Osco: $1.00
Cheddar Cheese
Jewel-Osco Prior Week: $0.99 used 1/4c =$0.12
Avocado
Aldi Prior Weeks: $0.69 x1.8 =$1.15
Organic Grape Tomatoes
Valli Produce Last Week: $1.39
=$4.66 for 3 or $1.55 each

Tuesday & Thursday:

Breakfast: Avocado Toast

Avocado
Aldi Prior Weeks: $0.69 x1.2 =$0.83
Sprouted Bread
Aldi: $2.99 used 4 of about 16 slices =$0.75
Chobani Drink
Jewel-Osco: $0.67 (after coupon & app rebate)
=$2.25 for 2 or $1.13 for each breakfast

Lunch/Snack: Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Almonds, Cheese Stick, Hummus & Pretzel Chips, Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks, Granola Bars, & Cheddar Bunnies

Organic Baby Spinach
Aldi: $2.49 used 2/5 =$1.00
Strawberries
Caputo’s: $0.99 used 1/3 $0.33
Blueberries
Aldi: $1.99 used 1/3 =$0.66
Almonds
Caputo’s Prior Week: $0.50
Cutie
Aldi: $2.49 used 2 of about 20 =$0.25
Cheese Stick
Aldi: $2.79 used 2 of 12 sticks =$0.47
Hummus
Aldi: $1.99 used 2/5 =$0.80
Pretzel Chips
Aldi Last Week: $1.99 used 1/5 =$0.40
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
Caputo’s Prior Week: $1.00 used 2 of 5 =$0.40
Annie’s Organic Granola Bars
Caputo’s Prior Week: $1.00 used 2 of 6 =$0.33
Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Caputo’s Prior Week: $1.00 used 1/5 =$0.20
=$5.34 for 2 or $2.67 each lunch

Dinner: Lentil Soup

Organic Lentil Soup
Aldi Prior Week: $1.99 x2 =$3.98
=$3.98 for 2 or $1.99 for each dinner

Breakfast Total: $6.23
Lunch/Snack Total: $12.26
Dinner Total: $8.64
Grand Total: $27.13

Freezer Dinners, Produce Prep, & Breakfast Prep Week of 2/25 ~ How I Use My Groceries

This week I made four freezer dinner two of each (for future weeks). The recipes I used this week came from a cook book I got for Christmas called Campbell’s 3 Books in 1. There is a whole section on slow cooker dinners that I can convert into freezer dinner. Campbell’s has very similar recipes to the ones in the book on their website, below are links to them. I also did my veggie prep for snacks and side dishes for this week. I posted a video elaborating on how and why I make my freezer dinners. I should also add the disclaimer that I only cook typically four days out of the week (Monday-Thursday), my lovely mother cooks the other three days. We will also have leftovers for lunches and snacks throughout the week.

Freezer Dinners

Slow Cooker Weekday Pot Roast & Vegetables

Link To The Recipe I Used: https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/slow-cooker-weekday-pot-roast-vegetables/ I didn’t use canned beef gravy instead substituted 1 can beef broth to each and I’ll add the beef gravy packet to the liquid in the slow cooker the last 15 or so minutes of cooking. According to Campbell’s the cost per recipe based on national average is $14.57 I made mine for about $6 less!

Beef Rump Roast
Caputo’s $2.99lb @ 4.17lb =$12.47 used half for each =$6.24
Organic Potatoes
Caputo’s Prior Week: $1.29 3lb used 0.75lb for each =$0.32
Organic Baby Carrots
Caputo’s Last week: $0.99
Onion
Valli Produce Prior Week: $0.04
Beef Broth
Aldi: $0.49
Beef Gravy Packet
Aldi: $0.35
+Spices & Seasonings
=$8.43 & $8.43

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Link To The Recipe I Used: https://www.campbells.com/kitchen/recipes/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/ (very similar to the cookbook recipe I used) According to Campbell’s the cost per recipe based on national average is $11.43 I made mine for about $5 less!

Organic Salas
Aldi: $1.89 used half for each =$0.95
Cream of Chicken Soup
Aldi: $0.68 x2 =$1.36
Chicken Breast
Caputo’s: $1.49lb @ 3.045lb =$4.54 used about half for each =$2.27
Frozen Corn
Aldi: $0.95
Organic Black Beans
Aldi: $0.89
+Cumin (I could also add cilantro, cheddar cheese, & tortilla chips but I won’t need them until the day of cooking)
=$6.42 & $6.42

Freezer Dinner Price for This Week $29.70 for four!

Produce Prep

Red Peppers (for snacks)
Valli Produce: $0.79lb @ 1.89lb =$1.49

Apples (6lbs in total) both Organic Fuji & Empire Apples (for snacks)
Valli Produce: $3.48 -$0.10 MobiSave =$3.38

Oranges (for snacks)
Caputo’s: $2.50

Strawberries (for snacks)
Caputo’s: $0.99 x2 =$1.98

Blueberries (for snacks)
Aldi: $1.99

Cuties (for snacks)
Aldi: $2.49

Red Grapes (for snacks)
Aldi: $0.99lb 2lb =$1.98

Lunch Snack Packs:
Organic Celery
Caputo’s: $0.79
Grape Tomatoes
Caputo’s: $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Baby Carrots
Aldi Prior Week: $0.49
=$3.26 made 8 packs $0.41 each

Side Salad:
Seedless Cucumber
Valli Produce: $0.49 -$0.25 Checkout51 =$0.24
Organic Cluster Tomatoes
Caputo’s: $0.99lb @ 1.48lb =$1.47
Romaine Hearts
Aldi: $1.29
=$3.00

Veggie Steam Pack:
String Beans
Caputo’s: $0.79
Baby Carrots
Aldi Prior Week: $0.49 used half =$0.25
=$1.04

Veggie Steam Pack:
Organic Broccoli
Caputo’s: $0.89lb @ 1.16lb =$1.03
Baby Carrots
Aldi Prior Week: $0.49 used half =$0.25
=$1.28

Asparagus
Valli Produce: $1.49lb @ 1.06lb =$1.58
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://rasamalaysia.com/garlic-butter-sauteed-asparagus/

Cauliflower
Valli Produce: $0.89lb @ 1.89lb =$1.68
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://www.eatwell101.com/whole-roasted-cauliflower-recipe

Organic Beets
Caputo’s: $0.99
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://www.culinarycolleen.com/roasted-carrots-and-beets-thyme-big-news/

Sweet Mini Peppers
Caputo’s: $1.49
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://afewshortcuts.com/2013/05/fiesta-stuffed-mini-peppers/

Mushrooms (not pictured)
Aldi: $0.79 x2 =$1.58
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://www.focuseat.com/2013/12/crockpot-parmesan-ranch-mushrooms.html

Produce Snacks: $19.07
Produce Side Dishes: $12.64
Total Produce Price for This Week $31.71

Breakfast Prep

Parfaits

Nature Valley Protein Granola
Prior Coupon Deal: $0.97 used about 1/6 =$0.16
Strawberries
Caputo’s: $0.99 used about half =$0.50
Blueberries
Aldi: $1.99 used about 1/3 =$0.66
Chobani Flip Yogurt
Jewel-Osco: $0.50 (after coupon & app rebate) x3 =$1.50
=$2.82 for 3 or $0.94 each

Breakfast Bowls

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/hearty-make-ahead-breakfast-bowls/ When I make the potatoes I make them all together in one baking dish however I used about 1.25lbs of potatoes for these bowls the others I used for my vegetarian meal prep. I also added in some red peppers.

Organic Yellow Potatoes
Caputo’s Last Week: $1.99 used 1.25lbs =$0.83
Green Peppers
Aldi Last Week: (3) $0.99 used 1 pepper =$0.33
Organic Red Peppers
Jewel-Osco Last Week: (4) $0.99lb @ 2.44lb =$2.41 used 1.5 peppers =$0.90
Eggs
Caputo’s Prior Week: 18ct $0.99 used 6 =$0.33
Organic Salsa
Aldi Prior Week: $1.89 used 1/4 jar =$0.47
Cheese
Valli Produce Prior Week: $0.99 used about 3/4c =$0.37
=$3.23 for 3 or $1.08

Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

Link To The Recipe I Used: I’ll be posting a Cook with Me Sunday this Sunday in place of Chat with Me Sunday and I’ll be sharing this very easy and frugal recipe. Look for it this Sunday 3/5.

Eggs
Caputo’s Prior Week: 18ct $0.99 used 6 =$0.33
English Muffins
Aldi: $0.99
Land O Lakes American Cheese
Caputo’s Last Week: $2.99lb @ 0.955lb =$2.86 used 6 slices =$0.86 about
=$2.18 for 6 or $0.36 each

Breakfast Total: $8.23

Leftovers

I thought I’d share my how I use my leftovers, like this week (and the last few weeks) I’ve been making fruit salad with leftover fruit we didn’t finish from the week. To make my fruit salad this week I used: 1 can of Mandarins, leftover chopped cantaloupe, 5 apples, 4 kiwi, half a package of strawberries, and 1/3 package of blueberries (from this week). And ta-da fruit salad for the weekend.

YouTube Video