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Vegetarian Meal Prep Week of 3/4/17 Under $25 ~ How I Use My Groceries

Meal Prep: Week 8

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

Breakfast: Breakfast Potatoes & Peppers with Cheese and Side of Berries

Snack Box: Cheese Stick, Halo, Berry Pack, Annie’s Organic Fruit Snack, Granola Bar, & Cheddar Bunnies, and Pretzel Chips with Hummus

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Mandarins & Sunflower Seeds

Dinner: Burrito with Refried Beans, Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, & Side of Guacamole

Wednesday, & Friday

Breakfast: Peanut Butter Banana Wrap and Side of Berries

Snack Box: Cheese Stick, Halo, Berry Pack, Annie’s Organic Fruit Snack, Granola Bar, & Cheddar Bunnies, and Pretzel Chips with Hummus

Lunch: Spinach Salad with Berries & Sunflower Seeds

Dinner: Vegetarian Meatless Chicken Nuggets & Tater Tots

Price Breakdown

Organic Yellow Potatoes
Valli Produce Last Week: $1.99 used 1.75lbs =$1.16
Red Peppers
Valli Produce Last Week: (4) $0.79lb @ 1.89lb =$1.49 used 1.5 =$0.56
Strawberries
Jewel-Osco: $0.99 used about 2/3 =$0.66
Blackberries
Valli Produce: $0.88 x2 =$1.76
Blueberries
Aldi Last Week: $1.99 used about 1/3 =$0.66
Organic Baby Spinach
Aldi: $2.49
Halo Mandarins
Jewel-Osco: $2.99 used 5 of 30 =$0.50
Organic Bananas
Aldi: $1.18 used 2 of 5 =$0.48
Avocado
Aldi Prior Week: $0.69 x2 =$1.38
Lettuce & Tomato
(from side salad price in produce prep)
Canned Mandarins
Aldi: $0.79
Cheddar Cheese
Aldi Last Week: $5.89 used about 1c =$0.74
Fit & Active Flatbread
Aldi: $2.29 used 5 of 6 =$1.91
Organic Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds
Aldi Prior Week: $3.99 used 1/16 =$0.25
Pretzel Chips
Aldi Last Week: $1.99 used half =$1.00
Hummus
Aldi: $1.99
Cheese Stick
Aldi Prior Week: $2.79 used 5 of 12 sticks =$1.16
Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Caputo’s: $1.00
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
Caputo’s: $1.00
Annie’s Organic Granola Bar
Caputo’s: $1.00 used 5 of 6 =$0.83
Sunflower Seeds
Valli Produce Prior Week: $1.99 @ 1.04lb =$2.07 used 1/12 =$0.17
La Preferida Organic Refried Beans
Jewel-Osco: (after rebate) $0.92
Mozzarella Cheese
Jewel-Osco Prior Week: $0.99 used 1/2c =$0.25
Tater Tots
Aldi Prior Week: $1.69 used 1/8 =$0.21
Quorn Meatless Nuggets
Jewel-Osco: $1.88

Grand Total: $23.75

Freezer Dinners, Produce Prep, & Breakfast Prep Week of 3/4/17 ~ How I Use My Groceries

This week I made four freezer dinner two of each (for future weeks). I also did my veggie prep for snacks and side dishes for this week. Along with my breakfast prep for the week, to have some easy to-go breakfast for before work and school. 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

Chicken Noodle Soup

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://newleafwellness.biz/2015/05/20/seven-kid-friendly-freezer-meals-in-85-minutes/

Chicken Breast
Jewel-Osco: (5.04lb) $7.51 used 1lb for each =$1.49
Organic Carrots
Valli Produce: $0.89 used 1/2lb for each =$0.45
Organic Celery
Caputo’s Last Week: $0.79 used half for each =$0.40
Yellow Onion
Valli Produce Prior Week: $0.04
Organic Chicken Broth
Aldi: $1.79 x2 =$3.58
Egg Noodles
Aldi: $1.19 half for each =$0.60
+Spices & Seasonings
=$6.56 & $6.56

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://newleafwellness.biz/2015/05/20/seven-kid-friendly-freezer-meals-in-85-minutes/

Chicken Breast
Jewel-Osco: (5.04lb) $7.51 used 1.52lb for each =$2.27
Yellow Onion
Valli Produce Prior Week: $0.04
Potatoes
Jewel-Osco Prior Week: (10lb) $2.99 used 1.5lb each =$0.45
Frozen Mixed Vegetables
Can’t remember where I bought these or for how much, but they retail for around $1.50
Chicken Broth
Aldi: $0.49 used half for each =$0.25
Flour
Aldi Prior Week: $1.18 5lb =$0.02
+Spices & Seasonings, I’ll also need heavy whipping cream when I cook this recipe
=$4.53 & $4.53

Freezer Dinner Price for This Week $22.18 for four!

Produce Prep

Snacks

Green Grapes
Jewel-Osco: $0.99lb @ 1.33lb =$1.32

Strawberries
Jewel-Osco: $0.99 x2 =$1.98

Organic Blueberries
Jewel-Osco: $2.99

Halos Mandarines
Jewel-Osco: $2.99

Green Peppers
Valli Produce: (4) $0.89lb @ 1.81lb =$1.61

Red Peppers
Caputo’s: (2) $0.49lb @ 1.16lb =$0.57 -$0.25 Checkout51 =$0.32

Yellow Peppers
Caputo’s: (2) 0.49lb @ 1.43lb =$0.70

Blackberries
Valli Produce: $0.88
(I pictured 4 however this week only 1 was extra/snack the other 3 were for breakfast & salads)

Cantaloupe
Valli Produce: $0.88

Grape Tomatoes
Valli Produce: $0.99 x2 =$1.98

Gala Apples
Caputo’s: (8) $0.79lb @ 3.66lb =$2.89

Oranges
Aldi: (10) $1.99

Organic Bananas
Aldi: (5) $1.18 (used 2 for my meal prep) =$0.71

Side Dish

Green Beans
Valli Produce: $0.48lb @ 0.65lb =$0.31
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: steamed

Organic Mini Peppers
Valli Produce: $1.59
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://afewshortcuts.com/2013/05/fiesta-stuffed-mini-peppers/

Zucchini
Caputo’s: $0.69lb @ 1.3lb =$0.90
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://ifoodreal.com/garlic-parmesan-zucchini-and-tomato-bake/

Asparagus
Caputo’s: $0.99lb @ 1lb =$0.99
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: sautéed in garlic butter

Iceberg Lettuce
Valli Produce: $0.79
Cucumber
Valli Produce: $0.34
Organic Beefsteak Tomatoes (rang up as Plum Tomatoes)
Valli Produce: $0.99lb @ 1.10lb =$1.09
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: Side Salad,
Totals $2.22

Produce Snacks: $21.24
Produce Side Dishes: $6.01
Total Produce Price for This Week $27.25

Breakfast Prep

Parfaits

Nature Valley Protein Granola
Prior Coupon Deal: $0.97 used about 1/6 =$0.16
Strawberries
Jewel-Osco: $0.99 used about 1/3 =$0.33
Blueberries
Aldi Last Week: $1.99 used about 1/3 =$0.66
Blackberries
Valli Produce: $0.88
Chobani Greek Yogurt
Jewel-Osco: $0.67 (after coupon & app rebate) x3 =$2.00
Dannon Oikos Yogurt
Jewel-Osco: $0.25 (after coupon & app rebate)
=$4.28 for 4 or $1.07 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 bell peppers.

Organic Yellow Potatoes
Valli Produce Last Week: $1.99 used 1.25lbs =$0.83
Red Peppers
Valli Produce Last Week: (4) $0.79lb @ 1.89lb =$1.49 used 1.5 =$0.56
Eggs
Caputo’s Last Week: 12ct $0.39 (after rebate) used 6 =$0.20
Organic Salsa
Aldi Prior Week: $1.89 used 1/4 jar =$0.47
Cheese
Aldi Last Week: $5.89 used about 3/4c =$0.55
=$2.61 for 3 or $0.87 each

Muffin Breakfast Sandwiches

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://killinitwithcoupons.com/blog/?p=4610

Eggs
Caputo’s Last Week: 12ct $0.39 (after rebate)
English Muffins
Aldi: $0.99
Copperwood American Cheese
Valli Produce: $2.99lb @ 0.77lb =$2.30 used 6 slices =$0.86
Old Warsaw Polish Ham
Valli Produce: $2.99lb @ 0.89lb =$2.66 used 6 slices =$0.80
=$3.04 for 6 or $0.51 each

Breakfast Total: $9.93

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.

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Vegetarian Meal Prep Week of 2/19/17 Under $25.00 ~ How I Use My Groceries

Meal Prep: Week 6

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday:

Breakfast: Breakfast Potatoes & Peppers and Granola & Strawberries

Organic Red Potatoes
Valli Produce Prior Week: $1.99 used 1.75lbs =$1.16
Red Peppers
Jewel-Osco Last Week: (4) $2.16 used 1.5 peppers =$0.81
Cheese
Valli Produce: $0.99 used about 1c =$0.50
Nature Valley Protein Granola
Prior Coupon Deal: $0.97 used about 1/6 =$0.16
Strawberries
Valli Produce: $0.88 used about 1/4 =$0.22
=$2.85 for 3 or $0.95 each breakfast

Lunch/Snack: Spinach Salad with Mandarins and Almonds, 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
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: $0.49 x3 =$1.47
=$3.59 for 3 or $1.20 for each dinner

Tuesday & Thursday:

Breakfast: Avocado Toast

Avocado
Aldi Prior Weeks: $0.49 x2 =$0.98
Sprouted Bread
Aldi: $2.99 used 4 of about 14 slices =$0.85
=$1.83 for 2 or $0.92 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
Valli Produce: used 3/4 $0.66
Almonds
Caputo’s Prior Week: $0.50
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
=$4.76 for 2 or $2.38 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: $4.68
Lunch/Snack Total: $11.68
Dinner Total: $7.57
Grand Total: $23.93

Freezer Dinners, Produce Prep, & Breakfast Prep Week of 2/18 ~ How I Use My Groceries

Freezer Dinners

This week I only made two freezer dinner two of each (for future weeks). I also did my veggie prep for snacks and side dishes for this week. This past Sunday I posted a video elaborating on how I do 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.

Ginger Peach Chicken

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://helloglow.co/slow-cooker-freezer-meals/

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
Caputo’s: $1.29lb @ 4.45lb =$5.74 used about half for each =$2.87
Frozen Peach Slices
Aldi: $2.09
Red Onion
Aldi: $1.99 (6ct bag) =$0.33
Brown Sugar
Aldi Prior Week: $0.99 =$0.03
Soy Sauce
Aldi: $1.29 =$0.09
Ginger
Valli Produce Prior Week: I don’t remember the exact price but possible around $0.10
=$5.51 & $5.51

Freezer Dinner Price for This Week $11.02 for two!

Produce Prep

Organic Red Bell Pepper (for snacks)
Jewel-Osco: $0.99lb @ 2.44lb =$2.41

Green Peppers (for snacks)
Aldi: (3) $0.99

Organic Fuji Apples (for snacks)
Valli Produce: 3lb $2.99

Strawberries (for snacks)
Valli Produce: $0.88 x2 =$1.76

Cantaloupe (for snacks)
Caputo’s: $1.50

Honey Crisp Apples (for snacks)
Caputo’s: (6) $0.99lb @ 3.97 =$3.93

Kiwi (for snacks)
Caputo’s: $1.99

Kale (for kale chips)
Caputo’s: $0.59

Organic Valencia Oranges (for snacks)
Caputo’s: 4lb $3.99

Side Salad
Cucumbers
Valli Produce: $0.34 (I bought 2 however it looks like I was only charged for 1) -$0.25 Checkout51 =$0.09/2 used one $0.05
Tomatoes
Valli Produce: $0.48lb @ 1.22lb used 1 =$0.30
Lettuce (not shown, I forgot to get these while I was shopping so my dad picked up one on Tuesday)
Aldi: $0.99
=$1.34

Brussel Sprouts
Jewel-Osco: $0.05 x10 =$0.50 -$0.25 Ibotta =$0.25
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/11/ranch-roasted-brussels-sprouts.html

Organic Mini Peppers
Valli Produce: 1lb $2.79
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://afewshortcuts.com/2013/05/fiesta-stuffed-mini-peppers/

Baby Bella Mushrooms
Aldi: $0.99 x2 =$1.98
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://www.cookincanuck.com/easyrecipe-print/15936-0/

Produce Snacks: $20.15
Produce Side Dishes: $6.36
Total Produce Price for This Week $26.51

Breakfast Prep

Parfaits

Nature Valley Protein Granola
Prior Coupon Deal: $0.97 used about 1/6 =$0.16
Strawberries
Valli Produce: $0.88 used about1/4 =$0.22
Dannon Yogurt
Valli Produce: $0.39 x6 =$2.34
=$2.72 for 3 or $0.91 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 Red Potatoes
Valli Produce Prior Week: $1.99 used 1.25lbs =$0.83
Red Peppers
Jewel-Osco Last Week: (4) $2.16 used 1.5 peppers =$0.81
Eggs
Aldi Prior Week: $0.98 used 6 =$0.49
Organic Salsa
Aldi Prior Week: $1.89 used 1/4 jar =$0.47
Cheese
Jewel-Osco Prior Week: $0.99 used about 3/4c =$0.37
=$2.97 for 3 $0.99 each

Breakfast Total: $5.69

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, 2 apples, 6 kiwi, red grapes, and a little less than 1 package of strawberries (from this week). And ta-da fruit salad for the weekend.

 

 

Vegetarian Meal Prep Week of 2/12/17 Under $25.00 ~ How I Use My Groceries

Meal Prep: Week 5

Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday:

Breakfast: Breakfast Potatoes & Peppers and Granola & Strawberries

Potatoes
Valli Produce Prior Week: $0.99 & $0.33 2.5lbs used =$0.83
Red Peppers
Caputo’s Last Week: used 2 $0.45
Green Peppers
Valli Produce Last Week: used 2 $0.35
Cheese
Aldi Prior Week: $5.89 used 1c =$0.74
Nature Valley Protein Granola
Prior Coupon Deal: $0.13
Strawberries
Aldi: $0.17 about
=$2.67 for 3 or $0.89 each breakfast

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

Organic Baby Spinach
Aldi: $1.49
Mandarins
Aldi: $0.79
Almonds
Caputo’s Prior Week: $0.75
Hummus
Aldi: $1.19
Pretzel Chips
Aldi: $0.60
Organic Sea Salt Popcorn
Aldi Prior Week: $0.36
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
Caputo’s: $0.60
Annie’s Organic Granola Bars
Caputo’s: $0.50
Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Caputo’s: $0.20
=$6.48 for 3 or $2.16 each lunch

Dinner: Slow Cooker Tomato, Kale, & Quinoa Soup

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://damndelicious.net/2016/01/07/slow-cooker-tomato-kale-and-quinoa-soup/

Organic Quinoa
Aldi: Prior Week: $1.00 about
No Salt Added Petite Diced Tomatoes
Aldi: $1.18
Great Northern Beans
Aldi: $0.59
Onion
Valli Produce: $0.04
Garlic (I used 2tbsp chopped garlic)
Caputo’s Prior Week around $2.99 maybe? =$0.10
Organic Vegetable Broth
Aldi: $1.79
Kale Bunch (with the exception of 2 stalks for kale flat breads)
Valli Produce: $0.79
And Spices & Seasonings
=$5.49 for 4 or $1.37 for each dinner

On Thursday I’ll be making Kale flat breads so I don’t have a prep dinner for that day.

Wednesday & Friday:

Breakfast: Avocado Toast & Yogurt

Avocado
Aldi Last Week: $0.49
Sprouted Bread
Aldi: $0.85
Yogurt
Valli Produce Prior Week: $1.58
=$2.92 for 2 or $1.46 for each breakfast

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

Organic Baby Spinach
Aldi: $1.00
Strawberries
Aldi: $0.33
Almonds
Caputo’s Prior Week: $0.50
Hummus
Aldi: $0.80
Pretzel Chips
Aldi: $0.40
Organic Sea Salt Popcorn
Aldi Prior Week: $0.24
Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
Caputo’s: $0.40
Annie’s Organic Granola Bars
Caputo’s: $0.33
Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies
Caputo’s: $0.13
=$4.13 for 2 or $2.07 each lunch

Breakfast Total: $5.59
Lunch/Snack Total: $10.61
Dinner Total: $5.49
Grand Total: $21.69

Freezer Dinners, Produce Prep, & Breakfast Prep Week of 2/12 ~ How I Use My Groceries

Freezer Dinners

This week I only made six freezer dinner two of each (for future weeks). I also did my veggie prep for snacks and side dishes for this week. Sunday I’ll have a blog post and/or video elaborating on how I do my freezer dinners, but real quick I’ll explain. I make my freezer dinners based around what’s on sale for that week then I typically make double of the recipe and freeze two for two dinners. Those are normally for future weeks and whatever I have frozen from prior weeks are what we will have for dinners during the week. 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 Pork Tenderloin


Link To The Recipe I Used: http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2014/09/10/slow-cooked-pork-tenderloin/ I’ve made these freezer dinners a few times now and I substitute 3 and 3/4 cups chicken broth and 1/4 cup red wine vinegar for 2 cups red wine and 2 cups chicken broth.

Pork Roast
Valli Produce: $0.99lb @ 4.13lb =$4.09
Pork Roast
Valli Produce: $0.99lb @ 4.01lb =$3.97
Dry Onion Soup Mix
Had In My Pantry: normally around $0.99
Canned Chicken Broth
Aldi: $0.59 x2 =$1.18
Red Wine Vinegar
Target Prior Week: $0.24
Onion
Valli Produce: $0.04
Garlic (I used 2tbsp chopped garlic)
Caputo’s Prior Week around $2.99 maybe? =$0.10
Soy Sauce
Aldi Prior Week around $1.79 =$0.18
Worcestershire Sauce
Jewel-Osco Prior Week: around $1.99 maybe? =$0.10
And A Little Black Pepper
=$5.51 & $5.39

Chicken Cacciatore

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://www.morelikehome.net/2013/06/5-crockpot-freezer-meals.html Since I’m using more chicken breasts than the recipe calls for I will not serve theses over noddles instead it will be more of a tomato sauce chicken breast with veggies.

Chicken Breasts
Jewel-Osco: $1.49lb @ 3.57lb =$5.31
Organic Pasta Sauce
Aldi: $1.99
Zucchini
Caputo’s: $0.22
Red Pepper
Caputo’s: $0.22 about 1
Green Pepper
Valli Produce: $0.18 about 1
Sweet Onions
Caputo’s Last Week: $0.12 about 1/3
=$8.04

Chicken Breasts
Jewel-Osco: $1.49lb @ 3.82lb =$5.69
Organic Pasta Sauce
Aldi: $1.99
Zucchini
Caputo’s: $0.22
Red Pepper
Caputo’s: $0.22 about 1
Green Pepper
Valli Produce: $0.18 about 1
Sweet Onions
Caputo’s Last Week: $0.12 about 1/3
=$8.42

Black Bean Taco Soup


Link To The Recipe I Used: http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/09/slow-cooker-freezer-meals-make-8-meals.html I substituted crushed tomatoes for stewed tomatoes and used homemade taco seasoning.

Ground Chuck
Valli Produce: $1.79lb @ 3.63lb split in half for each=$6.50/2 =$3.25
Onion
Valli Produce: $0.04
Taco Seasoning
Homemade: $1.01 what would be per packet
Frozen Sweet Corn
Aldi: $0.95
Organic Black Beans
Aldi: $0.79
Crushed Tomatoes
Aldi: $0.95
Tomato Sauce
Aldi Prior Week: $0.25
Diced Green Chilies
Aldi: $0.65
=$7.89 & $7.89

Freezer Dinner Price for This Week $43.14 for six!

Produce Prep

Oranges (for snacks)
Valli Produce Last Week: (x4) $0.79lb @ 2.79lb =$2.20
Organic Oranges
Aldi: (5) 3lb $3.29
=$5.49

Cantaloupe (for snacks)
Valli Produce: $0.98

Red Peppers (for snacks)
Jewel-Osco: (4) $0.99lb @ 2.69lb =$2.66 -$0.25 Ibotta & $0.25 Checkout51 =$2.16

Green Grapes (for snacks, not pictured)
Jewel-Osco: $0.99lb @ 2.58lb =$2.55

Mandrins Cuties (for snacks, not pictured)
Jewel-Osco: 5lb $2.99

Fuji Apples (for snacks, not pictured)
Valli Produce: (10) $0.59lb @ 6.63lb =$3.91

Strawberries (for snacks, not pictured)
Aldi: $1.49

Organic Cauliflower
Jewel-Osco: $0.99lb @ 1.92lb =$1.90
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://www.eatwell101.com/whole-roasted-cauliflower-recipe

Zucchini
Caputo’s: (5) $0.59lb @ 1.83lb =$1.08 (used 3) =$0.65
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://ifoodreal.com/garlic-parmesan-zucchini-and-tomato-bake/

Asparagus
Caputo’s: $1.49lb @ 0.97lb =$1.45
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://rasamalaysia.com/garlic-butter-sauteed-asparagus/

Brussel Sprouts
Jewel-Osco: (10) $0.99lb @ 0.81lb =$0.80 -$0.25 Ibotta =$0.55
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/roasted-garlic-brussels-sprouts/ & http://www.horsesandheels.com/best-brussels-sprouts/  

Sweet Potatoes (not pictured)
Valli Produce: (2) $0.59lb @ 1.29lb =$0.76
Ideal Side Dish Recipe: http://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/spicy-baked-sweet-potato-wedges/

Organic Romaine Hearts (side salad)
Caputo’s: $1.69
Plum Tomatoes
Valli Produce Last Week: (x4) $0.48lb @ 1.47lb =$0.71(used 1) =$0.18
=$1.87

Produce Snacks: $19.57
Produce Side Dishes: $7.18
Total Produce Price for This Week $26.75

Breakfast Prep

Parfaits

Nature Valley Protein Granola
Prior Coupon Deal: $0.97 (used about half) =$0.49
Strawberries
Aldi: $1.49 used 2/3 =$1.00 about
Organic Yogurt
Aldi: $2.99
=$4.48 for 5 $0.90 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 1.5lbs of potatoes for these bowls the others I used for my vegetarian potatoes along with the peppers.

Potatoes
Valli Produce Prior Week: $0.99 & $0.33 1.5lbs used =$0.50
Eggs
Aldi Last Week: $0.98 used 6 =$0.49
Organic Salsa
Aldi Prior Week: $1.89 used half =$0.95
Cheese
Aldi Prior Week: $5.89 used about 3/4c =$0.56
=$2.50 for 3 $0.83 each

Breakfast Total: $6.98

Freezer Dinners & Veggie Prep Week of 2/5 ~ Cost To Prepare

This week I only made two of the same freezer dinner (for future weeks) because there wasn’t a lot of great deals on meat. I also did my veggie prep for snacks and side dishes for this week. I plan on making a blog post and/or video elaborating on how I do my freezer dinners, but real quick I’ll explain. I make my freezer dinners based around what’s on sale for that week then I typically make double of the recipe and freeze two for two dinners. Those are normally for future weeks and whatever I have frozen from prior weeks are what we will have for dinners during the week. I guess 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.

Beef & Broccoli (or Veggies)

Link To The Recipe I Used: http://diaryofafitmommy.com/15-freezer-meals-before-your-baby-arrives/ I also added some extra red peppers that were leftovers from last week and instead used sandwich steaks.

Sandwich Steak
Caputo’s 1.26lb =$5.04
Organic Beef Broth
Aldi $1.79 (used half for each) =$0.90
Soy Sauce
Aldi Prior Week around $1.79 =$0.47
Brown Sugar
Aldi Prior Week $0.99 =$0.08
Garlic (I used 1tbsp chopped garlic)
Caputo’s Prior Week around $2.99 maybe? =$0.05
Sesame Oil
Caputo’s Prior Week around $2.99 maybe? =$0.25
Cornstarch
Aldi Prior Week $0.89 =$0.06
Frozen Broccoli
Aldi $1.19
Red Peppers
Valli Produce Prior Week $0.69lb =$0.31 about
=$8.35 about

Sandwich Steaks
Caputo’s 1.28lb =$5.11
Organic Beef Broth
Aldi $1.79 (used half for each) =$0.90
Soy Sauce
Aldi Prior Week around $1.79 =$0.47 half cup
Brown Sugar
Aldi Prior Week $0.99 =$0.08
Garlic (I used 1tbsp chopped garlic)
Caputo’s Prior Week around $2.99 maybe? =$0.05
Sesame Oil
Caputo’s Prior Week around $2.99 maybe? =$0.25
Cornstarch
Aldi Prior Week $0.89 =$0.06
Frozen Broccoli
Aldi $1.19
Red Peppers
Valli Produce Prior Week $0.69lb =$0.31 about
=$8.42 about

Freezer Dinner Price for This Week $16.77

Veggie Prep

These veggies will be used for side dishes for this weeks meal plan. I like to prep all my veggies/fruits in one day because it saves me time to do it all at once. Check out my post later in the week to see what we had for dinners this week and how we used our prepared veggies for side dishes and snacks.
My Plan: Side Salad to go along with each dinner, Steamed Vegetables, Roasted Cauliflower, Steamed Green Beans, Sautéed Asparagus also with Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Snacking Bell Peppers, also planing potato wedges but can’t really prep those.

Side Salad

Iceberg Lettuce
Caputo’s $0.50
Plum Tomatoes
Valli Produce (x4) $0.48lb @ 1.47lb =$0.71
Cucumber
Valli Produce x1 $0.39
=$1.60 (for 4 dinner =$0.40)

Steamed Vegetables

Organic Cauliflower
Valli Produce $0.89lb @ 1.98lb =$1.76 (I used only about 1/4 of the cauliflower for the steamed veggies) =$0.44
Organic Broccoli
Caputo’s $0.99lb @ 1.42lb =$1.41
Baby Carrots
Aldi $0.49 half bag =$0.25
=$2.11

Roasted Cauliflower

Organic Cauliflower
Valli Produce $0.89lb @ 1.98lb =$1.76 (I used the other 3/4 of the cauliflower) =$1.32
=$1.32

Steamed Green Beans

I bought the green beans last week and completely forgot to use them
Green Beans
Valli Produce $0.89lb @ I’ll say 0.75lb although I’m not sure =$0.67
=$0.67

Sautéed Asparagus

Asparagus $1.99lb @ 0.97lb =$1.93 (I also used a little for my soup this week) =$1.63 about
=$1.63

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts
Caputo’s $0.69lb @ 0.71lb =$0.49
=$0.49

Snacking Bell Peppers

Red Peppers
Caputo’s (x4) $0.49lb @ 1.82lb =$0.89
Green Peppers
Valli Produce (x4) $0.38lb @ 1.83lb =$0.70
=$1.59

Side Dish Prep Price for This Week $9.41

Super Bowl Sunday Price Breakdown ~ Under $45.00

Baby Carrots & Dip
Baby Carrots
Aldi $0.49
Dean’s Ranch Dip
Valli Produce $0.99
=$1.48

Chips & Dip
Potato Chips
Aldi $1.49
Dean’s Ranch Dip
Vallie Produce $0.99
=$2.48

Doritos
Family Dollar $2.00
=$2.00

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Drumsticks
Link To The Recipe I Used: http://thefrugalgirls.com/2014/05/crockpot-buffalo-ranch-chicken-drumsticks.html 
Chicken Drumsticks
Vallie Produce $0.49 @ 8.37lb =$4.10
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Had In My Pantry $?
Ranch Mix Packet
Aldi $0.49 x2 =$0.98
=$5.08 + Sauce

Stuffed Mini Peppers
Link To The Recipe I Used: http://afewshortcuts.com/2013/05/fiesta-stuffed-mini-peppers/ (I use this recipe as a guide but substituted a few things, also because I only had one bar of cream cheese)
Mini Peppers
Caputos $1.49 x2 =$2.98
Cream Cheese
Aldi Prior Week $1.29
Sour Cream (around half)
Aldi Prior Week $1.19/2 =$0.60
Cheddar Cheese
Aldi Prior Week $5.98 8cup bag (I used about a cup)/8 =$1.32
A Little Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, & Garlic Salt
Probably Around $0.10 or so
=$6.29

Shrimp
Shrimp
Aldi Prior Week $5.99 (I believe)
Cocktail Sauce
Aldi Prior Week $0.99 (I used half)/2 =$0.49
=$6.49

Stuffed Ham & Cheese Mini Pies
Recipe I Used: https://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Mini-Pie-Press/dp/B00IHQEZ32/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486417701&sr=8-1&keywords=wilton+mini+pie+press I got this cute little mini pie press for Christmas, on the back it has baking instructions. Matthew made a few pie pinwheels with the leftover dough.
Pie Crusts
Aldi $1.49 x2 $2.98
Smoked Ham off the Bone
Valli Produce $3.99lb @ 0.99lb =$3.95 (I still had a few slices left over)
American Cheese
Valli Produce Prior Week $2.99lb @ 1.01lb =$3.02 (I used a little more than half)/2.5 =$1.81
=$8.74

Apple Dump Cake (not pictured)
Link To The Recipe I Used: http://momswithcrockpots.com/crockpot-apple-dump-cake/
Yellow Cake Mix
Had In My Pantry $? (possible around $0.99)
Butter
Aldi Prior Week $2.69/4 =$0.67
Apple Pie Filling
Aldi Prior Week $1.99 x2 =$3.98 (I believe)
A little cinnamon
Topped with Vanilla Ice Cream
Aldi $1.99 (we only used about 1/4 of the ice cream)/4 =$0.50
=$6.14

Ice Cream Sandwiches
Chips Ahoy Cookies
Jewel-Osco $1.37
Vanilla Ice Cream
Aldi $1.99 (we only used about 1/4 of the ice cream)/4 =$0.50
=$1.87

Total for Our Super Bowl Party =$40.57 about
Our Super Bowl party was just our family (6) we in no way were able to eat all of this delicious food. I’d say we had at least 70% were left overs that will be used up as lunches and some after school/work snacks.

What did you do for the Super Bowl this year?