Meal Planning | Grocery List

Monday, February 9, 2015

This is what our week looks like in regards to food! All of this for $92.99!! This is my lowest cost yet at Trader Joe's for an entire week of breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks. I am a very simple cook, when recipes start getting extensive I always screw them up, my list gets expensive, or I don't want to cook them because it takes up too much of my time. So I stick with healthy options that I know my family will like & that aren't too extreme, because if you have a two year old who will eat brown rice, chicken & veggies all week, please share your secrets!

This does not include the meal prep that Brian is on for his 90 day transformation program that he is creating that we will share with you all soon! He has had amazing results 45 days in & I am dying to share, but he is making me wait until the program is complete. I purchased all of his prep food for $46 & it is all organic as well. I will be sharing with you pictures & the breakdown of his prep after I am finished prepping his meals this evening. It is the same plan I will be following post postpartum, but I will be adding 500 calories for breastfeeding.

As always I will briefly describe the meals below & link to any recipes, but this week they are all my own. I am not going to break down the lunches this week because I plan to take pictures of our week of bento-style lunches & create a super easy info-graphic for you to be able to reference to when you want quick lunches that also work perfect in a kid's lunch box.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
-Almond milk
-Peanut butter 
-Greek yogurt 
-Cocoa powder 
**blend (I just eyeball all of my ingredients )

Black Bean & Cheese Quesadilla w/ Guacamole 
Just like it sounds, I throw black beans & cheese in an Ezekiel tortilla melt on a skillet & then top with homemade guacamole (Avocado, cilantro, onion, lime juice, sea salt & pepper) and serve with a side caesar salad.

Chicken Feta Salad 
Super easy, add chopped apple, shredded chicken (cooked in crock pot for easy prep), feta cheese & pistachios over mixed greens plus some added spinach & serve with a raspberry vinaigrette. The half of a cheese Ezekiel quesadilla is optional if you want low-carb, but Kirby & I love to share one with our salads. 

Greek Yogurt Broccoli Mac 
I cook some brown rice pasta & saute my broccoli on a skillet a little and then add them into the pot together. Then I just mix in on medium to low heat, cheese, Greek yogurt, sea salt, pepper and a little almond milk & boom done! 

Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Sweet Potatoes & Roasted Broccoli 
Chicken Nuggets- slice into small pieces, roll in a little olive oil & then roll in TJ's plain organic bread crumbs, that I season myself with garlic, Parmesan & a little sea salt & pepper and bake at 425 for about 15 minutes give or take depending on your oven. 
Broccoli & Sweet Potato- I slice the potatoes & season them the same as the broccoli, garlic, sea salt, pepper, olive oil & Parmesan (anything I put sea salt on is VERY light) and then I bake them at 425 until they are golden or broccoli starts to crisp.  

Protein Style Turkey Burgers 
I just make small turkey patties & cook on a skillet along with some turkey bacon. Then I top with cheese & homemade guacamole & serve with a side caesar salad, no bun (its our favorite & we use Trader Joe's Brand Caesar vinaigrette)

Brown Rice Spaghetti 
I buy TJ's tomato basil pasta sauce to make it easy & then I just brown my ground turkey & boil the brown rice spaghetti and mix it all together, boom! Then I serve with roasted broccoli, same method as listed above. 

Baked Sandwiches
  This is my "no cook" meal, when at this point in the week the thought of making dinner makes me want to run my head through a wall. I just open up the bagels put nitrate free deli turkey, cheese, and avocado on top & bake them at 400 until melted then serve with black bean quinoa chips & fruit of choice. Simple! 

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