Ok, so I know a lot of you are thinking this is bizarre for me to be posting my groceries instead of some pretty photoshoot or wedding. The reason for this random blog post is to hopefully help you if you are stuck in a grocery rut OR if you just want some quick and easy meal ideas. There are so many times that I have been frustrated with grocery shopping that I just don't go but lately I've been loving it. Trent and I have started the paleo diet. AH! Everyone freak out now! I know a lot of people think this is silly but we are really excited about it. Eating good, healthy, REAL food that has actually saved us money....why haven't we done this sooner?! Anyway, I would constantly search Pinterest for new food ideas and honestly I wasn't getting great results in finding quick and easy meal/grocery ideas. So I sat down and made a list of pretty much anything we could eat for the paleo diet and went to Kroger. Here's our list of meals for the week if you would like to check it out. This is just to inspire you and give you ideas for quick/easy meals. These are not elaborate meals but they do taste good. We always enjoy them! Lets be real, who has time to cook a full spread every night? Not trying to make you go all paleo...but feel free to start the diet too :). I am no expert with this new diet and we still eat non-paleo stuff here and there. We've started exercising and hopefully we will keep going strong with both.
Ok, the picture of the food above is what I got this week (minus stuff for our son, Jude). Jude won't eat any veggies right now. Sigh. Good thing he loves fruit.
Pictured above from left to right:
2 packages of natural chicken breast tenders (non antibiotics/added hormones and fed vegetarian diet-Simple Truth brand)
1 pack of uncured honey ham (no antibiotics/preservatives/added hormones and fed vegetarian diet-simple truth brand)
2 packages of natural ground beef (no antibiotics/preservatives/added hormones and fed vegetarian diet-simple truth brand)
1 package of smoked pork sausage (no antibiotics/preservatives/added hormones-simple truth brand)
1 package of bacon (no antibiotics/preservatives/added hormones-simple truth brand)
1 container of organic strawberries
1 container of organic blackberries
1 container of organic rasberries
7 avocados (yea, a lot, but they are my new favorite thing to put on everything!!)
2 organic apples
2 kiwis (Trent really likes kiwis)
4 organic bell peppers (we eat a lot of these too)
5 onions (onions go on pretty much everything too ha!)
4 organic tomatoes (3 small ones and one large one)
2 jalapeno peppers...Trent wanted these lol
1 bag of Brussel sprouts (a new favorite for us)
1 bag of organic carrotts
The top right corner consists of: organic coconut oil, organic balsamic vinegar, organic almond butter, organic tea (which we tasted and hated...we're not hot tea drinkers).
**Not pictured are leftovers from last week still waiting to be cooked: 2 zucchinis, 1 bag of carrots, 1 head of cabbage, 3 sweet potatoes and a big container of baby spinach. And we have collards and turnips from my dad's garden.
We always get a lot of fruit because Jude loves it and it's a great snack.
So here is my meal plan for this week:
Tonight: Left over paleo friendly soup that Trent's mom made us (Lord bless her) :)
Wednesday lunch: Grilled chicken spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Wednesday supper: Zucchini boats with ground beef/onion/avocado with side of carrots
Thursday lunch: Sweet potatoes and pork sausage
Thursday supper: Chicken stir fry with bell pepper/avocado/squash/onions
Friday lunch: Romaine lettuce wraps with ham/tomatoes/avocado/
Friday Supper: Bacon/carrot/onion/avocado stuffed bell peppers
Saturday lunch: Bacon wrapped baked chicken with collard greens
Saturday supper: Leftover collards with hamburger steak
Sunday: We eat lunch & supper after church with family
Monday lunch: Grilled chicken spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette (a repeat)
Monday supper: romaine lettuce wraps with ham/tomatoes/avocado (a repeat)
*All of this is so easy to cook. You literally just cook each veggie and meat normally (in the pan on the stove or in the oven). Just keep it simple! I cook almost everything in coconut oil. The zucchini boats will be a first for us so I am going to look up a recipe for that. Feel free to ask me how I cooked a certain meal you have in mind!!
I spent $126.85 on all my groceries for this week. The picture at the top with all the food would have been cheaper if you bought just that but I had to get some food for Jude and other random stuff. I had to buy the coconut oil/balsamic vinegar/almond butter this trip so that made it more expensive too. Last week I only spent $96 for a week's worth and that was strictly food. I saved $11.85 today with my Kroger card and got some fuel perks out of it too :)
Comment below and let me know what you think! Hopefully this will help you out if you are looking for new quick and easy meals! I can't stand getting ready to cook something knowing its going to take an hour to do...especially with a 17 month old.
This goes without saying but I am not an expert dietician nor do I want to try to be anyone's....I'm just making this post to hopefully help somebody!
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