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Budget Friendly Trader Joe’s Essentials (and What to Skip!) 2018

Budget Friendly Trader Joe’s Essentials (and What to Skip!) 2018

Like many others, I love Trader Joes. In fact, when one opened near (okay 45mins away from) me, I was stoked. Except, my first grocery trip was really expensive compared to what we’d usually spend. Like….I spent double and came away with what felt like […]

Three Ingredient Roasted Carrots

Three Ingredient Roasted Carrots

I have always hated cooked carrots, until I made these three ingredient roasted carrots. Truth be told, there was a similar recipe within the Well Fed Weeknights Cookbook for “Everything Carrots.” My lazy (read: extremely busy as we all are) self knew this title meant […]

Sunday Meal Plan/Prep + Post-Baby Food Prep!

Sunday Meal Plan/Prep + Post-Baby Food Prep!

This was a big week when it came to food shopping. In addition to the week of meals I’ll share below, we also picked up ingredients to prep for “after baby meals.” Our Sunday Meal Plan this week is super tasty and we’re both really excited!

This Week’s Meal Plan

Quick note: if you’ve read How We Meal Plan/Shop/”Prep” which goes into ALL of the details about how we deal with food, you would know that we prep all breakfasts to be the same. It’s the one “repeat” meal that makes life easier.

Monday:

  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Beef Au Jus Sandwiches with red cabbage coleslaw
  • Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Buffalo Chicken Casserole leftovers
  • Dinner: Spicy Tuna Cakes with any extra red cabbage coleslaw

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Spicy Tuna Cakes with any extra red cabbage coleslaw
  • Dinner: Chicken Tenders with Fries

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: Chicken Tenders with Fries leftovers
  • Dinner: “Wet Burritos”

Friday

  • Breakfast: Sam’s Choice (Walmart version – still Whole30!) Chicken & Apple Sausage, Greens, Black Olives
  • Lunch: “Wet Burritos” leftoevers
  • Dinner: Leftovers or Family Date Night (restaurant) TBD.

What We Prepped for This Week AND “Post Baby” in 2.5 Hours

  • Made THREE Buffalo Chicken Casseroles (Two for after baby!) – I cooked the three spaghetti squash in my instant pot. I literally put in a whole spaghetti squash for 15 mins with water. Repeated this with the others. That’s it. I didn’t pre cut anything. It was amazing. Then I cooked up a “family pack” of boneless skiness chicken breasts in my cast iron skillets. While the chicken was cooking I chopped up the veggies and cooked them in the same skillets. I mixed one batch at a time in our largest stainless steel bowl then put into pans to freeze. The third one is in our fridge ready to cook fresh tomorrow night. I love an easy Monday evening 🙂
  • Made “Ranch” for the casseroles and to have available for fat. I use my dirt cheap immersion blender, eggs, lemons, dill, salt, mustard powder, and extra light olive oil. I never, ever use coconut cream in my ranch because it kills the taste for us. Using a lot of dill gives it the correct flavor.
  • “Hard Boiled” 2.5 Dozen Eggs – Again, thank you Instant Pot! I just put all of the eggs in there with half a cup of water and set for 5 minutes. Then I quick release and put immediately into cold water. These will be made into my pickled eggs and a BLT Egg salad.
  • Cooked a pack of bacon. I also use the bacon fat as cooking fat for additional prepping
  • Made BLT Egg Salad – this was chopping up lettuce, sundried tomatoes, bacon, and tossing in the ranch.
  • Made Beef Bone Broth – Yet again, thanks instant pot. It’s super easy and I got three great batches out of only a small bit of beef bones.
  • Prepped Breakfasts – for the whole week it takes 10 minutes. I just slice the sausages in half, sear in the cast iron skillet, then make containers of a generous bed of greens, add in the sausages and a handful of olives. Wam. Bam. DONE. 10 minutes and every morning is taken care of.
  • Chopped up all veggies for meals (Thanks mini chopper and a good knife)

This probably looks like it takes FOREVER, right? Wrong. I started after breakfast (okay cheated a little because I cooked the pack of bacon while making breakfast because I needed it for breakfast). Yesterday I did the spaghetti squash and bone broth. I promise the effort was minimal. Then today, I spent from about 10am to 12:30pm prepping the rest of the above items. This is with a toddler and a puppy around for a lot of that time. At about 11:45 both went down for a nap which made the alst 45 minutes SUPER efficient. What I’m trying to say is that this is really, REALLY doable. 2.5 hrs to have food for the WEEK ready, AND two large pans of casserole for after baby!

How To Meal Plan, Prep, and Shop On a Budget (Whole30/Paleo)

How To Meal Plan, Prep, and Shop On a Budget (Whole30/Paleo)

I’ve been “meal prepping” for years. Only recently did my husband and I realize how ineffecient we were actually being with our meal prepping and our meal plan. Sure, we could have several meals cooked up, but by the time we’d get to eating those […]

My Grocery List 4th June 2017 + Meal Planning

My Grocery List 4th June 2017 + Meal Planning

Well, it’s been a while since I have posted a grocery list. The truthful reason is that we have been slacking on meal prepping! We went camping two weeks ago, and have people over through the holiday weekend. This meant that meal prepping got lowered […]

Potatoes and Eggs (Budget Whole30)

Potatoes and Eggs (Budget Whole30)

really struggle with calling this a recipe, because it is so basic. But I appreciated reading even the basics before my first Whole30, so here it goes. One of my FAVORITE meals is potatoes (sweet, red, white it doesn’t matter), with eggs over easy on top. This is also one of the cheapest meals too. I bought eggs today for $0.59 a dozen, and 5lbs of potatoes for about $2. Here is exactly how I get potatoes and eggs on the table in about 35-40minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place an aluminmum foil lined pan into the oven while it heats up. (I’ll explain this later)
  • Whole the oven is pre-heating, cut potatoes into large chunks (1/2 in to 1in squares or so). Make enough to cover one layer on the pan. You don’t want more than that. If you do want more, line a second pan and get that into the oven asap.
  • Once the oven is up to temperature, wear an oven mitt/potholders and take the pan out. Quickly drizzle some olive oil on the pan and spread the potatoes on the pan. You will hear a sear/sizzle. You want one layer total.

note: the hot pan is what will give you crisy potatoes! Same reason why you only put a single layer down 🙂

  • Sprinkle salt & pepper (I use my salt and pepper grinders) over the potatoes an dput into the oven for 30minutes
  • After the 30 minutes, change from 375 to broil. This is how you will get the top of the potatoes crispy. For me this takes between 5-10minutes but keep a close eye on it because they can go from perfectly crispy to burnt and smoky.
  • Once you set the potatoes to broil, put a small pan on the stove top and set to medium heat. Put in at least 2tbsp of ghee into the pan. It should basically cover the bottom.
  • Wait a few minutes for the pan to heat up, then drop in the eggs. They should sizzle
  • Wait until the edges are fully cooked, then flip and take off heat.
  • Take the potatoes out of the oven, pile on a plate, and top with the eggs. Enjoy!

Usually, I will actually make a bed of greens (shown at the top is part spring mix, part arugula), then layer potatoes. Then top with the eggs. And there you go: potatoes and eggs. It’s basically rocket science.

With Motivation,

Rachel

 

 

Whole30 Leek Chips (Roasted Leek Stalks)

Whole30 Leek Chips (Roasted Leek Stalks)

Occassionally, I like to go out of my normal zone with veggies. Because of our budget 99% of produce comes from Aldi. Aldi may have amazing prices, but the selection of vegetables can get redundant. So I like to add in something new here and […]

My Grocery List April 28th, 2017

My Grocery List April 28th, 2017

Does anyone feel like they tend to always run out of EVERY stinking household good at once? I know that it evens out but from looking at my list it is going to be a more expensive trip. April overall has been a great budget […]

Grocery List 4/13/17 + Meal Planning (Whole30-ish)

Grocery List 4/13/17 + Meal Planning (Whole30-ish)

 

Hooray, it’s officially my weekend! My work has tomorrow as a holday, which is perfect because Riley’s daycare is closed. We had to buy a few more items than I’d hoped, but this week the grocery list was still pretty good. I narrowly escaped an impulse purchase at Sam’s Club (their clothing section is a danger zone. Stay away!). Also, we are preparing for Easter Weekend. In fact, a recipe is going to come out of this grocery list. So if certain items seem out of place, this is why 🙂 Anyways, here’s what I bought for the week!

From Aldi:

  • Chocolate chips
  • potatoes
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • mushrooms (2)
  • orange juice
  • spinach
  • bacon
  • moscato
  • frozen veggies
  • lemon-lime soda
  • pork butt
  • frozen peaches
  • frozen strawberries
  • onions

Local Health Store

  • Coconut aminos – so expensive, but SO necessary for flavor.
  • Hawaiian sea salt

note:  I got a very small amount of the hawaiian sea salt in the bulk section. This is for a specific recipe and I knew I wouldn’t use up a 1lb bag (which run about $20, yikes!) so I just bought a few tbsp, which was a little over $1 🙂

Sam’s Club

  • Peanut butter pretzels – Travis wanted this for his Easter treat lol
  • Smoked Turky Deli Meat – surprisingly great ingredients! Not Whole 30, but a great “Food Freedom” item.
  • Chicken
  • Coleslaw

Other:

  • a pitcher…We literally didn’t own one. We’ve talked about buying one for when people are over but it hasn’t happened.  I ended up getting one at Target on sale and with a gift card for $4 out of pocket. Of course once I got home realized I probably should’ve checked Goodwill. But it’s very pretty and sturdy so I’m keeping it.

Meal Plan Ideas

  • Frittata of the week
  • broiled fish and green beans
  • steaks, potatoes, and coleslaw
  • Easter Dinner w/ in-laws
  • Potatoes and eggs
  • spaghetti (will need to get zucchini later)
  • nomnompaleo’s slow cooker kahlua pig – fyi this was the recipe I needed the hawaiian salt for. I completely trust her judgment!

If you have any great recipes or delicious meals, please let me know! I’m ALWAYS looking for more ideas. Pinterest only goes so far!

With Motivation,

Rachel

Making Ghee The Easy Way in Only 3 Steps!

Making Ghee The Easy Way in Only 3 Steps!

The idea of making ghee was something I found super intimidating at first. In theory, ghee isn’t difficult to make. Actually, in reality ghee isn’t difficult to make. But most of the recipes I looked up were really long and said to use cheesecloth. Now, chesecloth […]