Thank you all for your well wishes last week! I am feeling much better and had a blast grocery shopping this past weekend. Call me crazy, but I seriously love grocery stores.
On Saturday, Ty and I spent the afternoon perusing Lincoln Square here in Chicago. We stopped into Gene’s, the cutest sausage shop I ever did see (I posted about it over on Instagram), Uncle Dan’s the Great Outdoor Store, and after some more lingering around the neighborhood, we made our way to Tony’s Finer Foods.
Tony’s is a local family owned Chicago grocery chain. I’d passed by it many times before, but always on my way to the airport, so this week I finally checked it out. I loved it! They seriously have great prices and I loved the variety of products they sell. The fresh breads smelled amazing and the cheese section was pretty darn impressive. I could have spent hours roaming the aisles… But alas, I had my beloved Ty with me and he was not about to do that.
So we were in and out in under an hour with our favorite reusable grocery bags filled with pretty produce, fresh guac, and other goodies for $64.
This Week’s Grocery Haul Highlights
- Potatoes $1.50/8lb bag or $.19/lb. Good thing potatoes last nearly forever!
- Onions, yellow $.99/3lb bag or $.33/lb. This is often the price for one pound of onions!
- Avocado, organic $.99 each. Organic and conventional avocados were the same price. Organic it is!
- Mixed Vegetables, frozen $1.25/1lb bag. I typically pay around $1/lb for fresh veggies. The extra $.25 is worth it for the convenience of these!
- Pork, ground $1.99/lb. $1 per pound cheaper than ground beef!
- Chili Powder $2.99/16oz jar. Ummmmm, how amazing is this price?! This is how much I oftentimes pay for a little 3oz jar.
Total Spent: $64.03
Meal Planning Ideas
I’ve been all over frozen vegetables lately. I don’t know why I avoided them in the past! Ty and I have been loving stir fry. On Sunday, I roast up a big batch of chicken (whatever was on sale that week – whole, breasts, thighs) and cook up a couple cups of brown rice. I keep these in the fridge, then throughout the week we can use the chicken and rice in lots of different ways – salads, soups, or stir fries!
For the stir fry for two of us, I simply combine 1 lb of frozen stir fry veggies, 8 oz of cooked chicken, 1 cup of cooked brown rice and about 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. If we are in the mood for spicy (which we always are!), I’ll add some chili pepper flakes or sriracha sauce plus a splash of lemon or lime juice to brighten the flavors. So easy and quick!
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Overnight Oats made with Oats*, Maple Syrup*, Milk*, and Banana
- Cottage Cheese with Strawberries
- Shrimp Salad made with Shrimp*, Mixed Greens, Avocado, Onion, Parmesan, and Strawberries dressed with Olive Oil* and Lemon Juice*
- Tuna Salad made with Tuna*, Onion, and Homemade Mayo over a bed of Mixed Greens
- Leftover Spaghetti and Stir Fry
- Stir Fry made with Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables, Brown Rice*, Shrimp* or Chicken*, and Soy Sauce*
- Spaghetti made with Whole Wheat Pasta, Ground Pork, Mushrooms*, Yellow Onion, and Pasta Sauce
- Bunless Burgers made with Ground Pork, Iceberg Lettuce (as buns), Yellow Onion, Mushrooms*, Avocado and served with Garlic Parmesan Potato Wedges
- Stuffed Mini Peppers made with Mini Bell Peppers, Guacamole, Jalapenos, Chicken* and Cilantro with a Mixed Greens Side Salad
*Indicates item from a previous grocery haul.
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