I have a confession to make: I only cooked 2 meals last week. Usually I make dinner at least 6 nights of the week, if not all 7, and in addition, have lunches and breakfast ready for the workweek. I couldn’t even get myself to boil a dozen eggs. And do you know why? The kitchen was full of dirty dishes! It seemed that as soon as I was done doing the dishes, there was another stack ready to be washed. This is the struggle with any household that sticks to a real food, unprocessed diet, especially on a tight budget. It’s so much cheaper and healthier to make your own food, but there’s always so much extra cleanup. Usually between my husband Ty and myself, we can keep up. But last week, the dishes won.
Now it’s a new week and the kitchen is clean and I’m ready to tackle the cooking! Here’s what’s going on in my kitchen.
This is what I bought last week. You can read all about the haul here. As of Sunday afternoon, I still had a ton of leftovers.
- 1 dozen eggs
- 4 chicken thighs
- ALL the pork
- 1/2 bag spinach
- ALL the mushrooms
- ALL the green beans
- 5 sweet potatoes
- 1/2 the carrots
- 1 beefsteak tomato
- 6 apples
Basically we didn’t eat any vegetables last week! And to be quite honest, I’m not even sure what we ate (I think we lived off oats). What I do know, though, is that both Ty and myself had low energy, and felt very lethargic, which I believe is directly related to my lack of cooking.
So this week, I didn’t need to pick up as much as I usually do. I only stopped over to Mariano’s and grabbed some items to supplement what we still had leftover. Total spent for the week: $51.61
This Week’s Grocery Haul Highlights:
- Phil’s Fresh Eggs. Local to Illinois and Certified Humane, fellow Chicagoan Rachel at Pain Free Kitchen suggested I try these. At $2.49/dozen compared to $1.79 for conventional eggs, I think these are a steal of a deal!
- Beets have made it into my haul once again!! These beauties are still going for just $.50/lb at Mariano’s.
- My favorite organic grass-fed dairy products have been hard to find lately! This week, Mariano’s was out of the Kalona SuperNatural Greek Yogurt, so I opted for plain Fage at $3.49/17oz tub and ended up getting the 2% milk instead of my coveted whole milk. Hoping that Mariano’s restocks soon!
- Food for Life Ezekiel Bread. I don’t care about the low sodium claim on this bread. What I do care about is the fact that it was $.50 cheaper than it’s full-sodium counterpart. So I picked this loaf up for $3.99.
- I typically buy chicken sausage as my emergency protein, but this week I was really craving the real deal and wanted pork sausage. Luckily for me, I found Niman Ranch Andouille Sausage on sale for $4.59/12oz package compared to it’s regular price of $6.99. Super bonus: This sausage is completely natural, with no added sugar. Whole30ers and Paleo people, this one’s for you!
- Turnips. $1.50/lb. I’ve never cooked this vegetable, so I thought this was the week to try. Guess how I’m going to prepare it? One word: roasted.
For all the details from this week’s haul, click the receipt:
Curious what I consider a good price for groceries? I’ve listed the maximum price I’ll pay for food on this page!
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