This week, we’re going to share about our groceries and menu plans for the week.
The problem with other people’s menu planning posts is that they don’t really take into account your own family’s likes and dislikes, your week’s local sales, and how many people you are feeding. (I often have to double online recipes because I’m feeding five of us, and I eat as much as two when I’m breastfeeding!) So use this week’s posts as inspiration, not a specific how-to. Here are almost all of our groceries for a week (in two pictures, because I couldn’t do all our grocery shopping in one day):
I buy my meat, produce, and bulk goods from Sprouts and my dairy and a few staples at Trader Joe’s. (I stock up on other staples like flour and sugar at conventional grocery stores when they’re having holiday sales.) I menu plan around what is on sale for the week, so I only ever buy meat and produce on sale and stock up the freezer for weeks with lousy sales. (Note: I actually started this post this summer, so different produce was in season!) We cook almost exclusively from scratch, so I used homemade hamburger buns, bread, and frozen spaghetti sauce, and they’re not included in the picture. The total for the above shopping trips was $60.
I had to take a second picture of the other half of the week’s shopping. The conventional grocery store down the street was having a great weekend sale on some fun stuff, and the total from this shopping trip was $32, bringing the week’s spending to $92. You’ll notice I have a sweet tooth while I’m breastfeeding! Our weekly budget is $100 for our family of six, and I sometimes go over that when I stock up on staples and sometimes go under that when we pull things out of the freezer or pantry.
Here’s what my menu plan looked like:
Breakfasts: oatmeal (with craisins or berries and nuts), scrambled eggs, pancakes on the weekend
Lunches: Sunflower Seed Butter and Apple Butter sandwiches for the kids (we’re a peanut free home because of my husband’s allergy), leftovers for adults
Snacks: Red pepper slices, grapes, cherries, blueberries, and bananas
Desserts: Homemade brownies, ice cream because it was on sale!
Wed-Garden Salad with Grilled Chicken cut up on top
Thurs-Beef Roast with Carrots in the Crockpot, salad
Fri-Hamburgers and Corn on the Cob
Sat- Teriyaki Chicken and Red Pepper Stir-fry
Sun-Spaghetti and Salad
Mon- Chicken Piccata with Green Beans
Tues-Breakfast for Dinner: Homemade Waffles and Sausage Links
What is your family eating this week?