This post was changed on 8/5/16.
I decided to post this week’s meal plan a little early in case some of you want to follow along and use the weekend to prep (as I often do!). Here’s what we’re looking at:
A couple of things to know about this week’s meal plan:
1. REPEAT INGREDIENTS/RECIPES
I don’t like to waste food and I like wasting money even less. You’ll notice that a lot of the meals on this week’s meal plan use ingredients from last week’s. Using what you already have in the house saves time, money, and precious kitchen space.
2. BEGINNER’S LUCK SMOOTHIE
The Beginner’s Luck smoothie is one of my favorite smoothies from Simple Green Smoothies. Green smoothies are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and veggies if, like me, you’re not big on kale by itself. Here’s the recipe for Beginner’s Luck – see if it’s something you’d like before you commit to buying the ingredients. If it helps, you can barely taste the spinach.
When it comes to snacks, I’m more salty than sweet. Last week, I found myself craving something crunchy – like potato chips or popcorn. So this week I decided to incorporate some new snacks into the fold. We’ll see how they shape up!
SkinnyTaste is my go-to site for recipes. Gina Homolka is a freakin’ genius and if I ever got the chance to meet her, I’d give her an enormous hug. Not only are her recipes easy to follow, but she also includes nutrition information, a recipe key, and organizes her recipes into different sections (slow cooker, paleo, etc.). The recipes taste amazing and her freezer-friendly section gives me life. One of our meals are from her website this week – loaded baked omelet muffins.
A few changes I’m going to make to the recipe:
- I’ll be using all egg whites instead of eggs and egg whites.
- I’ll be subbing the Trader Joe’s Melange a Trois – Red, Yellow, and Green Pepper Medley for the tomato and onion.
- I’ll be cutting the recipe in half to save some money and freezer space.
5. CAULIFLOWER PIZZA
So, I used Jo Cooks’ Cheese Cauliflower Breadstick recipe as the base for my cauliflower pizzas. While the instructions are fairly simple, my dough definitely didn’t come out like his pictures. His dough looked more like dough, whereas mine looked like mush. My recommendation would be to add one egg at a time, and see how the mixture is coming together. I think I could have gotten away with three eggs so use your best judgment. Mine came out all right – it was just a little crumbly and eggy. Worst case scenario, I eat it with a fork and knife 🙂
My first attempt at cauliflower pizza:
NOTE: With the recipe, I made (4) pizzas, which I plan on eating next week. That’s (2) meals we don’t need to worry about 🙂 PS – these freeze great!
Update (8/5/16): I’ve tried the pizza and it tastes terrible. This has nothing to do with the recipe we used – it’s just not for me. The texture was weird (again, my fault for just dumping everything into a bowl and mixing), and it just didn’t taste good. Meal plan has now been updated to reflect the addition of Trader Joe’s Burrata, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread.
Also, since I think I need to take a break from cauliflower for a little while, I’ve replaced the cauliflower tots with Trader Joe’s Garlic Fries.
Once again, I’ll include a shopping list and my total spent for your convenience. I went to TJ’s last night to test out the cauliflower pizza, but didn’t buy the rest of the groceries because I was short on time. So, as of today (8/4/2016), only a few prices are included, but I promise the rest will be up by Sunday!
Total spent this week: About $60
NOTE: I bought the bananas, strawberries, and pineapple at Fairway and can’t find the receipt. So this is a fairly accurate estimate, five or take $5.
Trader Joe’s Shopping List:
- Spinach – $1.99
- Frozen Mango – $2.99
- (5) Bananas – $
- (1) Dozen Eggs – $1.49
- Shredded Cheddar – $3.49
- Lite Shredded Mozzarella – $3.99
- Fresh strawberries – $
- TJ’s Grilled Chicken Strips – $5.49
- Frozen Broccoli Florets – $2.49
- Pretzels (Multigrain) – $1.39
- Half-popped popcorn – $2.49
- Quest Bars – $4.78 (I went for S’mores and chocolate chip cookie dough this time)
- Yogurt (Idk why I chose to deviate from Siggi’s this week lol just go with it) – $5.98
- Burrata, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread – $4.99
Stop and Shop Shopping List:
- Frozen Pineapple (for some reason TJ’s never has this)
Ingredients I already have in the house (that you may need to purchase): Oats, meatballs, brown rice, vegetable medley, almond milk, Parmesan cheese, whole wheat bread, bacon bits, TJ’s brown rice and quinoa pasta.