November 7, 2012

Eating at Whole Foods for $100 a Week & Grocery Giveaway {Naptime Everyday}

Whole Foods Fairfield

Feeding my family from Whole Foods Market for $100 a week was not easy but we managed to do it. After my tour of our local store I learned all the ways to save while shopping and devised a menu plan to fit the deals that were available that week. I also had to make a few assumptions in order to make the budget work. I did not buy basic staples like olive oil, salt, pepper, basic spices, and flour since we already had them on hand. I generally don’t shop for them weekly anyway. I did not include lots of beverages in our budget since we usually drink water, iced tea (made from scratch), milk, and hot tea. My daughter does not like juice therefore I rarely, if ever, buy it. Finally, my husband eats his lunches at work and was on a business trip one night so I did not include his meal costs on the nights he didn’t eat with us.

WFM Fairfield

To ensure a healthy organic menu for the week I did my best to buy vegetables in bulk, pay attention to deals and coupons, and use the bulk foods section in order to make it work. The menu I devised was definitely different than our usual weekly eats because I stretched our limited grocery haul to the very limit – forgoing variety in favor for frugality. While I normally might be inclined to freeze leftover chicken or let extra onions languish in the crisper, this week I used every little bit I bought. I also skipped my favorite impulse purchases like delicious cheeses, containers of marcona almonds, or jars of fancy looking pasta sauces and salad dressings. Keeping everything simple and cooked from scratch was definitely the name of the game and, you know what, it was delicious.  Here is what I made:

Monday:

Breakfast: Overnight Steel Cut Oat Loaf with maple syrup, hot tea.

Lunch: Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich for my daughter, 365 Everyday Value Pretzels, Omelet with Sharp Cheddar for me.

Dinner: Chef’s Prepared Meatballs with Spaghetti with 365 Everyday Value Marinara Sauce, Broccoli (two heads for $5 in the the madness sale).

Snack: Popcorn popped in the microwave in a brown bag with a pinch of salt, 2 apples


Tuesday:

Breakfast: Steel Cut Oat Loaf with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, hot tea.

Lunch: Yogurt, Toast with Cream Cheese & Homemade Apricot Jam365 Everyday Value Mac & Cheese for my daughter (only 99-cents per box!)

Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken #1 with Butternut Squash Risotto (made from box mix on sale), Pre-Sliced Squash tossed with olive oil and salt

Snack: More Yogurt (they were 5 for $5 on sale), Cinnamon Toast


Wednesday:

Breakfast: Final morning of Overnight Steel Cut Oat Loaf, hot tea.

Lunch: Scrambled Eggs on Toast with drizzle of olive oil and pinch of sea salt, rest of 365 Everyday Value Mac & Cheese for my daughter

Dinner: Rotisserie chicken #2, 365 Everyday Value Egg Noodles, second head of Broccoli prepared with a pinch of kosher salt, red pepper, and olive oil.

Snack: Homemade Microwave Popcorn, Handfuls of granola (a small bag bought in bulk section)


Thursday:

Breakfast: Oven Baked Frittata with frozen chopped baby spinach (thawed), hot tea, 365 Everyday Value Cereal with Milk

Lunch: Daughter eats lunch at a playdate, I grab the sandwich deal at Whole Foods Market – 1 sandwich, chips, drink for $7.99.

Dinner: Slow Cooker Herbs de Provence Chicken & Rice Soup to use up the last of the rotisserie chickens.

Snack: Last Yogurt containers


Friday:

Breakfast: 365 Everyday Cereal, Bananas (which have finally ripened)

Lunch:  Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Pretzels

Dinner: Shrimp (bought on Madness sale) with the rest of Spaghetti in a simple white wine butter sauce, remaining Pre-Sliced Squash

Snack: Apple Slices with Peanut Butter


Saturday:

Breakfast: Pancakes using my homemade pancake mix, banana

Lunch:  A very basic French Onion Soup made with remaining Sharp Cheddar broiled on toast.

Dinner: Date night! Leave a Frozen Pizza and pre-made tossed salad for the babysitter and my daughter.

Snack: Homemade Banana Bread


Sunday:

Breakfast: Eggs with Soldiers, Hot Tea

Lunch: Leftover Slow Cooker Herbs de Provence Chicken & Rice Soup

Dinner: Not in the mood to cook, prepare an oven-ready Eggplant Parmesan from the prepared foods section, side of Acorn Squash (on sale all week)

Snack: Rest of Homemade Banana Bread

Whole Foods Temptation at Checkout

Temptation at the register!


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