This Week's Grocery Order + Meal Ideas

I thought I'd be able to drag my next grocery trip out a couple of weeks, but my daughter must be going through a growth spurt or something right now because she's eating a lot more snacks/meals right now. Plus, with all of us being at home 24/7 we tend to hang out in the kitchen and graze all day. I placed an online pickup with Wal-Mart and picked it up this morning. Here's what I got:

  • 2 packs tofu
  • loaf of gluten free bread
  • grapes
  • bananas
  • box of whole wheat spaghetti
  • tortilla chips
  • salsa
  • tomatoes
  • canned kidney beans
  • canned chili beans
  • canned black beans
  • canned refried beans
  • bag of dried red beans
  • bag of dried black-eyed peas
  • bag of white rice
  • kiwis
  • lettuce
  • sugar snap peas
  • avocados
  • two bags of gala apples
  • 2 bags frozen sweet potatoes
  • oreos
  • 4 frozen cheese pizzas
  • siete almond flour tortillas
  • lemons
  • limes
  • red bell peppers
  • green bell peppers
  • cantaloupe
  • frozen peas
  • frozen corn
  • parchment paper
  • spring mix
  • frozen riced cauliflower
  • 2 frozen cauliflower pizza crusts
  • pack of lime sparkling water
  • 2 packs smoked salmon
  • gallon of almond milk
  • flamin' hot doritos
  • 3lb bag of potatoes
  • pasta sauce
  • 2 packs of seaweed
  • 2 packs beyond beef crumbles
  • lucky charms
  • string cheese
  • dog food
  • bubble bath
  • 2 boxes annie's mac n' cheese
total: $174

I spent a lot, but I was so surprised to see dried beans, rice, frozen pizza, and canned food back on the app that I grabbed a few extra things to have on hand. I also made a Whole Foods delivery order that arrived on Friday morning and here's what that had in it:

  • bag frozen corn (my daughter eats frozen corn straight from the bag so I keep it on hand 😆)
  • smoked salmon
  • gluten free bagels
  • soy sauce
  • frozen black bean burgers
  • coffee
  • canned black beans
  • 2% milk
  • bag of mixed nuts
  • bag of cashews
  • bag of plain potato chips
  • limes
  • sweet potatoes
  • bananas
  • romaine
  • garlic
  • turkey bacon
  • eggs
  • avocado
  • canned tuna
  • tortilla chips
  • bag of onions
  • grape tomatoes
  • 2 bags baby carrots
  • oat milk + rice crisp dark chocolate bar
  • frozen gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough
  • bag of broccoli
  • annie's cheese pizza bagels
total: $143.17 // which brings my grocery total to $317.17 (that includes the delivery tip and $17.63 in tax for both orders - our food tax is 7.25% here and 9.25% on all other items)

I went back and forth on if I should post prices since I wasn't sure if it seemed tone deaf with everything that's going on. Usually my rule is if I can't decide if I should or not, then don't do it. But I'm keeping this as a record since I want to see how long groceries last, if I can do better to keep my costs down, what worked and what didn't. I also wanted to stock up a bit because they are starting to reopen businesses in my state this week and I'm worried about it.

I'm trying my best to keep prices low because things are so uncertain at the moment - it has been hard. Me being newly gluten free has complicated things a bit as I'm buying more convenience items because I'm stressed and food is comforting right now. 

Here are all the meals I can make with what I bought:

  1. burritos // using tortillas, dried or canned beans, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa
  2. nachos // using tortilla chips, beyond meat crumbles, beans, veggies
  3. salads // add baked tofu or beans for more protein
  4. black bean burgers + fries // using the bag of potatoes to make fries
  5. sweet potato hash with fried eggs // I use the frozen cubed sweet potatoes if I don't have fresh
  6. tuna salad sandwiches
  7. chickpea salad sandwiches // I have tahini and capers in the fridge already
  8. lemon + tomato roasted potatoes
  9. instant pot beans + rice
  10. sweet potato bowl // using what ingredients I have on hand as you don't need all of them
  11. pizza
  12. cauliflower + walnut taco filling // for burritos or nachos
  13. BLTs + chips // using the turkey bacon or making my own version with tofu
  14. stir fry // frozen veggies, tofu, soy sauce/sugar
  15. breakfast potatoes // I'd also put these in tortillas like a burrito
  16. bagel + egg sandwiches // add turkey bacon
  17. spaghetti + marinara
  18. seaweed wraps // using the nori sheets - fill with rice/salmon/tofu/veggies
  19. veggie chili
  20. baked potatoes // sweet or russet - top w/leftover veggie chili
  21. veggie stew // I have broth concentrate and spices already
  22. egg sandiwches
  23. mac n' cheese // for my daughter
  24. smoothies // also for my daughter
  25. potato soup
  26. toast with avocado, tomato, salmon
  27. black beans + rice
  28. carrot soup
  29. black bean soup

I went to my favorite recipe sites and looked through to see what would work with what I bought. There are a lot of options here so it's good to have this so I can reference back to it when I'm not sure what to make. I usually do a weekly meal plan, but lately we have just been going by what we are in the mood for when dinner time rolls around.

For snacks, there are all sorts of options. When I get home I immediately wash and cut up the fruits and veggies. That way they are ready for recipes or my daughter can just grab whatever she wants out of the fridge and it's ready to eat. There's also oreos, cereal, chips, nuts, hardboiled eggs, and string cheese. 

It's freezing and dreary here today so I am headed to the kitchen to watch some reality tv while I meal prep. That usually cheers me up 😆

take care everyone 

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