Well we are almost into the full on summer season! If you live in Texas, that means absolutely nothing since we’ve been hovering around 95 degree temps for the past few months. But, with summer comes strawberries! And they’re on sale at HEB this week for 97 cents a pint! Which clearly means I’ll be taking advantage and be buying a ton of strawberries. I’ve been scouring the pages of Pinterest to find what I want to do with my hoard of berries, and I found some good ones.
Don’t let the “jelly” intimidate you. I actually made a small batch last week, and it was the easiest thing in the world. With only 3 ingredients (strawberries, honey, and lemon juice) can you get more simple than that?
I recently purchased these popsicle molds, and they are fabulous. The Mostly Healthy Mommy uses only 3 ingredients (which is right up my alley) to make these homemade popsicles, and I’m trying it with strawberries this week!
Ok my elementary teacher friends. I know you’ve heard of Cara Carroll’s blog The First Grade Parade. But did you know she also has her own personal blog Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour? She is my teaching idol, and is it kind of creepy that I feel like I know her just from following her blogs and Instagram? Probably a little bit. Anyway, I’m super excited to try her Glazed Strawberry Bread.
I’ve made my fair share of strawberry muffins, but there’s something about lemon that is so refreshing! I can’t wait to try this combination. To keep it a little more on the healthy side, I’ll substitute coconut oil for vegetable oil, and replace the sugar with Stevia.
As for our actual meals, I’m keeping it pretty simple. If you haven’t yet, I strongly suggest you read how I meal plan so you can see how I choose these meals.
June 12th Meal Plan
I really try to choose meals that don’t require me to buy a lot of ingredients. The main items I’ll be buying for each of these meals is any produce or dairy that’s listed in the ingredients. If you want to look at the actual recipes for some of the meals, just click on the links.
Most of our dinners this week don’t really have a recipe…these are things you already know how to make and can adjust them to your taste.
Monday: Chase is cooking
Remember how I mentioned that I love when Chase cooks because I don’t have to buy anything at the grocery store for his meal? Well he offered to cook tonight, and unfortunately I can’t tell you what he’s cooking because he won’t even know what he’s cooking until he starts. All he requested to have available were chicken thighs. I asked if chicken leg quarters were ok (because I already have some in the freezer), and he said yes! Win!
I’ll try to remember to post a picture of what he makes on my Instagram tonight.
I love hamburger night because you can really individualize your burger. I’d say this is a great way to use up extra foods in your fridge, but I’m kind of picky about my burgers and like mine decorated a certain way. I’m thinking BBQ, avocado, and mozzarella on mine this time.
-Tip: Do you always have extra buns that go bad after hamburger night? Freeze those bad boys and have them ready for next time!
-Tip: If you’re trying to save money at the grocery store, don’t buy sliced cheese and shredded cheese when shredded cheese can serve both purposes…especially if it’s going to be melted anyway. Like on a hamburger.
Wednesday: One Pot Teriyaki Beef Zoodles
Ok, remember last week this was in my meal plan? Well I completely forgot that we were eating at our church that night, so I never got to make it! I still have the zucchinis, but I’ll need another pineapple (which is ok, because they’re still on sale at Aldi!)
Thursday: Fish Tacos with a side of my favorite Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Remember those corn tortillas I got for free last week? Yeah, well it was a 30 pack. So that means more tacos! Fish tacos are fun because you can pretty much add anything to them. Chase pan fries the fish, and then we add cole slaw, avocados, sometimes beans, and mango (trust me).
Friday and Saturday: We will be celebrating Father’s Day this weekend with my family, so we won’t be cooking dinner these nights. If we were, we’d either pull something from the freezer, have left overs, or the hubby would come up with something.
I hate cooking after coming home from a long weekend. So one of my favorite things to have on Sunday nights after we’ve gotten home is pizza. I already have the dough frozen (thanks Pioneer Woman!), so I just pull some out on Friday before we leave and put it in the fridge. On Sunday when we get home, all we have to do is roll out the dough and decorate the pizza!
This week, we don’t have a specific recipe to follow. We’ll just kind of make something up based on what we have at home, which is more fun anyway. I don’t want to brag, but we’ve made some pretty tasty pizzas this way!
To see more about how we eat/plan lunch, read here. I don’t really have a “scheduled” day that I make any of these lunches. These are all just from a pool of options I’ll be choosing from this week.
Tuna salad using flavored tuna packets
See the above link to see how I made my tuna salads.
I already have a basil plant…which is a huge money saver because I use basil in so many things. I also like to buy a bag of frozen chicken breasts to keep in the freezer…they are perfect for lunches.
This mayo-free egg salad is soooo yummy! Eat it on a sandwich, or just plain. Hubby and toddler approved!
Like I mentioned above, I won’t be buying sliced cheese since I’m already buying shredded cheddar. It’s going to melt anyway. Like lots of other toddlers, mine is boycotting veggies right now. So I like to throw a handful of spinach and a handful of cheese in my Ninja chopper and blend it all together before melting the cheese. It packs an extra punch of veggies and you can’t even taste it…I promise!
My method of cooking breakfast is prepping enough at the beginning of the week, and everyone can just grab and go from there. I don’t always feel like getting up super early to make breakfast for everyone, and this way I don’t have to.
This week I plan on prepping baked oatmeal and breakfast burritos at the beginning of the week. Those will be options up for grabs the whole week. Also, the strawberry bread or muffins could be an option too.
I’ve made a few different baked oatmeals, but this one is my favorite. I normally use frozen fruit when making this, but I’ll be using fresh strawberries since they’re on sale this week.
You can’t go wrong with breakfast burritos because you can customize them however you want. I love prepping a big batch and then freezing them to have as a breakfast option for the next 2 weeks or so. This week I’m using eggs, shredded cheddar, black beans, and “breakfast sausage”.
Ok, so I didn’t really want to buy breakfast sausage so I found this awesome seasoning mix you can add to regular ground pork (or ground beef since that’s what I have in the freezer), and it has the flavor of breakfast sausage! I’ll be leaving out the cinnamon though.
Once I cook everything, I’ll mix it all together and start stuffing tortillas (that 30 pack of corn tortillas is still going strong!). I’m not sure how many this will make….10, 15? The corn tortillas are a little smaller than flour. Anyway, I’ll wrap the individual burritos in foil and throw them in the freezer. Boom. A breakfast choice for the week, and probably longer!
Saturday and Sunday: When we’re home, these days are usually reserved for pancakes, waffles, or a Chase specialty.
-bananas, strawberries, pineapple, mango, kiwi (kiwi is on sale for $1.50/2 lbs at Aldi)
-cottage cheese + fruit
-cheese sticks (I cut them myself from a regular block of cheese)
-PB+J (with homemade strawberry jelly)
Grocery List and Shopping
I use the app List Ease to organize my grocery list. Not because it’s life changing, but because it’s the first one I downloaded and I happened to like it. Here’s what my grocery list for the week looks like.
I’ve mentioned before, I get all I can at Aldi and then finish up at HEB.
I spent about $97 at Aldi, but only $61 was on groceries. The other $35 was on baby supplies and gifts.
I spent about $26 at HEB. I know y’all see those Pop Tarts in that picture! I normally wouldn’t buy Pop Tarts, but they were free with the chicken nuggets with an in-store coupon. Plus, I know someone who will devour them…and that someone is Chase.
The Grand Total
I spent about $87 on groceries at Aldi and HEB combined. That’s a little more than I like to spend each week, but Lincoln is going to be staying with my parents a few days next week and I wanted to make sure I sent plenty of snacks for him. Plus, that’s why I budget for groceries monthly instead of weekly. If I go a little crazy one week, I can make up for it the next week. Or even if I go over my monthly budget a little, that’s ok too. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, every month isn’t going to be perfect…and that’s ok.
5 dinners + 5 lunches + 5 breakfasts + snacks x 3 people= $87
Have you tried meal planning yet? If so, I want to hear about it! Let me know in the comments or email me privately with any questions.