Our Weekly Meal Planning

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Hey Friends!

Want to know one of my favorite things about Wednesdays? GROCERY SHOPPING! I know, I used to hate grocery¬†shopping because it was always such a hassle. But now I look forward to it every week. It’s so fun to put together our weekly recipes and get everything we need for the week. And every week we try to beat our lowest price. ūüėČ

We used to go to the store every evening and wander through the aisles as we decided what we wanted to cook for dinner that night. This led to some pretty poor food choices, especially when we were hungry. We would end up buying snacks and desserts and wine every night! Not only that, but we would spend way more than what was in our budget. We would spend about 20-25 euros a day on food just at the grocery store!

When we started getting serious about our eating habits, and when we started budgeting more for the baby, we devised a plan to do all of our grocery shopping one day a week. At first it was pretty daunting. I felt like I needed to plan every single meal perfectly in order to make this work. I soon realized, however, that with a few staple items and a little creativity, I could make nice meals every night without having to plan a whole week in advance.

We also decided to start buying organic produce. We would buy most of our groceries at our local supermarket but save the fruits and veggies for an organic food store in town. The price difference wasn’t that big and it was worth the extra money. (I also think that organic produce often tastes better!)

Doing all of our shopping one day a week lets us stick to a healthier meal plan. We don’t buy any snacks or processed foods simply because we are hungry at the moment. We make a list full of our healthy food choices and we stick to it! Plus, I always look forward to grocery shopping day!

We end up spending about 120-130 euros per week on food, which boils down to about 15-18 euros per day. We also receive a ton of veggies from Daniel’s grandfather’s vegetable garden.¬†This helps us to save even more money at the grocery store each week!¬†When we get loads of zucchini’s, tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, and beans every week we can cut down even more on our budget.

Our weekly grocery list

Our grocery list looks a little bit like this every week. We generally stick to the same foods but if I feel like making a special recipe or we already have stuff left over from the week before we adjust a little bit!

Grains and other grainy like products

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Spelt flour
  • Yeast (for homemade bread)
  • Panko bread crumbs (I use them in a lot of different recipes!)
  • Multi Grain Rice

Dairy fridge

  • 2% milk
  • Cottage Cheese (we eat tons of cottage cheese in our house!)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese

Meat

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Frozen salmon
  • lean ground beef
  • lean pork
  • 3 dozen eggs

Fruits and veggies

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Baby Potatoes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Red Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mixed frozen fruit

Other

  • Dried Dates
  • Raisins
  • Coconut oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Nescafes
  • Coffee

This is a general list of what we eat on a weekly basis. I also like to buy seasonal produce which means we switch up our fruit and veggie staples every now and then. Not only do I find weekly grocery shopping beneficial for our health goals and our budget, I also find it super fun!

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