Who wants a peak at my grocery list, what I eat in a week &how to make it all?! It gets tricky because I have a monthly and a weekly grocery list. I also buy for me and I buy separately for Emi. I have a four year old guys, its not that simple for her. Anyway, I'm going to give you guys a little taste of mainly what I get/eat for the week and how I prepare everything as well.
I like going to many places when I do groceries but I try to do everything in one day because the moment I say I'll get it tomorrow, I know that item(s) is off the list! Over the course of the month I try to meal prep as much as possible because I tend to have terrible eating patterns if I don't!
Trader Joes : Avocados, Red Apples, Pineapple All Berries(your choice but I eat them w yogurt or oatmeal) Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus Spinach/Romaine Lettuce Vegan Mexican Cheese Blend Bell Peppers, Red/Yellow Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cucumbers Cilantro (I use cilantro in pretty much everything I cook) Dimond Blue Original Almond Milk Trader Joes Beefless Ground Beef Jiffy's Peanut Butter
Walmart : Dave's Killer Bread - 21 Whole Grains Morning Star Farms Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers Red Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes Brussels Sprouts Limes, Lemons, Baby Carrots Quaker Oats Select Starts w Protein - Cranberry Almond Or Banana Nut So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Yogurt Goya's Brown Rice Goya's Sweet Corn Goya's Sazon Goya's Garbanzo &Black Beans
Extras (Usually Target) : Everything But The Bagel Seasoning Red Pepper Flakes, Rosemary, Parsley Love Crunch, Dark Chocolate &Red Berries Granola Trail Mix - any trail mix of your choice.. this ALWAYS changes for me. O'Dang Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Dressing Sejoyia Coco Roons (these are vegan, grain &gluten free chewy cookies, WAAAH!) Most of these things you can get in one place for real, however I like to price compare &if I can pay $1 for something vs. $2-$3 then I'm going to do that. Like I said, I got a few lists! This is my most recent &most used list &where I got everything this shopping trip. Truth be told though I spent around $125 or so this trip. However consider that prices change weekly in most places, I really like fresh produce &I eat more organically then most. I easily got 7 different meals out of this list &I can eat for about two weeks and a couple days. Anyway, everything you need to make what I listed below is on this list!
For Breakfast.. I usually prep breakfast the night before. I personally am not a fan of breakfast. I just don't like waking up and shoving food down my throat. With the goals I have though, breakfast is an essential part of my diet. There are certain things I can tolerate for breakfast and most of it is hard to prepare a week in advance so I usually just do it the night before. Through the week for breakfast I switch between oatmeal, granola &almond milk(like cereal) or yogurt &fruit. -For my oatmeal I usually mix one pouch of my Quaker Oats oatmeal & 3/4 cup of almond milk and store it in the fridge overnight and its good to go. The one I buy is already pretty sweet but you can add whatever you want to yours. I also like mine cold but you can heat it up. Everyone's different! -For my yogurt and fruit I usually cut up all my fruits (usually 3 or 4 strawberries & half a banana) the night before &place my So Delicious yogurt in a container with the fruit on top. Boom, ready to go! -Granola &almond milk are pretty much the same process as making cereal. Its your choice on how much to use.
For Lunch.. I like something light but filling. I don't like getting to full before dinner because then I wont eat much come dinner time. I usually have bread &smashed avocado or a small taco salad. These lunch meals are super simple. I just store the smashed avocado or salad in meal prep containers for up to a week and that's super convenient when meal prepping. -For my Dave's Killer Bread &avocado spread(the picture above).. I cut up one avocado &some fresh cilantro. Put it all in a container and add 1/4 teaspoon of pink salt & 1/4 teaspoon pepper &mix it up. I like my two slices of bread toasted &on one slice I put the spread &some Everything But The Bagel seasoning or red pepper flakes on top &a little of fresh cilantro. On the other slice I like the spread &some fresh Pico De Gallo(I make this myself) or you can just add some tomato slices. -In my taco salad I usually mix up spinach &romaine lettuce. I like to put the Trader Joes Beefless Beef in a skillet &I add a teaspoon of adobo &that's literally all it needs bc it's already full of flavor. I add a can of black beans &1 cup of water to a pot &half a packet of Goya sazon. Bring it to a boil then drain them. Dice up 2 roma tomatoes &mix everything into your salad &top it with your desired amount of Oh'Dang hummus dressing. I also add the juice from one lime. My salad I keep simple but you can add onions, cucumbers or anything you like to have in a taco salad. *Pico De Gallo - If you google this recipe, everything you need is already on this list.
For Dinner.. I don't know why but dinner is absolutely my favorite meal! I usually have a veggie burger with sautéed peppers &onions &sweet potato fries, or I have what I call burrito stuffed peppers . -I make my sweet potato fries in the oven. I usually cut up 3 &add a few drops of extra virgin olive oil & a 1/2 tsp each of parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper. Then bake them on 350 for 25 minutes. Turning them once half way through. For the sautéed onions and peppers I cut them thin &I usually use a light amount of extra virgin olive oil just so they don't stick to the pan &just a dash of pepper. DONT GET CARRIED AWAY WITH YOUR OILS! &In a skillet I flip my veggie burger until its brown on both sides. You can top your sandwich with whatever you want but I keep mine light and just do the peppers and onions. If you toast your bun a little it gives it some extra GREATNESS. -For the burrito stuffed peppers I use 4 bell peppers, brown rice, black beans, and corn. I usually make brown rice with 1 cup of rice and two cups of water. Add 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil & 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix it &bring it to a boil, then lower the heat &cover it for 20 minutes or until it fluffs up. In another pot I add one can of black beans, half a can of sweet corn &1 cup of water or enough water to just cover your corn and beans. I also add one packet of sazon, &a table spoon of sofrito(a veggie based sauce I make at home, but you can buy the Goya brand). While everything cooks I cut the tops off of the peppers(these can be any color peppers) &wash them out. Once the rice is done I mix in the beans and corn and only SOME of the sauce it boiled in(it shouldn't be runny). I then fill the peppers with my rice mixture. I don't like to fill them all the way because I like to put the tops of the peppers back on, but you don't have to do that. Then place them on a baking dish and bake them for 10 minutes. You can top your stuffed peppers with cheese before you bake them, I do it as soon as I take them out of the oven. When you're ready to serve them you can add cilantro, lime juice or sour cream.. whatever really! &ENJOOOOY! *Sofrito - This recipe calls for a few more vegetables that aren't on the list but its totally worth the few extra dollars. If you never used it before, ask your Spanish friend about it! Haha!
For snackaaage.. I usually don't snack much, but sometimes between meals we all get a little taste for something or even a little hangry. This is why I put the Coco Roons on my list and the trail mix. Those two mainly because when I get a sweet tooth I tend to get a little crazy, so I try to control it by making my SMALL snack something on the sweeter side. However I also have hummus &peanut butter on my list because other times all I really need to get by are some veggies &dip or apples &peanut butter. In the morning I drink green tea for my energy &throughout the day I aim to drink a gallon of water. I use to drink coffee and juice but I've tried to make better choices and its working out just fine for me.
I really hope this helped you guys get an idea of how you can keep a simple list &prep simple meals in advance at home! Sometimes when we have big families we get carried away at the grocery store. Writing down your meals &making lists before you go can save you time &money! Give some of these a try! I'll definitely be sharing more yummy eats soon!