Grocery Haul {Nov. 2} + Meal Planning

Posted November 6, 2014 in grocery haul, groceries, healthy eating, healthy cooking, healthy living, meal planning, food, budgeting, budget, Hy-Vee, Target

For the past two months, the BF and I have been keeping track of our grocery spending in an attempt to create some kind of food budget.

Last month, we spent over $500 on groceries!! (details here) We were both pretty appalled by our spending, so we tried to keep ourselves in check during October.

Our spending...

Grocery total = $427.62

Eating out/Going out total = about $300 (we paid in cash and didn't keep receipts at a few places)

We were in Arizona and traveling for five days, so that's five days we ate out nearly every meal. Our eating out total is obviously a lot more than it was in September because of our trip. We'll definitely eat out less this month since we don't have any trips planned.

We feel pretty good about our grocery spending this month. We probably could have planned more meals around food we have in our freezer, and bought less (a goal for November). 

This week's grocery haul was all about stocking up on fresh produce (we were out of everything!), getting some staples and picking up some snacks.

This is what we bought at Hy-Vee...

Produce: organic mixed greens, beets, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, an orange, cranberries, red and green peppers, carrots, butternut squash, apples and bananas

Legumes/canned goods/pantry items: chickpeas, blackbeans, cannellini beans, coconut milk, panko bread crumbs, chicken broth, honey, chia seeds, dried cranberries, tomato sauce

Dairy: feta, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, butter, eggs

Grains: whole wheat bread, wheat tortillas

Protein: tuna (we have tons of protein in our freezer)

Other: almond milk, black pepper, Mom's Best Cereals Blue Pom Wheat-Fuls and Crispy Cocoa Rice (on super sale), brown sugar, Kraft Mac & Cheese (for the BF), Clif bars

We also went to Target...

The BF picked up some snacks for himself - crackers with peanut butter, Market Pantry Almond Granola Bars, Simply Balanced Soft Baked Oatmeal Bars, English muffins and Natural Jif Peanut Butter.

My haul - coconut water, pomegranate juice, lightly salted almonds, organic peanut butter, Skippy Natural Singles (for my office) and dark chocolate covered almonds.

The coffee is for both of us!

Some of the meals we plan on making...


Eggs in a Basket with Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes

Protein Pancakes


English muffin with almond butter and banana slices

Frozen whole wheat waffles with almond butter and homemade blueberry jam


Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Curry with brown rice

Pasta with Corn, Feta & Tomato (from the 5 in 5 Cookbook by Michael Symon)

Turkey burgers and roasted sweet potatoes, beets, carrots and Brussels sprouts

Chicken with Brown Butter (from the 5 in 5 cookbook) and Brussels sprouts with cranberries

Quinoa with mixed greens, tomatoes, cannellini beans and feta


hard boiled eggs

chia pudding

apple slices with peanut butter


banana with nut butter

What's on your meal plan this week?

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