Whole Food Menu Plan & Grocery Haul

Confession: I am a Certified Cart Creeper.

When I am grocery shopping, your cart contents are not safe from my curious stare. I will crane my neck, turn my head, stand on tippy-toes if necessary. Shame? What’s that? Must know!! I see cheese. Is it raw? Do I see organic bananas?! Oh my gosh, is that a Cadbury Fruit and Nut bar??!

Why do I care? I have no clue.

But I do it, let’s just get that out in the open. It’s like being addicted to those totally cheesy daytime soap operas- you know it’s horrible, you would never openly admit to it, but you watch. Every. Single. Day.

So there it is. If you are like me, then you will probably enjoy this post. Heck, that’s probably why you clicked on it in the first place, to see what I eat, how I eat it, what I buy, and how much it costs. If you think I’m completely insane for being a CCC (Certified Cart Creeper. Stay with me, people), then perhaps you are here for inspiration! Ideas! Menu planning encouragement! Yes? Then ignore the previous paragraphs…I’m like so totally normal…ahem.

::crickets::

I don’t have a set schedule for menu planning, though I typically plan on Thursday, shop on the weekend. Many weeks, it’s a scrounge around until Monday, then do a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants shop after Papa gets off work (I can’t drive, don’t judge me.), come home too late to make a proper meal so you grab a frozen pizza at the store (what? It’s Newman’s Own, that’s practically health food. It’s two steps away from being kale.) I’m going to go ahead and guess you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Some notes before we get started:

  • We eat real, whole food. No boxed mixes, no pre-seasoned meat, no processed American cheese. When possible: grains are soaked/sprouted/dehydrated, dairy is raw, meat is grass-fed, everything organic. We are not perfect, but we strive to keep our health a priority over convenience.
  •  I don’t plan breakfasts because we are boring and eat the same thing on random rotation: fruit and yogurt with- soaked oatmeal and jam, eggs in some form with toast or hashbrowns, or pancakes.
  •  I also don’t usually plan lunches, as most meals leave enough leftovers for the next day.
  • There isn’t a lot of meat in my grocery hauls as we buy in bulk from a local farm once a year. (Note: we are nearly out of last year’s order, so in the next few weeks, there will be purchased meat.)
  •  I also buy A LOT in bulk online. Just about all grains (wheat berries, rice, quinoa, oats), flours (almond, coconut, buckwheat, arrowroot, wheat), beans, pasta, coconut products (shredded, oil, cream, flour), spices, herbs, and oils/vinegar (palm shortening, apple cider vinegar, avocado oil). So if you see it on the menu but not the haul, that’s why.
  • Last thing, promise. Everything is from scratch and homemade, from yogurt to bread to condiments. I don’t say this to brag, but to reduce the amount of times I need to type out the word ‘homemade.’

Onwards!

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In future posts, I will try to list out the full shopping list with prices. (Do you like that sort of thing, or is a picture enough?)

Menu Plan 5/18 – 5/24

WEDNESDAY (Shop Day)

  • Sandwiches- store-bought organic sourdough bread, deli-sliced natural ham and deli-sliced local cheddar cheese, organic lettuce, organic tomatoes, organic mayo (not homemade), coleslaw

THURSDAY

  • Chili cheese fries (will use some chili, keep some in the fridge for lunch, freeze the rest)
  • Quick pickled carrots
  • Kiwi

FRIDAY

  • Deep fried fish and chips
  • Salad (make double for tomorrow)
  • Note: make pizza crust for Sunday, tastes way better after resting in the fridge for a day or two)

SATURDAY

  • Bruschetta pasta (pasta no homemade)
  • Garlic bread (start bread in the morning)
  • Salad

SUNDAY

  • Personal pizzas
  • Raw veg and ranch dressing- radishes, carrots sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers

MONDAY

  • Steak (grilled if weather permits)
  • Creamy cauliflower rice
  • Raw veg and ranch dressing- radishes, carrots sticks, celery sticks, cucumbers

TUESDAY

  • Leftovers

 

Do you menu plan? Are you a CCC?

 


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