grocery store blahs

by Laura on January 30, 2012

in food, meal plans

Hello Monday.

Man I’m not going to lie, I was exhausted by the time last night rolled around. I have had a sore throat at night both Saturday and Sunday. Our heater went out at our house yesterday, so it’s been freezing cold at home and I’ve been wearing like 3 layers of clothing at all times. Plus I had such a ridiculous load of homework due for this week. It was quite an exhausting weekend to say the least.

And here we are, Monday, which means I have a meal plan and groceries to share.

I did not have an easy grocery trip yesterday. The store seemed to be out of a lot of things I needed, so I kind of played it by ear and swapped out a few things as I went.

Here’s the meal plan:

Meal Plan 1/30/12

This week I went back to some old favorites because we had quite a few flops last week with the new recipes we tried. As usual, I’m still all about the beef so we have one beef recipe. We also are having a spinach and pasta vegetarian dish because I’ve been craving that too.


Breakfasts are the usual – oatmeal, cereal and toast for me are all options. I’ve been saying I was going to make those apple muffins and just never get around to it. Hopefully I can find some time on Wednesday or Thursday to finally try them.

As for lunch, if you can believe it I’ve only been in school 3 weeks, going twice a week, and I’m burned out on my usual lunches. Last night I made some tabouli and roasted chick peas, which I put on top of spring mix with cucumbers for my lunches. And of course, I can have a peanut butter and banana sandwich if I need something grab ‘n go.

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Last night I had planned to make dinner, but by the time I got home from the store and did a ton of other things on my to-do list, I was just too exhausted. So we ordered from BJs Brewery, which worked out well since we didn’t have a date night Saturday (I was working on a group case study with a friend all night). I ordered a house salad, no dressing and a chicken pesto flatbread.


The original plan was english muffin pizzas, made in my toaster oven. But the store was out of whole wheat english muffins and I did not like the look of the labels on the regular ones. So I opted for whole wheat bagels instead, and I’ll just pull out some of the filling and make the pizzas that way.

Mine will probably just have tomatoes, cheese and basil. And Matt’s will likely have chicken sausage. He requested broccoli on the side, so that’s the game plan.


I’m trying a weight watchers recipe for Cashew Chicken. Matt loves oriental food and I almost never make it at home (not a big fan), so I’m trying this recipe to see if we like it.


Beef tacos, one of my favorite foods of all time. Mine will be on crunchy shells, Matt’s on soft tortillas. I have some refried beans, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, spinach and onions for the toppings. I also have squash for the side that I’ll probably roast or saute.


I was going to make these Spinach and Mushroom stuffed shells – though subbing the mushrooms with zucchini. However, I couldn’t find any whole wheat shells – so I opted for whole wheat lasagna noodles instead. I’ll just morph this into my own sort of vegetarian lasagna and we’ll have that!


It’s not shown above, but I’m going to make homemade whole wheat pizza dough in my bread machine and we’ll have homemade calzones. For fillings I have chicken sausage, tomatoes, cheese, sundried tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, spinach and whatever else I can find to throw in there!

I always use this recipe for my dough – except I use whole wheat pastry flour.


Whereas last week, I spent less than normal – this week I spent way more. I don’t know why – I bought a few things y’all don’t see in these pictures like allergy medicine, hangers, fabric softener and sobe life waters for Matt. And we were out of quite a few staples, so I replenished some of those. For whatever reason, this shopping trip was a beating for my mind, body and pocket book.

I’ll admit, I did stray a little from my shopping list on a few things – I guess I was too hungry while shopping, so that also accounted for some of the extra cost.

I went to sprouts and target and came back with all of this:

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Produce #1: spinach, carrots for the dogs, basil, baby cucumbers, bok choy, zucchini, strawberries, broccoli/cauliflower bags, red and green bell pepper, squash, snow peas, my carrots (they are skinnier) and spring mix.

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Produce #2: Bananas, onions, avocado, red potatoes, tomatoes and cara cara oranges

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Dairy +: milk, whipped butter, part skim ricotta, 0% plain greek yogurt, italian cheese and turkey (for Matt)

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Meats: Super lean ground beef, chicken sausage in both bulk and links, and stir fry chicken breast

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Pantry #1: Flavored sparkling waters, v8 juice, three new teas (I’m officially tired of mint and need to branch out), worcestershire sauce, refried beans, salsa, ground thyme, chocolate sampler pack (I’ve been eyeing it and it went on clearance!) and clif Z bars.

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Pantry #2: Whole wheat bagels, taco shells, cereal, marinara sauce, crispy onions, bulk cashews, black beans, whole wheat lasagna noodles, whole wheat tortillas, whole wheat bread

So there you have it – we have a few extra items this week to choose from for extra meals, but they will definitely get eaten!

What’s on your meal plan this week? Did you buy any of the same groceries as me?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristina G. January 30, 2012 at 8:11 am

Looks delish! I’m back to tracking this week too. But it looks like you have a great haul!


2 Robin January 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

Optimum Slim w/coupon, I hope!


3 Tori January 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

I really like how you were able to think on the fly at the store(s) this week when they were out of what you had planned! That takes talent. :) Let me know how that lasagna/shell dish turns out- sounds yummy, sans mushrooms of course(blech!!)

This week I am trying a new recipe from Iowa Girl Eats’ blog for Mac N Cheese…hope it is yummy!


4 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean January 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

sounds like you were still able to make it work…but it drives me crazy when the grocery store is out of everything i wanna buy!


5 sarah @ sarah learns January 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

i posted my meal plan this morning too! :) i had a pretty easy shopping week because i used a lot of pantry items plus carried a couple recipes over from last week that we didn’t end up eating.

i like how you decided to roll with your own version of a couple things when you couldn’t find the exact ingredients.


6 Diana @ VeggieNextDoor January 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Sorry to hear grocery shopping was such a bummer. Grocery shopping used to be my favorite thing, but the more I plan, the more the stores seem to let me down! It’s so clear that the stores are laid out in a way to make money, NOT to make shopping easy – I can NEVER find what I’m looking for. My last trip to Whole Foods I had to ask an employee for help about 10 different times! That’s my rant :-)

I’m a little envious of that Chocolate Sampler :-)

Mike’s out of town so my meal plan is cook twice – eat a ton of leftovers (since I actually love leftovers) :)

I hope you squeeze some soup into your plan since you’re sick AND the heat’s out – double whammy!


7 Nicole Rodriguez (@Nicole2112) February 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Catching up on entries from this week. This menu looks awesome and your shopping haul looks full of healthy things. I love it all!


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