Happy New Year Everyone! Its my first blog post of 2013 and I thought I would step away from the typical recipe style `What I Eat Wednesdays’ and bring you all a grocery/meal prepping/money saving type of blog post.
As most of you know I am a college student, and since I am a college student, I don’t have loads of money to spend on food. For this reason I have to be savvey regarding what I buy. I also have to get creative with left overs and meal ideas.
The fact of the matter is, I am pretty repetitive with my meals. I am not one to get bored of chicken, rice and broccoli. Its easy and it works. I see food more as fuel for my body than a pass time. If I have time and extra money I will buy different items to make a special dinner or meal. I get my variety from my weekly to bi-weekly treat dinners out or in.
I provided the list of staple items I get each week below. These items might change depending on if there is a sale on fruit or yogurt. I spend $50.00/wk and am able to have 5 meals a day 7 days a week.
Please keep in mind that I may include items in the meals that are not on my list but would typically be found in a fridge or cabinet. Some food items you can buy and they will last you a few weeks if frozen or refrigerated (bread).
I will also provide approximate price ranges and meal ideas. I am not promising that my meal ideas will be gourmet style but they work for me and could possibly work for you too.
Oh, one more thing, I provided an older video of what my grocery shopping looks like. I normally shop at Walmart and Trader Joe’s. Whole Foods can get a little expensive for me.
Grocery List with approximate price ranges
-1 package of Rolled Oats $5-6
-1 bag of Brown Rice $3.99
-3 Sweet Potatoes $3.00
-1 whole sale package of boneless skinless chicken breast $10
-1 lbs of 96/4 ground beef $5.00
-3 dozen egg box $9.99
-1 Large bag of Frozen Broccoli or mixed veggies $6.00
-1 Mixed Salad $2.99-5.99-depending on brand/size
-Ms Dash Table Blend $3.50
-Scrambled eggs w/ oatmeal
-Veggie Omelete made with frozen veggies, seasoned w Ms. Dash and served with 2 slices of whole wheat toast topped with 1tbsp of all natural peanut butter.
-Protein pancake-made with oats, egg whites, almond milk and protein powder (you can also use cottage cheese in place of the protein powder)
-Grilled Chicken Salad
-Chicken, broccoli served with brown rice and seasoned w Ms.Dash
-Homemade meat balls made with oatmeal, ground beef, onions/peppers, Ms. Dash, served over rice or mashed sweet potato
-Homemade burger-made with ground beef, oatmeal, egg whites, Ms.Dash served over a bed of mixed salad
-Oven roasted chicken served with sweet potato fries and a side mixed salad
-Chicken Stirfry served over brown rice
I hope you all enjoyed this post and my meal ideas. Do any of you have a grocery budget? What are your staple items?