Okay, so I found out last week that just by prepping my breakfasts and snacks for work in the beginning of the week, I set myself up for success all week long! Well, this week I decided to do it again plus dinners!
I discovered a new website/blog called skinnytaste.com. She has TONS of yummy recipes, many of which are super easy, healthy, and have very few ingredients. She (and many of her readers) claim that many of her recipes are kid and husband approved (her husband seems to be like mine, who is a little picky and a BIG carnivore).
So, I chose 4 dinners, 2 snacks, and 2 side dishes to make this week. I'm only cooking for my husband and I, so I'm sure we'll have leftovers for lunches and dinner one night. I've got a few go-to recipes just in case that doesn't happen, though.
So the dinner recipes I am going to make this week are:
1. Skinny Chicken Fajitas
2. Quinoa and Spinach Patties
3. Skinny Italian Turkey Meatballs (which we will be making into Italian Meatball Subs)
4. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
The side recipes I'll be making are:
1. Zucchini Tots
2. Lemon Asparagus Couscous Salad with Tomatoes
The snack recipes I'll be making are:
1. Superfood Triple Berry Chia Pudding
2. Frozen Banana Popsicles
For breakfast, I usually eat berries with greek yogurt. Snacks are usually Blue Diamond Nut Thins (rice and nut crackers) with salsa, grapes, baby carrots, and watermelon.
At the grocery store I work at, they have an app where you can build your grocery list right in your phone and if you choose your home store, it'll even sort your list by aisle, so you can just grab your groceries and go! This is a great feature for me because I tend to by things I don't need, but always wanted to try on impulse. This app really helps me by only what I need. It also gives me the current price of everything so I can budget! And that way when I check out, there are no surprises and I know exactly how much I'm spending without having to carry around a calculator.
I went through the ingredients for each recipe and wrote down everything I don't currently have (which is most of it) and total cost for the whole week (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) for both my husband and I is about $110, which I don't think is that bad. That's about $55 each, about $11/day (I usually don't figure Sunday or Monday because that's our "weekend" and we usually don't plan ahead for weekend meals--we usually just eat whatever is left over in the fridge/cupboards).
So, I am hoping for a great week this week! My goal of no "cheat" meals for 30 days is going great! Just finished day 5 and looking forward to day 6!