Yesterday I woke up nice and early (I seriously can’t sleep past 6:30 anymore) to finish cleaning the house before heading to the grocery store to stock up on some foods for the week. As a grad student I’m on a pretty tight budget and always looking to find healthy real food options at a good price.
One of my favorite places to shop for inexpensive groceries is Aldi. I know most of their produce isn’t organic, but it is really reasonably priced and allows me to eat whole foods all week. All of the food I got for the week was only $36. $36 for a week’s worth of groceries sounds like a good deal to me (I also have some pantry stables not included in this such as quinoa, gluten free oats, beans, coconut oil, coffee and coconut milk). Some of the good finds this week included strawberries and blueberries, a big bag of apples, kiwi, grapes, tomatoes and pumpkin.
In addition to the fruit’s I also picked up a bunch of vegetables. The vegetable finds included broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, green beans, bell peppers, asparagus, mushrooms.
In addition to the foods pictured above I also stopped at TJ’s and got eggs, sandwich meat and cajun turkey sausage. I did not purchase any dairy, cheeses or yogurt this week. I am going to try removing dairy and see if it helps with my stomach that has been bothering me again.
After putting away the groceries i headed to the barn to ride G. It’s always fun to hang out with Jen and ride at the barn. When I got home I roasted up some of the veggies that I had picked up to eat with dinner and save in the fridge to add to meals during the week. I did salt and pepper on the asparagus, garlic powder on the cauliflower, red pepper flakes on the cabbage. All were roasted at 400F for 30 minutes. I know it’s strange but I kind of like when my roast veggies are a little burnt.
Dinner was possibly one of the ugliest one’s I have eaten in a long time. I had roast cabbage and cauliflower with mushrooms and a dippy egg cooked in coconut oil. At least the yolk of the egg had some color to it because the rest of it sure didn’t. I love egg sauce! Yup, that’s what it’s called.
After dinner it started to thunder outside. Thunder means that Bentley must get as close as he possibly can. He ‘helped’ me write this post before we called it a early night and headed to bed. I’m hoping to stay on track with getting to sleep on time this week, I need lots of energy to power through my nightly workouts after a long day of work.
Do you grocery shop on a budget? If so do you have any tips for others?
I know many people say that you eat with your eyes first, do you ever eat and enjoy ugly meals? I love ugly meals! Oatmeal is one of my favorites and let’s be honest, that just never looks good.