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Category: From My Kitchen

10 Days of Salads

Want to eat more salads, even on a budget? These are GREAT ideas!

Want to eat more fresh vegetables? I shared earlier this week how I eat 2 salads each day. (If you missed that post, read it here.)

Since I’m a visual person, I thought it would be fun to take pictures of my salads every day for two weeks to show you examples of what my daily salads look like. I hope this inspires you to maybe eat more salads — or to see that it doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming to eat healthfully.

Spinach, leftover $0.99 pineapple from dinner the night before, and some Swiss Cheese from last week’s Sargento cheese deal

Arugula, marked down apple, marked down avocado, and a hard-boiled egg.

Marked down mixed organic greens, roasted broccoli from dinner the night before, hard boiled egg, and a marked down apple

Marked down mixed organic greens, leftover Sweet Potato Fries from the night before, and a hard boiled egg

Leftover refried beans and cheese from dinner the night before, marked down romaine, marked down tomatoes, a side of chips

Marked down mixed organic greens, wonton strips, hard boiled egg, and a drizzle of dressing

Marked down romaine, toast cut up for “croutons”, dried cranberries

Marked down romaine, marked down pork loin roast leftover from dinner the night before, hard boiled egg

Marked down romaine, marked down tomatoes, marked down sour cream, marked down turkey that we made into taco meat, sprinkled with cheese

Marked down romaine, hard boiled egg, leftover kielbasa from dinner the night before

What are YOUR favorite toppings for salads? I’d love to hear!

We spent $66 on groceries this week!

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

I was so happy with all of the groceries we got this past week. And I was especially excited to realize we now have 25 pounds of meat in the freezer and a pantry that is really, really full. All that has been stockpiled a little bit at a time on our $70 grocery budget.

An Important Note for Those Who Are Feeling Frustrated

Some of you have been frustrated recently that I share my groceries because you don’t have Kroger. Here’s what I want to encourage you with: instead of being frustrated, focus on what you CAN do. I’ve lived without a Kroger and been able to still have a small grocery budget. It just takes a can-do creative attitude… and a willingness to do the best you can with the time and resources you have.

A few tips for beginners:

  • If you’re new to trying to cut your grocery bill, start by having a grocery budget, working on sticking with it, and planning a menu based upon simple, inexpensive meals.
  • Then, step it up, by planning your meals based upon what is on sale at the store and what you have on hand.
  • Next, pay attention to why items are at their lowest prices and start setting aside a little bit of your grocery budget to stock up on items when they are at their lowest prices.
  • The more you do this, the easier it will get to lower your grocery budget and slowly build a stockpile of food that you got at a discount!

Here’s what we bought at the grocery store this past week:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1

  • Romaine lettuce — marked down to $1.29
  • Spinach — $2.99
  • Lemon juice — $2.59
  • Loaf of bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Milk — $2.49
  • Total with tax: $8.85 

I spent $3 on this Harry’s Shaving Bundle (I forgot to add this into my grocery budget last week, so I’m adding it here.). I was super impressed with the razor and have been using it all week.

Walgreens Shopping Trip

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 3 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1.50/3 coupon that printed last time I went to the store = $1.29 each after coupon
  • 4 tubs of Fage & Simple Truth yogurt — marked down to $0.49 each
  • 3 tubs of Moose Tracks yogurt — marked down to $0.19 each
  • Pita bread — marked down to $1.29
  • Land O’ Lakes butter — $2.99
  • Pork Roast — marked down to $4.99
  • Cousin Willie’s Kettle Corn — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 half gallons of Apple Cider — marked down to $0.50 each
  • Baking Powder — $1.19
  • Ocean Spray Pink Grapefruit Juice — $1.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $0.99
  • Total with tax: $22.29

Kroger Shopping Trip #3

(I was almost out of lettuce for my two salads a day, so Jesse ran by Kroger when he was out and found two bags marked down for me!)

  • 2 bags of Kroger Romaine — marked down to $1.29 each
  • Total with tax: $2.74

Speaking of salads, I’ve gotten a lot of comments and messages about the fact that I’ve mentioned that I eat two salads a day in recent weeks.

So I decided to show people practically what this looks like for me. I’ve been posting my lunch salad on Instagram stories — and I’m loving that it’s inspiring so many of you to also eat more salads!

Wondering how I make my salads? It’s usually a bed of Romaine or dark greens I’ve gotten marked down at Kroger (these are pre-washed and ready to go so I literally just stick them on my plate) topped with whatever odds and ends I find in the fridge (other marked down veggies, fruit, leftover steamed or roasted veggies from dinner the night before, a hard boiled egg —we make a batch in bulk in the Instant Pot each week, or leftover meat from last night’s dinner.)

It typically takes me no more than 3 minutes to put together my lunch salad. Who says eating healthfully has to take a bunch more time?

And then for dinner, I usually just put the main dish on a bed of lettuce. That might sound gross to you, but I’ve gotten so used to it that it doesn’t bother me at all.

I feel so much healthier and energetic when I eat a lot of salads and fresh fruits and veggies, so I’ve worked to find creative ways to make more salad eating possible without spending a lot of time and money to do so.

Also, for those who are wondering, I rarely ever use dressing. Yes, I know, that might sound crazy but it’s true!

Kroger Shopping Trip #4:

  • Capri Sun — $1.79 when you buy 6 participating items, used $0.60/1 coupon Kroger had sent me recently, $1.19 after coupon
  • Bananas — $1.30
  • 5 cans of Red Gold Tomatoes — $0.39 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 bag oranges/apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 18-count Simple Truth Cage Free brown eggs — $3.49, used $1/1 Kroger Digital coupon = $2.49
  • Cabo Guacamole — $2.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $3/1 coupon = Free after coupon
  • 2 bags of Goldfish — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 3 boxes of Creamette pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/3 coupon that Kroger sent me recently = $0.47 for all three
  • Kroger Purified Water — $0.79
  • Total with tax = $12.13

Kathrynne and I made Homemade Pizza for Friday night and I showed her how we used to make pizza when Jesse was in law school and we’d only buy one bag of chicken every other week most weeks (that would typically be the only meat we’d be able to afford in our budget), so we’d just put a tiny bit of meat on the pizza usually (see example above).

It was good to remember those days. I never want to forget and I want our kids to know this part of our story.

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here. ?

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Cheese/Crackers, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Fend for yourself (snack-y dinner)
  • Monday — Cracker Barrel for dinner for Kathrynne’s birthday
  • Tuesday — Pork Roast, Oreida Fries, Roasted Broccoli
  • Wednesday — Baked Chicken, Peas, Pineapple, Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Thursday — Kielbasa, Peas, Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Friday — Homemade Pizza, pineapple
  • Saturday — Leftovers

Total spent on groceries: $66.12

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: 125 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards + $1 back from iBotta for buying bread, milk. water, and scanning a receipt.

We Spent $70 at Walgreens, Publix, and Kroger last week

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

A number of you have been asking if I can go to stores other than Kroger… and so I’m going to try to make that happen, if it works out in our schedule and there’s a good enough deal warrant going to Publix or Walgreens or CVS or Sprouts or Aldi. We’ll see!

(As most of you know, I drive by multiple Kroger stores on an almost-daily basis. So it makes it SO easy to pop in there. Most of the other stores require going out of my way a little to shop at them, so that’s why you don’t see me shop at them as often. Plus, I’m just so familiar with Kroger and usually find such great deals there, that it’s hard for me to sometimes want to go to other stores!)

This week, Jesse and I were right by Publix and Walgreens one of the days and I had a few minutes, so I ran in to get a few deals. Plus, I went to Kroger three different times.

Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1 (pictured above):

  • Back to Nature Cookies — $2.99 — used $1/1 printable + $2/2 coupon that had printed for me at Kroger recently = $0.99 each + submitted for 3 $1/1 Ibotta rebates = free after coupons and rebates
  • Bai Bubbles — free with Free Friday coupon
  • 3 bags of Simple Truth organic tortilla chips — $1.49, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.99 each
  • Lemon Juice — $2.49
  • 1 bag Simple Truth frozen veggies — $1.29, used $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (can be used 5 times per transaction) = $0.79
  • 1 bag of apples — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of peppers + radishes — marked down to $0.99
  • 1 bag of sweet potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax = $12.56

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • Colgate MaxFresh — $1.99 when you buy 6 participating items, used $2/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = Free after coupon
  • 5 packages of Cheese — $2.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Kroger half & half — $1.79
  • Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer — marked down to $0.29 (I don’t think I’ve ever tried this before and I am loving it in my tea, especially at this crazy price!)
  • Kroger Unbleached Flour — $1.49
  • Kroger Whole Wheat Flour — $1.99
  • 5 cans of Simple Truth Organic Refried Beans — $1.19 each, used $0.40/1 Kroger Digital Coupon (can be used up to 5 times per transaction) = $0.79 each
  • 4 pounds of ground turkey — marked down to $1.99 per pound
  • Romaine Lettuce — marked down to $0.50
  • Dole Salad Kit — marked down to $0.89
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s Hot Sauce — free after Kroger Digital Coupon
  • 1 bag of tomatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Total with tax: $37.28

Pineapple and blackberries are just $0.99 at Kroger right now!

I was super excited to find these tomatoes just $0.39 per can when you buy 5 participating items at Kroger!

Publix Shopping Trip:

Hershey Gold & Pretzel Candy (10-ounce bag) – $4.19
Buy One, Get One Free Sale
Used 2 $2/1 printables
$0.10 each after sale and coupons

*Note: If you don’t live in the land of true BOGO, you can buy just one bag at $2.10 and get it for $0.10. If your store is true BOGO, you’ll have to buy two bags and use two coupons to get the price of $0.10 per bag!

Publix Shopping Trip Total with tax: $0.60

Walgreens Shopping Trip:

3 Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent – $1.99
Used 3 $1/1 printable
$0.99 each after coup

Walgreens Shopping Trip Total with tax: $3.55

Kroger Shopping Trip #3:

  • 2 bags of clementines — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios — $1.79 each when you buy 6 participating items, used $1/2 Kroger Digital Coupon, $1.29 each after coupon
  • 4 cans of Red Gold tomatoes — $0.39 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 can Bumble Bee tuna — $0.79 when you buy 6 participating items
  • 1 carton of sour cream — marked down to $0.49
  • 1 pineapple — $0.99
  • 3 boxes of Creamette pasta — $0.49 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • 2 bags of Goldfish crackers — $0.99 each when you buy 6 participating items
  • Kroger sandwich bags — $1.49
  • Kroger gallon bags — $1.99
  • Total with tax: $16.36

Kathrynne signed up for birthday freebies since it’s her birthday week and when she signed up for Krispy Kreme she got a coupon for a completely free DOZEN doughnuts!! Needless to say, we’ve all been enjoying those! I may or may not have had one for breakfast! 😉

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here. ?

Breakfasts:

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Cheese Quesadillas, Cheese/Crackers, Hard Boiled Eggs, Salad, Leftovers, Clementines, Cookies

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Frozen Pizza, salad
  • Monday — Leftovers, apples, chips & salsa
  • Tuesday — Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, Roasted Broccoli
  • Wednesday — Brats, Sweet Potato Fries, salad
  • Thursday — Refried beans with cheese, chips, lettuce (sort of a meatless build-your-own taco salad)
  • Friday — Dinner at Chipotle for Kathrynne’s birthday (we had some of her friends over), brownies
  • Saturday — Snack-y dinner (fend for yourself)

Total spent on groceries: $70.35

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: $3 from Ibotta for buying Back to Nature and 150 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards.

What I bought for $60 at the grocery store this week!

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links and we will be compensated if you click through and sign up. Read our disclosure policy here.

I got some GREAT deals at Kroger this week. Unlike most weeks, where I run into Kroger a few different times as I’m driving by. This week, I only went to Kroger once… and I got quite a haul of groceries!

I was really excited about the Kroger chicken deal we posted that was available on Friday and Saturday only. I got 5 bags and stuck them in the freezer and we should have enough chicken to last us for the next few weeks.

I saw this hot deal on Miracle Maize Corn Bread & Muffin Mix over on Kroger Krazy. Download the $1.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon and then you can get a box for as low $0.35!

Did you see this great deal on Simple Truth veggies? They are priced at $1.29 each and there is a $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon that you can use up to five times per transaction. That makes these just $0.79 each for organic veggies!

And there is currently the best deal on cereal I’ve seen in a long time! We posted all the details here.

And there’s also a great deal on Simple Truth veggies? They are priced at $1.49 each and there is a $0.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon that you can use up to five times per transaction. That makes these just $0.99 each for organic tortilla chips!

I got a small cart at Kroger because I thought it would be plenty big enough to hold the groceries I was planning to buy. I guess I may have under-estimated the deals I was going to find! 😉

Kroger Shopping Trip

Total spent on groceries: $60.97

Psst! Need some help with cutting your grocery budget? Check out my series: 5 Days to a Better Grocery Budget.

Cashback earned this week: $1.50 from Ibotta for buying Kellogg’s + submitting receipt and 25 points for submitting my receipt to Fetch rewards.

Have you signed up yet?

It’s the LAST DAY of the Eat at Home Challenge. I’m sad for it to come to an end, but it’s been fun to get to hang out with you on Facebook and to get so many great recipe ideas and inspiration from you all!

I wanted to remind you that today is also the very last day to get a subscription to Eat at Home Menu Planning service for 30% off! If you haven’t taken advantage of this deal yet and have been meaning to, this is your gentle reminder that you need to run over and purchase — because the deal ends at midnight!

I’m just loving getting these messages from those of you who are signing up:

My Top 3 Reasons I Love Eat at Home

  1. My favorite thing about the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service is that — unlike many other menu plan services — you don’t have to pick one menu plan — you get access to four complete menu plans every single week. Yes, that’s right!
  2. I also LOVE that the plans were put together with busy families in mind — and many of the recipes can be made in less than 15 minutes.
  3. Finally, the recipes are GOOD! Someone asked this morning on Facebook Live whether we like all of the recipes and I could genuinely say that we typically love 50% of them, that we like 40-45% of them, and there are just 5-10% that aren’t necessarily ones we like. I think that’s pretty impressive considering we’re feeding 5 people here who have different palates!

Last Night’s Dinner:

Last night, we had Chicken Curry in the Crockpot. It was my first time making Chicken Curry and I was so happy with how it turned out!

Everyone liked it and it reminded us of our time in India last year. (We had the kids try their hand at eating without silverware since that’s the way they eat Chicken Curry in India!)

What I Made Today:

Today’s recipe was Chicken Tortilla Soup. It was a simple recipe and the only extra work required was to cook the chicken. We did that yesterday (I like to bake chicken instead of boil it; it’s so much more tender!).

I’m excited to try the recipe out tonight — it smells so delicious!

If you want to watch me make it on on live video, here you go:

 

On the Fence About Purchasing?

Many of you have already purchased the Eat at Home menu-planning service and have written to tell me you are excited about all of the time and effort and money you are going to save with it.

But others of you are still sitting on the fence and wondering whether it’s worth the investment. And I totally get that.

I don’t want you to spend your hard-earned money on something that isn’t going to be a great fit for you. But I also don’t want you to miss this opportunity to get such a great deal… because this deal only comes around two times per year and it’s the lowest price that you’ll ever find this menu-planning service.

If you’re on the fence about purchasing, I want to help you out. Here are three steps I encourage you to take to make sure this is for you:

1. Leave a Comment… I’m Here to Answer Your Questions!

I will be checking comments here this afternoon and evening and am happy to answer your questions about the Eat at Home menu-planning service. Just leave a comment and ask whatever questions you have.

I’ll personally do my best to answer your question or to find out the answer for you! And trust me, I will be incredibly honest with you and let you know if I don’t think this menu-planning service is a good fit for you.

2. Download the Sample Menus

Want to see some samples of what the Eat at Home menu-plan service is like? You can view a sample menu plan for each of the 4 different menu plans you’ll get when you sign up for this service. Just go here to check out the sample menu plans here.

3. Try it Out for Two Weeks

Eat at Home offers a full two-week money-back guarantee. So if you think the service might work for you but you’re not sure, I recommend that you go ahead and signed up and try it out for a week to see if it will work. If it doesn’t, you can just email in and ask for your money back — no questions asked!

Have Picky Eaters?

Someone asked in the Eat at Home Facebook Group whether the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service would work if you have picky eaters. I can’t promise or guarantee you anything, but here were some of the responses:

You can go here to read the rest of the responses to this question.

What You Get When You Sign Up

When you sign up for the Eat at Home Menu plan service (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Go sign up here — and use coupon code NEW at checkout to get 30% off! That makes the annual plan just $1.13 per week!

And don’t forget, if you have any questions about the Eat at Home Menu Plan service, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer your question promptly!

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P.S. Don’t forget, the Eat at Home Menu Plan service is only on sale until tonight at midnight! Use coupon code NEW at checkout to get 30% off — that’s the lowest price you’ll get this year! Find more details on these fantastic menu plans here.

Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, we will receive a commission — at no additional cost to you! Thank you for your support.

Want to see a sample menu? Plus, chicken curry in the crockpot!

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

I’ve loved doing this Eat at Home Challenge with you and seeing all of the things you are cooking and hearing how this is helping you to save money and eat more dinners at home. Tomorrow is the last day of the challenge — and it’s also the day that the really fantastic price on the Eat at Home Menu plan service ends.

What You Get When You Sign Up

My favorite thing about the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service is that you don’t have to pick one menu plan — you get access to four complete menu plans every single week. Yes, that’s right!

When you sign up for the plan (it’s just a few dollars per week — or less!), each month, you’ll get:

You can choose to stick with just the traditional menu plan or just the slow cooker menu plan or just the whole foods menu plan or just the no flour, no sugar menu plan. Or, you can rotate different menu plans on different weeks, depending upon what you feel like cooking or how much time you have!

Want to See Some Sample Menu Plans?

If you have been considering signing up for the Eat at Home menu plan service but are still on the fence, I wanted to let you know that you can view a sample menu plan for each of the 4 different menu plans you’ll get when you sign up for this service. Go check out the sample menu plans here.

I love this menu-planning service and highly recommend it — especially if you struggle to come up with the time and inspiration to make your own menus.

I’m loving all the messages I’m getting from those of you who are signing up for the service and are excited about it:

Get the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service for as Low as $1.13 per Week!

If you struggle to make menu plans and would love for someone to make them for you + make a grocery list for you, it’s well worth spending a few dollars every week to let Eat at Home do the work for you.

Through Tuesday only (January 15, 2018), when you sign up for their plan (either the monthly plan, the quarterly plan, or the yearly plan) you can get 30% off by using coupon code NEW at checkout.

That makes the done-for-you menu plans and grocery lists as low as $1.13 per week. And you get access to all four plans and the freezer cooking plans for the whole month at the rate!

Go sign up for this incredible menu-planning service here!

(Oh and they have a fantastic two-week money-back guarantee if you think you want to try it out but aren’t sure whether it will work for you or not!)

Friday Night’s Dinner:

Friday night’s dinner was Beef Fajitas and it was a HIT! Everyone loved it — definitely a recipe we’d make again and again!

What I Made Today:

I made Chicken Curry in the crockpot today. I have actually never made curry before, but we ate a LOT of it when it visited India twice last year. So I’m excited to see how this turns out!

If you want to watch me make it on on live video, here you go:

I’ll let you know what we thought of the recipe! I think it’s going to be yummy!

Thanks for joining me in this challenge. If you want to share what you cooked today, head over here to the Facebook Group and leave a comment and tell us!

P.S. Don’t forget, the Eat at Home Menu Plan service is only on sale until tomorrow at midnight! Use coupon code NEW at checkout to get 30% off — that’s the lowest price you’ll get this year! Find more details on these fantastic menu plans here.