• CNC Meal Plan: Week of November 25

    November 25, 2012

    For the first time in months, our weekly grocery shopping came in under budget! Woohoo!

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    Coupons and in-store sales helped, but the main reason for coming in under budget was because we didn’t need to buy as much meat— thanks to the 25-pounds of grass-fed beef in our freezer!

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    Right after I published my Grocery Q & A post, a local reader contacted me about purchasing grass-fed beef from a family farm in Ohio, which he would then deliver right to our front door. The cost worked out to be only $6.85/pound (a lot less than Whole Foods) and we’d get a variety of cuts (thick steaks, ground beef, roasts and/or stew meat), so it sounded like a great deal and now we’re set with grass-fed beef for at least a couple of months. Sweet!

    Here’s this week’s meal plan and shopping list:

    Grocery shopping list*:

    • Bananas
    • Almond milk
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Tomatoes
    • Bacon
    • Baby carrots
    • Deli turkey
    • Deli cheese
    • Chicken thighs
    • Green bell pepper
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Broccoli
    • Eggs
    • Tortillas
    • Eggnog
    • Cream cheese
    • Rotel
    • Shredded cheese
    • Pesto
    • Spinach
    • Onion
    • Coleslaw mix
    • Tomato sauce
    • Pistachios
    • Tortilla chips
    • Pepperoni

    *My shopping list doesn’t include all of the ingredients necessary to make the above meals. For a complete list, please see the individual recipes linked above.

    P.S. You still have time to enter my giveaway to win $100 cash! I will pick a winner tomorrow morning!

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    luv what you do November 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I’m so impressed that you have already made it to the store. I was just going to start discussing with my BF what we want to eat for the week. I home I end up under budget but considering how empty our fridge is, I”m not too hopeful : )

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    Cate November 25, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Great deal on the beef. I’d love to purchase a quarter cow but I don’t have the freezer space. I love beef and broccoli! Sounds yum!

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    Mabelle@ Dance, Love, Dine November 25, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Food prep is on my agenda for today! I went grocery shopping last night and spent way too much and bought barely any meat. :/

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    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } November 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Awww I miss ‘make your own’ taco nights! As a single gal every time I make taco’s it’s ‘make your own’ lol.

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    Jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com November 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Like you I generally go over budget, so it’s definitely a reason to celebrate when I don’t! Lately I’ve been buying more frozen fish rather than fresh which has helped me save a bit, but it’s frustrating that you seem to get penalised for eating healthy, unprocessed foods as they cost so much more. Got to try that Gingery Beef!

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace November 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I wish we had somewhere to buy cheaper grass fed beef. I stocked up when Whole Foods had their sale for 4.99/lb. $6.85 is a steal!

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    mary matheson November 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Tina, can anyone order grass fed beef from the same farm as you did? Let us know, I’m interested.

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    Tina November 25, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Where do you live?

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    laine November 26, 2012 at 7:23 am

    @Tina: I have the same question. I’m in Hingham.

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    Will November 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    @laine: @laine: E-mail GrassFedNE@gmail.com for details.

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    Tina November 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    THANK YOU! :)

    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Wing it two nights in a row? I love it!!!! Sounds like a great week and the pesto potatoes sound delish!!

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    Candice@allthingsyogi.com November 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    It is so hard to stick to a grocery budget. I have been managing it better the last few week, but deffinitely difficult!

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    Kristin November 25, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Hey Tina, I just had to comment that you mentioned that your grocery bill came in under budget because you didn’t have to buy as much meat and that’s so true. I gave up all meat over a year ago and I am loving the effect it has had on my grocery bills, and more importantly, how I feel. I still eat fish and dairy so my diet can remain very varied, but vegetarian staples such as beans, tofu, eggs, quinoa, etc., with a ton of veggies added to them, make great meal substitutes for meat, and delicious dinners. I am always making a massive amount of healthy vegetarian soups and veggie dishes each week and find that my grocery bill really stays low. Your meal plan for the week is very meat-heavy (I consider chicken a meat); maybe you should consider going vegetarian a few days a week.

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    Fit Missy November 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Your list is very similar to my shopping list! :)

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    Julie November 25, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Awesome! I love when the reality is under budget. As a Clevelander, what farm is it? I wonder if they are closeby to me :-)

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    Will November 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    @Julie: The farm is located in Columbiana, OH, just over an hour from Cleveland, OH.

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    Jackie White November 26, 2012 at 12:27 am

    I just finished watching Food, Inc., so this post is great timing. We live in MA and I was wondering where to buy grass-fed beef.

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    Will November 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    @Jackie White: E-mail GrassFedNE@gmail.com for details. Food, Inc… That movie will scare anybody into eating clean!

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    Becki November 26, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Can you share the name of the farm? I live in Ohio and would love to support one of our farmers. Thanks!

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    Tina November 26, 2012 at 7:57 am

    It’s the Harman Family Farm.

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    Will November 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    @Becki: The farm is located in Columbiana, OH. Not sure where you are located but E-mail GrassFedNE@gmail.com and I can see about connecting you with the farmer, Chris Harman.

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    Ali @ Peaches and Football November 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    What a great find on the beef! I love it when I grocery shop and come in under budget. That didn’t happen this week though, I was waaaaaay over. :)

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    Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles November 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Very nice. Grocery shopping is on my list as well. Need to be focused about it though.

    The Kidless Kronicles

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    Di November 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I was slightly over last week, but on track for the month in total. However this week I think I’ll be under :) Mainly because I planned ALL our meals for the first time in WEEKS, mostly because we are going away soon on vacation and I want to use the items in the fridge etc.

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