CNC Meal Plan: Week of November 25

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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.

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25 Comments

  1. 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 : )

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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