It’s Saturday, so that means grocery shopping at our house. Before embarking on this Whole 30 Challenge, we often found ourselves stopping by the grocery store 4 or 5 times per week. Sometimes more. Thanks to some necessary planning head however, we’ve now got it down to one big shop per week, plus a trip to the butcher.
Before we left the house today, I used my white board to create a list of what I want to cook for the next week, looked at what I needed, compared it to what we already had on hand and made my list accordingly. Here’s what it looked like:
|Day||Item to Make||Ingredients I have||Ingredients I need|
|Sunday||Stew||Beef, venison, onions, garlic, rutabaga, carrots, yams, broth, spices||Turnips, parsnips|
|Salsa||Tomatoes, green peppers, onions, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste||Jalapeno pepper|
|Salads||Grapefruit, peppers, carrots||Lettuce, fennel, peas, cabbage|
|Egg Casserole||Eggs, portobello mushrooms, spinach, turkey sausage, ground turkey|
|Dressing||Apple cider vinegar, walnut oil, Dijon, spices||Apples, avocado|
|Kale chips||Olive oil||Kale|
|Tuesday||Chicken fingers||Chicken breast, coconut, coconut milk, spices|
|Cucumber salad||Cucumbers, ACV||Light olive oil (to make fresh batch of mayo)|
|Wednesday||Sheppard’s pie||Carrots, broth, coconut flour, spices||Cauliflower, *ground beef, beans, peas|
|Egg Casserole||*ground beef|
there you go, the last column became our grocery list for today and the table itself goes on the fridge for easy refernce when cooking. Handy, since I rarely follow recipes.
The beef I’ll get at the butcher on Tuesdays (when it’s freshest) and the fish I’ll buy fresh on the way home that night, but otherwise we’ve managed to pare our shopping trips from shopping 4 – 5 times per week, with cooking and cleaning every night, to shopping once a week, cooking 4 and having a full 3 nights out of the kitchen, while still having a fridge full of tasty Whole 30 approved meals whenever we’re hungry. We think it’s brilliant. You can use the framework of our plan. Fill in your favorite dishes and customize your own menu plan and grocery list.
Do you have time-saving tips to help make eating healthy easier? We’d love to hear them!