My Grocery Cart: Meal Planning

Today I am linking up with Sarah Emily Blogs and her 52 Week Challenge.  I am a little late to the party but super excited to get started.  

I grocery shop every week and have recently started dabbling in coupons.  Coach Husband still works out and eats as if he is a college football player and it takes a lot to fill him up! I attempt to cook every night {except game nights} and we also both take our lunches to work so the grocery store has to be planned out and thought through if we are going to make it until the next week.  

Normally I sit down the night before my grocery store trip and plan out the week's menu and corresponding ingredients.  We always have one night of "leftovers" to help clean out the fridge.  We are also apart of a Community Supported Agriculture or CSA.  Basically we purchase a membership before each growing season that allows us to choose from  what the farmer has available each week and fill up a "box" to pick up at a specific day and time.  While technically this means two stops each week for groceries we have found the CSA to be completely worth it.  On Tuesdays I put in my order with the Home Grown Farm to be picked up on Saturday at the Farmer's Market.  We love buying locally and knowing that are produce and eggs are coming straight from the farm.  Our weekly box changes based on the availability from the harvest which in turns changes our grocery list each week.  Normally we purchase broccoli and eggs from the Home Grown Farm in the winter.  I am excited to see what they will be offering when spring is in full swing. 

In My Cart: 

  • Milk
  • Baby Carrots
  • Pink Lady Apples
  • Spinach
  • Fresh Green Beans
  • Salad (Our favorite is Copy Cat Olive Garden.  One bag Veggie Lover's, one bag Italian)
  • Bananas 
  • Sparkling Lime Water
  • Gallon water jug (I despise tap water)
  • Flavored drink packs for Coach
  • Whole Wheat Bread
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Raisins
  • Sausage
  • Ground Beef
  • Bone-in Pork Chops
  • Fiesta Dip
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Tortillas 

I assign a day to each meal or else it is a hot mess! We have a menu board that hangs in the kitchen to remind us what we need to set out to thaw and give me a look ahead of what I need to be thinking of. 

Meals Plans:

  • Sunday: Baked Potatoes
  • Monday: Oven Fried Chicken/Mashed Potatoes/Red Pepper Green Beans
  • Tuesday: Concession Stand Food--Basketball Playoff game
  • Wednesday: Tacos/Fiesta Dip
  • Thursday: Slow Cooker Smothered Pork Chops/Steamed Broccoli/Long Grain Wild Rice
  • Friday: leftovers
  • Saturday: Sausage & Potato Casserole/Sweet Corn
our menu board hangs in our kitchen to help keep me on track.

our menu board hangs in our kitchen to help keep me on track.

Lunches for Coach always consist of Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches (yes that is plural) and I tend to take leftovers from the night before.  

Since starting Plexus we have stopped buying "sweet things" to keep at home.  What used to be normal everyday items we would eat is now something we only have on occasion.  We keep a bag of Hershey's Kisses in the pantry for when we just have to have something!  

What are some of your go-to meals?  Are you a planner or do you wing it?