Earlier today I was watching a YouTube video about a $120 grocery haul from Aldi. I was intrigued because although I don’t typically spend that amount on groceries, I always like to watch grocery hauls to get more meal and snack ideas. Well, her video basically included a bunch of snacks and ingredients for literally ONE meal. I was discouraged because I thought, “seriously? $120 and ONE meal idea out of all that?” I get it, not everyone has time to cook dinner every single night, especially if you’re a mom. Honestly my meal plans don’t look perfectly planned out every single week. Sometimes “grab-and-go” is more your style, whether you have kids or not, and that is perfectly fine. I am always an advocate for finding what works best for you.
For me, cooking is basically a hobby. I’ve said before how being in the kitchen is my little nightly “getaway” where I can watch a YouTube video or listen to a podcast while I’m cooking. I am also home during the day and usually have the time to cook before I go to work (and sometimes I leave Jack instructions and HE will make dinner) So, for someone like me, those types of ‘haul’ videos and posts can bum me out, because what I thought was going to be a realistic grocery haul & meal ideas was something that wouldn’t really work for my family. So, for this post I have my Trader Joe’s receipt and meal plan next to me, and I wanted to share a realistic shopping list, prices of everything, as well as our 3-meals-a-day meal plan from Monday to Friday. Everything on this list is easy enough to make regardless of how much time you have in the day. Some of them could even be prepped ahead of time, so all you’d need to do is toss it in the oven/onto the stove. Hope you enjoy!
(good substitute for these is the Trader Joe’s pappardelle noodles but they were out)
(I don’t like buying TJ’s bread because it seems to spoil quickly – you do you!)