Well, this is the last full week of my Whole30, and I have mixed feelings about it.
On the one hand, I really like eating this way because I’m never hungry. I eat 3 big meals a day instead of 6 small ones, and I feel really good.
On the other hand, I really want to eat yogurt and bread every day, too. Hopefully neither of those is causing my skin problems. March 13th is when I start re-introducing foods, so not long to go!
I have come across some interesting recipes, though. For instance, I’ve never thought about making my own mayo until now. I hardly eat it anyway. But man, this stuff is good. Here’s the recipe– I’ve just been using it to dip everything in as my plated fat, which seems gross but it’s effective!
Our 8-year anniversary is tomorrow (Yay!), but since we can’t properly celebrate yet I’m making a Whole30-compliant steak dinner to enjoy at home. I’m not good at cooking steak (at all). Any good marinade recipes?
Also as a heads-up: We’ve set aside some extra money for groceries this month in case we need it. I’ve been toe-ing the line pretty consistently the past few weeks, and I feel like we just need a little bit more money to carry me through this Whole30. So we have an extra $35 sitting around this month for that reason.
This week I did pretty good, though! Here’s what I was able to buy:
2 gallons milk: $1.58 each
3 dozen eggs: $.58 each
2 packages mushrooms: $1.39 each
Pretzel sticks: $.59
2 packages broccoli crowns: $1.59 each
Green grapes, 1.98 pounds: $1.76
Green bell peppers: $1.99
2 packages zucchini: $1.39 each
Olive oil: $2.49
Pineapple chunks: $.75
Diced tomatoes: $.35
2 bags spinach: $1.19 each
Animal crackers: $1.59, for Allison’s preschool snack
Bananas, 4.62 pounds: $2.04
5 avocados: $.49 each
Greek yogurt: $3.49
Sweet potatoes, 3-pound bag: $2.29
Ground beef tube: $3.39
Canned olives: $1.19
Total: $39.57 after using a $5.00 off coupon
2 dozen eggs: $.59 each
Peanut butter: $1.79
2 red bell peppers: $.99 each
Cacique Queso Fresco: Free from Free Friday Download
Strip steak: $9.50, taking out of our anniversary dinner fund
Swiss Miss hot chocolate: $2.19, for my women’s group
Brown rice, 2-pound bag: $1.29
Red curry paste: $2.67
Coconut milk: $.92, marked down
Canned chickpeas: $.50
King Arthur white whole wheat flour: $3.99
Kroger salad dressing: $1.25
Jell-o box: $1.59, for Allison’s preschool snack
2 bags russet potatoes, 5-pound bags: $1.50 each
Onions, 3-pound bag: $1.50
M&Ms: $.99. Bought that so I could get $4.00 off, haha.
Total: $26.62 after using a $4.00 off coupon I received in the mail
Toilet paper: $19.98
Baking soda: $7.74
Total: $4.22 OOP thanks to a gift card from Fetch Rewards! Sign up here and use the code PV2QH and we’ll both earn 2,000 points when you scan your first receipt!
Weekly Total: $70.41
Lunch is always leftovers. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were purchased in previous weeks.
Red Curry with Chicken (Coconut milk, pineapple, mushrooms, onion, red bell peppers, zucchini)
Anniversary dinner at home: Steak, Au Gratin Potatoes, Dinner Rolls (Both for John and Allison, baked potato for me)
Homemade hamburgers* (Buns in freezer), homemade french fries, frozen broccoli*
Whole30 Chili (Halving recipe), cornbread (for John and Allison)
Frittata (Eggs, ground turkey, green bell peppers, zucchini), fruit
French toast* (Bread in freezer, leftovers for me)
Eggs and veggies
Carrot Pancakes* (Already made previously)
French Toast Casserole using leftover pumpkin bread (See my post on Facebook!)
String cheese*, strawberries, Gogurt*, pretzels with hummus, Chocolate Avocado Chickpea Cookies
What’s on your menu this week? Share in the comments below!
Wednesday 6th of March 2019
I just found your blog a few days ago after searching for frugal recipes. All of the other "frugal" ideas were not really going to save me any more money then I already am. I was hoping to be able to cut costs on our grocery bill even more. I was starting to think that was impossible until I found your blog! I am really enjoy all of your recipes and ideas and I can't wait to see more from you!
Thursday 7th of March 2019
Thank you so much, Robin! I'm glad this blog is giving you new ideas!!!
Monday 4th of March 2019
I tried this marinade once and it was pretty good.
1/2 cup soy sauce 2 TBSP olive oil 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp all-purpose seasoning salt 1/4 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp garlic powder
Add all ingredients in a zip lock bag (you can use a bowl to help keep bag upright.) Seal bag and shake gently to mix, squis it with your hands to mix well. Add steak and marinate 3-6hrs.
Monday 4th of March 2019
Oh man, that sounds amazing! I'm saving that recipe, thanks. =)