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Whole30 Foodlog – Day 5

I packed leftovers for Matt’s meals today, but I am sick with a bad head cold and the only thing that has really been appealing is soup.  So soup it has been. all. day. long.

Breakfast: half an apple with a dollop of almond butter, bowl of soup (homemade stock, crumbled leftover pork and veggie meatballs, chopped greens, salt and pepper, fresh lemon juice, and a whole bunch of crushed red pepper – spicy food makes me happy when I’m sick), coffee with coconut milk

Lunch: soup again with a little bit of avocado, monkey salad, hot tea

Dinner: soup again with some rosemary roasted red potatoes cooked with homemade ghee, more tea


Whole30 Foodlog – Day 4

Tuesdays are our hardest day to eat healthy because we are so busy.  When I got home, all I wanted to do was order a pizza for dinner, but I didn’t!

Breakfast: half an apple, almond butter, slice of frittata, coffee with coconut milk.  Took a picture of this one, but for some reason it refuses to upload.

Lunch:  lunch on the go – carrots and tomatoes with guac, apple with almond butter, a few meatballs, half a coffee black.  (Ick!)  No time for a picture.


Dinner: Roasted eggplant slices, hamburger topped with roasted red pepper spread, roasted garlic cauliflower, kiwi and orange with fresh mint



Day Three

Note to self: read the whole book.  Turns out I may need to modify the diet since I don’t have my gallbladder.  Switching to four smaller meals a day to see if I don’t feel so sick in the afternoons.

Breakfast: Egg and veggie scramble with a teeny bit of prosciutto, half an apple, dollop of almond butter, coffee with coconut milk.


Lunch: Homemade twist on Tom Kha soup.  Plenty of protein and veggies, but light on fat, so I topped with some avocado and raw cashews.  Added another cup of coffee with coconut milk since I needed one after spending the morning at the Dr.’s office.


Snack: Piece of fruit with a smear of almond butter and a few warmed up meatballs (made with lots of veggies). No picture.

Dinner: Slice of vegetable frittata, scoop of guac, 1/2 piece of fruit. No picture.

Felt a lot better with 4 smaller meals today.  I’ll try to do this more.

Whole30 Foodlog – Day 2

Day Two

I made a meal plan before we began, but so far haven’t followed it one bit.  Flying by the seat of my pants is going okay so far, but I know I need to do a better job of sticking to the plan after this weekend.  Besides, the amount of mess and dirty dishes I am producing is astounding – yikes!

Breakfast: banana with coconut and raw cashews, sauteed kale, one egg, two meatballs, guacamole, fresh tomatoes, coffee with coconut milk.20160131_094409-001


Chicken tenders dredged in almond meal and spices then cooked in coconut oil, wilted kale and fresh tomato salad dressed with lemon juice and olive oil, steamed asparagus with lemon juice, red potato with coconut oil.


Dinner: Feeling so queasy again before dinner time.  Another “monkey salad” in the car after taking A to AWANA, then home for a simple chicken and veggie soup.  (I had cooked and shredded a chicken and used the carcass to make broth.)  Topped with avocado and lime juice.



Whole30 Foodlog – Day 1

So…it’s been years since I posted here, having mostly migrated over to Facebook and Pinterest.  We’re attempting a Whole30 challenge this month and I know I need somewhere to keep myself accountable, so I figured since this blog was still in existence, I would use it to record our food, instead of swamping Facebook with 100s of photos of food.  This site is easier to avoid, if you want to. 😉

I am just figuring out this Whole30 thing, so I’m sure I will make mistakes and not follow the recommendations correctly, but I’m trying.  So here our our attempts.

Day One

Doing some batch cooking today.  I know myself and our schedule, so know we will need some go-to items in the freezer that will make fast meals.  Today, meatballs – lots of meatballs.  I know I won’t be able to keep up this amount of effort.  Started from scratch, grinding my own meats and veggies.

Breakfast: skillet eggs for two with lots of rainbow chard from the farmer’s market, crisped prosciutto slices, coffee with coconut milk.



Lunch: zoodles with diced tomatoes and Italian pork and mushroom meatballs, dressed with lemon juice and olive oil, more coffee


Dinner: Feeling a little queasy and decided to play it safe with bland food. (Autumn has been dealing with a violent stomach flu, so I’m a little paranoid, right now.) Egg, teeny tiny sweet potato with coconut oil, slice of prosciutto, banana with coconut and raw cashews





But possibly off the internet. Our spring/summer schedule has been ridiculously busy!  Hopefully I’ll get caught up sometime. I have several units of FIAR to post…if I ever get the time. Ack!

Total for the week: 45.04. Over budget, but considering that this was a major stock-up week, I’m pretty happy with it. Most of this is calculated without tax.

This week was ALL about dairy.  We love yogurt, but we’re stocked up for a while! The Mega Event at Kroger just made it so cheap (or free) that I couldn’t resist. (There will for sure be a couple more dairy trips next week too, though, to finish out the sale.)

1st shopping trip: Annoyed that I wasn’t watching the cashier closely enough.  She missed 2.00 in coupons, but I didn’t notice it until later and it just wasn’t worth it to go back.  Should have been 4.37 with tax, but with the missed coupons total comes to: 6.37

The bread and makeup were all better-than-free after coupons, so offset the cost of the other items.  Bacon .49 per package, juice .53 cents per bottle, veggies 1.00, craisins 1.12


Farmer’s Market

Nine dollar’s worth of local organic produce from the farmer’s market included a giant bundle of collards (two whole plants), radishes, a bag of beautiful spinach, and a bundle of three swiss chard plants.  We ate the outer leaves of the chard and I’m thinking about trying to re-plant the roots and baby leaves.

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3rd trip (three different stores): 18.38

All the go-gurt, dip, and gluten free bread were free after coupons. Yogurt parfaits and tubs and shave gel .49 each.  markdown whole chicken at .85 cents per pound. Everything else normal sale price.


4th Trip: 4.92

Again, free gogurt and super cheap yogurt and shave gel.  The organic oranges were a steal at .99 per bag.


5th trip: 3.43

Free go-gurt and creamer, everything else super cheap after coupons and mega-event.


6th trip (two stores): 2.94

More free go-gurt and creamer. Cheap yogurt parfaits and tubs.



Obviously, haven’t been keeping up with anything on here. A couple viruses running through our house and a non-working camera have greatly contributed to the problem. Hoping to get back on track this week.

Menu Plan Monday 8/29

I’m back!  Well, maybe.  Life just took over and I haven’t had time for the blog. Busy busy end of summer.  I’m feeling very overwhelmed this week, so super easy and simple menu plan this week. Lots of no-cook or pull-from-the-freezer meals.  We’re about to get school started back up, co-op is about to start, we’re well into soccer season, and I’m still trying to do the farmer’s market so it’s nuts here.

Sun: L) grilled cheese on homemade GF bread, tomato soup  D) cheeseburgers with lettuce “buns”, steamed broccoli, GF pretzels

Mon: L) GF PB&J, veggies with dip D) summer squash casserole

Tue: L) BLT salad D) turkey philly wraps, sauteed zucchini

Wed: L) crustless quiche, fruit D) grilled sausages and veggies, pear sauce

Thur: L) leftover quiche, fruit D)


Ok, so even on this $20 a week budget, our pantry is still getting filled up!  I’m seriously considering continuing the challenge through February as well at this point. There are a few things we are running really low on, but I certainly have enough to keep feeding us for a while.  The deals have been really great this month too, which helps!

Saturday’s Shopping Trips

Spent OOP: $12.95

Bought: 8 boxes pasta, 8 jars peanut butter, 2 boxes frozen veggies, 2 bags frozen smoothie kits, 3 bags cornmeal, 2 bags mixed fresh veggies, 1 bag fresh cauliflower, 1 bunch cilantro, 2 eyeshadow, 2 nail polish, 2 soap, 1 carton half and half.

I messed up a bit on this trip and spent $4 more than I meant to. Oh well, good thing there was extra $$ left from last week.

The pasta isn’t something we will eat, but as it was free, I went ahead and picked it up since it’s a great item to share or donate. Also free: the nail polish, frozen spinach, and soap (DD LOVES these – she was so excited!). I didn’t NEED this much peanut butter for this week, but at .24 cents a jar it was a great deal.  We go through a lot of peanut butter in our house, so this is an item I never seem to have in the pantry.  And if we end up with too much, it’s an item that is always in great demand for donations.

Tuesday’s Shopping Trips

Total Spent OOP: $8.15

Bought: 2 bags pistachios, 2 bags planters trail mix, 2 gingerbread house kits, 2 big tubs of twizzlers (for vacation this summer), 4 jars peanut butter, 2 boxes pasta (to donate), 2 boxes deluxe shells and cheese (to donate), 1 chocolate orange, 1 tube concealer, 1 microwave meal, gift set of pez, 3 regular boxes hot cocoa, 1 30-ct box hot cocoa, and one bag of pepperoni for GF pizza (not shown).

This is a mish-mash of several different stores.  I was going stir-crazy after being stuck in the house all day yesterday and most of the day today, so ran out this afternoon for a bit.  Since we don’t really eat them anyway, I’m thinking about saving the gingerbread kits to decorate next Christmas. I also bought a couple gifts for next year using a gift card for that purpose.

Thursday Shopping

I made a quick stop in to pick up a free Dole salad and also grabbed some eggs and a package of markdown bratwurst while I was already out.

Spent: $3.27

Friday Shopping

Spent: $4.34

I was out dropping DH off at work and really needed trash bags, so made a quick stop.  I had some great coupons, but turned out they were on sale, too, so it was even better than I thought.  Couldn’t pass up free popcorn (DH has been on a popcorn kick lately) and the coffee mate and coolwhip produced a little bit of overage.  The paper towels are the free ones I ordered last week that arrived today.

Total Budget for the Week: $30.05

Total Spent the Week: $28.71

Next Week’s Budget: $21.34

We will be on vacation this next week, so will definitely be eating out more.  I’m going to try to keep tracking our grocery spending anyway.

I’ll be picking up a couple more boxes of trash bags (can’t beat $1.49 after coupon and sale!) and I’m hoping to find some great prices on frozen veggies and eggs as we’re really running low.