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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a weekly meal plan. I’ve been changing the way I grocery shop in an effort to bring down our food bill. Instead of figuring out what I’m going to cook and purchasing the ingredients I’ve been trying out new grocery stores, taking stock of what they have, and creating meals with the ingredients I already have. It’s been an interesting experiment. Now that I have an idea of what sorts of products these stores carry I feel I can resume my routine of meal planning before grocery shopping.
The two grocery stores I’ve been getting acquainted with are Aldi and a local discount grocery store Hopey & Co that sells scratch & dent organic grocery items. My food bill has been cut in half! Seriously! AND! I am still buying mostly organic!
If you aren’t familiar with Aldi’s healthier, organic options you really should educate yourself. Aldi has gone through a bit of a transformation. They are moving away from chemical-laden, processed foods to more healthy and organic options. The main organic brand they sell is Simply Nature. So far, I’ve been pleased with all the products I’ve tried that this brand offers.
If you are looking to cut your food bill I strongly urge you to try your local Aldi grocery store out. Here are a couple things you should know before shopping there to make your experience more pleasant because Aldi does not function like a normal grocery store. They have cut down on certain “luxuries” in an effort to cut costs which allows them to keep costs down for consumers.
You *must* bring your own grocery bags.
They do not provide bags for you nor do they bag your groceries. They have an area past the cashier where you can take your cart and bag your own groceries.
Bring a quarter with you.
The shopping carts are locked together and in order to unlock them you have to insert a quarter which you will get back once you return your cart.
Now go, explore, and bask in the savings!
So, on to this week’s meal plan!
- These sloppy joes are the yummiest I have *ever* made. They are very easy and sure to please even the pickiest eater in the family. I serve these on kaiser rolls with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Fall is the perfect time of year for hearty stews. I love a brunswick stew because it’s healthy, filling, and usually I make enough to freeze half for later use when I’m not in the mood to cook but don’t want to eat out. My favorite brunswick stew recipe is from The New Southern Basics cookbook. I love this recipe book as you will find many traditional southern recipes that have either been lightened up or modified to meet the needs of today’s busy families.
- These easy and scrumptious rolls are on frequent repeat over here. I’ve posted this recipe numerous times for a reason. If you haven’t tried these yet I suggest you do so now.