This past Saturday was cloudy and cool, which may be considered gloomy if it wasn’t the perfect morning for the Davidson farmers market. We grabbed coffee from The Summit and crepes from Homegrown Crepes’ food truck and settled in to watch Hailey play.
Heirloom Cherokee tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese aoili, walnut gremolata crepe
These are quickly becoming my favorite kind of Saturdays and I soaked up the cool breeze and Hailey’s giggle as she flew down the slide. The weekend continued to be low key. David worked all day Sunday and a steady rain settled in. I started on my new Michael Pollan book, Cooked, and inspiration hit me. Before long I was jazzed up about cooking, so I spent nap time meal planning and list making.
Spaghetti Squash and Meatball Marinara
Grilled Chicken with Mexican Quinoa Salad
Sonoma Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Vegetable Cauliflower Pizza and Salad
Coconut & Quinoa Soup with Confetti Kale Salad
When Hailey woke up we ventured through the rain into Charlotte and treated ourselves to grocery shopping at Whole Foods. My guilty pleasure.
Whole Foods has a kid’s club that provides snacks for kids. I love this service! A box of raisins and an organic sucker, along with multiple samples of cheeses, pineapple and crackers, kept Hailey happy as can be while I navigated the busy aisles.
I could have easily spent another hour wandering, but the raisins had run out.
Usually when I shop at Harris Teeter, I can predict a fairly accurate total in my head by mentally adding prices as I shop. I fully admit I wasn’t sure what the total would come to yesterday, especially because I needed to buy a few staples (maple syrup) along with a few convenience foods (breakfast burritos) and a couple splurges (kombucha). I was happily surprised that our bill totaled only $143.30.
2 Kombuchas ($3.49 each), 3 breakfast burritos for David ($3.39 each), organic frozen vegetables ($2.49 and $2.69)
Organic chicken breasts ($19.53 for 3.5 lbs), eggs ($2.99), Italian meatballs ($5.31), pork breakfast sausage patties ($1.74), whole milk mozzarella ($3.11)
Sunflower Bread ($3.99), organic coconut milk ($1.99), organic pancake mix ($3.99), dried cranberries ($3.39), entertainment crackers ($2.99), gluten free spaghetti ($2.99), organic applesauce ($2.99)
Hemp Hearts ($3.39), organic puree pouches ($1.50 each), almonds ($6.99), garbanzo beans ($0.89 each), organic pizza sauce ($1.99 each), maple syrup ($5.99)
organic carrots ($1.99), organic red onion ($2.29), vidalia onion ($0.80), organic bananas ($2.38), Brussels sprouts ($2.99), radicchio ($0.46), organic avocado ($2.00), tri-color peppers ($4.99), organic strawberries ($3.99), cauliflower ($3.99), organic kale ($2.99), spaghetti squash ($3.70)
This trip, along with leftover groceries from last week (milk and spinach) and pantry/freezer staples at home, will cover all breakfasts, lunches and dinners for all 3 us through Friday. I should note that David is a car snacker more than a lunch eater, so almonds and bars suffice for him during days on the road.
I know everyone has a different idea of what cheap or expensive is, but for the quality of food purchased, I feel pretty good about where this week’s total ended up.
And the winner of the Michael Pollan audio book is… #57 Jill! Check your email
*I don’t plan to continually show all the prices, but by request, I decided to share this week’s grocery cart.
What amount do you aim to spend on food each week?
I usually aim to be around $100, but it varies!