Sunday, May 22, 2011

Eating Well on Sixty: 5/22-5/28

I could easily spend an entire paycheck at the store each week. Sometimes I make excuses to go to Whole Foods when I really don't need to. Luckily, Brett is quite good at knowing when we really do need to, and when I'm just having WF hallucinations. (That alone probably saves us close to $1000 each year).But now that new school bills are looming in the very near future, it's time to get serious. And since I couldn't find many $60 meal plans that were healthy, delicious and vegetarian, I decided that I would create my own. Armed with three $20 bills, we will eat. And we will eat well.

Well folks. Quite a bit has changed since we've last met.  Let's make it short and sweet:
  • I like Sunday thru Saturday better, because Sunday is our new day to shop.
  • I'm no longer eating eggs. Why? It's a secret. I'm not being obsessive over eggs that may be in a baked good that I might (rarely) eat from a bakery, but eggs are no longer in the meal rotations. (If you're wanting to know, you can e-mail me and I'll tell you. But if you love your eggs and you don't care why I stopped, then just ignore this!)
  • I'm challenging myself to absolutely TOP out at $60. Our goal is to average $50 per week.
  • I am currently trying to tone down my eating habits. I've found that as the stress level goes up, so does my scale. I am a stress eater. I need to learn to eat when I'm hungry, and not when I'm fussy and cranky.
  • I'm going back to school- starting tomorrow- which means most dinners will be made ahead on Sunday to ensure that we're still eating well even when I'm cramming.

This week, for $44.87, this is what we are eating:

-oatmeal with raisins and walnuts
-toast with peanut butter and fruit
-greek yogurt/granola/berry parfait


Most days, leftovers from dinner will be eaten the next day as lunch. Other days, these are what I rotate in:
-veggie burger veggie wrap with veggies and slice of cheese
-baby green salad with green peppers, tofu
-tofurkey deli slices (buy on sale and freeze! this is a treat!) on homemade rustic bread, fruit, slice of cheese, carrots or celery



-pasta with veggie blast sauce, rustic bread, and salad

-teriyaki tofu, steamed edamame, brown rice and salad

-white bean kale soup with rustic bread and cheese

Savory Bean and Spinach Soup
I didn't take this picture because I eat too fast. But that's what it looks like, and our rustic bread looks just like the bread in the picture.'s so yummy. The recipe calls for spinach, but I'm a kale kid myself.

-bbq tempeh sandwich on rustic, cuke sticks, and salad

-pizza on homemade dough with salad
-rice and beans with avocado, homemade cilantro salsa, and baked tortilla strips

-popcorn with parmesan cheese and spices
-greek yogurt with grapes
-mini smoothies with frozen fruit


  1. Hey Emma- I know you asked me to do this a while ago, but I'm going to link up with you on my shopping trip next Tuesday when I get back home! :)

  2. first time visitor to your blog.

    I just recently started planning my meals out 2 weeks at a time and it really helps to cute down costs. 60 dollars a week seems do-able. good luck!


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