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Nature’s Fare Budget Challenge-Week #2

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Once we got through week #1 of our  Nature’s Fare budget challenge, I was feeling more confident about getting creative and planning our meals around foods that were on sale or marked down that week. We also added a bit more meat to our menu this week. The previous week we had focused on vegetarian lunches, but this week we made a big slower cooker of chicken breast mixed with every type of vegetable we had left over in the fridge from the week before and made these into chicken lettuce wraps.

We also decided to experience with breakfast bowls, since we had oats and chia seeds left over from the previous week. One of my tips would be to set out all your ingredients for your bowls and allow the kids to make them. This helps them to stay involved and be more interested in eating their breakfast because the ingredients are their decision and they are in control.

 Here is a look at our Week #2 Menu.

 

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Breakfast:

 

Yogurt Breakfast Bowl –

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

Dried mango

Dried figs

Mixed raw nuts

Top with any fruits or nut butters you have in the house. We added grapefruit to ours!

You can also add honey or a natural sweetener if needed.

 

Snacks:

Rice cakes and almond butter

 

Lunch:

Chicken lettuce wraps –

Bake a whole chicken in a slow cooker with coconut oil, sea salt, and pepper.

Add garlic, onions, or any vegetables you have left over from the previous week.

Use large romaine leafs for wraps instead of grain wraps.

Top with a scoop of quinoa and red pepper hummus.

hummus

 Snack:

Cut up veggies and hummus

 

Dinner:

Roasted tomato soup –

2 containers of IM tomato soup

1 onion

2 cups of quinoa

2 cloves of garlic

Organic ground beef (I forgot to write down the weight of the meat, but I’m pretty sure it was a pound for each package.)

Also, add any vegetables you like!

 Directions:

Cook ground meat, onions, and garlic in a large skillet. Once they are fully cooked, place ingredients in a large pot with tomato soup and quinoa.

Bring to a boil, and then allow to simmer until you are ready to enjoy.

We served this with a green salad and gluten-free saltine crackers.

This soup is delicious! You will not be disappointed, and it’s so easy to make!

 

Week’s Total:

$2.50 Ea or 2/$5.00

** KALE GREEN                   $2.50

$2.50 Ea or 2/$5.00

** KALE GREEN                   $2.50

** MS CRACKER SEA SALT GF NG    $4.49

1.690 @ $15.90

TRM CHICKEN WHOLE ORG           $26.87

MEAT $5 CPN                     $-5.00

1.060 kg @ $3.28 / kg

** GRAPEFRUIT RUBY/PINK         $3.48

LETTUCE ROMAINE                  $3.99

LETTUCE ROMAINE                 $3.99

LETTUCE ROMAINE                 $3.99

Error Correction   ^^^         $-3.99

0.130 kg @ $22.02 / kg

GARLIC                           $2.86

** IM SOUP TOMATO GF ORG         $2.99

TRM BEEF GROUND LEAN ORG         $9.99

MEAT $2 CPN                     $-2.00

TRM BEEF GROUND LEAN ORG         $9.99

MEAT $2 CPN                     $-2.00

0.255 kg @ $4.39 / kg

ONION YELLOW                     $1.12

LT YOGURT PLAIN L/F 0%           $6.49

** SUZIE’S THINCAKES UNSALTED GF $2.99

3 @ $1.69

AVOCADO                         $5.07

0.205 kg @ $8.36 / kg

TOMATO FIELD                     $1.71

EDEN BEAN BLACK ORG             $5.19

4 @ $1.19

T*K NOODLE VEG/GARLIC           $4.76

EVK HUMMUS w/RED PEP GF ORG     $4.99

SN KETCHUP TOMATO ORG           $4.99

LT YOGURT PLAIN L/F 0%         $-6.49

^^^ Void ^^^

LT YOGURT PLAIN L/F 0%           $4.48

Subtotal                       $99.95  

 Family Discount 5% $5.00

 Total $94.95

 Second shopping trip:

 

** QP TORTILLA CHIP US GF ORG   $3.49 G

0.135 kg @ $27.90 / kg

MANGO DRIED ORG                 $3.77

RUDI’S BREAD SPELT ORG           $4.98

** FRUIT D’OR CRANBERRY FJS ORG $3.49 G

L/C PEAR PEAS KALE GF ORG       $2.29

L/C PEAR PEAS KALE GF ORG       $2.29

L/C PEAR PEAS KALE GF ORG       $2.29

L/C PEAR PEAS KALE GF ORG       $2.29

0.135 kg @ $36.90 / kg

KETTLE DELUXE NUT MIX NO SALT   $4.98

Subtotal                       $33.34

 Total for the week $128.25

On paper we came out a little higher than our $125.00 budget, but we ended up not using the black beans we purchased until the following week. So it all balanced in the end.

 Savings this week:

 $5.00 off our whole chicken

$4.00 off beef

Family Discount: $5.00

 Total savings: $14.00

All items where purchased at Nature’s Fare Market.

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