You know your life has changed when...
Going to the grocery store by yourself is like a mini vacation. #momlife

There's something so peaceful and oddly relaxing about it, right?
Well, IF you have a plan there is.

If you don't head out with a plan, you probably get totally overwhelmed by grocery trips and end up heading home with a bunch of CRAP. 
Been there, done that?

Guilty! 

I used to put myself through that TORTURE and then didn't know what to do with all of the things (half the time, JUNK) that I spent my hard earned $$$ on!?

Let me help you out though...

Here is my grocery haul from last week!!

Here is my grocery haul from last week!!

I went to Trader Joe's and Jason's Deli. 
I spent $66.91 at TJ's and $24.30 at Jason's Deli (not pictured are mine and Stephen's lunches from Jason's) and my family of 3 was all set for the week!

So, what the heck did I do with all of this?!
How did I make quick, healthy meals that my family actually enjoys? #milliondollarquestion

Let's break it down! 
Are you ready??

Notice the items in the top right corner?
Those are toddler snacks. 
(Not the butter, silly.. that's weird and GROSS!)

Maddie typically has 3 meals + 2-3 snacks per day. These bars, yogurts, & apple sauce pouches - in addition to her daily shake - have been her snacks for the past TWO weeks. They're simple, grab & go, throw in the diaper bag options that she LOVES and that I feel good about. 

For breakfast, she usually has a bowl of oatmeal (buy in bulk!) or a breakfast taco from the Veracruz All Natural taco truck at Radio
**For those of you who don't know, we are regulars there and I make sure to include coffee/taco dates in our meal plan.**

Then, she has the same thing that Stephen and I have for lunch and dinner. 

What about the rest of it?

Apples - grab & go snacks for Stephen and I 

Pita chips (for him), Plantain chips (for her, Whole 30 approved!) + hummus - another snack option for Stephen and I

Turkey meatballs & zucchini - Super simple, HEALTHY spaghetti night!
(see below)

1. Spiralize the zucchini and then saute in 2 tbsp cooking oil of choice (I use EVOO) 2. While zucchini is cooking, heat meatballs in skillet according to package directions + add sauce 3. Separate into bowls, top with parmesan. ENJOY!

1. Spiralize the zucchini and then saute in 2 tbsp cooking oil of choice (I use EVOO)
2. While zucchini is cooking, heat meatballs in skillet according to package directions + add sauce
3. Separate into bowls, top with parmesan. ENJOY!

Turkey burgers (4 in a pack) = 2 meals that took about 15 minutes to whip together!! 
Paired one set with cauliflower rice and asparagus sauté.
And the other we cooked with the Japanese Style fried rice (drizzled with sriracha)...so easy & tasty!

Riced Cauliflower - 1 bag went with turkey burger meal, the other with Salsa Chicken burrito bowls
(see prep instructions below) 
Stephen likes to have the tortilla chips with his burrito bowls and for just an occasional chips & salsa snack. 

1. Place chicken breast or tenders on bottom of crockpot 2. Pour jar of salsa and can of black beans over chicken 3. Cover & cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours 4. When ready to enjoy, cook cauliflower rice according to package directions. Season as desired. 5. Assemble bowl (I like to add fresh spinach, avocado, and shredded cheese to mine!)

1. Place chicken breast or tenders on bottom of crockpot
2. Pour jar of salsa and can of black beans over chicken
3. Cover & cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours
4. When ready to enjoy, cook cauliflower rice according to package directions. Season as desired.
5. Assemble bowl (I like to add fresh spinach, avocado, and shredded cheese to mine!)

Wine - don't worry, it fits in the meal plan! We have a glass (or two) with dinner a few nights each week. Plus, it was literally $1.99...how could I resist?!

Superfoods Pilaf - paired this with some frozen chicken tenders that I bought a neverending bag of from Costco a few weeks ago.

Jason's Deli To-Go Container of veggies - This. This is how I save ALL OF THE TIME in the kitchen! I don't spend hours washing and prepping and chopping veggies. Once a week, I go and grab us lunch to-go and also get a to-go salad bar to have veggies for the week! These veggies get dipped in hummus for an afternoon snack; they get added to salads, wraps, egg muffins, you name it!!!
With the salad bar, you get two other containers... a small one that I usually use for dressing and then a larger one that I fill with bean salad. I mix a can of tuna into the bean salad for my Thursday night dinner since Stephen is at kickball.

Anddd... that's a wrap!

I just follow the K.I.S.S. method (keep it simple sweetheart) and make very basic, QUICK meals. We budget $350 for our monthly groceries and, other than our frequent morning taco runs, we pretty much eat all meals at home and follow the Portion Fix® nutrition guide!