Going GF at Aldi and Menu Planning

Inspired by fellow blogger Ash over at love{dot}lulu I’ve decide this would be the week I began meal planning. Most days I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of cook. I take a peek in the fridge, the pantry, and the freezer and create a plan based on what I have, and what I need to pick-up while I’m out. But no more. This week I created a meal plan for 14 days, a grocery list, and, with a little motivation, a new way of thinking about our weekly meals.

And better still, I did it all on a BUDGET! I found everything I needed at our local ALDI. And yes, it was ALL GLUTEN FREE. Check out the total cost at the end of the post!!!

Here’s what I came up with.

The 2 Week Meal Plan:

DINNERS-

Stuffed Potatoes with Ham, Broccoli, and Cheddar

Crock Pot Pintos with Ham

Hawaiian Chicken with Pineapple and BBQ Sauce, served with rice

Chicken Fried Rice, with peas, carrots and onions

Blackened Salmon, flaked into rice, with lemon, herbs, broccoli and parmesan

Grilled Tilapia Tacos, with cabbage, lime and avocado sour cream

Turkey Stuffed Peppers, with sliced tomatoes

“Not Your Average” crock pot beanie weenies

Broiled Tilapia, with mixed vegetables and brown rice

Whole Roasted Chicken, with mashed potatoes and broccoli

Ground Turkey Pasta, with mixed vegetables

Creamy Chicken Bake, with mushrooms and mixed salad

(Note: 2 nights we had dinner plans at Church)

LUNCH-

Leftovers, ham, cheese sticks, fruit, tuna

BREAKFAST-

Oatmeal, Grits, Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Cereal, Rice w/ Brown Sugar

SNACKS-

Chips, Fruit, Cheese, Pudding, Jello

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The Grocery List:

Brown Sugar

White Sugar

KoolAid

Coffee

3 Bags of Frozen Broccoli

8oz. of Cheddar Cheese

16oz. of Mozzarella Cheese

10lbs. of Potatoes

16oz. of Sliced Ham

2lbs. of White Rice

1qt. of cream

8 Heads of Specialty Lettuce (red, green leaf, etc.)

8oz. Button Mushrooms

1 Avocado

3 Large Tomatoes

6 Limes

6 Lemons

16oz. Sour Cream

1lb. of Chicken Breast

BBQ Sauce

Frozen Peas and Carrots

2 Dozen Eggs

2 Gallons of Milk

6 Extra Large Bell Peppers

2lbs. of Ground Turkey

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Chex Cereal

2 Large Cans of Baked Beans

4 Packs of Turkey Dogs

Carrots

2 Bags of Frozen Mixed Veggies

6 Boxes of Jello

Whipped Topping

36 Corn Tortillas

Sliced Cheddar Cheese

3lbs. of Gala Apples

Celery

16oz. Container of Strawberries

5 Cans of Tuna

1lb. of Turkey Bacon

Raisins

Grits

Oatmeal

24 Mini Snack Bags of Chips

(Note: I already had the fish in the freezer. BUT I bought it in bulk at the local super center for $10. I also had the whole chicken and the pineapple in the freezer.)

And now, for the final cost…DRUM ROLL…

TOTAL COST: 

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Now, let’s put this into perspective. I typically spend $250-$300 every two weeks on groceries. TALK ABOUT SAVINGS! I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot, or been let in on some sort of dirty little secret. No, it wasn’t organic food, or even name brand food. But it’s wholesome food that I’ll be more than proud to serve my family.

So no more “Gluten Free is too expensive” talk. If I can do it, so can you! Best of luck. And don’t forget to tell me how your family cuts costs on GF food in the comment section below.

-Jane

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