Friday, July 19, 2013

Clean Eating Meal Plan #2

I made a weekly shopping trip this week and I actually had to stock up on some stuff. So, I spent a little more than I did last week. I bought three weeks worth of tissue and paper plates. If not for those two big ticket items, we would have a grocery bill of about $110.00 this week. 

(Yes, I'm using paper plates this week because I'm tired of washing never ending amounts of plates for five people. I've got a busy week and I just don't have the time or energy to wash dishes constantly.) 

If you're new here, I am feeding my husband, two preteen kids, one hungry almost four year old and myself. 

We limit processed foods and sugar in an effort to better our health and for me to continue to lose weight. I want to show you have you can eat clean without spending a ton of money! I shop at a local Aldi store and can find the best deals there. I used no coupons at all and still kept my grocery bill low! 

It is actually cheaper for our family to eat clean this way. Ryan and I normally have grocery bills between $150 to $175 per week if we do not shop at Aldi, prepare our food in advance, and eat unprocessed junk.  

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My stepchildren are here with us for the summer and are not used to the clean eating lifestyle, so I have stayed creative with the meal planning. If you have picky eaters or want to start fixing healthier meals for your family, I can show you creative ways to make it appealing to your whole family. 

You can also find all of my Clean Eating blog posts and recipes here

This is only about half of what I purchased. I started running out of counter space! But, it gives you a pretty good idea of what I got.

Breakfasts for the Week:

  • Whole grain oatmeal with fruit
  • Fruit with Cottage Cheese
  • Bagels with all natural peanut butter and raisins
Lunches for the Week:
  • All natural grilled cheese sandwiches on whole grain bread 
  • Tuna sandwiches on whole grain bread
  • Whole grain veggie and cheese quesadillas
  • Big salad with grilled chicken
Dinners for the Week:
  • Healthy tortilla casserole
  • Turkey burgers on whole wheat buns
  • Baked spinach and mushroom chicken
  • Whole wheat gnocchi with cauliflower alfredo sauce
  • Cedar Plank Salmon with brown rice
  • Ground turkey tacos on whole wheat tortillas

I aim for protein and whole grains at each meal. We snack on fruit between meals. Our side dishes for our dinners are steamed, baked or grilled veggies as well. 


  1. I enjoy your menu plans! It certainly helps people like me who need inspiration :)

    AND it's on budget-woohoo!

  2. I loveeee aldis! everything looks and sounds so good!

  3. Way to stay inspired! I love reading along :) My hubby and I have also made serious changes to our lifestyle and eating habits. We've both seen family members succumb to cancer and other diseases and it kind of gave us the wherewithal to make the changes we saw necessary. Have a great weekend!

  4. YUM! I seriously want to follow suit... we need to be better in what we choose to eat. You are such an inspiration... I never make a meal plan, and therefore we end up buying too much junk!

  5. This is a great meal plan! Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm new to meal planning, so I'm always looking for inspiration.

  6. This sounds like a plan!! I am trying to cut way back on sugar. I found your blog over at the linkup for Mama Moments Monday. Thanks for sharing!!

  7. It is so hard for us to save money with my teenage 6 ft 200 pound brother in the house. But if you can feed 5 on just over $100 then I can find some more corners to cut. Thank you so much for sharing.

  8. I'm glad you posted this, for I think most people feel it's more expensive as well as more work to go clean, but I've found just the opposite to be true as well! Thanks for linking up with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!

    sue @

    1. This one pin has over 300 repins and likes. It's been crazy since we pinned it! Congrats! Sue

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    3. That's just wild! Thank you for pinning it, sweetie! You're the best!

  9. Love Aldi! Also love hearing out saving and meal planning. I definitely have to check back later when I have a little more time to look around. Thanks!


  10. Thank you for linking to my page this week. I've been enjoying your website and recipes. It's just my husband and myself, but we try to eat as clean and healthy as possible. What type of bagels do you buy?

    1. They are whole wheat mini-bagels. I will check the name of them tonight. They are really good!

  11. New follower from Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy!

    Congratulations on reaching your weight loss goal! I have tried to get my husband to shop at Aldi's, but he is somewhat brand-conscious and sticks pretty much to WalMart and Kroger. Maybe once he starts back to college in the fall, Mama can take over the shopping! :O)

  12. I'm so glad to discover your blog (via DYWW hop). Planning "eating clean" meals requires discipline, but it can be done. I have discovered that pre-planning actually saves time and money - in the long run. I will definitely visit your blog again!

  13. I'm your newest follower on GFC found you threw oh what a happy hop. I love aldi to : )

  14. Thanks for the ideas! Found you on the blog hop - -we're trying to do more clean eating and I find it lowers our grocery bill too b/c we're not eating so many snacks and junk. I need to get over to Aldi more, but w/ two little kids, I usually try to stick to one grocery stop. Where did you get your almond milk? We have to buy almond milk for the kids, but it's usually $3.50 at Giant Eagle -- expensive!! Thanks for sharing!!

  15. Can you post the Healthy tortilla casserole recipe?? :)

  16. Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  17. Wow, this is amazing. You rock! I'd love to see the healthy tortilla casserole recipe!!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday! By the way, the new linky party is live and ready for your posts! :)

  18. Great info! Thanks for linking up to What I Learned This Week. I appreciate it. I would ask that next time that you also link to my site: somewhere within your post.



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