Sunday, July 7, 2013

Eating Clean with a Family of 5

If you like my blog on Facebook, you may already know this was coming. 
This week I want to show you how I fed a family of 5 for $115.00 while still eating clean. 

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Who am I feeding? 

My husband and myself....two preteen kids....and a very hungry, 50 pound, almost four year old. 
The three guys in our home eat a lot and they eat often! 

The two preteens are my stepchildren and they don't live with us full time. 
That means one thing: They are not used to eating clean and I have to be really creative. 
So for those of you with picky eaters or are just jumping into the whole eating clean thing with your family, this will hopefully help you out! 

*** I try to stick with the whole 80/20 concept. There are so many clean eating approaches and beliefs. I know not everything I use is 100% "clean" but it's a heck of a lot healthier than what we've been putting into our bodies. I'm still learning how to do this and it's definitely a process. Stick around and we'll figure this all out together! ***

I shopped at Aldi and used no coupons. 
The $114.09 included me buying an ice cream maker, but I did not buy the turkey this trip. 
I think it all pretty much evens out...

Now that you see what I've got to work with, let's talk about our weekly menu a bit.
So many of you have pinned my original Eat Clean....The Beginning post. 
(Um, we're kinda talking thousands of you....Wow!)

The one thing I've been asked is how I put everything all together. 
So, here we go....

Breakfasts for the Week
Lunches for the Week
  • Pita pockets stuffed with tuna and veggies. 
  • Huge salad with hard boiled eggs, veggies, and feta cheese. 
  • Quesadillas with chicken and natural cheese. 
  • Healthy egg salad stuffed pitas or on whole wheat bread. 
  • Grilled chicken, veggies and couscous. 
  • Black bean and rice quesadillas. 
Dinners for the Week
  • Crockpot Pineapple Chicken
  • Whole Wheat Gnocchi with Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce and Turkey
  • Chicken Kabobs with Veggies (Pretty easy...Alternate chicken pieces with mushroom, tomato, and bell pepper pieces on skewers. Grill and enjoy with brown rice or couscous!)
  • Balsamic Chicken  (I marinate my chicken in some balsamic vinegar and grill it)
  • Cedar Plank Salmon (Drizzle a little honest over salmon and grill in cedar planks)
  • Roasted Turkey with Cranberries (I roast my turkey and serve top it with dried cranberries.)
  • Salad with Fresh Fruit and Turkey
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Clean Ice Cream
  • Whole Wheat Bagels with Natural Peanut Butter
  • Cottage Cheese with Raisins

Want the recipes? 

You can find them on my Eat Clean Page at the top! 

Well here's the catch: You gotta come back this week!

I'm going to show you what my diet looks like, how I eat clean while working full time and taking care of our family. It's all in the planning, but I promise you can do it! We're saving a ton of money on our food while taking better care of our bodies. We are a really active, busy kind of family. I'm not going to spend my life in the kitchen when I can be enjoying time with them. Stick with me this week and I will teach you how to do it. 'Kay?  


  1. Cannot wait to read your posts. Always looking for new clean recipes.:)

  2. Love this post...can't wait to read more!

  3. Just found you because I'm a lurker in MLFC. About to go through your blog. Great post!

  4. such great ideas!!!! i love the pics too...and love me some aldis. I am always needing ideas, cant wait to read more.

  5. Wow... a family of five for $115! That's how much I spend on just my hubby and I... I'm definitely a new follower. Found you through the bloghop! I look forward to hearing more!


  6. Subscribing - I just spent $226 this week for a family of 2 to eat clean yikes!

  7. I am excited to get some new recipes...and your grocery bill is AHHMAZING!

  8. Please check out my website... It is all about easy, delicious nutritious meals and all of our products are organic and natural. For busy families, the sauces are the best! Basically just brown some chicken in a flavored grapeseed oil we sell, then add some veggies and one of our sauces. Or using our culinary blends. Kids love the Kids Cheez (natural "Mac and Cheese") and the alfredo. Super easy and they last a long time.

  9. Would you mind sharing your shopping list? I would really like to put my family on a clean eating regime but I'm feeling very overwhelmed with it all. Any help you can give would be much appreciated.

  10. Oh awesome!! I love eating clean especially at a good price. I am in love with almond milk! And almond breeze finally released unsweetened vanilla almond milk yay!!

    Thank you for linking up with us at the collective blog hop. Following you on everything. Hope you follow back I would love to have you.

  11. Where's the meat in your budget of @115?

  12. Great post with lots of great recipe ideas! Thanks for sharing!


  13. Question: Do you consider the canned fruit and the sandwich rounds "clean"? I was under the impression that preserved & processed foods were no-nos for clean eating. I ask because I'm an Aldi shopper too and those sorts of things are so convenient to grab, but I feel like I'm "cheating" on clean eating if I do.

    1. I go by the rule "If I can pronounce every ingredient and could use each ingredient alone in a recipe" I consider it "clean". There are so many different approaches to eating clean and I don't always take it to the max. Does that make sense?

  14. Do you have a shopping list? I have an Aldi in my area and the shopping list for this trip would be greatly appreciated!

  15. wow, this is awesome! I don't know how you do it, my fiance and I have been trying to cut things back and still end up spending around $120 a week for just the two of us :-/

    1. We have 5 in our family full time and I have a budget of $150 a week for our natural/organic diet. I make a menu for the week, then make a list, and then go through the store with my calculator in hand so I know what I've spent. Check the sales, shop at places like trader joes and aldi, and stay on the perimeter of the store where the healthy food is. Keeping to a reasonable budget is possible with planning!

  16. So jealous. A watermelon for $3? Last watermelon I bought cost over $20. American food is SO cheap.

  17. I'm curious as to how often your stepkids stay with you, because two preteens have an enormous impact on one's food budget. Even a few meals a week that they're not eating with you guys translates to a lot less layout at the grocery store.

    1. My stepchildren are 10 and 11. They have very good appetites! They are with us 7 weeks out of the year. When I did this post for the week, they were eating breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with us. So literally I could feed them for $115. My youngest did not eat lunch with us Monday through Friday of the week.

      My stepkids don't go anywhere with friends because they don't know anyone around here. They live over 11 hours away.

  18. I'm curious how often your stepkids stay with you. Older children have a huge impact on one's grocery bill, so if they're eating elsewhere even a few nights a week, it will dramatically change your expenses.

  19. Be careful! Eating clean is about eating less processed foods, yes, but just because it says "whole wheat" doesn't mean it's "clean". It's still full of chemicals and high fructose corn syrup (they just use a different type of flour). Also, when something is the "light" version, it usually is synonymous with being full of chemicals. Read the labels, friends! I applaud you for feeding your family so well, but this is not a "clean" diet in the true sense.

  20. We shop at Aldi's as well ... They are WONDERFUL label markers. My daughter (13) is on a gluten free diet.

  21. Im struggling with getting the cajones to cause an uproar in our already chaotic home. Family of 6...16 10 9 and a 3 yr old son with autism and picky!! My hubby is on board to a certain degree but I want to havea healthy life style to feel better and have the ability to care for my son..

    1. Approach it slowly. Switch out ingredients in your favorite recipes with healthier choices. You don't have to turn everything upside down all at once even though it is tempting. Just ease into it and they will get used to it without noticing much!

  22. Another thing, if you have a Kroger, go there! You can go online and download coupons. Sometimes you can make out really well but sometimes the coupons are all junk. But, I just got a bunch of free coupons in the mail - the more you shop there, the more coupons you get. This month, I have free baby carrots, a free case of bottled water, free spinach, etc. :)

  23. It would have been helpful to see the actual shopping list of items purchased.

  24. I would also like to see a shopping list for this.

  25. I linked to this article in my recent blog post. I just love your story!



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