Grocery Shopping & Weekly Menu

Hi!

Remember me?

I know it’s been a while…

But I’m all yours, once again.  Promise.

Last week, we spent every night trying to get our apartment situated and boxes unpacked… and my sister came over and spent the weekend with us and helped us get more stuff situated.  Y’all, this is going to take forever.  We still have a few things at the old apartment but with work and the gas prices we haven’t been able to go back and get anything.

$3.50 a gallon has me on edge about everything.  I have been most unpleasant due to financial stress caused by the ridiculous gas prices.

When will it end? When will the madness end?

Feels that way, huh?

Anyhoo…

We had our first grocery shopping adventure on Saturday.  Robert was off all day so we had a late breakfast and made out a grocery list.  We are still trying to figure out where is the best place for us to get our groceries.  In Rome, we pretty much stuck with Kroger and Wal-Mart… not ideal for clean foods, but excellent for our budget.  Unfortunately, the Wal-Marts near us are… shady, to say the least, and there’s not a Kroger for 30-45 minutes.

However, we are lucky to have several amazing whole foods stores nearby like Earth Fare and Fresh Market, as well as a Publix (!!) and Target.  A little more expensive? Yes.  Totally worth it? Yes.

Earth Fare is more for fun and exciting foods, to be quite honest, and I don’t plan on buying staples there any time soon.  Also, a great selection of vegan-friendly foods and beautiful fruits.  I bought a bucket of watermelon for less than three dollars and it was like eating little bits of heaven.

Fresh Market was much better for staple items, produce, and meat! We bought almost a pound and a half of antibiotic and hormone-free natural chicken breasts for less than seven dollars.  I made baked chicken tenders with it last night and I can’t express how clean and delicious it was.

Just beautiful.

Will definitely be getting our meat from there from now on.

Our last stop was Publix… which I love dearly.  I have fond memories of my Grandmother and Publix ’cause, well, she lives in south Florida, and she’s a little old lady meaning that it’s kind of unsaid that she frequents Publix, right?

While a little expensive, it was very clean and well-organized and had an excellent organic section, and we will probably be back for lunch items and canned goods.

Unfortunately, we went about $11 over our budget because we picked up a treat at both Earth Fare (Mexican Coke and Steaz) and Fresh Market (Fresh cookies!), but it was well worth it.  It also rained on us all day, so we dried off and enjoyed some tacos and burritos at Salsarita’s to make ourselves feel better.

All in all, a very nice Saturday 🙂

This week’s menu:

Monday: Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers with leftover collard greens and sweet potato fries

Tuesday: Homemade pizza with Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough

Wednesday: Sloppy Josephines and steamed green beans

Thursday: Philly “Cheese” Sandwiches and spinach salads

Friday: Black bean burgers and steamed broccoli

Saturday: Chana masala

Sunday: Leftovers!

Seemed like a Mama Pea and Jenna kind of week.  Obviously I was blogstalking them as I was preparing my grocery list… PUMPED about tonight’s turkey burgers! Yumm…

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