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This Week’s Meal Plan and Keeping Organic Economical

This week’s meal plan has some great new recipes! We’ve been holding onto our Fuji apples from last week, so we’re looking forward to combining them to make a delicious apple pie or maybe try the Apple-Pear Cobbler! For the full meal plan, click the link below for a PDF with interactive recipe links:

Weekly Meal Planner 6.10-16.11

You may notice that several of our meals do not have meat in them. If you’re a meat and potatoes family, please feel free to add that to any of the meal plans. After all, meal plans are more guidelines than anything. However, it is fun to throw in a “Meatless Monday” occasionally, even if for no other reason than to expand your taste buds.

So, why the lack of meat? Well, last year, my husband was unemployed for about four months. During that time, we really had to watch our budget. At the same time, we came across Milk and Honey Organics online and started ordering our produce from them. Our budget was about $50-60 per week for the two of us, and $35 of that was going to the produce. We had watched several of the popular food documentaries (Food, Inc.; Super Size Me; etc.) and had started down the all-natural and organic path. But could we really do it on one income?!

It was at this time that we chose to limit our meat consumption. This way, when we chose to eat meat, we felt like we could afford the higher quality, hormone and antibiotic free options. And while we would not call ourselves vegetarians, we enjoyed eating more produce and less meats. This helped our budget immensely. I would get my basket on Thursday and go grocery shopping on Friday or Saturday to pick up things like beans, rice, flour, cornmeal, eggs, milk, and yogurt. I also started making more things from scratch, like homemade pizza, pie crusts, bread, hummus, salad dressings, and other household items (like deodorant and washing detergents).

I continued to read blogs (like Frugal Granola, Going Home to Roost, and Simple Organic) and saw that other families were choosing Organic options and still living economically and within their means. We find that the amount of produce in each week’s Milk and Honey Organics basket is the perfect amount for the two of us for a week. This means we’re not wasting money by buying more than we need and throwing out spoiled produce.

And on top of being frugal, we feel spoiled because we’re getting fresh, organic produce delivered right to our door! Who knew that could be cheaper than going to the grocery store!?!

My Funny Valentine, Sweet Comic Valentine…

We don’t go out for Valentine’s Day. And we don’t buy flowers or stuffed animals, or anything like that. But we did decide to celebrate and have a special “us night” in. We started with a special organic stir-fry dinner (recipe below), then went for a nice walk, stopped by Target and picked out Valentine’s Day cards, exchanged them, and promptly stuck them back on the shelves, laughing and smiling. Then we headed home for some organic strawberries and organic chocolate truffles (free from Earthfare this week), while watching a sweet & funny episode of Chuck (one of our favorite TV series). I love hanging out with my man!

He created a fabulous ginger citrus stir-fry tonight, using all kinds or organic goodness! Here’s the ingredients:

  • 2-3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 bunch of organic baby bok choy, chopped
  • 8 organic baby carrots, chopped
  • 8 organic baby bella mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2″ fresh organic ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • juice of 1 organic blood orange (and zest, if desired)
  • 1 organic rotisserie chicken, about 3 lbs., shredded (seasoned with butter, fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and garlic powder)

Start with a wok at 250-300F, add butter and melt, then add vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes, then ginger, garlic and juice and cook for 1-2 more minutes, and finally the chicken, until warmed through.

Serve with the following accompaniment, sauteed over medium low heat:

  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 4 organic scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 organic red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 organic green pepper, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Kame all-natural sweet chili sauce

Definitely eat with chopsticks and dim the lighting! (Sorry, the dinner pics were taken on Bryan’s iPhone, which didn’t like the dim lighting as much as we did!)

Bon Appetit! And Happy Valentine’s Day!