Whats in Your Trolley This Week?

One of the things that is key to my success in keeping on track is planning. I don’t care what anyone says, I honestly believe the old adage that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Now, I will be honest, I am not an extreme planner. I don’t precook a weeks worth of meals or pre chop my veges for the week. It works for some people, but I tend to enjoy cooking dinner in the evenings [for the most part] and I like the idea of the freshness. I know. I know. I could get over it, but for now, this is me. Take it or leave it.

My planning really starts by getting into the habit of writing a weekly dinner plan, and in turn; creating a weekly shopping list. This has resulted in three major things. 1. Less Wastage of food that I buy and then don't end up cooking, 2. Less crap in the cupboards for me to be tempted with and; 3. Less chance of me being able to claim I don’t know what I want to cook for dinner which then results in me getting lazy and giving up [aka getting some sort of fastfood]  Oh yeah, and I try to make enough so that I can take it for lunch the next day, which means that I don't have to spend money trying to find something that is on plan, or eating whatever crap I can find at the food court in my office block.

I know that every now and then I share what I ate throughout the week, in an aptly named feature What I Ate. But today, I thought I would share my dinner meal plan for this past week and my shopping list that went with it, because not only does it reflect the kind of food I eat during a regular week, but also shows that this whole eating healthy thing, does not have to be overly expensive.

So there is what we planned for this week. Delicious. Obviously there were things that we had in our pantry that we didn't have to buy, but to show you everything that I used this week, I thought I would do a little shopping list of everything that I used this week, and put a little star next to the things that I didn't have to buy because they are probably in your pantry already!

So there you have it. I think we spent about $65 this week. And this fed two of us and also included brekkie for us both. And most days there were leftovers so I could take something for lunch the next day. Now seriously, could you feed yourself for that with takeout and other crap? Maybe if you were super high carbed up with pasta for every meal, but nutritiously speaking, this is whopping cheap. I read this really great article once, that said when you shop at the supermarket you should be able to go in the front door, through the veges, along the outside fridges and freezer and then to the checkout, bypassing all the nasty processed goods in the middle. Apart from some spices and a few other bits and pieces, we basically do that every week. I love knowing that the things that I am putting in my body are nourishing and good for me. Huzzah!


  1. i LOVE that you have all of this planned out.
    seriously love it.

    you are much more organized and computer savy than I- so this is awesome!

    but T and I are trying out this website next month called "fresh20". It's a program that does all the meal planning for you. It's always a list of 20 ingredients to make 5 days worth of delicious nutritious meals. (trust me- my body has been begging me for this for the past month.. Taco Bell will no longer sustain)

    This post just got me excited about it all over again! meal planning! hoorah!

    1. Fresh20 looks awesome!! I like that they have gluten free and dairy free ones too! How neat. What a cool product. I can't wait to hear how that goes for you lady. Oh man. That makes me miss taco bell, my hips don't though.

      We plan every weekend. Otherwise we waste so much and eat so much junk!

  2. also, who's that moons & junes blog on your sidebar? curious. ;)


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