Nov 5, 2014

HOLIDAY EDITION: 20 Meals From ALDI For Under $150!!

Nov
5
2014
Wednesday

This meal plan makes it so easy!  You can make 20 Holiday Meals From ALDI for less than 150!!




When I teach a couponing class, I always tell people that if they want to save money on groceries but never touch another coupon ever again, then ALDI is the place to shop! You can’t beat their every day prices and I’ve been really impressed with their growing selection of organic and gluten-free foods too!

Several of you have downloaded the ALDI meal plan that has 25 meals for under $150 and the ALDI GLUTEN-FREE Meal Plan for under $150, but now there’s an entire ALDI meal plan for an entire holiday feast!! (Plus, easy meals to eat before and after the holidays so that you’re not stuck in the kitchen more than you need to be!)

The holidays definitely can be a budget-buster, so this menu plan is such a life-saver!

My friend Lauren has made recipe cards, shopping lists, and a calendar for 20 meals that your holiday cooking can be accomplished on a budget!

And the recipes are GOOD!!

Aldi Holiday Meal Plan Final Price

Here’s a list of the meals included:

  • Pork Chops with Apples
  • Sausage and Kale Soup
  • Bolognese Sauce over Pasta
  • Easy Greek Roasted Chicken
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Cincinnati Chili
  • Slow-cooker Chicken Cacciatore
  • Korean Beef with Fried Rice
  • Baked Ravioli
  • Turkey Dinner, including: (For 8-10 people)
    • Easy Roast Turkey
    • Perfect Mashed Potatoes
    • Perfect Stuffing
    • Sweet Potato Casserole
    • Perfect Gravy
    • Green Bean Casserole
  • Leftover Turkey Casserole
  • Leftover Turkey Soup with Rice

YUM!

Lauren has done all of the prep work for you! Just print your list, buy the food, and follow the included calendar to have almost a month’s worth of meals completely taken care of!

I am so excited about this!  This will save my budget and my sanity this year!

The planning pack comes with all of the following:

(1) Printable Shopping list – it even tells you which aisle to go to for each item!

(2) Printable Recipe Cards – and they include the picture of what the recipe is supposed to look like, which I always think it super helpful!

(3) A monthly calendar scheduled out so that you can use the more time-sensitive ingredients at the beginning of the month (she really thought of everything!)

Here’s a picture of what your shopping trip will look like with the plan!

Aldi Trip Holiday Meal Ingredients

Most meal planning services are a *minimum* of $5 per month, but right now you can get this entire ALDI holiday meal planning set for just $1.97!

Just click the button below to be able to download it immediately.

ALDI Buy Button

This makes holiday meal planning so easy!

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Aug 12, 2014

20 Gluten-Free Crock-Pot Freezer Meals At Costco For Under $150!

Aug
12
2014
Tuesday

Make 20 Gluten-Free Freezer Meals From Costco For Less Than $150!!




Now that school is about to be in full-swing again (and already is for several school districts), I wanted to share this awesome resource for saving time and money… even while eating Gluten-Free!

My friend Erin has created a complete plan with everything that you need to make 20 gluten-free meals in your crock-pot for under $150. And you can get all of the ingredients at your local Costco store!

Keep in mind that the Costco prices included in the plan are the prices here in Texas, so they might vary a little by region.  You can see a full list of current Costco prices on our Costco price list page!

All you need to assemble all of the freezer cooking bags is 2 hours on the weekend. In that two hours you can put together EVERYTHING that you need for a month’s worth of weekday dinners. Then each day throughout the month, just take out the freezer bag that you already prepared and dump it into the crockpot in the morning! Super easy!

Here’s what it ends up looking like!

How To Make Freezer Meals From Costco

I’ve actually been looking for a new slow cooker (mine finally bit the dust this year), so I’m looking at getting this one here that Erin highly recommends.

Erin has made the whole process super easy and has put everything you need together in a downloadable package!

Costco Gluten Free Freezer Meals

Here’s everything that comes in the package:

(1) Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer

(2) Printable Assembly Cards – so you don’t forget any ingredients in each bag

(3) Printable Labels – you can print these out onto Avery #6874 label paper and stick them to your plastic baggies or containers.

(4) Exclusive Access to the 3 Instructional Assembly Videos – Erin takes you through ALL two hours of assembling your meals!

(5) Recipe List & Grocery List!

The recipes included sound amazing too!

Recipe List

Each pack in this plan is DOUBLED. The ten meals in the meal plan make 20 packs total and each pack serves a family of 4.

  • Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
  • Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, Onions
  • Slow Cooker Italian Stew Roast
  • Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew

You get ALL of this (all of the videos, cards, labels, plan, price sheet, shopping list, and more) for just $5!

Gluten-Free Freezer Meals

And this plan will save you a lot more than $5!

If you just want the recipe and grocery list, then you can get those for just $2.49 here, but you miss out on the assembly instructions, videos, labels, and all of the other benefits of the full package!

Make 20 Gluten-Free Freezer Meals From Costco For Less Than $150!!

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Aug 4, 2014

How To Make 25 Gluten-Free Meals From ALDI For Under $150!!

Aug
4
2014
Monday

ALDI Gluten Free Meal Plan




When I teach a couponing class, I always tell people that if they want to save money on groceries but never touch another coupon ever again, then ALDI is the place to shop! You can’t beat their every day prices and I’ve been really impressed with their growing selection of organic and gluten-free foods too!

Several of you have downloaded the ALDI meal plans that have 25 meals for under $150, but now there’s a *NEW* meal plan that’s just for gluten-free meals!

Eating gluten-free can be a budget-buster, so I was super excited to see how easy it is to save by buying gluten-free at ALDI.

My friend Lauren has made recipe cards, shopping lists, and a calendar to last the entire month to eat gluten-free meals on a budget!

And the recipes are GOOD!!

Here’s a list of the meals included:

  • Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon & Thyme – Served with Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli
  • Black Beans & Rice
  • Caramel Apple Pork Chops- Served with Mashed Potatoes and Corn
  • Honey Garlic Chicken – Served with White Rice and Mixed Vegetables
  • Loaded Baked Potato Casserole – Served with Peas
  • Chicken Divan – Served with White Rice
  • Red Pepper Chicken with Mozzarella – Served with White Rice and Broccoli
  • Blackened Tilapia – Served with White Rice and Green Beans
  • Baked Potato Soup – Served with GF bread
  • Marinated Chicken Breast – Served with Brown Rice and Green Beans
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Spaghetti with Sauce – Served over GF Pasta and a Salad
  • Rice Lasagna – Served with a side salad
  • Spinach Fritatta w/ Homemade Hashbrowns
  • Chicken Piccata – Served with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

YUM!

Lauren has done all of the prep work for you! Just print your list, buy the food, and follow the included calendar to have almost a month’s worth of meals completely taken care of!

ALDI Gluten Free Meal Plan!!



The planning pack comes with all of the following:

(1) Printable Shopping list – it even tells you which aisle to go to for each item!

(2) Printable Recipe Cards – and they include the picture of what the recipe is supposed to look like, which I always think it super helpful!

(3) A monthly calendar scheduled out so that you can use the more time-sensitive ingredients at the beginning of the month (she really thought of everything!)

Most meal planning services are a *minimum* of $5 per month, but Lauren is offering this ALDI gluten-free meal planning set for just $1.97!

Just click the button below to be able to download it immediately.

ALDI Buy Button

ALDI Gluten-Free Meal Plans!!

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Feb 22, 2014

Top 10 Places To Find Paleo & Grain-Free Recipes!!

Feb
22
2014
Saturday

Where to find Paleo and Grain Free Recipes!



Ryan and I have been grain-free for over a year now and haven’t looked back! It has been an amazing journey and one that we are so thankful we started on last February.

Several years ago we had a friend who was gluten-free. I remember asking her, “what in the world do you eat??” And when people find out that Ryan and I are grain-free, that’s always the first question that they ask us as well.

We eat, and we eat plenty! I laugh every time I think about my question to my friend. Were grains really *that* big of a part of our diet??

So I thought I’d share some (10 to be exact) of my favorite places to find amazing grain-free and/or Paleo recipes.

Grain-Free

A grain-free diet would exclude all of the following:

Wheat, Rye, Barley, Bran, Bulgur, Couscous, Farina, Kamut, Orzo, Semolina, Sorghum, Spelt, Corn, Rice, Oats, Millet, Beer

Paleo

A “Paleo” diet excludes all of the following:

All grains listed in a grain-free diet, dairy, refined sugars, legumes (beans, peas, and peanuts), and potatoes

Ryan and I are somewhere in between these two. We are both completely grain-free and we both don’t eat regular white potatoes. Ryan would align more with the Paleo diet (very very minimal dairy, no refined sugar at all, and no sweet potatoes) but he still eats legumes (and so do I).

Whether you’re grain-free, paleo, or somewhere in between, hopefully these resources can help you as much as they’ve helped us!

Against All Grain Cookbook

1. Against All Grain Cookbook

Woah, I can have crepes!? Pies!? Scones!? Chips!?!? Pretty much all of the things that I thought I would be giving up forever can be made for grain-free or Paleo lifestyles. There’s a reason this book is a New York Times Bestseller. Every recipe I’ve tried is incredible and the pictures are phenomenal (and there’s a huge full-page photo for EVERY recipe). Danielle Walker completely changed her life and healed an autoimmune disease through her grain-free lifestyle.

2. Against All Grain Blog

In addition to her book, Danielle also has a blog with more great photos and recipes! I also highly recommend reading her before and after story!

Paleo Approach Small

3. The Paleo Mom

The Paleo Mom is the author of The Paleo Approach and is a huge online resource not only for Paleo recipes but also for lots of different Paleo resources like paleo ingredients to always have on hand, how to eat Paleo with kids, Paleo struggles, and more! Sarah also has a huge section for how to treat Autoimmune diseases with a Paleo diet.

Trim Healthy Mama

4. Trim Healthy Mama

It’s not often that I spend $35 on a book. In fact, I don’t know if I had EVER spent $35 on a book until I finally was convinced to buy this one. And it has been worth every penny. Not only have I lost a lot of weight that I thought was unlosable (that’s a word, right?) by using the principles in the book, but I now have a great collection of recipes that go along with my grain-free lifestyle (the book is half a recipe book, and half understanding-how-our-bodies-work book). Trim Healthy Mama isn’t specifically grain-free or Paleo (they incorporate a few sprouted grains) but a majority of their recipes are grain-free.

Lynns Kitchen Adventures Small

5. Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

While Lynn’s focus is primarily gluten-free living, she has a ton of great recipes that are also grain-free or that could be adapted to be grain-free.

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6. Nourishing Traditions

Sally Fallon’s book of traditional cooking is one of my favorites! It’s not a “grain-free” or “paleo” cookbook, but so many of the recipes and cooking traditions covered in this book are helpful to know for general healthy living. There aren’t many cookbooks that I think are must-haves, but this one and Against All Grain are the two that I think should be in every kitchen.

Paleo On A Budget

7. Paleo On A Budget

I recently ran across the Paleo On A Budget blog and just love the heart and message behind it! Liz shares her weekly menu plans and shopping trips to show that living a Paleo lifestyle doesn’t have to break the bank.

Kalyns Kitchen

8. Kalyn’s Kitchen

Kalyn’s Kitchen is another blog that isn’t necessarily grain-free, but she focuses heavily on low-glycemic foods which ends up being a lot of great grain-free recipes! A lot of her recipes are geared towards difference phases of the South Beach Diet Phase 1 (which would exclude most grains).

Elanas Pantry Small

9. Elana’s Pantry

Elana’s website is a huge resource of recipes for breakfast, bread, snacks, soup, salads, dinner, veggies, condiments, desserts and more! She also has a Paleo cookbook that looks great and has great reviews too!

Follow Rachel Holland SurvivingTheStores.com’s board Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, OR Paleo Recipes! on Pinterest.

10. Our Grain-Free/Paleo/Gluten-Free Pinterest Board

We have a wonderful group of bloggers who contribute to our Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, and/or Paleo Recipes Pinterest Board! Just click on the board above to follow it!

**If you are a blogger who would like to contribute your recipes to our Pinterest board, feel free to send me an email through our contact form with your Pinterest email address. :) **

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For those of you who are also grain-free or Paleo, what are your favorite resources? Feel free to share your favorite online resources or books that you think are must-haves!

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Sep 23, 2013

Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Meal Plan – Week Of 9/23/13!

Sep
23
2013
Monday

Grain Free Weekly Menu Plan


Ryan and I have been grain-free since the beginning of 2013 and we’ve noticed lots of huge changes in our lives because of it (better sleep, more energy, weight loss for me, happier moods).

When I tell someone that I’m mostly grain-free (I still have oats every so often) the first question they always ask is, “What in the world do you eat??”   So, I’m sharing my weekly menu plans here on STS to show that we still eat lots of super yummy things and that a grain-free/gluten-free lifestyle is definitely very doable (even on a limited budget!)

Life Update!

We have our furniture!!  Our house is a complete wreck right now, but at least we’re sleeping on beds instead of air mattresses.  I actually enjoyed living without “stuff” for a couple of weeks so as I unpack boxes I’m going to be putting everything I can live without into garage sale boxes.

I’ll be making my menu plans off of what I have on hand, as well as what is/will be on sale at the stores where I shop… Kroger, HEBAldi, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s.  I’m still in phase 1 of my freezer/fridge stockpiling so I’ll be getting as many of the meat deals this week as I can fit in my budget (like the $4.49/lb grass-fed organic ground beef at Aldi this week – starts on Wed for us here in Texas).


The kids will be mostly eating the same things as us with some extra carbs added in to the meal plan below.  I can easily throw in a slice of bread or some rice for them to round things out a little more for their growing bodies.

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • Salads (with salmon, leftover burgers, or lunch meat, and broccoli, carrots, and cheese)
  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Sandwiches with grain-free bread (recipe for the grain-free bread is coming this week!)

Snacks:

  • Greek Yogurt and frozen berries
  • Homemade Hummus and veggies
  • Apples, Bananas, Oranges
  • Homemade Guacamole and chips (sweet potato chips for me and Ryan – and yes, sweet potato chips and guac is AWESOME)

Dinner:

  • Chicken Sausage (from Sprouts) with quinoa and spinach (I steam the sausage, cut it up into pieces, and then mix it with the cooked quinoa and spinach before serving)
  • Burger Salads (burgers on mixed greens with all of the toppings you normally put on a burger, including the mayo/mustard/ketchup)
  • Chicken tenders (frozen) in the crockpot all day with spaghetti sauce & frozen leeks (found them at Trader Joe’s!).  Then about 1 hour before it’s ready I add cubed zucchini.  Served over pasta for the kids and either by itself or with quinoa for the adults.
  • Roasted Chicken with steamed broccoli and butternut squash (cooked whole in the oven)
  • If the weather here in Texas can stay a little cooler then I really would like to try this Leftover Roast Chicken Soup with Roasted Veggies!
  • Shredded chicken with salsa, avocado, and quinoa (just mix it all up – it’s SO good) with a side salad
  • Leftovers

Beverages:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Unsweetened almond milk (mostly for the 2 year old, but I love it in my coffee too!)
  • Regular organic milk until I find a good raw or low-heat pasteurized supplier in Houston (if anyone knows of a good place please let me know!)

I like to do my menu plans on the weekends since the week is pretty crazy for us, and I don’t set up my menu plans by day of the week so that I don’t have to set in stone what we are having every single night. It’s a big enough deal for this non-scheduler to plan out a general menu at all, so I like that each evening can be somewhat spontaneous since I can choose that day (or the night before) what we are going to eat.

As I make this meal plan each week I take a look at what we have in the pantry, fridge, and freezer first, and then if I’m lacking anything I look at what’s on sale so that I can make a quick trip to the store on Sunday afternoon (although I try to avoid that if possible since I like to go to the store on Wednesdays to do my stock-up shopping).

You’ll notice that we have a lot of the same things from week to week and for this season of life it works for us!

For those who are curious about Quinoa, see my post on How To Cook Quinoa.  I was scared for the longest time to try it out (I guess because it was so new to me?) but I make it all the time now!

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Sep 9, 2013

Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Meal Plan – Week Of 9/9/13!

Sep
9
2013
Monday

Grain Free Weekly Menu Plan


Ryan and I have been grain-free since the beginning of 2013 and we’ve noticed lots of huge changes in our lives because of it (better sleep, more energy, weight loss for me, happier moods).

When I tell someone that I’m mostly grain-free (I still have oats every so often) the first question they always ask is, “What in the world do you eat??”   So, I’m sharing my weekly menu plans here on STS to show that we still eat lots of super yummy things and that a grain-free/gluten-free lifestyle is definitely very doable (even on a limited budget!)

I get a lot of my recipes ideas and inspiration from the book Trim Healthy Mama.  Yes, it’s $35, and yes it’s worth every penny!!  Half of the book is a nutrition book and the other half is a cookbook.

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Life Update!

Whew! It has been a crazy couple of months but we are *finally* settled in our new house in Houston. Well, as settled as you can get without any furniture. All of our stuff won’t actually be delivered for another week and a half.

Thankfully I found an awesome deal on a refrigerator on Craigslist so we do have a fridge/freezer AND will have an extra one once the one in storage gets here (I’ve dreamed about having a garage fridge for a few years so I’m super excited!)

I’m basically starting over with my fridge/freezer stockpile so I’ll be heading to Kroger, HEB (YAY!!! I’ve waited 6 years to have an HEB near me again!), Aldi, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s this week to start working on stocking up on the best deals. (If you click on a store name it will take you to a page with the current week’s deals and coupon match-ups for that store.)


The kids will be mostly eating the same things as us with some extra carbs added in to the meal plan below.  I can easily throw in a slice of bread or some rice for them to round things out a little more for their growing bodies.

Breakfast:

Lunch:

  • Salads (with salmon, leftover burgers, or lunch meat, and broccoli, carrots, and cheese)
  • Leftovers from dinner
  • Sandwiches with grain-free bread

Snacks:

Dinner:

  • Chicken Sausage (from Sprouts) with quinoa and spinach (I steam the sausage, cut it up into pieces, and then mix it with the cooked quinoa and spinach before serving)
  • Burger Salads (burgers on mixed greens with all of the toppings you normally put on a burger, including the mayo/mustard/ketchup) :)
  • Baked butternut squash (I cook it in the oven just like a whole pumpkin) with 1 lb. ground beef, cubed zucchini, spices (salt, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, garlic powder), and sauteed onion.  This is SO GOOD!!  You can serve it over quinoa or just eat it as is.
  • Roasted chicken in the crockpot with steamed broccoli
  • Shredded chicken with salsa, avocado, and quinoa (just mix it all up) with a side salad
  • Leftovers

Beverages:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Unsweetened almond milk (mostly for the 2 year old, but I love it in my coffee too!)
  • Regular organic milk until I find a good raw or low-heat pasteurized supplier in Houston (if anyone knows of a good place please let me know!)

I like to do my menu plans on the weekends since the week is pretty crazy for us, and I don’t set up my menu plans by day of the week so that I don’t have to set in stone what we are having every single night. It’s a big enough deal for this non-scheduler to plan out a general menu at all, so I like that each evening can be somewhat spontaneous since I can choose that day (or the night before) what we are going to eat.

As I make this meal plan each week I take a look at what we have in the pantry, fridge, and freezer first, and then if I’m lacking anything I look at what’s on sale so that I can make a quick trip to the store on Sunday afternoon (although I try to avoid that if possible since I like to go to the store on Wednesdays to do my stock-up shopping).

You’ll notice that we have a lot of the same things from week to week and for this season of life it works for us!

For those who are curious about Quinoa, see my post on How To Cook Quinoa.  I was scared for the longest time to try it out (I guess because it was so new to me?) but I make it all the time now!

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