If you've been with me on my blogging journey for awhile, you've seen many grocery haul posts.
Well, I decided to do this one slightly different-- and I'm hoping the extra effort will make it just a bit more helpful to you guys.
I made a super exciting Friday Night Out trip to Costco the other night, and this is what I came home with. Dathan & I were heading into week two of our Whole30, so I avoided the areas of Costco I knew I shouldn't be in, and stocked up on some super-clean items.
While I did manage to get out in under 30 minutes, don't worry~ I still took the time to double check the ingredients (although many of these don't have more than one!) to make sure they were Whole30 compliant.
& Now, for the twist: I decided to include a list of meal ideas at the end, using the items I bought on this trip & just a few more ingredients you might already have on hand. They are all Whole30 compliant, and easy to make!
zucchini & yellow squash
black seedless grapes
Aidell's Organic Sweet Basil & Roasted Garlic Meatballs (2)
Aidell's Chicken & Apple Sausage (2)
Kirkland's organic marinara sauce
So, it's a pretty simple list~ but between this haul & a little Sunday meal prep, we were all set for some great dinners throughout the week. Here are a few ideas:
- Marinara Meatballs Over Roasted Veggies: Roast a baking sheet full of chopped squash and cauliflower with a little olive oil, salt, & pepper at 425ºf for 30 minutes. Heat your meatballs in jarred marinara in the microwave or a large pan until the meatballs are warm. Serve the meatballs & marinara over the roasted veggies.
- Slow Cooker Lamb Chops & Cauli-Mash: I have a recipe coming for this soon, but I basically sliced an onion & laid it in the bottom of my slow cooker. Rubbed the lamb chops with a homemade spice blend, and topped with fresh garlic. Cooked on low for 4-6 hours and served with mashed cauliflower.
- Creamy Spiced Butternut Squash Soup: Find the recipe to one of my favorite recipes here. Top it with bacon or pan-fried chicken apple sausage. Also a great side to go with your pork chops!
- Cauliflower Rice: I have a tips/how-to post on how to make your own here. I try to rice my cauliflower as soon as I get it home, then mix it into a stir-fry-- or steam & use the immersion blender for a cauli-mash.
- Beef Enchilada Bake: With your cauliflower riced & ready to go, you might as well make this super-easy, extra filling & delicious Whole30 version of a traditional enchilada casserole. Find the recipe here.
- Zucchini Fritters: For another way to use up that zucchini, try grating it & combining with egg, spices, and a touch of coconut flour. Shape into patties & fry in coconut oil. We blended ours with sweet potato & served it under a runny fried egg. Recipe to come!
- Pork Chops & Cinnamon Apples: This meal reminds me of Outback Steakhouse & my Grandma~ both good things (especially my sweet Grandma). I use my recipe for Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce (which you can bake or make in the slow cooker), and serve it with my Perfect Pork Chops that start in a pan & finish in the oven. Roast some veggies or toss together a quick salad & you're all set for dinner.
& Like you've probably heard me mention 100 times by now, I seriously make at least double the amount of food we need~ that way we've got leftovers for lunch or even dinner the next day. Really helps cut out the whole "I'm cooking every night" thing that so many people dread on a Whole30.
Let me know what you think in the comments below, and leave suggestions for future posts! I love hearing from you!