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What’s in My Grocery Bags #11 + Weekly Meal Plan

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Happy Monday, friends!  I hope your weekend was as great as mine was.  While I did not get in on the Halloween fun, I spent a great couple of days with Jeremy.

Jeremy Hannah Coach's CornerWe spent Saturday afternoon at an area bar day-drinking and watching the Iowa game.

woodchuck and epic barAs you may have seen on Instagram, I came prepared!  I enjoyed several ciders (even though I really wanted beer) and snacked on an EPIC bar.  The first time I ate one of these I was not a fan, but I really loved the grass-fed beef, apple, and bacon flavor.  Plus, the ingredients were on point.

Mosley's Iowa CityJeremy and I also enjoyed a super delicious lunch together at Mosley’s Barbecue and Provisions on Sunday.  I contacted them ahead of time to ask about ingredients, and found that the in-house smoked meat was something I could eat.  I ordered the pulled pork and chicken.  I also brought along my own sides of plantain chips and half of an avocado.  The pulled pork was my favorite, and I am already excited to go back!  It was super refreshing to eat out at a restaurant and not order a burger.

And now that we are on the topic of food (go figure), let’s talk about my groceries and meal plan for the week.

Whenever I have a visitor coming or decide to go back home, I always try to get my grocery shopping done on Friday night.  I have found that Friday evenings are usually a pretty good time since most people have more exciting things to be doing than perusing the aisles at the grocery store.  Yes, I just insinuated that I am “not exciting.”  And if grocery shopping on a Friday night did not convince you of that, I will take it one step further.  Lately, I have been going to bed even earlier on Friday nights than I do during the work week.  Apparently by that point the work week has caught up with me and I am exhausted.  Either that, or grocery shopping is quite tiring.

So this past Friday night, I did my thing.  I went shopping after work, made dinner, cleaned my apartment, and was in bed before 10:00.  I’d say we can officially refer to that as successful “adulting.”  And since it has been forever since I last shared my grocery haul and meal plan for the week, I figured it was about darn time I changed that.

What’s in My Grocery Bags #11

(Sorry, no prices today because I forgot to save my receipts!)

grocery bag produceorganic golden delicious apples| avocado| bananas| organic lemons| organic lime| garlic| ginger| organic zucchini| spaghetti squash

grocery bag produce 2organic collard greens| organic yams| organic kale| organic salad mix| organic green cabbage| organic baby carrots

grocery bag perishablesmy favorite chicken and apple sausages| ground turkey| frozen brussels sprouts| fresh green beans

grocery bag pantrymy favorite plantain chips| Cosmic Cranberry kombucha| organic red palm oil| coconut milk (with no added fillers!)

grocery bag co-opGingerade kombucha| no-sugar-added Sun Butter| EPIC bar| grass-fed ground beef| white sweet potatoes

Weekly Meal Plan: November 2-6

Dinners I am making this week (which will also serve as leftovers for lunches) include:

A modified version of this Light Nicoise Salad that I have been loving lately
Chicken and apple sausages + roasted brussels sprouts + carrots
One of my most favorite meatball recipes + sautéed collard greens and kale
A super simple tuna salad + baby carrots + fruit
Somewhat of an experiment combining spaghetti squash, ground turkey, sweet potatoes, and veggies (I’m sure you’ll catch it on Instagram)

I’ll also be eating my chocolate banana coconut chia pudding topped with banana slices and sunflower seed better for breakfasts throughout the week.

It feels good to have all of my groceries purchased and my meals planned out.  Now I just get to look forward to eating it all!

A Paleo grocery haul and meal plan! #glutenfree #mealplan #Paleo Click To Tweet

What is on your meal plan for the week?

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  • Andrea @ pencils and pancakes November 2, 2015, 6:11 am
    Don't ha hate drinking cider when you'd rather have beer?!?! Where'd u get those plantIn chips? Andrea @ pencils and pancakes recently posted...Tips to get you through a food challengeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2015, 7:37 pm
      Yes!! But better than nothing I guess, right? I get the plantain chips at Lucky's Market, but used to get them at Natural Grocers before I left Omaha. Hopefully you have one of those two in your area!
  • Ruth November 2, 2015, 9:41 am
    Thanks for the meal prep ideas - looks like a yummy week ahead. How do you prepare the frozen brussels sprouts? I have never been able to make them taste decent. It would be fantastic to figure out a way to prepare them as the frozen costs less!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2015, 7:37 pm
      I actually roasted my frozen sprouts! I mix them with some avocado oil and seasonings and roast them up. It's crazy, but you can totally roast frozen veggies.
      • Ruth November 2, 2015, 8:05 pm
        Great! Thanks for letting me know. Definitely going to give it a try!!
        • ClnEatingVegGrl November 4, 2015, 4:06 pm
          I hope you love them as much as I do!
  • Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl November 2, 2015, 10:03 am
    I'm the same as you...I fall asleep on Fridays because I'm so tired from long lawyer days! I also found a local BBQ place recently where I can eat the smoked turkey which is amazing, AND the apple cider coleslaw because it's just cabbage, carrots, and apple cider vinegar. So yummy! Now I just need to find a partner in crime who doesn't mind my conking out at 9:30pm like a 24 year old senior citizen and bringing my own snacks places like you have :) Alyssa @ renaissancerunnergirl recently posted...Dash to the Finish 5K and Marathon WeekendMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2015, 7:40 pm
      Haha!! It is totally possible. I am lucky because my fiance is five years older than me so he is normally tired before I even am ;)
  • Kate November 2, 2015, 10:08 am
    Your produce to everything else ration reminds me a lot of my own! I tend to go overboard with it. The epic bar isn't something I've had before! Is it like jerky? Kate recently posted...Baby AlaskanMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2015, 7:42 pm
      You can never have too many veggies, right? ;) That particular flavor does taste a lot like jerky. You should definitely give one a try!
  • Torry @ A World Without Wheat November 2, 2015, 10:20 am
    I completely agree with you - I love grocery shopping on Friday nights! I feel sometimes like I am the only one in there and I'm okay with that. I am also okay with going to bed before 10pm on a Friday. It happens quite often in my house....and many times on Saturdays too! Torry @ A World Without Wheat recently posted...November Already?My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2015, 7:48 pm
      YES! I'm glad I am not the only nerd when it comes to weekend night grocery shopping and early bed times ;)
  • rachel @ Athletic avocado November 2, 2015, 11:50 am
    i swear we buy all the same foods! This week i bought 3 spaghetti squashes! The addiction is real :) rachel @ Athletic avocado recently posted...Apple Pie Yogurt BrûléeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2015, 7:48 pm
      Surprisingly this is actually my first spaghetti squash of the season. I don't know what I was thinking during the month of October, but I somehow forgot about them!
  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables November 2, 2015, 8:15 pm
    I'm always up for some Friday night grocery shopping, haha. :) I also love Woodchuck cider. I'm not much of a beer drinker but I do love cider! Liz @ I Heart Vegetables recently posted...Quick & Easy Black Bean Soup [Vegan & Gluten Free]My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 2, 2015, 8:22 pm
      Ciders are definitely a great alternative to beer. Now I just wish I loved them more than beer! ;)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul November 2, 2015, 10:19 pm
    Hard cider and those chicken sausages!! <3 <3 <3
    • ClnEatingVegGrl November 3, 2015, 6:37 pm
      Both are deeeelicious!!

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