This week’s meal plan (2/4-2/8)

It was a sad day yesterday in our house after the Niners lost the Super Bowl. So close, yet so far away. You know what was also so close? The number on my scale being lower. But then I splurged a little too much at our Super Bowl party. Oh well, back on the wagon today!

I’m working out and eating healthy and looking forward to pushing myself to be healthier and more fit (and growing a butt would be awesome sauce, too). I’m trying to work up the courage to post my progress so that I will be challenged and accountable! Maybe soon.

We ordered grass-fed ground beef and fajita meat from a local company and subscribed to eggs from grass-fed chickens. We bought chicken from a family member that works for a chicken company and I bought pork ribs on sale. I stocked up on lots of fruit this week to make protein smoothies.

I really need to learn to like fish. Maybe next week I will add in some sea food. Although, Lent is coming up and I am sure we will be adding more sea food at that time.

meal plan

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What’s on this week’s meal plan for you?


Italian chili recipe

We have a new dish at our house; we call it “Italian Chili.” It’s a little bit Pasta e Fagioli, a little spaghetti sauce, and a little bit chili, edited and added together. It’s easy, it’s tasty, and it fits our version of healthy, too!

If you are counting carbs or you aren’t a bean or grain eater, this recipe has no beans and is grain-free. It doesn’t have dairy in it either, but it tastes great with shredded Parmesan or mozzarella cheese on top… I really like Parmesan cheese on top…

Italian Chili

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Grocery Savings Challenge Week 4: Review (with meal cost details)

In this week’s review, I thought I would try and break down the meal costs to be more accurate. I did not include the cost of oil or seasonings, since the cost is usually quite small per meal and hard to determine. If I grill in butter, I include the butter cost (and we use butter than comes from grass fed cows, so it’s about $7-8 a box).

Here was this week’s plan and cost:

The Meal Plan

The Final Cost

Meal ingredients: $42.61
Other items: $15.53
Total: $58.14

What we actually ate and price details:

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Crockpot Beef Stew


  • 2 packs stew meat
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups beef broth / water
  • 1 small 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 onion, sliced or diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Water
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil


  • Heat olive oil in pan.
  • Mix flour, garlic, pepper, and salt together.
  • Dredge meat in flour mixture and brown in olive oil.
  • Dump meat into crock pot set on low.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into pan and stir to remove flour and drippings, dump into crock pot.
  • Add tomato sauce, onions, garlic cloves, white wine, and enough water and broth to cover meat.
  • Cook on low for  4 hours and add carrots and sweet potatoes and more water or broth if needed.
  • Cook on low an additional 2-4 hours until carrots and potatoes are fork tender and meat is falling apart.


Galinha Guisada – AKA Portuguese chicken stew

As mentioned before, my husband and his family are all 100% Portuguese, coming from the Azores Islands. Since I had first starting dating my now-husband, some 9 years ago, I have had several Portuguese dishes. These meals I would categorize as “comfort foods.” Most meals feature meat and potatoes. Every Christmas Eve we have bocalao, at BBQ’s we have Portuguese baked beans, and every once in awhile we may have Galinha Guisada for a family lunch.

Galinha Guisada is quite easy to make and inexpensive. Made with chicken legs or thighs and chicken stock, you get the important nutrients and collagen from the bone marrow. Want to learn more about the benefits of stock and how to make it? Visit Weston A. Price Foundation’s article on broth.

Instead of using your homemade chicken broth for chicken soup, save it for Galinha Guisada!

The following recipe has been Americanized a bit (I use Italian seasonings and garlic powder and skip the bay leaf).

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