Every week we make a meal plan for the week ahead. The plan accounts for 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (plus fruit or vegetables), 4 snacks, and 5 dinners each for the two of us. Lunches are typically a double batch of whatever the recipe calls for. We make the lunches and do other prep work on Sunday. Nearly all items are purchased from either our local farmers market or Whole Foods. We live in Cincinnati, OH.
May 17-May 23
BIG NEWS: our neighborhood farmer’s market started this weekend! Okay, I realize this might not be considered big news by some (most), but we’ve been waiting all winter for this. The main Cincinnati market is open year round but is… underwhelming, as well as a decent drive from us and requires paid parking, so we haven’t gone much since we moved. Our neighborhood market is just a 5 minute drive away, if that, and surprisingly good. We shopped at several stands that I can see us hitting regularly, got our knives sharpened (and I have two new cuts on my thumb to prove it), and I know it’s just going to get better once we move on in the season and more exciting produce comes our way.
Seriously, the highlight of the week.
Total cost: Roughly $135
Average cost per meal per person, with snacks tucked into the mix: $4.82
- Sliced cucumbers and carrot sticks
- Baked chickpeas with pita chips and yogurt
- Red beans and rice
- Roasted chicken with roasted fennel and beets
- Veggie okonomiyaki– top with fried eggs
- Tatsoi and mushrooms on polenta