Cook With Me Trader Joe’s and Sprouts Grocery Haul!

On my way home from Hadara’s dance class, I stopped at Trader Joe’s and Sprouts for some groceries.  It was late so I decided to pick something to cook from the Trader Joe’s frozen section.  I was craving Asian food, so I chose Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and Chicken Fried Rice.  It wasn’t too pricey.  Both came out to $8 for a quick 5 minute dinner.

This was my very 1st time trying Trader Joe’s frozen Asian foods, so today my family gave our honest opinion and review of what we thought in the video above.  I also show you everything I bought from both grocery stores as I cook dinner.  This haul video is different than my other ones, because I’m actually cooking something I bought and reviewing it all together.

Overall, we thought the meal was very tasty.  The chicken was a little extra crispy, but then I did throw it in the frying pan frozen.  However, the instructions said I could.  Both of the meals were very easy to make.  Just cut open the bag and throw it in a skillet.  It did take longer than 5 minutes though.  I like to make sure my chicken is cooked fully, so maybe it’s my fault.

I’d say it’s mostly a healthy meal because I fried it in coconut oil and all of Trader Joe’s products are promised to be non GMO.  I can’t say it’s 100% healthy or great for clean eating, but Ruben and I enjoyed it.  Hadara on the other hand, hated it.  So, maybe it’s not kid approved.  Hey, either way, it was a dinner that did deliver and solved my “what’s for dinner” problem.

Have you tried Trader Joe’s frozen food or have any suggestions I should try?

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My $42 Trader Joes’s Weekly Grocery Haul and 1 Week Meal Plan

TRADER JOE’S 

1/2 gallon Almond Milk $2.99

 1/2 gallon Almond Milk Unsweetened $2.99

1 six pack Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt $2.99

1 package of Plain Bagels $2.99

1 jar of Pizza Sauce $1.99

1 jar Marinara Sauce $1.39

1 organic Frozen Pizza Crust $2.99

1 bag of White Cheddar Puffs $1.99

1 pack of Corn Tortillas $1.29

1 package Roasted Turkey  $3.29

1 package of Pitted Prunes $3.69

1 package sliced Muenster Cheese $3.99

1 olive oil Potato Chips $1.99

1 Cinnamon Raisin Bread $2.99

1 Cinnamon Squares Cereal $2.69

1 Dozen Eggs $1.29 

TOTAL $41.54

Weekly Meal Plan 

Breakfasts 

Oatmeal, Bagel

Cereal, Bagel

Yogurt and Granola

Pumpkin French Toast (link to post), Eggs, Hasbrowns

Lunches 

Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese Puffs

Mac and Cheese x 2

Veggie Soup,

Eat Out

Dinners

Crockpot Chicken Tacos, Rice x 2

Crockpot Meatloaf, Baked Potatos

Chicken Pasta Marinara

Crockpot Chicken, Potatos, Carrots x 2

Homemade Pizza, Green Italian Salad

Eat Out  x 2

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My $79 Grocery Shopping Haul and 2 Week Meal Plan 

Trader Joe’s 

1 Bag of White Cheddar Puffs $1.99 

2 Blueberry Vanilla Yogurt 6 pack $2.99 

2 1/2 Gallon Almond Milk $2.99

2 Organic Mac & Cheese $1.29

1 Bag Frozen Organic Corn $1.79

1 Bag Dried Pitted Prunes $3.69

1 Crunchy Cinnamon Squares Cereal $2.69

1 Nature’s Path Granola Pumpkin Flax $2.99

1 Frozen Breakfast Quiche $2.49

1 lb. Grass fed Angus Ground Beef $5.99

1 Dozen Eggs $1.29

1 pack Sliced Roasted Turkey $3.29

1 jar of Pizza Sauce $1.99

1 pack of Corn Tortillas $1.29

1 Breakfast Hash browns  $1.99

Total:  $46.02

Sprouts 

1 lb. Organic Broccoli $.80

1 Organic Cabbage  $2.32

1 5-lb. pound Russet Potatoes $2.98 

1 Organic Green Kale $.99

1 Alfredo Seasoning Mix $1.59

1 Avocado Oil Potato Chips $2.00

1 Nature’s Path Instant Oatmeal $3.29

One Organic Ranch Dip Mix $1.29

One Organic Sloppy Joe Mix $1.49

1 Vanilla Coconut Yogurt $3.99

3 packs Chicken Breasts $3.87, $4.19, $4.29

Total:  $33.07

TOTAL FOR THE WEEK:  $79.09

Weekly Meal Plan 

Breakfasts 

Oatmeal, Bagel 

Yogurt and Granola

Pumpkin French Toast, Hard Boiled egg 

Cereal, Bagel 

Pumpkin Pancakes, Hash Browns 

Beef Chorizo and Eggs 

Lunches 

Turkey Sandwiches, Cheese Puffs

Tuna Fish Sandwich, Chips 

Mac and Cheese x 2

Veggie Soup, Roll

Dinners

Sloppy Joes, Season Potato Wedges

Crockpot Chicken Tacos, Rice x 2 

Crockpot Chilli Beans, Cornbread 

Meatball Subs, Green Salad

Broccoli Cheddar Soup, Roll 

Chicken Penne Alfredo, Broccoli 

Pasta Rosa, Garlic bread

Crockpot Chicken, Potatos, Carrots x 2

Crockpot Chicken Broccoli, baked potato x2 

Cheseburger Sliders 

Download the 2 Week Menu Plan below.  

How to Buy Healthy Food on a Budget!


Two weeks ago, I changed my eating habits.  That means . . .  my family’s eating habits also changed along with me.  They don’t mind though.  🙂  There are a number of reasons why I changed my eating habits so abruptly, but Ill get into that on another post.  

Today, I’d like to share with you some tips for finding healthy food on a budget.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive.  In the past two weeks, I challenged myself with the help of prayer and research to find ways to make our new health journey work with a limited income.   Here are some of the tips I share in this video that you can use right now to start eating healthy on a budget too.  



1.  Check grocery store clearance racks or baskets.  Grocery stores mark down many health foods  that are gluten-free, organic and non-gmo for a quick sale.  Usually they are not even close to expiring and you’ll find good products for cheap!  

2.  Shop stores you wouldn’t normally look for health food.  Big Lots is a great example to find marked down healthy food.  Organic and non gmo chips, organic dried goods and even organic salsa are numerous at this store.  

3.  Check the weekly ads for healthy food markets like Sprouts, Trader Joes and Whole Foods.  Plan your meals according to what is on sale and what is in season.  

4.  Buy grass fed meats and dairy through wholesale organic websites like Zaycon.  I just bought 40 pounds of natural organic chicken for 1.69 a pound through Zaycon.  I’ll be picking up my order this Friday so I’ll tell you how that goes.  

5.   Don’t discredit your local grocery stores for inexpensive healthy food.  I found organic/non-gmo milk, ground turkey and brown organic veg fed eggs at Kroger (Fry’s).  The prices were better than the farmer’s market.  

The last tip and best tip of all. . . 

Pray and ask the Lord to show you where to go.  Before I begin to make my list for the week, I pray.  Let’s face it.  God knows it already.  He knows what I need before I ask Him.  Why not make it easier on yourself.  He’ll guide you, just ask.  

My healthy food haul was the first of many to come.  I hope this encourages you and helps you to take the healthy eating challenge for your family.  I will be making videos and blogging more about the meal plans and recipes I make for my family with all this healthy food in the near future.  So be sure to subscribe to the blog below for more healthy food tips on a budget!  

Do you have any healthy food shopping tips on a budget to share?  Tell us in the comments.