I love me some Aldi!

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Have you ever heard of the grocery store Aldi?  If you haven’t I’m sorry and I hope one opens close to you soon.  If you have heard of it and are close to one, but still haven’t went then you are missing out!  Let me tell you why.

Yesterday I had to go grocery shopping.  I didn’t have anything to make for dinner and we were out of all the important things and being that it was Friday it had to happen that day.  See, when you live in a tourist town you DO NOT go to the grocery store on the weekends in season.  My definition of hell is Walmart in Myrtle Beach with too many tourists that don’t know where anything is, are as slow as your great grandmother, and think because they are on vacation they do not have to use common courtesy or sense.  Please remember this next time you are on vacation.  People live and work where you vacation and we have to do everyday things in that area, so please be nice and mindful of how you act.  Ok, sorry I am over my little rant there.  On with my story about grocery shopping.  

So since it is starting to be the busy season I meal planned for 2 weeks and off to Aldi I went.  Now if you have never been to Aldi before let me tell you a little about them.  They are super cheap because they have these great tricks to help save them money and in return save you money.  Like when you go to get your buggy you have to put in a quarter to unlock it from the rest (so they don’t have to pay someone to run around the parking lot to get the buggies left all over the place) and when you are done you put it back to get your quarter.  They only carry maybe 2 brands of each thing so they can have more things overall.  When you check out they put all your stuff back in the buggy and have an area for you to bring your own bags and load up or if you see an empty box anywhere you can take it and use that to keep everything in.  They cut out on their labor and you save money.  And I am perfectly fine putting my stuff in the bags how I want it to save money.

Now like I said I was planning to buy food for 2 weeks which means 14 dinners, snacks, fruit and veggies for baby food, and a couple lunches since we normally just have leftovers. I was hoping to keep it under $200 and I had a few things already at home so that helped cut down a little, but I was still thinking it would be close.  And before I tell you how much it cost, let me list just my 14 meals out for you so you have a little idea of what all I was getting.

  1. White Chicken Chili
  2. Grilled Chicken with Creamy Pesto Mac
  3. Shrimp and broccoli Alfredo
  4. Tuna Cakes and Fries
  5. Turkey Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, and Cornbread (our not so healthy meal)
  6. Ground Turkey Stroganoff
  7. Stew Beef, Rice, and Peas
  8. Bowtie Lasagna
  9. Southwest Chicken and Rice
  10. Baked Chicken, Mac & Cheese, and Black Eyed Peas
  11. Chicken Tacos
  12. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and Fries
  13. Chicken Parm Casserole
  14. Eggs, Sausage, and Toast

And like I said a good bit of other things to go with all that.  So what was my grand total?

$152.01!!!!

I was pretty freakin proud of that.  I am telling you, if you haven’t been to Aldi you need to. It’s amazing and you will fall in love too.

If you have any questions about any of my meals or how I meal plan, send me a message at carrie@onmywaytonamaste.com and I will be more than happy to share with you!

Thanks for reading and Namaste!

 

Baby food!

The other day I posted pictures of my homemade baby food and thought I would go into a little more about how I make my own.  I enjoy making it and I prefer my babies to have homemade baby food, but I do give them store bought baby food as well from time to time.  I don’t always have access to fresh ripe fruits and vegetables so I will give them some.  But both my boys have always seemed to enjoy homemade food better and I feel better knowing exactly what fruit or vegetables they are getting and not just some “mixed berries”.  

When I first started making food for my now 3 year old I had a “Munchkin Fresh Baby Food Chopper & Steamer Green In Box” and it sucked.  The chopper only cut thin paper and you couldn’t do more than a half of a sweet potato at a time.  I froze it in glass baby food jars and just so you know, that’s a bad idea and they will break.  So I changed to filling up ice trays, freezing, and putting them in a big ziplock.  Well it gets freezer burn fast, so I could never make a lot at a time.  

I finally just started to boil everything and then blend it to smooth and it’s so much better.  I do want to get a good chopper, but it’s not that hard to just cut it up.  I normally let everything boil for at least an hour depending on what it is and then let it cool in the water that it’s cooked in.  Harder fruit and veggies I sometimes cook for an hour and a half to 2 hours, but once they break up easily you are good to go.

 

After it cools, I drain all the water off and start blending.  I always like to let mine blend for a little extra, stir, and blend again just to make sure all the lumps are out.  That’s really all it takes.  I have had a couple things that came out a little too watery and I just added a little rice cereal to it and it was good to go.  I have also made some things and my kids hated the taste, so I would just mix it with another veggie and they would go crazy.  You may have to play a little, but it’s not as hard as it seems.

 

Now the other day I did try something new and I am changed forever.  I have said that the jars didn’t work and the “ice cubes” were ok, but I have found something so much easier and I will never go back.  BREAST MILK STORAGE BAGS!  If you ever nursed you probably have storage bags. I bought some, had tons given to me, and had a lot sent to me as samples.  So when I stopped nursing I still had a box full of them.

 

Well they have a new purpose now!  Fill them bad boys up with baby food, lay them flat to freeze and then they can be stored easy in the door, and they can be thawed in less than a minute.  They have measurements on the side (I do 4 oz) and the label is already there so it’s super easy.  I would recommend buying a funnel so you don’t make a mess like I did trying to pour straight from the blender into the bags, but other than that it’s great.  When you need some you just pull a bag out, turn on the hot water and fill a cup up with the hottest water you can get from the sink.  Drop it down in there and you will have ready to go baby food in a minute!   


Don’t be scared to try this.  It’s easy, cheap, and you know what your baby is getting.  That alone is enough for me.

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