Cheap Family Meals Challenge is my one-year blogging plan to share with you, how we plan to live on $300 a month whilst enjoying cheap meals for 5. We are a family of mum, dad, teenage boy and 2 under 4s and love our home cooked food. This blog post covers our whole30 cheap family meals grocery plan during April of 2018.
Our Cheap Family Meals Challenge also includes:
- Grocery Shopping Purchased (with prices)
- Cheap Grocery List (for you to download)
- Cheap Meals For 5 Recipes
- Specific Savings We Made
- Exactly How Much We Have Spent
- PDFs for you to download so that you can print off everything
Throughout the months of January, February and March we have managed to average less than $300 a month on groceries and we thought it would be fun to see if in April we can do so while following the Whole30.
Our under 4s will of course be loosely following the Whole30. They will still have their breakfast cereal, their whole milk, their biscuits and maybe the odd bit of chocolate. But overall, they will be on the Whole30 with us.
We are heading on a road trip in June and we could do with losing a few extra pounds, making a Whole30 challenge ideal for us all.
What foods do we need to give up to follow the Whole30?
Well the truth is we are rather Whole30 already so its not that much of a change for us. We already avoid processed foods when we can, we don’t drink a lot, we don’t eat excessive amounts of dairy and we certainly don’t eat a lot of grains.
We will be giving up:
- Our HUGE chocolate habits
- Our cheese (okay our big cheese habit)
- A bit of pasta and rice
- Chickpeas & beans
This will be our 3rd round of the Whole30. The first time I did it I lost 5 pounds (August 2015), the second time 11 pounds (May 2017) and I wonder what will happen the third time around. Will it be third time lucky?
Or check out our infographic that explains the whole30 in much more detail:
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge
If you would like to follow us along at home. Then please do so, but first some words of wisdom from a family that are following it for the third time:
Start it after special events not during = You don’t want to be on the Whole30 when you know you have a wedding, Christmas, Easter eggs to eat, someone’s birthday at the local Chinese buffet or a vacation of a lifetime. We are starting this straight after Easter weekend and after a binge. That way it will help us cope with the sugar limits.
Cooking Whole30 is EASY = I get sick to death of reading on blogs that you must spend hours in the kitchen and that cooking for the whole30 is hard work….because it is NOT. For example, one day you could have a tomato omelette for breakfast, Rotisserie Chicken with vegetables for lunch and then a salad for dinner. Not one of these recipes has more than 5 minutes of prep time. If in doubt search online for dump meals in the slow cooker and you will be surprised by how many of them are Whole30 friendly.
Or if you are feeling super lazy, then some air fryer chicken breast with some just sliced avocado.
A Meal Plan Is NOT Essential = There will always be someone trying to sell you expensive meal plans, but just by following the rules of the Whole30 you can adapt what you would normally eat. I get food out of the freezer the night before and then just plan something delicious with it. For example, last night I got out some chicken wings and a whole chicken.
One meat for lunch and one for dinner. Loaded up with vegetables and potatoes and its perfect for families.
Let Your Family be 75% Whole30 = It is YOU that wants to be on the Whole30 and its your choice how involved you have your partner and kids. 75% is the rule I follow. That way they can have the same lunch and dinner as me, cut down on the rubbish and maybe have their own cereal for breakfast and a bit of chocolate. But if you make delicious Whole30 meals, then I am sure they won’t feel like you are forcing them onto a diet!
Have 10 Favourite Whole30 recipes = It’s important that you have some favourite Whole30 recipes. Ones that are really easy for you to cook at home, ones you and your family love and ones that you don’t mind having more than once during your Whole30.
Our top 10 Whole30 recipes are:
- Whole30 Roast Chicken In The Air Fryer
- Creamy Cauliflower Rice
- Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken
- Pilau Cauliflower Rice
- Whole30 Pulled Pork
- Pumpkin French Fries
- Whole30 Bunless Burgers
- Whole30 Breakfast Muffins
- Whole30 Beef Pot Roast
- Whole30 Homemade Sauces
Then from those top 10 whole30 recipe suggestions I can make for my family:
- Rice alternative to serve with a chicken curry
- Rotisserie chicken
- French fries using pumpkin
- Beef pot roast for Sunday dinner
- Creamy risotto from cauliflower
- Date night evening with pulled pork
- Quickly cook lemon chicken in the air fryer for when I am too tired to cook
- I have sauces for when I want to a spoonful of mayonnaise over my chicken
- Breakfast made from leftover vegetables when I am sick of omelettes
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 1
It is the 3rd of April as we start our brand-new month and our brand-new grocery challenge. I haven’t done the Whole30 this year and I am looking forward to returning to it. I love roast chicken, avocados, fresh fruit and don’t get me started about my love for white potatoes.
We have not gone grocery shopping yet as we have quite a bit of food already in. But I am sure we will hit the supermarket over the next day or so.
For breakfast today, I had some chopped celery. I am not very imaginative when it comes to Paleo breakfasts. Therefore, we normally have potato hash, fruit, vegetables or salad.
Then for dinner we had ragu. But unlike our version with pasta in it in one pot, we added vegetables to the slow cooker, added some tinned tomatoes and some seasoning and cooked it on high for 3 hours. Then added to it some shredded turkey that was left from last month.#whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge for families that want cheap meal plans and ideas – month 4 @recipe_thisClick To Tweet
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 2
It is time to pat myself on the back as I made it to day 2 on the Whole30! For breakfast today, it is another round of celery. Though this time I forgot about it and found it at lunch time on the side in the kitchen. So, it becomes after lunch snack instead!
For lunch today, it was a traybake, or if you’re in the USA you might call this a sheet pan dinner. I loaded mine up with vegetables, white potatoes and for the meat topping we had chicken wings. Then I mixed it with olive oil, salt, pepper, basil and mustard. Normally I have honey, so it was weird without the sweet flavouring.
Then for dinner we had a delicious whole chicken cooked in the slow cooker. I love it lemon flavoured and cooked with loads of potatoes. Its so tasty and its hard to believe that something that tastes this good is Whole30 compliant.
Groceries That We Bought – Week 1
This week I did the following grocery shopping:
- Bananas = 2,18€
- Cauliflower = 1,83€
- Avocados = 3,59€
- 10 Kilos White Potatoes = 4,78€
- 2 Kilos Apples = 1,98€
- Mixed Peppers = 1,49€
- Tex Mex Seasoning = 0,79€
- Quesadilla Seasoning = 0,79€
- Chicken Burgers*2 = 5,78€
- Total = 23,21€
- Garlic Puree = 1,49€
- Coconut Milk*2 = 2,68€
- Tinned Tomatoes*6 = 2,70€
- 6 Large Eggs = 0,89€
- Chicken Legs = 7,86€
- Pears = 1,98€
- Carrots*2 = 1,38€
- Total = 18,98€
This brings our Cheap Family Meals challenge week 1 grocery shopping to a grand total of 42,19€ or $50.62.
This totally proves my argument that it is MUCH CHEAPER to shop healthy than unhealthy. YES, you have coconut butter and other healthy eating foods, but compare this to the chocolate, the dairy and the processed foods and you have made a HUGE saving.
Though one thing I am not happy about is the online price guides for offers and what I ended up paying in store. The pears for example was supposed to be 0,69€ and I got charged 1,99€ and the potatoes said it was 1,49€ a sack and I paid 2,39€.
If these deals had been logged correctly at the till I would have saved an extra 3,10€ and this over a year is 161€.
Plus, the avocados did say online they were 2,99€ a kilo but in the shop, there was no price on them. I only bought a small amount as I didn’t want to risk paying full price for them.
But my favourite saving today must be the chicken legs. At just 1,49€ a kilo this is cheaper than the standard price for chicken wings. We got just over 5 kilos of them. It worked out at 16 legs. Now 2 legs easily feed the 5 of us over a meal. That provides you with 8 meaty supplies for 98 cents a meal. Or if I am a stew or a pie I can easily just use 1 leg.
Or do what I do and chop it into drumsticks and thighs and its perfect for a traybake.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 3
I have swapped my celery today for a banana. I love bananas and based on that fact that I have just done an hours exercise it makes me feel really good!
For lunch today we had sausages, potatoes, loads of vegetables and cooked it altogether in the air fryer. Then because the portion size wouldn’t feed 5 of us, we also had some chicken thighs in the pan too. It was delicious and its hard to believe how healthy some of this food is.
And YES I do like my French Fries and I am sure it probably seems this is all I eat, so I better mix it up a bit during this round of the Whole30.
Then for dinner we went potato free. Yes really! We had a slow cooked turkey leg with a homemade Cajun style marinade. Then when it had cooked we shredded it, added a little coconut milk and it was like food heaven. We served it with cauliflower rice.
If you ever see discounts on turkey legs, then get them. When you shred a turkey leg it produces a HUGE amount of meat and is more than what we get on a whole chicken. Especially if you follow a recipe that asks for shredded chicken or leftover rotisserie chicken.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 4
Give me a bronze star, I made it until day 4 on the Whole30 and I am still happy to be on it! The hubby not so much and he is demanding chocolate, fizzy drinks and I am sure he is stealing cheese from the fridge.
I started today on another banana. If I was to have a breakfast of choice, it would probably be a fruit salad. Whenever our family stays at a hotel I always get excited over the fruit platters on the breakfast buffet.
For lunch today, Dominic is in charge and we have steak with French Fries in the air fryer and some steamed carrots in the Instant Pot. Though I am sure if it wasn’t for my suggestion that there would no vegetables on the plate! But isn’t that typical blokes with their love for steak and chips?
Then for dinner I had got out a couple of chicken breasts and served them over cauliflower rice. So, so good I wish I could have cauliflower rice everyday as its amazing. But I doubt my budget would stretch to that many cauliflowers!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 5
What I love about Saturdays is to have loads of delicious meaty food for us all to tuck into and the Whole30 wasn’t going to stop this.
For breakfast today, it was a banana. By the time I have finished my morning exercise its 11am and closer to lunchtime. Therefore, I would much rather have a banana and prep lunch.
We had a supper of bifannas (Portuguese split between pork steak and boneless pork chops), chicken wings and some salad. We all love this kind of food and its gone at the speed of lightening.
Then before this for lunch we had chicken in a creamy sauce over some jacket potatoes. Jacket potatoes has to be the best thing that separates the Whole30 from Paleo. Just like with Paleo what I truly miss on the Whole30 is honey.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 6
Sundays are my worst nightmare on the Whole30. I have this plan on them that involves a delicious homemade meal with cheese or bread and lots of comfort food elements. Then I follow this up with a naughty dessert.
So, Sunday is here, and I am troubled with what I should eat.
For breakfast I have a banana. Yummy and perfect after I have just exercised for over 2 hours.
In the end lunch is chicken and chips with salad. Not completely healthy but its still Whole30 compliant and chicken and chips in the air fryer is magical.
Then for dinner we had spinach pasta. Loads and loads of spinach with a creamy sauce that was made up of tinned tomatoes and a little coconut milk. Added to it air fryer shredded chicken and it was absolutely delicious!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 7
No breakfast today, as I am feeling ill and can’t face anything this morning. I am hoping that I will feel better later and get my exercise in this evening, instead of this morning.
For lunch today, we had a potato and cauliflower frittata. I watched with a grin on my face as Sofia looked at it with great suspicion. Though once she had turned it into a mash like substance, she was happy to eat it.
You can get our Spanish Omelette recipe here which is potatoes and onions and super tasty!
Last night I thought it would be delicious today if we could get another turkey leg out of the freezer, slow cook it and then make it into pulled turkey. Then serve it over jacket potatoes. Well that is EXACTLY what we had for dinner tonight.
Plus, the whole thing is low in calories if you want to lose weight on the Whole30. This is because the marinade is tinned tomatoes with a tiny amount of coconut milk added in last.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 8
Hello day 8 and so pleased that I am at day 8 already!
For breakfast today, it was a banana. Well when you consider that your kids steal your food, call it 40g worth of banana!
Then for lunch we had sausages and chips. I love my sausages and they do amazing healthy sausages here in Portugal and nothing like the British ones I grew up with. Sofia adores them too and gets so excited when I grab them all out of the fridge for cooking.
Then for dinner we had a vegetarian Red Thai Curry. It was just the BEST and loaded up with cauliflower, onion and other vegetables. All cooked in one pot and I am in foodie heaven.
Groceries That We Bought – Week 2
This week I did the following grocery shopping:
- Pumpkin/Butternut Squash = 2,04€
- White Onions = 0,41€
- Total = 2,45€
- Fresh Rosemary = 0,55€
- 10 Kilos White Potatoes = 4,78€
- Corn Flakes*2 = 1,98€
- Maria Biscuits = 0,99€
- Leeks = 0,79€
- Broccoli = 2,37€
- Bananas = 3,01€
- Total = 14,47€
- Coconut Milk*2 = 3,38€
- Tinned Tomatoes*3 = 1,35€
- 36 Large Eggs = 5,88€
- 18 Litres Milk = 9,96€
- Olive Oil = 2,99€
- Pork Shoulder = 11,29€
- Turkey Breast = 6,53€
- Turkey Leg = 6,33€
- Sausages = 2,99€
- Cauliflower = 0,74€
- Carrots = 0,69€
- Total = 53,41€
This brings our Cheap Family Meals challenge week 2 grocery shopping to a grand total of 70,33€ or $84.39.
Today as I am checking the supermarket receipt and understanding the weights and measurements of food, it makes me realise what I want to buy more of, or less of.
- The pumpkin. It is cut into wedges, so you don’t get charged for the weight of the seeds and its just 99 cent a kilo. I cleaned it and chopped it when I got home (thanks to condensation) and it was perfect for cooking with. I just wish I had got double what I bought.
- The leaflet for Continente wasn’t available this week, so I ended up paying more for the potatoes in Lidl than what they are in Continente.
- The pork shoulder made 4 medium portions that are perfect for pulled pork. It was less than 3€ a portion so I wish I had got more!
- I think in the future I am not going to buy as much turkey as chicken is a lot cheaper now. But it is still nice to get your turkey fix!
- Also, we ended up stuck in the tills for ages and ages today. This gave Jorge the idea to throw one of the eggs on the floor. So, we paid for 36 large eggs and left with 35.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 9
It is day 9 of the Whole30 and I am loving all the fresh fruit and vegetables in my life, along with the quality meat. I got out a spare whole turkey from Christmas and once it had thawed Dominic chopped it up. Then he passed me a plate with 2 huge turkey breasts, the wings, the thighs and the drumsticks.
We made Brazilian Chicken Casserole in the slow cooker with the turkey breast. Or maybe we should call this Brazilian Turkey Casserole? Then it was served with pumpkin wedges that we bought from the supermarket today. OMG I must remind myself that this is in fact the Whole30!
Then for dinner the rest of the turkey went in the slow cooker, with the marinade from lunch so that we could have yummy turkey for supper. Then whatever is left can be eaten for our day 10.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 10
We are about to hit the third of the way through mark. I like the Whole30 as it makes me behave myself and remind myself that I don’t need huge amounts of chocolate and cheese. Or that you can EASILY feed your family for $300 a month Whole30 food!
I started the day with a delicious banana and then for lunch we had shredded chicken breast with potatoes. I love shredded chicken and it is truly delicious when marinated with tomatoes and oregano.
Then for dinner we had chicken breast, boiled eggs and loaded it up with spare vegetables that we had that needed using up. A weird combo, but when you are food bloggers, you eat what you are creating, and this was it!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 11
Friday and one of those crazy days when I have not enough hours in the day and LOADS to do. I did my usual step aerobics in the morning, walked to the park with Jorge and did the housework and to my amazement that led to 22,000 steps.
For food the day started with a yummy banana.
Then for lunch we had the leftovers from the day before but made into a creamier texture with a little coconut milk and had it over jacket potatoes.
Then for dinner we had Spanish chicken and pumpkin in a creamy homemade tomato sauce and served it with rosemary roast potatoes. There was a lot of hidden vegetables in the tomato sauce and you could say this meal on its own gave you the 5 a day recommended fruit and veg.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 12
I am really, really impressed. Yesterday I didn’t crave chocolate even once. I didn’t even go crazy as I watched my under 4s in the park as they had an ice cream. Now for someone that craves sugar as much as me, this is progress!
For breakfast today after my step aerobics I had a banana. I love them for a start to the day and they give me amazing energy.
Then for lunch we were recipe testing some new burger recipes for the blog and made loads of them and ate loads. Plus, burgers are not the same without being washed down with lots of air fryer French Fries.
Then for dinner today we had chicken and chips. Roasted whole chicken in the air fryer with French Fries. A delicious alternative to a Saturday night takeaway.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 13
My second weekend. Get me. No baking. No Pasta and certainly no box of Maltesers while I watch my favourite Netflix show with the hubby.
For breakfast today, it was a banana. I love them for giving me energy at the start of the day.
Then for lunch we had jacket potatoes with Brazilian chicken over them. While the kids tucked into egg mayonnaise. I love a jacket potato for lunch and as you get the goodness from the skin of the potato and then have a wholesome topping, it makes a dream whole30 lunch.
Then for dinner as it was Sunday it included a delicious roast dinner. We had slow cooked pork in the slow cooker, broccoli in a creamy cauliflower sauce and of course roast potatoes. It tasted amazing and filled us all up. I can also say I claimed the last roast potato!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 14
Today is the day of truth and the day that when you are on something strict like the Whole30 that you don’t want to happen. That’s a lack of sleep. Our youngest had a nightmare last night and we went to bed at 2am instead of 11pm as he just refused to go back to sleep. I am one of these people that needs her sleep and needs a LOT of it.
Also, when I am tired my BFF is my Monster drinks, my favourite Galaxy chocolate and loads of unhealthy carbs. But I am determined to get through today and the only difference is that I won’t be doing my daily exercise. Instead when I get my energy back, I will make up for it on another day!
For breakfast today, it is a banana. The closest thing I am getting to some energy.
Then for lunch it’s one of Dominic’s amazing frittatas. They taste so good and are often loaded with whatever vegetables we have in (broccoli, potato and carrot) then cooked with a little coconut oil.
Then for dinner we had pork bifannas again. I still have a big stash of them in the freezer then need eating up and we had them with carrot pasta, a few cubed potatoes and a fried egg.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 15
After an excellent night’s sleep and making up for the night before, I start the day on some step aerobics on You Tube followed by a banana.
Then for lunch it is chicken breast, broccoli and the rest of the creamy cauliflower sauce that we had leftover from the weekend. It was so filling that Sofia ended up finishing my chicken breast for me.
In the evening for dinner we had turkey soup. It was made using a full turkey leg that we slow cooked, shredded and then served in its juices with a tomato base. It was delicious. I find myself using my slow cooker more and more as it gets warmer. There is no heat in the kitchen and it makes such an effortless meal.
Groceries That We Bought – Week 3
This week I did the following grocery shopping:
- Broccoli = 1,80€
- Courgette = 1,76€
- 18 Large Eggs = 1,47€
- Pumpkin/Butternut Squash = 2,02€
- Total = 7,05€
- 10 Kilos White Potatoes = 4,78€
- Corn Flakes = 0,99€
- Maria Biscuits = 0,99€
- Bananas = 3,11€
- Avocados = 4,72€
- 2 Large Cauliflower = 2,67€
- Total = 17,26€
- Coconut Milk = 1,69€
- Tinned Tomatoes*4 = 1,60€
- Mustard = 1,72€
- 12 Litres Milk = 6,90€
- Baby Cereal = 2,77€
- Coffee = 3,76€
- Carrots = 0,75€
- Loyalty Discount = 5,34€
- Total = 13,85€
This brings our Cheap Family Meals challenge week 3 grocery shopping to a grand total of 38,16€ or $45.79.
Today as I am checking the receipts and looking back over the last few weeks I can’t believe how much of the budget I have left. I have only spent $180.80 in 3 weeks and we have still had delicious food!
This week is also the week of the loyalty discount, so week 2 shop has given us 5,34€ in cash back today.
Also due to AMAZING discounts in the 2 smaller supermarkets that I visited first, I have found that I am buying less and less from Continente.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 16
After my morning exercise on You Tube and hitting the supermarket we are back home with loads of fresh fruit and vegetables. In fact, we have so many we can’t fit them all in the fridge!
Breakfast is a banana in between supermarkets. I ran out of bananas as its hard getting enough for myself when you have 3 kids that love them, so in the drive from one place to another I get my banana kick!
For lunch we have the leftovers from last night, because in truth I don’t think I have ever seen a turkey leg this huge before that generates as much meat as this one did.
Then for dinner we had another frittata. If I have a go to vegetarian dish during my Whole30 it must be a frittata. You simply throw in whatever vegetables you have, mix in eggs, add a little coconut oil and bake.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 17
After my morning exercise on You Tube and recipe testing some brand-new recipes for the blog, I am ready for breakfast.
I start today with some mixed peppers in the air fryer as they taste so good and don’t need any oil. Plus, a big portion of these is only a few calories.
Then for lunch we have some of our pork bifanas with some mixed peppers and some grilled tomatoes. It is delicious and its rather shocking that I have no potatoes on my plate. I plan after this challenge to jump into Paleo and this will get me used to reducing the amount of potatoes.
In the evening for dinner we have chicken and chips. Delicious crispy chicken with some homemade chips in the air fryer is always a winner every time.
Though I am a good girl that wants to lose weight, so my 3-year-old ate my skin!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 18
I have this covered now! Chocolate is something I used to have. Cheese is something I used to eat just because it was in the fridge and who needs grains when you have potatoes???
That’s how I am starting to think anyway!
For breakfast it is a post exercise banana.
Then for lunch we had a vegetable frittata with some pumpkin wedges. Just think lunch is practically vegetables + a tiny amount of coconut oil + eggs. You can’t get any healthier than this can you?
In the evening for dinner we had a rotisserie chicken in the air fryer served with some garlic potatoes. So good that we all ate in silence until we had eaten it all!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 19
After starting the day with a banana post exercise, it’s on with a traybake for lunch. A traybake is one of all-time favourite lunches. If you are in the US you might call it a sheet pan dinner instead.
It is cooked with lots of seasonal vegetables with some chicken over it and everything cooks together for a quick meal. My favourite is this lemon one, but it can also be very nice with any seasonings and olive oil.
Then for supper I made some delicious German sausage soup. Using up loads of spare vegetables that I have to make the soup with and then loading it up with sausages, potatoes and pumpkin.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 20
After starting the day with a banana and having 3 hours of exercise this morning, I am making lunch!
We had jerk chicken for lunch with cauliflower rice and it was delicious. I marinated the chicken pieces in a homemade jerk paste before cooking them in the air fryer. Then cauliflower rice in the pan while the Jerk chicken was cooking.
For dinner in the evening it was shredded turkey breast in the slow cooker served with garlic potatoes and creamed spinach. It was yummy I just wish that the fresh spinach didn’t dissolve into hardly anything when cooked.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 21
After starting the day with a banana and a morning without exercise (Monday morning is my morning off) it is on with working and waiting for that call from Dominic that his delicious lunch is ready.
For lunch he makes us delicious chicken thighs that have been pan fried and served them with courgette zoodles. Courgette zoodles are like the best thing since sliced bread and in a garlic butter sauce are even better.
Then for dinner me and my princess had soft boiled eggs in the Instant Pot with cucumber soldiers. I mean OMG they are the BEST. Then the boys had pork chops with French Fries. I just love my eggs!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 22
Day 22 is here, and I decided to up my game in the exercise department so that I can get some pounds lost in this round of the Whole30. I started the day with a banana as well as 3 hours of exercise via You Tube. I love exercising at home as its easy to fit around 3 kids.
For lunch I made steamed broccoli in the Instant Pot and served it with some pieces of chicken. As well as this me and Sofia had some avocado. Avocados have become her new favourite food at the moment and she often helps herself to them from my dinner plate!
For dinner we had turkey cauliflower rice in a creamy coconut sauce. It was delicious and using a whole cauliflower that I had left from grocery shopping it was the perfect dinner for us all.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 23
Day 23 on my whole30. I started the day with some exercise and did just over an hour of step aerobics on You Tube. Then after a banana for breakfast it’s on with work.
For lunch Dominic served up jacket potatoes. The filling of choice was chicken in a tomato sauce and it was yummy. I could eat this everyday forever. Plus, I really don’t miss traditional butter or cheese on my jackets.
In the evening for dinner we had chicken breasts and served them with some garlic courgettes and carrots, along with some avocado. It was delicious, and you forget that it is so low in calories and so healthy too.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 24
Welcome to day 24 on my Whole30. After a bad night sleep, I didn’t turn to sweet stuff and instead started the day on a banana and did my regular exercise.
For lunch today, it was a case of using up lots of food. Its grocery shopping later today and we have nothing in. Well barely anything. We used spinach from the freezer along with coconut milk to make a creamy spinach sauce. Then we grilled some chicken breasts in the air fryer to go with it. Then threw in some extra broccoli to bulk it up with more vegetables.
Then for dinner we had pork steak with a fried egg and some chips. Traditional British food and something I have not eaten for a while. We have a lot of eggs in that need using up and a freezer with lots of pork steak, so it was a good opportunity for a clear out.
Groceries That We Bought – Week 4
This week I did the following grocery shopping:
- 2 Kilos Apples = 1,79€
- Sweet Potatoes = 03,12€
- Broccoli = 2,13€
- Total = 7,04€
- 10 Kilos White Potatoes = 4,78€
- Bananas = 3,18€
- Celery = 0,99€
- Tomatoes = 2,20€
- Baby Cereal = 1,79€
- Zoodles = 2,97€
- Butternut Squash = 1,51€
- Salad Bag = 0,83€
- 2 Large Cauliflower = 2,67€
- Total = 19,74€
- Coconut Milk*2 = 3,38€
- Tinned Tomatoes*6 = 1,60€
- Garlic Puree = 1,19€
- Olive Oil = 2,79€
- Pork Bifanas = 2,06€
- White Onions = 1,34€
- 2 Large Cauliflowers = 3,72€
- Courgettes = 2,69€
- Fresh Ginger = 1,25€
- Cherry Tomatoes = 0,83€
- Pumpkin Wedges = 1,08€
- Soup Vegetables = 0,74€
- 18 Litres Milk = 9,36€
- Total = 33,13€
This brings our Cheap Family Meals challenge week 4 grocery shopping to a grand total of 59,91€ or $71.89.
We also bought loads of mango as it was reduced to half price for cute little 100g boxes of it that each came with a plastic fork. But when we got home, we realised that they had forgotten to put it through the tills correctly and we were not charged for any of it!
I am also finding that on the Whole30 it is so much cheaper to shop. I am often in discussion with people that they can’t do the Whole30 because it costs too much, but it really doesn’t.
I am even under budget this month!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 25
Day 25 is here, and I am so proud of the fact that I have stuck it out and have not cheated at all. I also spent this evening trying on old clothes. I have dropped a dress size and put all my old clothes in the laundry so that I can give them a good iron. They are officially out of storage. It will just be interesting next week to see how much weight I have lost.
For breakfast today, I started the day with a banana and a lot of steps on my FitBit.
For lunch we had delicious burgers made with sweet potatoes as alternative burger buns. It was served with salad and spare sweet potatoes. This is certainly something I am going to eat a lot more of in the future.
For dinner today, it was pulled pork in the slow cooker along side salad and some pumpkin wedges. I love pulled pork and its an excuse for eating it when you’re on the Whole30.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 26
Day 26 on the Whole30 and its my last Saturday of the Whole30 way of life. I can drink wine next Saturday if I wanted to or enjoy a bacon sandwich. It’s funny me saying that as these are foods I don’t have very often but you end up thinking about.
For breakfast today, I had a large banana. I love bananas and have had them for breakfast for a number of years.
For lunch we had meat and vegetables. We are clearing out the freezer because we go travelling soon and got out lots of pork chops, some frying steak and then served it with lots of goodness. There was a side of vegetables cooked in coconut butter, another side of pumpkin wedges, some salad leaves and some avocado. It is yummy and have some left for supper.
Then for dinner we used the leftover vegetables from lunch time. We blended them so that they became a gravy and had them with bangers and mash.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 27
I am used to having a delicious sugary dessert on a Sunday for dinner and it’s only this morning (the day after) that I realise that I didn’t even think about it yesterday, so that must be progress!
For breakfast today, I started the day with a banana. Then for lunch I made chicken cauliflower rice. I love cauliflower rice and it is a delicious quick lunch fix where everything is cooked in one pot.
Then for dinner we had roast pork with roast potatoes and some vegetables in the slow cooker. All cooked in one pot and it makes dinner so much easier if you can just throw it all in the slow cooker.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 28
We are at day 28 and near the end of the Whole30. I could honestly say that right now I am really not craving anything. Normally when I have been close to the end I have wanted EVERYTHING but I really don’t.
For breakfast today, I started the day with a banana and then for lunch it was one of Dominic’s AMAZING vegetable frittatas. I like to be as vegetarian as I can on a Monday and start the week with lots of yummy vegetables!
Then for dinner we had chicken in a homemade tomato sauce with some potatoes. It was delicious and OMG I could eat this every day for ever.
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 29
It is day 29 on the Whole30 and its rather a shock to the system to think that I have gone a full 4 weeks without my sugar habit. No chocolate bars, no wine gums and no homemade cookies for me.
For breakfast today, I started the day with a banana along with some exercise on You Tube.
Then for lunch it was sausages, potatoes and egg. Quick and simple and shouts out comfort food.
Then for dinner in the evening it was a traybake. Otherwise known as loads of vegetables, potatoes and chicken baked in the oven on one big tray. Heaven for us all and it’s one meal we ALL love to have together!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Day 30
The final day of the Whole30 is here. It is that fantastic feeling that if I want chocolate tomorrow then I can have it. I can have what I want, and I don’t have to feel that I am tied down to eating in, with eating out being so difficult.
I start the day with a banana along with step aerobics on You Tube.
Then for lunch it is zoodles with avocado and some salad bits that I have left over in the fridge from the last week or so.
For our final Whole30 dinner we have roasted chicken breast with a selection of vegetables. It is yummy, and I could eat this everyday forever!
Whole30 Cheap Family Meals Challenge Month 4 – Reflections
First, let’s talk about what we spent in April as its clear that many people believe that the Whole30 is way too expensive.
The weeks worked out as follows:
- Week 1 = $50.62
- Week 2 = $84.39
- Week 3 = $45.79
- Week 4 = $71.89
This led to a total spend for our Whole30 of $252.69. We are in fact way under budget. Remember this is to feed a family of 5 that loves their meat, seasonal vegetables and have a big fruit addiction.
Now let’s look at what the scales had to say. I weighed myself before I started and weighed 89.9 kilos and the morning after finishing I weighed myself and the scales said 86.1 kilos. This meant that I had lost 3.8 kilos or if you work in pounds 8.3 pounds. Or if you love your stones and pounds like I do I can say that I have gone from 14 stone 2 down to 13 stone 7 and a half pounds. I have also dropped a dress size and on British measurements I am now a size 12/14 top half and what I would call a fat size 16 on the bottom half.
So not only have I lost weight, lost inches, I have also felt super healthy and saved money at the same time, with this month on the Whole30 being our cheapest month yet!
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Cheap Family Meals Challenge April – The Downloads
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