I went waaaaay over budget at the grocery store today. Hey, it happens to everybody, right?

I used to budget $50 for breakfasts, lunches and 4-5 dinners at home a week. Since I started buying organic and/or all-natural meats after watching Food Inc. I’ve upped it to $60-65 since organic meats are pretty pricey.

With two packages of Smart Chicken thrown into the mix, I came in at $71.76 this week. Eeks! At least the menus I have planned are worth it (or at least, I hope they are! ;) )

Here’s my loot:

The Produce:

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  • Basil
  • Bananas
  • Salad
  • 4 Apples
  • Green onions
  • Shallots
  • Baby potatoes (WAIT ‘TIL YOU SEE THE SIZE OF THESE BABIES!!!!!!)
  • Lime
  • Avocado
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus

Refrigerator Items:

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  • Eggland’s Best Eggs
  • Extra-firm organic tofu
  • 3 Mango Chobani (to die for) 1 Pineapple Chobani
  • Coffee-mate (I know it’s loaded with chemicals, but I love it)
  • Skim Milk
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Prosciutto
  • 2 packages Smart Chicken (1 tenders, 1 breasts)
  • Frozen Naan

Pantry Items:

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  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Ginger Cat Cookies
  • Bow Tie pasta
  • Honey Nut O’s
  • Masala Simmer Sauce
  • French cut green beans
  • Quartered artichoke hearts

Total: $71.76. It hurt, a little, but I got some pantry staple items (cereal, cookies, eggs, creamer) that will last for more than one week. It should all even out in the end!

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Let’s talk about these ginger cat cookies real quick. I have a large place in my heart for ginger and molasses cookies. I know they’re not the same, but they remind me of Christmas with family, for some reason, which makes me happy.

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Since these are low-fat, they’re a little dry. But definitely satisfying – and MUCH better for you than a sleeve of Thin Mints. :) Not that I would know anything about eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mints or anything…

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In other news, care to take a guess at what the HECK this noise is?

It scared the bejeebers out of me when I got up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water!!!

Talk soon!