We planned carefully for our shopping excursion. First, we constructed a menu for the week:
Breakfast: Rice cereal and fruit for Susanne; cereal for Trent; waffles and fruit (or whatever else we can get him to eat) for the kiddo
Lunch: Dinner leftovers for Susanne and Trent; mac and cheese, cheesy toast, or pasta plus fruit for our son
~Sweet potato falafel (we had this on Sunday - it's delicious!)
~Broccoli and quinoa (that was last night's dinner, and it was exceptionally tasty, too)
~Chicken, potatoes, and veggies (Trent's making it right now!)
~Gluten free pizza
~Rice pasta with sauce and veggies
~Soup and salad
~Make-your-own-dinner night (basically, we just eat whatever we can scrounge up from the refrigerator and pantry)
The total bill rang in at $108. That's less than last week (because we didn't purchase as much meat this time), but still more than we would ever spend at Kroger. The organic, free-range chicken cost nearly $8 on its own. I selected a bunch of Bob's Red Mill products (like gluten-free chickpea flour and ground flaxseed) that were each about $5 (but they'll last for at least a couple of months). We also purchased a variety of organic fruits and veggies: apples, bananas, spinach, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery. We threw in some cheese, butter, and milk that we can use in this week's and following weeks' recipes. Treats included a pack of gluten-free cookies for me and my son and some beer for my husband.
It was an expensive trip, but the bill might be lower next week simply because we're now armed with more basic ingredients. Plus, I don't anticipate that we'll be going out to eat anytime soon. We're finding that it's cheaper, easier, and more satisfying to just cook at home.