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10/11/19 6:05 P

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I work out rough menu plan for the week. As in I work out 7 meals. for the three of us. Sometimes it's more meals even though there are three of us.

My husband suffers IBS and is lactose intolerant so he often needs / likes different meals to my son and I. He likes protein as in meat or chicken at every meal. Has organic white basmatti rice at every meal also. Puts organic hemp seeds on most meals as well and in his own Smoothies he makes up. He likes salad without dressings but prefers vegetables.

My son he likes lots of meat and carbs etc... will eat some vegetables but hates salads of any type.

So quite often I'll prepare and cook 3 separate or partly separate meals as I don't like a lot of meat or chicken prefer to get my protein from plant based sources.

I love my salads. But use olive oil and either lemon juice or apple cider vinegar as my dressings. Hate those rubbish store brought prepared dressings with no nutrient content of much value at all.

I also like to add slices thinly cut in half of brown onion and always have a clove or two of crushed garlic in my salads. Something my husband could not have due to his IBS.

So I plan out enough meals for the week, so that when grocery shopping I know what I need. But don't actually plan what day we'll have what meals. Need to be flexible with this due to having extended family close by. My mother and brother live next door and my father and his wife just down the road. One big happy family really who all get along well.

I also prepare parts of a meal than can be prepared ahead of time and freeze it. E.G. Meat sauce for my sons Pasta. I can prepare and cook enough to freeze a few meals worth at once.

I do shop only once a week. I go through my fridges (have 2 one in our kitchen one in our garage) clean them out and work out what I need to put onto the grocery list. Next is the freezers same thing and the pantry.

It's great cleaning out the fridge once a week Like to keep on top of it. Much easier to do each time I do it then.

I don't really bulk buy except for things like toilet paper, paper towel and boxes of tissues. I prefer to keep things fresh.

I generally shop first off at Aldi, then go to Coles for some things, next shop is Woolworths then last shop is my local health food store sometimes I go to two local health food stores depending on what I need at the time.

We use a lot of our own produce from the garden which is awesome.

I have printed out two lists and laminated them one with the current 2019 dirty dozen list and the other with GMO Foods listed.

In order to save money I do buy organic fruit and vegetables what I need we that we don't or can't grow. But I also make sure to be strict with this especially if it's on the dirty dozen list. If it's on the dirty dozen and I can't buy it organic and we don't grow it then I don't buy it no matter what.

Same goes for anything GMO. Refuse to eat or buy anything Genetically Modified. Not good for our health at all.

As the saying goes "You Are What You Eat" so what are you eating?

I like to buy Local produce where possible it will always be the freshest.

That's how I menu plan, grocery shop etc...



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10/7/19 12:34 P

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That's several questions?!?!?!

I plan my menus for the week, and divide my shopping into two or three days over the week. I am lucky to live in a town where the shops are just a few minutes walk from my home.

I try to use local, independent stores as much as possible. I don't often get to the Farmer's Market due to work. I will buy local, or at least UK, produce when I can. Today I was faced with Spring Onions from Mexico in the local green-grocer's shop. I left them, and bough Spring Onions from Germany from the Co-operative supermarket. Marginally better in terms of air-miles I hope.

I only have an ice-box in my fridge, so don't bulk cook. Because I'm on my own, I do often cook two portions of things and freeze one half.

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10/7/19 4:54 A

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This weeks Question is kind of a few around Grocery Shopping and Menu Planning.



Do you grocery shop daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly?

How much per shop does it cost you or do you allow yourself each trip?

Do you meal plan and bulk cook and freeze?

Do you shop only at one store or do you find yourself shopping at multiple stores either shopping around for the best deals or particular things only one store has etc?

How do you grocery shop and do meals to feed yourself and or your family?



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