Menu Planning

Saturday Shopping List

Saturday.  So great a word it should encompass the entire chorus of a song.  It is for most, with the exception of a decent handful of you in less boring careers, the only day of the week free from the back break of a work day or the stress of starting work tomorrow.  It is a day of endless possibilities from adventure to relaxation. 

That grocery shop though, that’s gotta get done.  I like to get mine done and out of the way Saturday morning so I have most of the weekend without many responsibilities in my way, freeing me to the bliss of all that Saturday has to offer. 

In a perfect world that’s how I’d like my Saturday to look.  Most of the time I spend half of my Saturday trying to figure out a grocery list in between picking up scattered blocks and crayons and then maybe put off actually getting to the store to Sunday afternoon.  That leaves us with almost no food for half the weekend and a pretty directionless use of time.  If only I had planned ahead a little bit.  Then maybe we could have made a trip out to the Toronto Islands that we’ve been wanting to do for, oh I don’t know, an entire year or maybe check out a Blue Jays game.

This is my attempt at that.

I may have mentioned I am a pro at meal planning.  I am adventurous, always wanting to try new recipes and keep up with who’s making what on their amazing food blog.  I am also deeply conscious of health, trying to find vegetarian meals that are packed with protein but not weighed down with too many carbohydrates or a massive glob of dairy.  I think it’s important for Willow to try foods, even if she doesn’t like them, and try to help her develop a palate for foods that are really nourishing to her body.  And let’s get real, this all has to fit into a budget.  So in other words, I put a lot of work into planning meals for the week, making a shopping list and getting out to the store.  And it really seems silly to me, to do all that work and not share it; ease someone else of the burden of doing all the planning.

This “Saturday Shopping List” series is something new I’m doing as a meal planning resource for people who kind of fit into the category mentioned above.  Each week, preferably Saturday morning (I know it’s Sunday but I’ve been on vacation, cut me some slack) I will post a weekly meal plan for dinners Saturday-Friday with a link to each recipe, a thorough grocery list  [just download, print, and check off what you need to buy], and a rough idea of how much it all costs. 

So here’s what’s for dinner this week.  You can download your shopping list below.  Obviously, some of the things on the list you will already have.  Just check off the the things you need.  There is space below each category to add any other things you need to buy for the week. 

An easy way to get all of these recipes in one place is to follow my Saturday Shopping List board on Pinterest here.

Total cost (for all groceries I bought including other food): $88

Shopping List (download)

M E N U //

Black bean tacos

Seriously delicious and easy recipe by Cookie + Kate.  Substitute green pepper for jalapenos if your tongue is kind of a wimp  RECIPE

tofu stir fry

Minimalist Baker is always putting out easy, healthy recipes.  Cauliflower rice is amazing! RECIPE

corn chowder

This soup by Foodess is sweet and hearty with a little kick.  Willow loved this but the poblanos were a little too spicy for her.  Made it again and substituted red bell pepper.  It was a hit all around! RECIPE 

Tofu salad

This salad dressing by Pinch of Yum is delicious.  I made a salad of black beans, cherry tomatoes, arugula, cucumbers and tofu sautéed in olive oil and then dusted with paprika and chili powder and finished with a squeeze of lime. RECIPE


A recent recipe of mine.  So easy with tons of flavor. RECIPE

couscous salad

Eat this couscous salad as is or with your favorite protein.  The crunchy almonds with the salty feta is GOOD! RECIPE

zucchini soup

Jazz hates Zuccini, but he loves this soup by Dishing Up the Dirt.  Great meal for when you have little time. RECIPE

Let me know how your week is going or what recipes you really like by tagging your photos on Instagram with #keepingwillow.  Leave me a comment below telling me what you didn’t like, how much your groceries cost or what your kids really liked. 

Let’s keep our pantries full of fruits and veg, our bellies full of only delicious food, our pockets overflowing with cash and our Saturdays wide open for all kinds of shenanigans and tom foolery.  Until next time friends.



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