Week 2 – $51.95

Since it's summer and all those lovely fruits and vegetables are in season, I can't help but stock up!

Blueberries, tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, cucumbers, squash, asparagus...all on sale!  For this whole week I have been enjoying fresh meals with lean proteins, whole grains and healthy fats all for $51.95.  It's also important to note that I did all of my shopping at Trader Joes this week which offers unbelievable prices on just about everything.

I've done some research on them and they TJ's has extremely high standards for what they allow in their stores, so I feel confident in what I'm buying.

So here's the breakdown:

The Meals:


Oatmeal with half a mashed banana and sliced almonds

fried egg sandwiches with rye bread

coffee with organic french vanilla half and half (my new fave obsession!)


Romaine salad with cucumber, tomato, feta (I had some leftover from last week) and either shredded chicken or sauteed shrimp with an olive oil & balsamic dressing


Nonfat greek yogurt with sliced almonds, fresh blueberries and sliced strawberries

sliced peaches or banana

roasted veggies


Tequila & Lime Shrimp with Roasted Summer Vegetables

Savory Peanut Sesame Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Rice

Chicken Quesadilla's with Green Chiles, Roasted Corn and Pepper Jack (I had these Wednesday night and Friday night).  In a saute pan, heat olive oil and cook sliced and trimmed chicken until cooked, seasoning with your favorite spices.  Add in about 1/2 cup roasted corn and 1 can green chiles and cook for 5 minutes.  Lay out a whole wheat tortilla and sprinkle some cheese over one half of the tortilla, then spoon some chicken mix over the cheese.  Fold the tortilla in half then place on an oiled and heated pan.  Turn the quesadilla over once the first side is browned and slightly crispy, then remove and eat when the other side is finished as well.

Chicken & Roasted Vegetable Pesto Penne (simply shredded chicken tossed with some roasted veggies, penne and pesto sauce - easy and quick, especially if you prepped ahead of time)

What I already had:




Olive Oil

Pesto Sauce



Peanut Butter


Soy Sauce

Sesame Oil


Shredded Cheese

Green Chiles

Sliced Almonds - if you don't have them already, you can find them for a great price at Trader Joes.

What I Bought:

Unfortunately it looks as though I misplaced the receipt from my shopping trip, but please be assured this whole list can be done at TJ's for $51.28 (maybe a little more or a little less depending on where you live)

16oz cherry tomatoes

1 bag romaine lettuce

1 large cucumber

1 red onion

1 bag frozen shrimp

3 boneless chicken breasts


Organic French Vanilla Half & Half (this was actually bought at Whole Foods)


nonfat greek yogurt

rye bread (this was actually bought at Whole Foods)


1 pint blueberries

4 bananas

2 peaches

1 bag frozen roasted corn

1 bag organic whole carrots

1 bag sweet mini peppers

1 lb asparagus

1 yellow squash

1 zucchini



Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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