Eating a Weeks Worth of Organic Meals All Under $100 @ Whole Foods Market + $100 Giveaway!



I was so excited when I was asked to plan a weeks worth of organic meals for under $100! My first through was wow that cannot be done. I like everyone else thought that organic meant expensive. Well it wasn’t until I go to take a value tour at the local Whole Foods store here in Charlotte, NC. Let me tell you that this is my new favorite store. Its almost like the whole store is fake, because its so perfectly put together & organized you will be amazed. They have everything organic & healthy that you could ever need or want. I was able to go on a value tour which is where they will take you through the store and let you know a little info about each section.

They have fresh produce, fresh meat market, a bulk section, fresh cheese bar, wine bar, fresh bakery, fresh pizza, fresh food bag & so much more. Fresh, fresh, fresh is what they are known for. My favorite part had to be that they sold items that were local. While I was there a local farmer came in to check on how his steaks were selling. I thought that was amazing, and something you won’t see in an every day store.

They had about 6 fresh bars of fresh food. Salads, soups, veggies, fruit, homemade dishes & much more. I loved just looking around to check out what fresh items they had on the menu today. They even had amazing looking gelato – Ohhh yum :)

So mission that day was to get meals for 7 days for under $100 & they had to be organic! After taking my value tour I learned that Whole Foods has their own brand and most of the time its 50% cheaper then name brand items. Its not like store brand food where its lesser quality, its all amazing quality that is checked & up to standards. They love it so much they stuck their name on it. So my goal was to stick to finding the best price & the best deal. Whole Foods even offers a booklet of coupons that you can grab when you first walk into the store. And keep on the lookout because they have daily & weekend deals every week. Sometimes they have daily deals & you will only find those once you walk into the store and check out the big chalk board where they display most of the popular deals.

After taking my tour I sat down in the restaurant area and came up with a meal plan. Now since my husband & son are not home at all for breakfast or lunch I had to find something simple and easy. I picked up a box of oats & fresh raspberries & strawberries and ate that for the week. I am not a huge breakfast eater so this worked out perfect especially since I am always on the go in the mornings. I also decided that each dinner I made that week that I would make sure to either make extra or save some so that I could eat it for lunch the next day. It worked out perfect! Plus my dinner meals were so amazing that I loved having left overs the next day.

Now I will share with you what dinner meals I made for the week. Remember these are all organic, and delicious meals that feed all 3 of us & had plenty of extras for the next day. Also all recipes were very easy, nothing to complicated & nothing that needed a lot of ingredients.

Night #1 -Organic Stuffed Bell PeppersSee the full recipe here

Night #2 Organic Easy Chicken BakeSee the full recipe here

Night #3 Organic Copy-Cat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo, Asparagus, Garlic Bread - See the full recipe here

Night #4 – Organic Homemade Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic BreadSee the full recipe here 

Night #5 Organic Lazy Day CasseroleSee the full recipe here

Night #6 Organic Chicken & DumplingsSee the full recipe here

Night #7 Organic Baked Salmon, Salad, Artichokes, homemade pasta

So there you see I made 7 meals, 7 breakfast meals, and had 7 lunch meals for a grand total of $102.33. I did go over my $100 budget but that was just the overflow of tax. I was very impressed with myself & very impressed that I bought all organic items under $100. Before this shopping trip I would have never guessed this was possible.

Now I challenge you to head over to Whole Foods and do what I did! You will be impressed & see that its possible. Let me know if you try any of these recipes & how they turned out. I would love to get input on how you achieve a great budget eating only organic items.

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  1. 1
    Tina Wolfe says:

    I absolutely love whole foods! I will buy some much needed great quality meat!! Love their grass fed beef, chicken sausage fresh, and their organic chicken! Almond milk is cheaper there. Got some zevia soda last week on sale and used $1 off coupon!! Was so excited!!! Thanks Desirea for this post and going to try your recipes! Let you know what ones and how the family liked them! 15 yr old boy eats like crazy so need All the ideas I can get!! Thanks

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    Elizabeth Dobson says:

    I would buy lots of fruits and vegatebles, cheese,bread, pizza, yogurt, icecream, peanut butter, jelly, rice, biscuts etc

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    Lashanda lewis says:

    Very excited about this giveaway. im not sure what ill spend it on but you give a good example of what i can use it on and ill definately try some of those recipes!

  4. 4
    Kylee Robinson says:

    I have no idea what I will purchase, but I will def have fun looking!! Prob start with fresh fruit and veges though :)

  5. 5

    I would use the card to buy all sorts of yummy ingredients to bake with!

  6. 6

    lots of fresh produce!

  7. 7

    I lOve The Fresh SElection Wholefood Market Offers, I Would Buy Lots Of Fresh Veggies And Fruits :)

  8. 8

    I would buy a lot of pantry staples like eggs, sugar, etc….I cook at home mostly and bake a lot..so I would try different kinds of flour, different meats and cheeses…And who am i kidding, you know I’m going to try to find an organic dessert!!

  9. 9

    I have never been to whole foods, i have always heard great things but been scared off because of high prices. The recipe for the stuffed peppers looks awesome, that is something i want to try!

  10. 10

    i hope i wint thx!

  11. 11

    Never been to whole foods, will have to make a trip and check it out.

  12. 12

    I love Whole Foods! This is a great way to stay on a diet without getting bored. With $100 I could get stocked up on my healthy snacks and veggies for my dinner!

  13. 13

    I will purchase seasonal fresh vegetables and probably treat myself to some fresh seafood and things I have not tried yet. Thanks!

  14. 14

    I will purchase some yummy deli food

  15. 15

    I’d love to stock my fridge and freezer up with vegetables and soup mixes! I love Whole Foods!

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    Rebecca R says:

    I’ve never been to whole foods, i hear its an awesome place to shop at.

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    Michael Timme says:

    I wish we had a Whole Foods closer to Ft. Bragg/Fayetteville. We have to head up to the Raleigh area. $100 would be good for some quality meat.

  18. 18
    Kitty Fulkerson says:

    To shop at Whole Foods for my first time :)

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    Marlana Ward says:

    I shop at Whole Foods each week. Also have gotten pretty good at the whole coupon thing there. You can match their coupon with a manuf. coupon. This week i saved $100 in coupons. Love that place.

  20. 20

    Woud definately but what is needed for the chicken and veggie bake!! And alot of fresh fruits and veggies.

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    Ronica447 says:

    I’ve actually never shopped at Whole Foods before. I know there’s one a few towns away and would make the trip if I’m the lucky winner.

  22. 22

    I love Whole Foods. We go about once a month since it’s an hour and a half away. So this gift card would come in handy with the gas we use going up there.
    I love to feed my toddler organic healthy food. I love buying all the fresh fruits and veggies. They taste so much better than at a normal grocery store, Organic makes a huge difference. And my son loves the organic healthy lollipops they have at Whole Foods. They are great for rewards when he behaves. :)

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