This is what $20 worth of food from the City Market in Kansas City looks like.

This is What $20 of Groceries from the City Market in Kansas City Looks Like

The City Market is and always will be the heart of Kansas City, MO. At least in my eyes. If you want to get a good idea of the city is like, go to the City Market. Tip: The local vibes are strongest on Saturdays! More than just a hot spot for tourists, it’s also the location of Kansas City’s largest farmers market. Every week, seven days a week, thousands shop for the freshest local produce.

As you can gauge from the title of this post, it’s about eating affordably in Kansas City. My weekly food budget is $50. For just me and a five-year old, that is plenty. Sometimes it is too much. Staying within that budget is easy mainly because of the myriad of options for thrifty yet healthy food in Kansas City. Months ago, my original idea was to post what $50 worth of groceries would be, but I quickly changed my mind. There’s just no way Lily and I could eat $50 of City Market produce in one week.

Without further ado, here is our real City Market haul from last weekend.

Bread – $4
A staple in pretty much every household anywhere. But I wouldn’t label what Bristle Ridge Farms creates as mere bread. A more accurate description would be manna from heaven. They have several varieties. Our favorites are the rosemary Italian loaf and cake like pineapple coconut.

Eggs – $3.50
I don’t know what it is about eggs straight from a farm but they are the creamy dreamiest. A few farmers sell eggs. We normally buy them from DanJo Farm but on this day chose to go with Abe Yoder Farm.

Corn on the Cob – $3
I have a big thing for street food. When I saw delicious corn my mouth starting watering. I happily went home with 9 ears of corn which were prepared elote style. The farmer from Flores Farm sold 6 for $3 and threw in a few extra.

Kale – $2
Kale is an acquired taste. Lily has acquired it while I have not. But since she loves it I got some. The farmer who sold it to me recommended I bake them into kale chips. He was even kind enough to share his recipe with me. If I do make some I’ll be sure to post it.

Tomatoes – $3
Sweet, juicy, earthy tomatoes! In our household we eat them like apples. We got a sweet deal too! Two cartons for the price of one.

Baby Eggplants – $3
The little purple beauties from Lee Family Farm were too good to pass up. I plan on turning them into eggplant parmesan and vegetable kabobs.

Herbs and Spices – $2 per scoop
Last but certainly not least, we made sure to spice it up. Tikka House herbs and spices are another stable in our house.

Grand total: $20.50. I can’t say it enough. Eating healthy foods does not have to be expensive. What tips do you have for food on a budget? Leave a comment below. Thanks so much for reading!

 

Enjoy the intensely flavorful awesomeness of Spring with this Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl! - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl

The title of this post should be An Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl Chock Full of Intensely Flavorful Awesomeness! Because believe me when I say that’s exactly how the recipe turned out. Spicy steak seasoning, sweet tangy raspberry jam, creamy coconut lemongrass quinoa, savory broccoli, carrots, baby cob corn, and sweet peppers all blended together in a delicious way! Inspiration for this delightful meal came from fellow Kansas City blogger, Kasim Hardaway. His food creations on A Journey in Colour are wonderful local masterpieces.

Recently I came across his Pomegranate, Mint, Tomato Salad just in time for the new Spring season. It looked too yummy not to try. However, per my usual, the list of ingredients slowly morphed into a completely different dish as I walked up and down the aisles. Someday, I’m going to stick to a recipe. I just get so much fun out of experimenting with food. But I did manage to stay with the theme of Spring flavors. Here’s my recipe for Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl. Sidenote: I shopped for ingredients at Aldi but I’ll add links to similar items from my favorite online grocer, Thrive Market.  The links are sponsored which means I will receive a commission for any purchases made through them. I recommend purchasing the vegetables and shrimp from your local city market. Which I would have if this hadn’t been a last-minute dinner decision. Hope you enjoy it!

Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl

Enjoy the intensely flavorful awesomeness of Spring with this Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl! - Kiara Watts, My City Adventures

Ingredients:

  • Stonemill Essentials Steak Seasoning
  • Simply Nature Mediterranean Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Specially Selected Premium Raspberry Fruit Spread
  • Sea Queen Medium Raw Shrimp
  • Earthly Grains Coconut-Chili-Lemongrass Quinoa Blend
  • Season’s Choice Steamed Asian Seasoned Vegetable Medley
  • Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Pepper (optional)

Important: If you’re a foodie like me and take photos as you cook, be sure to throughly wash your hands between steps!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Begin preparation of quinoa according to directions.

Enjoy the intensely flavorful awesomeness of Spring with this Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl!

3. While quinoa is starting to boil, remove shells from shrimp. Set aside in bowl.

4. Combine 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil,  1 tablespoon raspberry jam, and 1 tablespoon steak seasoning.

5. Prepare vegetables according to directions.

Enjoy the intensely flavorful awesomeness of Spring with this Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl!

6. While vegetables are cooking, coat shrimp with mixture. Place shrimp in single layer on baking sheet. Heat in oven for 4-5 minutes.

7. Mix 1 more tablespoon each of extra virgin olive oil, raspberry jam, and steak seasoning. Brush on shrimp. Broil for 1 minute.

8. Add bell pepper to quinoa, if desired.

Enjoy the intensely flavorful awesomeness of Spring with this Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl!

9. Layer quinoa, vegetables, and shrimp in bowl. Be creative! Make it pretty like all the other fancy “bowls” you drool over.

Here’s the list of similar ingredients you can find on Thrive Market:

If you like my Spicy Raspberry Jam Glazed Shrimp in a Spring Inspired Asian Veggie and Quinoa Bowl share it with your family and friends. Did you make the recipe? Post a pic with the hashtag #mycityadventures. I’ll be sure to feature it. As always, thank you for reading!

Thrive Market Delivers 25-50% Off Organic Groceries

Attention all Kiara Loves KC readers! I have some exciting news for you. I would like to introduce the newest Kiara Loves KC affiliate, Thrive Market! Read on to learn all about Thrive Market’s all-natural and organic online food market and health store, plus get a free 30 day trial membership!

Thrive Market is the first socially conscious online store offering the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices. They carry over 2,500 of the highest quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from over 400 of the best brands on the market, all delivered straight to your door at 25-50% off retail prices. Thrive is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to their members at wholesale prices and to sponsor free Thrive memberships for low-income American families. Their mission is to make health living easy, affordable, and accessible for every American family.

Thrive Market is the first socially conscious online store offering the world's best-selling natural and organic products at wholesale prices.

Shop the world’s best natural, organic products always 25%-50% below retail. Never pay full retail for healthy groceries again.

The people behind Thrive Market believe that the ability to live a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t depend on income level, geography, or any other arbitrary barrier. Whether you’re a corporate executive or an elementary school teacher, whether you live on the upper west-side of Manhattan or in a small town with no local health food store, they think you and your family should have access to healthy, wholesome, and non-toxic products at or below the price of their processed, artificial, and often toxic alternatives. That hasn’t been the case for a long time in this country and they wanted to do something about it.

Shop the best PALEO brands for up to 50% below retail price.

The Thrive Market catalog is curated to include the top products from hundreds of the leading natural products brands across categories like cooking ingredients, healthy snacks, nutritional supplements, natural home goods, and bath & beauty. What you won’t find: 115 different varieties of almond butter stretching down an aisle as far as the eye can see. What you will find: over 2,500 of the most popular natural products from the very best brands – brands that exude the values of health, sustainability, and premium quality.

Shop GLUTEN-FREE brands always 25%-50% below retail price.

They’ve meticulously merchandised the catalog to enure exceptional coverage across dozens of key dietary preferences and values. From Paleo and gluten-free to vegan and raw to non-GMO and certified organic, they’ve got you covered. Just as importantly, they’ve painstakingly tagged every product in their catalog along 90+ such filters so that you can easily customize your shopping experience to your preferences and values with a click of the mouse.

Shop the best VEGAN brands for up to 50% below retail price.

Like Costco, Netflix, and NPR, Thrive Market is a membership community. By paying the equivalent of just $5/month ($59.95 annually), your membership fee makes it possible for Thrive Market’s curators to search high and low for the best healthy products, buy them directly from suppliers, and combine their buying power to bring them to the Thrive community at 25-50% below retail prices. This allows them to sustain the mission to make healthy living universally accessible.

Shop the best RAW food brands for up to 50% below retail price.

Thrive Market offers a free 30-day trial for every new member. The idea is to give you a chance to experience Thrive savings first-hand before you commit to an annual membership. Your free trial starts with your first Thrive purchase and will last a full month with full membership benefits. If at any point during that time, you decide you don’t want to be a Thrive member, you can cancel and they’ll never charge your card for a membership.

Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to their members at wholesale prices and to sponsor free Thrive memberships for low-income American families.

Join Thrive Market for just $59.95 and you’ll directly sponsor a free membership for a low-income family. Valid through 12/31/16. No coupon code needed.

Thrive Market wants their community to enjoy shopping and saving with for years to come. That’s why your annual membership is guaranteed to pay for itself in savings. All you have to do is shop and save. If you don’t make your membership fee back in savings by the end of the year, they’ll automatically give you the difference in Thrive Market credit after you renew. For example, if your membership fee was $60, and you only saved $40 in the year, they will automatically add a $20 Thrive credit to your account after you renew.

Bonus savings alert! Receive an extra 15% off your first Thrive Market order plus a complimentary thank you gift!

“Our target is everyday American families,” says Nick Green, Thrive’s co-founder and co-CEO, a duty he shares with serial entrepreneur Gunnar Lovelace. By “everyday”, he means middle-class Americans—mostly moms—who are shopping for the entire family, and “want to buy healthy choices on a budget.” (From Civil Eats article, “Can Thrive Market be a Kinder, Gentler Amazon for Organic Food?

The team behind Thrive Market is a group of serial social entrepreneurs, technologists, and natural products industry veterans brought together by two shared realizations: (1) that living healthy in America is too hard for too many people, and (2) that it shouldn’t be that way. Before Thrive ever launched, they spent more than a year developing the right business model, enrolling hundreds of brand and charity partners, and bringing an incredible group of health experts, entrepreneurs, and advisers together to tackle the ambitious goal of making healthy living truly accessible to every American. The result is ThriveMarket.com.