As I’ve mentioned before, January is a Pantry Challenge for us. This means that I’m focusing on eating down what we have in stock and NOT on adding more food to the cache. I aim to spend only $100 on groceries this month, the majority on fresh produce, eggs and dairy. This week I did really well on staying out of the stores and keeping my purchases to a minimum. I did end up visiting four different stores, but they are all either within my neighborhood or I batched errands. I did not make special trips. At any rate, I spent a total of $10.64 this week. Shown above are kale, collards, broccoli, and green onions. I also picked up some grapefruit at at a new natural foods store in town — on sale for 8/$1. Bananas, oranges and a doughnut rounded out my grocery shopping this week. Also, notice those plastic bags? I asked Michael for, and received, reusable mesh produce bags for my birthday present. They got here yesterday and I am super excited to cut down on the amount of plastic waste we produce.
- Vegetable Beef Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (twice)
- Lentil patties w/fried egg, vegetable side (I don’t remember exactly…)
- Easy spaghetti and meat sauce, greed salad
- Pinto beans, smokey collards, cornbread
- Hot dogs, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes (New Years Day)
- Turkey and Dumplings/Biscuits (tonight)
We have plenty of food in the freezer and pantry, although I will need to buy more dairy, eggs and produce next week. I’m unlikely to be at $10 again, but I think I can stay around $20.
- Michael left a plate of steak strips in the microwave overnight. 😦 😦 Very sad — I hate wasting meat and it was to make additional salads during the week.
- There will probably be more next week — I forgot to go through my fridge before the garbage was collected this week, so will save that task until next week. I believe that there are some lurkers that have transitioned to zombies and need to be laid to rest.
- I used a box of Knox gelatin to make Knox blocks using the juices saved from draining canned fruit and some grape juice I had in the freezer. I haven’t had these since I was a kid. They are a sweet treat.
- I used kefir that is a bit old to make the cornbread.
- And I made yummy French toast using the end of a loaf that was pretty stale.