Week One Menu & Groceries

I’d like to remind you right up front if you are following my blog that this is a work in process — and I’m inviting you into the middle of my journey. This means that I have a good sized pantry and a small chest freeze full so you will see item on the menu that I didn’t buy in groceries that particular week I suggest that you sub out a meal made up out of your pantry/freezer items. Get creative and remember google is your friend, from how to use up cans of tuna to slower cooker recipes for roast beef it’s all there at the click of a mouse. I also aim to spend about $80 each week on a main grocery shop, this leaves me an emergency “honey I drank all the milk or my in-laws are dropping by” fund… if I don’t use this money which sometimes I don’t; it’s gets rolled over to my “meat fund” — there will be some weeks that I buy $50 worth of meat and that’s were I get that money. Lastly, I will say up  – we don’t eat pre-packaged sweets very often so please don’t be alarmed if you see only yogurt and applesauce for dessert. I will provide refined sugar free muffin, cookie & brownie recipes that we use for lunches and snacks once I get rolling.

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Okay so let’s get down to business – this week’s shop was done at Food Basics- no coupons and they don’t price match but I do find their specials to be quite good.. I do prefer the Food Basics in Hamilton by my parents and the free babysitting while I do my groceries is bonus!

Total Spend:  $77.14

Olive Oil, mangoes  avocados  bananas, oranges, apples, cantaloupes , pears, cauliflower, cabbage, peppers, broccoli, rosemary, thyme, tortillas, turkey pepperoni, broccoli coleslaw, cucumber, green onions, spinach, applesauce cups, bagels, mushroom soup, Quaker oatmeal, yogurt, kolbassa, cold cuts x3 (these were on buy 2 get one free — they freeze great) & 2 bags of bone-in chicken legs

The Dinner Menu

Sunday: Homemade Pizzas. We have our main meal at church most Sundays for lunch- so I made a Turkey Pot pie with Tea Biscuits on top with leftover turkey I had frozen.

Monday: fish tacos

Tuesday: trying a new recipe – – maple mustard chicken Rachel Rays Roasted Maple Mustard Chicken

Wednesday: crustless quiche from my SIL’s father’s recipe — this is great for breakfast the next morning and is often my meatless meal. I often add green onions and chopped red peppers to ours, you could add cubed ham or bacon as well

Crustless Quiche
 
½ c. butter
10 eggs
½ c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 lb large curd cottage cheese ( this is 1 -250ml tub)
1 lb. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (I just use 1 cup of old cheddar)
1 lb. or so of broccoli, steamed (fresh or frozen both work well – steaming helps to keep the broccoli from being full of water when it’s added to the egg mixture.)
 
Melt butter, beat eggs till fluffy – add flour, baking powder, salt, cottage cheese & butter, and ½ of the jack cheese.  Mix well & add steamed broccoli.
 
Pour inter greased 9×13 pan.  Top with remaining jack cheese.
 
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes
Reduce temperature to 350 for 35-40 minutes or until lightly browned.
 
Cut into squares and serve.

Thursday: Roast Beef, sweet potato mash & corn (use this recipe & method – makes any cut of beef so tasty Rachel Rays Trisha Yearwoods Roast Beef Gravy

Friday: Fresh Pasta Bake (I’ll let you know when they are on again – Zarky’s had their big packs of fresh whole wheat pasta on for 1.99 so we have several to eat up)

Saturday: Daddy is out — so chicken fingers & sweet potato fries with my kids

Breakfast are usually the same around here: oatmeal, cereal, toast & PB, pancakes, eggs, fruit and smoothies a couple of times a week! Give oatmeal a try again — we add cinnamon, apple & raisins with a tbsp of maple syrup ~ the kids love it.

Lunches are my toughest, Josie is in school 2 or 3 days per week, her lunch is usually kind of the same, either ham wrap or homemade lunchables — kolbassa or ham cubes, cheese, crackers, veggies sticks with hummus, 2 or 3 fruits and a muffin or brownie. My husband is getting better with leftovers for his lunch. I always make a pot of vegetable soup on Monday so that help in the gaps.

Emergency/Meat Fund: $22.86 (which I will have to use as we are going through alot more milk having my husband home during the days)

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