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.
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
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)