Well, with my huge stock-pile of food, we are still doing just fine with only purchasing fresh produce, eggs, and dairy. Confession: You will see a little package of Hormel’s Naturals lunch meat in this grocery shopping picture from this week. I needed some slivered ham for a fun breakfast idea my friend Brenda told me about at Bunco. I had to have it, yes I did. You’ll be thankful she told me about this and that I veered off course just enough to buy it. Just wait until I share the recipe. :)
This isn’t everything, by the way. I had to make a mid-week run to the store since we were almost out of everything fresh.
I got cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, and I can’t remember what else because it’s gone already.
Can you believe I bought strawberries in January?? I can’t even believe it. Somehow, they were a great price and actually looked good. This never happens in Nebraska, but seeing as we are having 50° weather, it does sort of feel like spring. Even if these strawberries aren’t as delicious as they are in the summertime, I figure that at the very least we can choke them down with some Chocolate Whipped Cream. Yes, that shouldn’t be a problem.
I bought three packages of blueberries this week – woohoo for price matching! I also price-matched broccoli, cauliflower, and apples. This price-matching thing has been saving me a bundle.
Speaking of which, I am excited to share that our family has seen some significant grocery budget savings this month since I’ve bought only fresh food and have avoided buying anything for our freezers or pantry. We will be ending the month with spending at just a tad over $400. This number is fantastic for my family in this season of life. (Oh my, I remember the days I spent less than that for everything including meat and pantry staples. Hello, teenage appetites.)
I have also found it interesting to note that it takes between $100-$130 per week to keep us in fresh produce, eggs, and milk. Seem like a lot? I beg to differ. That amount goes a long way toward awesome nutrition so it is very, very worth it. I also love thinking about how our preserved garden produce helps keep that amount as low as it is. I also (how many times can I use also in the same paragraph?) realize how blessed we are that our fresh milk and eggs are priced so very reasonably.
And now, here is our list of menu items for this week. What a blessing to have so much variety and so much good food!
- Flaky Cream Cheese Pastry
- Instant Oatmeal Packets
- Grape Nuts Cereal
- Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Cheese
- Quick Mix Pancakes
- Pumpkin Donuts
- Peanut Butter Breakfast Cake
- Bacon, Egg, and Avocado Salad
- Beef Summer Sausage
- Cheddar Ranch Burgers
- Spanish Rice
- Salmon Patties
- Taco Corn Fritters
- Pizza Soup
- Italian Cream Cheese Chicken
- One Dish Meat And Potato Casserole
- Homemade Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese
- Easy Noodle Stir Fry
- Chicken Tacos
- Tuna Casserole
- Potato Soup
Fruit and Veggie Sides (I serve 1-4 with each meal)
- Strawberries with Chocolate Whipped Cream
- Steamed Broccoli and Carrots
- Cheesy Cauliflower Cakes
- Cucumbers, Carrots, and Broccoli with Easy Veggie Dip
- Creamy Coleslaw
- Apples with Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
- Green Beans
- Mixed Greens
- Sweet Peppers
If you are also taking an “Eat from the Pantry and Freezer” Challenge, I’d love to hear how it is going for you!