Monday, February 9, 2009

What's Cooking 2.9-2.15

This is another installment in the series of posts about the food we're eating, what we're spending, and what (hopefully) we're not wasting. The Frugal Girl posts every week on these matters and I find them fascinating.

Here's what I bought this week:

I spent $29.97 at Amazing Savings, where I can usually find organic produce for 70% off of what it costs at our upscale whole foods market. I spent $48.05 at our discount grocery store. Our grand total was 78.02 - once again under my $80 budget - Hooray! I almost thought I was going to go over because I decided to buy 2 two-pound bricks of cheese (cheddar and mozzarella) at $7.18/each, and now I won't have to buy cheese for at least 2 weeks if not longer. The only meat I bought this week was a pound of turkey slices for $3.98 - which is ridiculously overpriced, but D likes to eat turkey sandwiches when we don't have leftovers and I haven't done a cost/benefit analysis of roasting a turkey for this purpose yet. :) I still have plenty of meat, fish and chicken in my freezer for the next few weeks (as you can see from our menus we generally prefer not to eat meat, but we do enjoy it occasionally), so I'm hopeful that the $80 weeks will continue!

Chiles Rellenos
Brown Rice
Green Salad

(I am in the hospital for a 24-hour shift and D usually prepares something fast and simple.)
Whole Wheat Spaghetti and Meatballs (already in the freezer)
Steamed Broccoli

Homemade Black Bean Burgers
Homemade Whole Wheat Buns
Sweet Potato Oven "Fries"
Green Salad

Asian Grilled Salmon (already in the freezer)
Veggie Stir-Fry (with Broccoli, Carrots and Cauliflower)
Brown Rice

Pizza (made with homemade dough and sauce) with Roasted Peppers
Spinach Salad

Potato and Kale Chowder
Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls
Spinach Salad

Valentine's Day Vegan Chocolate Cake! (This recipe is delicious, thrifty and very easy - I'll try to post it later this week so you can make it for your family, too!)

Basil Broccoli Quiche
Roasted Butternut Squash and Beets


Cortney said...

I read over at Kristen's blog but never comment- I just wanted to say thank you for giving me another inspirational internet place to go and stay motivated :) Now I have two!

FOO said...

Hi Cortney! Thanks so much for your comment - I'm so glad you found me! I also visited your blog and left you a comment there. Hope to "see" more of you! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I found your blog from the asheville unschoolers page. What is Amazing Savings? Some sort of food store? Is it in asheville?

FOO said...

Hi Dr. C! Thanks for coming to my blog! Did you see that I recommended the same book you did?! It seems that we are something of kindred spirits!

Yes, Amazing Savings is in Asheville, on Sweeten Creek Rd. (There is a bigger one in Black Mountain, too.) I think the savings are pretty amazing on produce but I never count on buying anything else there because it is so "hit or miss". (They get packaged food that is either really banged up or past its "sell date" and it always varies.)

Kristen said...

Cortney, you should come and comment. I don't bite, promise!

And good job on your shopping, Foo. :)