Thanksgiving Challenge: Week 1
Planning this week’s meals was super easy – I had so many ideas and only 4 dinners to plan! I probably could have spent even less and used more pantry items, but I am trying to keep up the variety and freshness of our usual meals. I am sure planning cheap meals and keeping costs at a minimum will only get harder with time as the pantry shrinks, but the challenge is off to a great start.
Before I left I went to Harris Teeter and Food Lion’s websites to see what they had on sale. I puttered around and planned a few meals and then made a list along with a cost estimate. I went in expecting to spend $24, but things were actually cheaper than I expected and I had totally forgot about our EarthFare employee discount, which is now more valuable than ever. I decided Food Lion wasn’t worth the extra trip since there were no extreme deals.
- Organic carrots
- Organic red grapes ($1.69/lb – cheaper than HT’s conventional ones at 2.79/lb)
- A lemon
- Organic collards (I didn’t really try to buy organic for this stuff, but the prices were good so I did)
- Portabella mushrooms (they were less than the cremini)
- 28 oz can of pumpkin
- A pomegranate on sale (2 / $4)
- BISON!!! 8 oz = $3.43
From Harris Teeter:
- Brussels sprouts (they were $2.50 ea. and were $3.99 at EF – worth the extra trip)
- And a huge a$$ bag of white potatoes for $1.99. The husband requested them for his meals while I’m in Chicago.
The husband will be posting next week’s meals when he goes grocery shopping next Saturday when I’m gone. I usually do all the planning because I love it and am pickier than he is, but next week it’s all in his hands. I imagine he’ll need more staples like bananas, milk and yogurt, so his week will be harder! That will probably mean no bison and using up the whole allotment. And since I spent less this week, he gets the bonus next week if he needs it.
I biked to and from EarthFare – such a gorgeous day!!! While there I was also fed 3 delicious types of cheese and had 2 cracker samples.
But I was still really hungry when I got home so I had a little snack mix –
Tonight’s dinner was scrumptious –
A Blue Cheese + Portabello Frittata. The combo was 2 portabello caps, 3 eggs, about 2 oz blue cheese crumbles. Served 2.
And Brussels sprouts!! I just LOVE them and haven’t had them fresh in ages! I halved them and drizzled in about 2 tsp of canola oil, 2 tsp of maple syrup and salt and roasted them for 26 minutes at about 400*.
I ended up getting out the Bone Suckin’ Sauce to dip ’em in. Mmmm!
OK, I’ve got a big Organic quiz in the AM and haven’t started studying yet. This is going to be very painful 👿