I went shopping again. On a Saturday again. And it wasn’t that bad! I seriously never went weeks without grocery shopping like I do now. I guess mix 2 parts being too scattered to think with 1 part being cognizant of what I’m spending, stir it up, and realize that there are ways to feed yourself without having to shop every week.
But I really do appreciate the P:FB is keeping me honest and makes me really think about where I’m spending money when it comes to what I’m buying. I’m sad to see this end.
I’ve been doing a lot of simple cooking with tomatoes, herbs, and pasta. I’ve become addicted to a tomato pasta recipe from Jamie Oliver. Tom Totin gifted me a cookbook when I was on his show (all episodes here!) and it stole my heart.
My total bill at Giant Eagle this week was $36.69. On Wednesday, even though I packed lunch, I went to Panera with my coworkers and spent $10.57 (total rip off!) which makes this week’s total $47.26/$50.
I am most excited to use up more of my zucchini, the only thing my garden is producing, and make a batch of these zucchini brownies. There’s no oil or eggs (just bananas and apple sauce) and just a small bit of sugar (I cut down to about 1 1/4 cup), but you get deliciously tender, slightly fudgy, just a little spongy brownies. I’m talking Stand-In-The-Kitchen-Eating-Straight-From-The-Pan good.
I also picked up some ingredients for a beef ramen. I have the recipe from a Blue Apron box delivery and I thought I’d recreate it a little myself. I didn’t go crazy buying weird mushrooms and miso paste, but I figure I can use what I have. I’m also substituting broccoli rabe for bok choy because I couldn’t find a reasonably sized bok choy and I don’t like it that much to use 60 pounds of it.
How are you doing with your food budget? Check out these budget badasses for more inspiration! Emily Levenson / McGinnis and Bean / Red Pen Mama / Seeking White Space / Gardening in High Heels / Melissa Firman / Copy & Post / Shea Lennon / Warm as Pie / Two Eggs Over Easy