Friday, January 5, 2018

Week 1: 2018 Grocery Challenge

We have a lot of little odds and ends to finish up from the holidays, so I bought the very basics this week. First, at Publix, I loaded up on some of their BOGO pasta and sauce:

A total of 4 sauces and 10 pastas for a grand total of $13.09.

Next I went to ALDI for the staples. Just the very basics- cereal, milk, eggs, carrots, apples, etc. The total was $31.43. The apples were a great price- less than $2 for the bag.

Since I had a lot of things leftover from the holiday, I was curious to see what I could do with just $50 for the week. I spent $44.52. 
It is not a very well balanced set of food. Combined with what I had around, I think it will work out ok, I already know I'm going to need more milk and more vegetables and fruits come Monday. 

Breakfasts this week are hot cereal, cereal, and for a special treat, French Toast. I will try to do more eggs in the morning this coming week. Lunches were PB&J, Macaroni and cheese with apples and cucumbers and carrots.

My dinner menu for the week was very simple:
  • Pasta Monday: Tacos with homemade corn tortillas and carrots
  • Taco Tuesday: Ham and Potatoes casserole and frozen broccoli
  • Stir Fry Wednesday: Fried Rice with leftover ham
  • Soup Thursday: Pancakes and Canned Mandarin Oranges
  • Pizza Friday: Corn Chowder and Bread Bowls
  • Grill Saturday: Grilled Chicken and Zucchini
  • Special Sunday: Garlic Chicken Pizza and Green Salad; Dessert- No bake cookies? 

This already deviates from my 'plan'- the days sometimes get switched around, but it's ok with me. I have found I cook a LOT more than I did before. I made homemade yogurt, homemade bread twice, homemade corn tortillas (usually I buy them, but just happened to have some leftover Masa to use up), and homemade refried beans.

For someone who doesn't cook much, I'm getting used to washing lots of dishes. The instant pot and bread machine make things pretty easy to cook, so it hasn't added much extra time to my day. I typically start a loaf of bread in the mornings, and then we use it for lunch and/or dinner. I will probably need to make yogurt once week or so.