Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Chatter: $300 Grocery Challenge -- Shopping Trip #2

On my grocery list for this week:

red onion
green beans
cheddar cheese
corn tortillas
ground beef
white beans
wheat bread
peanut butter
snacks: pretzels, granola bars, peanuts, Goldfish
paper towels
My goal was to spend only $50. I came in at $48.79. Yay!
On the menu this week:

pasta salad: box of pasta, can of white beans, diced red onion, tomatoes and basil from our garden, parmesan cheese; toss with a dressing made from red wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve with veggies or garlic bread.
tostadas: corn tortillas, seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce. Serve with sides of black beans, rice and corn (pantry and freezer items).
grilled cheese and soup (pantry item) -- not the most exciting dinner but great for after soccer practice on a Fall evening
homemade pizza -- We still have so many great, fresh toppings from the garden to use up!
ravioli (freezer item) and sauteed green beans OR tamales with leftovers from tostada night
"cheater" meal: We have an In and Out $20 gift card that my husband got as a birthday gift. We will be out of the house for most of the day tomorrow and will likely stop and get dinner there on the way home.
Breakfasts: We still have a massive box of Cheerios and a huge box of Kix. We also used a muffing mix from the pantry and made muffins yesterday so we will eat those. We also have pancake mix in the pantry and smoothie ingredients in the freezer.
Lunches: Peanut butter and jelly! Also, yogurt, applesauce, crackers and cheese, hummus and pita (still have lots from last week), plus all of the snacks we have on hand -- raisins, peanuts, goldfish, etc. I also have ingredients for another cold pasta on hand (lemon pepper pasta with sage butter and shaved parmesan) so we will make that for lunch if we need to fill in.
Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What's on your menu this week?

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