I'm feeling quite smug with my grocery shopping success the last few months, and trying to decide how low I want my November challenge to be. Knowing I will be buying baking supplies and extra Thanksgiving food, even though I'm a bringer and not the host, I am toying with a $250 target. November includes DD1 being home perhaps for an extra day or two and four school release days. That doesn't change the grocery bill that much, but it means better planning. I took a casual inventory on the weekend, and other than the items I need for my orchestra meal donation, all I added to our groceries was eggs, a red pepper, ground turkey, and sour cream when I popped into the grocery store on Saturday. I forgot bread, and didn't bother making another stop. My October final grocery bill is $298, give or take a buck.
I mixed up what I was planning to make, but for the most part cooked from my list of meals I drew up last weekend. Here was my executed meal game plan.
Breakfast-DH and DD had instant oatmeal and were both out of the house shortly after. I did some cleaning and made myself an egg, cheese, and ham burrito.
Lunch-I ate cheese and saltines and an apple.
Supper-Chicken fajitas with red pepper and, onion, fajita rice, and black beans, everything a Chipotle burrito would have for an estimated $5.76 for five burritos, granted about 1/3 smaller but we were stuffed.
Brunch-Homemade apple and cinnamon muffins, rice crust ham and cheese quiche.
Supper-.Homemade Italian chicken nuggets, butter and herb mashed potatoes, and corn.
Here are a few recipes, or throw together as it were.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
2 C Flour
1 C Oatmeal (quick cooking)
3/4 cup sugar
1tsp baking powder
1 tbls cinnamon
Combine all dry ingredients, mix in the wet.
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
I large apple sliced and diced
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
|I can never cut neat slices.|
Rice Crust Quiche
Crust-leftover rice, about 1 1/2 to 2 C
salt and pepper
1 oz grated cheese-optional
Mix then pre-bake for 12 minutes in a 350 over
Filling-4 -5 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cups cheese, more or less to taste
1 cup diced ham, more or less to taste
1/3 cup sour cream
salt and peepr to taste
Pour in pre-baked crust, bake for 30 minutes until eggs are set.
This fed the three of us, plus two slices for my lunch. Rice was leftovers, ham was leftovers from DD's party last month, cheese was the rock bottom prices. I can't even break out this meal, truly frugal. If I had some broccoli or spinach that would have gone in as well.
While my mom wasn't a great cook, I sure appreciate that she taught me the basics. Anything can be tuned into something new and delicious with a little creativity. Who else dabbles in the kitchen and turns leftovers and bargain foods into creative indulgences?