I wasn’t able to go grocery shopping on Sunday and I’m going to Dallas this Friday. That meant I really couldn’t approach grocery shopping with my normal strategy this week. But, that didn’t mean I was going to toss in the towel and forget about budgeting. I just had to adjust!
Here’s what I got for $60…
- Whole-grain bread
- Fruit in 100% fruit juice
- 2 cans gumbo
- 1 can vegetables and lentils
- 2 cans chickpeas
- Pure orange juice
- Skim milk (Dan)
- Almond milk (Emily)
- All-natural creamer
- 2 packages all-natural turkey meat
- 2 thin crust pizzas
- Saran wrap
My pantry is still pretty full from last week’s trip, so I didn’t plan meals in my usual way. Rather, I operated with a few different tactics…
Easy Meals Dan
Dan has the skills to make his own dinner, but he doesn’t have the time — especially with his studying schedule right now. Since I’m going to be in Dallas for the weekend, I wanted to make sure he had some easy-to-prepare meals to make on his own. Pretty obviously, that’s where the pizza comes in. He also likes making dinners out of the gumbo poured over some brown rice.
Big ol’ Salads
I’ve been all about the roasted chickpeas lately and have been absolutely craving salads for lunch. I’m making a big batch of roasted chickpeas tomorrow to use on salads throughout the week. I also like swapping hummus for the dressing and rounding it all out with a sprinkling of feta.
Sounds like a little thing, but the easiest way to keep meals well-rounded is to make the “rounding part” convenient. With this week being extra busy, I opted for the simple solutions of fruit in 100% juice and some ready-to-heat lentils. Not necessarily my first choices, but they’ll do the trick!
We also stayed under budget! Like I’ve said, if our grocery shopping trips round out to $75 per week when everything is said and done, I’ll be happy.