Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cooking and Saving Update February 12, 2016

Last week I decided to start sharing little updates for you with real, whole food grocery deals I find during the week, as well as simple, cost-effective recipes to use those ingredients. I'm back today with this week's update!

I don't know if these posts will be an every week thing forever, because I'm sure somewhere along the line I will run out of things to share with you. Or you will get tired of seeing pictures of my groceries. It is very possible. :) For now, I'm going to share these updates when I have deals to post in hopes that it is a help or encouragement to someone on a similar real food journey. It also motivates me to try and get the best possible deal and find yummy ways to use those items!

Here are some deals I got this week:

I found I didn't need a whole lot of groceries this week, and really focused on finishing up some leftovers before they went bad. (aka, I FINALLY finished the beans!) but I did pick up these items...

Cadia Organic Vegetable Broth: $1.99 I found a recipe I want to try! :)
Larabars: $.89 I stocked up since the sale price is ending :/
Clif Bars: $.99
Philadelphia cream cheese: 2/$3


And here are the recipes I tried:

I saved this Football Cheeseball recipe on FB weeks ago, and when I brought up the recipe I was pleased to find that is used all real food ingredients! (Ok, real pepperoni might be a stretch...) It was super easy to make and so yummy!! I greatly enjoyed the leftovers as a work snack. (I did leave out the pimentos because I couldn't find any)

My Cheese Football - pretty cute if I do say so myself!
 I'm determined to work on eating more veggies and finding recipes that center around veggies. Yes, cooking actual dishes takes a bit more time than just heating up leftovers, but I'm working at finding the time to make these healthy meals for myself. It won't happen every day, but some days I know I can fit it in my schedule.

One of my absolute favourite things to eat is this recipe for Brussels Sprouts and bacon over pasta. I know, those do NOT seem to go together, but it is delicious. And I am not one for weird food combinations, so just trust me when I say this is GOOD. I cooked up the Brussels and bacon and put it over couscous, since I had some on hand I had gotten on sale back a while ago. It was good! I also had some leftover roasted sweet potatoes from last week. All in all, a VERY inexpensive meal, and it left me with one serving of leftovers. (well, probably several servings of the couscous...because apparently couscous multiplies like beans do ;)


I also used the cheap organic tomato paste I got last week to make a batch of Tomato Macaroni soup - and easy crockpot recipe I will be sharing soon!


I'd love to hear if YOU found any good grocery deals this week? And please, if you have any recipe ideas for me using veggies, do share!


Cooking and Saving for One person -Whole food deals and recipes for the week

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12 comments:

  1. I don't know where you are, but here apples, brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi are in season at the same time. I like to shred all 3 together into a very yummy salad (all raw).
    And, I have the same problem with beans, lol. Thanks for sharing your menu with us!

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    1. I've decided brussels sprouts are good no matter how you fix them. ;) But I've never heard of kohlrabi...what is it like? Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. I stock up when I find Larabars under $1 too! I remember they were $2 a piece for a long time. If you're trying to eat healthier, you might find quinoa could replace pasta too. Higher in protein.

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    1. Oh wow, I would have such a hard time paying $2 for a Larabar! I do plan on incorporating quinoa, thanks for the suggestion! I think it would be good with this brussels sprouts dish, too. :)

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  3. Brussel sprouts and bacon over quinoa sounds wonderful to me. I just might grab a bag at Costco this weekend and make it up. My boys love most anything with bacon.

    And, even in a house with tons of people we struggle to not waste food.

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    1. It is a struggle! I often end up eating the same thing for several days in a row so it doesn't go to waste.

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  4. Nice work. Cooking for one can be challenging. Nice work on planning ahead!

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    1. Thank you! I think planning ahead does help me save money and time in the long run.

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  5. Yum! I'm impressed. Delicious cooking can be accomplished on a budget. The cheese football is especially fun. Thanks for getting my cooking creativity going :)

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    1. You are welcome! :) Try it, you'll love it!

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  6. MMM I love cous cous. I make it a lot in the summer in salads, but not usually during cold months.

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