|A large pot of Zuppa Toscana soup made at home. So good and we had 5 meals out of it since I froze 4 meals worth after enjoying some the day I made it.|
Time for a way overdue update on how I am doing on my grocery challenge for this month. Rounding my total up, I am at $70. I have been trying to stick to just buying the things we need at the moment but I did hit the Grocery Outlet store while we were in Coeur D'Alene over the weekend and they had some deals I just could not pass up!
The grocery items that I have been buying down here have been bananas, milk, oil, flour to make bread, lots of fresh produce and a few treats thrown in here and there. Jeff eats 1-2 bananas a day so I am always having to get those. We have been going through a lot of milk lately and I needed the oil and flour to make bread and other snack items with. Salad making supplies have been pretty expensive lately so I have been trying to find deals on things like sweet peppers to throw in to both stretch the expensive lettuces and to add some crunch and great flavor to it.
The Grocery Outlet store had some amazing deals on produce like kale and asparagus. I got a huge bag of Kale for $2.99 and 3 bunches of asparagus for .79. I also found some marked down hot Italian Sausage so I cooked up a huge batch of Zuppa Toscana with that, half the bag of kale and and some potatoes I had here at home that needed to be used. I froze 4 meals worth for future dinners along with us having some on Sunday. One of my favorite scores of the day there though were some Betty Crocker Mint Chip Brownie mixes. We are throwing a baby shower for our Rachel next month and I thought that would be perfect for one of the treat plates. I'll cook up 3 of the boxed mixes for that and serve it along with a nice fruit platter or salad to go with the cake that Heather is making. I also found huge bags of organic whole green beans so I bought one of those since Jeff and I love stir fried garlic green beans. We did get some other snack type things and a large 2 pound block of Pepperjack cheese for $4.99.
Today while I was making room in the freezer for the 4 containers of soup that I was freezing, I pulled out a reduced priced rotisserie chicken. I'll be making meals this week with that and then using the carcass to make more soup. I need to use the asparagus this week also and use up our salad greens. With all the rain we are having, it sounds like this is the perfect week for comfort food!