After using an amazing $10 off coupon Vons sent me, I spent just under $50 for six two-person dinners this week.
We shall feast on the following:
SUNDAY – Grilled organic chicken breasts, served with asparagus (on sale for 99 cents a pound at Vons — !!) sauteed in garlic and olive oil, and baked potatoes. No recipe needed for this meal — it was simple, and our 80-degree weather demanded grill usage yesterday.
MONDAY — Stuffed bell peppers. These aren’t my favorite, but my husband loves them, so I oblige I omit the canned, condensed tomato soup called for here, and instead use more canned tomatoes and a little extra kosher salt. I’ll probably serve these with spinach sauteed in lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic.
TUESDAY – Salmon burgers, served on whole wheat buns with a side of frozen peas or brussels sprouts. I buy these wild Alaskan salmon burgers in bulk at Costco — they’re great, and relatively clean, considering they’re a processed frozen food.
WEDNESDAY – Homemade vegetarian pizza, topped with sauteed mushrooms, fresh tomato, and lots of chopped garlic. I use this dough recipe from A Couple Cooks; it never fails! I’ll serve this with a simple spinach salad with homemade lemon & olive oil dressing.
THURSDAY – Grilled fish tacos, made with this wild cod from Costco. I’ll probably serve brown rice or quinoa on the side, both of which I have on hand. [Shit; I just realized I forgot to buy tortillas. Maybe this will have to end up as a grilled fish/teriyaki brown rice bowl.]
FRIDAY – Corned beef & cabbage, served with new potatoes and carrots. Love my crockpot, and love this meal once a year
SATURDAY – we’ll wing it, order delivery, or we’ll go out. Gotta live a little.
So this is what my $49.04 haul looked like:
Cabbage, organic spinach, mushrooms, pears, apples, cucumber, asparagus, two cans of albacore tuna, deli turkey, tomatoes, strawberries, radishes, kiwis, and a mango …
Coffee, frozen waffles (I usually try to avoid this processed stuff, but these were on super sale), flour, baby carrots, potatoes, a pot roast that will go into the freezer for another week, corned beef, chopped walnuts for banana bread, frozen peas, frozen broccoli, and new potatoes. Ignore the wine. That’s leftover from a par-tay. (Yeah. Leftover wine? Very rare in my house.)
To be fair, much of what I need this week will come from my freezer of Costco meats and seafood. I’m usually willing to spend more for organic and grass-fed meat and dairy, as well as for wild, non-farmed seafood, and Costco seems to be the best option for those. Vons has just started carrying organic, grass-fed beef for about $7-8 a pound, for example. While it’s nice to have the good stuff available at the “regular” store, I usually buy 4 pounds of it for only $21 at Costco, and that will last me a month. This week, I still bought a (non-organic) pot roast and corned beef at Vons because both were on super sale, and well, balance in everything, right?!
Mmkay, off to start my stuffed peppers … by the way, I’m looking for some good meal-planning/cooking blogs, if you have a recommendation.