So week 1 of this food challenge went well! Except for on Monday when I lectured for 6 hours straight and then bought and ate 2 donuts. But you’ll have that. Haha. This week i’ll be testing my hand at cooking lentils, which I have never done before. I’m excited though because they’re super cheap (and packed with iron, fiber, and protein!).
This week I switched up my grocery store of choice, and went to Aldis. These are the goods:
- 11 (yes 11!) McIntosh Apples: 1.99
- Carrots: .99
- Huge tub of oats: 2.29
- Tortillas: .99
- Salsa: 1.69
- Mozzarella: 1.49
- Gallon of vitamin D milk: 2.49
- 4 Bananas: .95
- 10 pounds of russet potatoes: 2.49
- 2 cans of garbanzo beans: 1.65
- 1 can tomatoes: .80
- Green lentils: 1.25
So, yes, if you’re adding this up, I am a little over $15.00. But i’m okay with that because I bought bulk oats and potatoes, which kind of made me feel like I was shopping for the Oregon Trail…anyways. That is so much food for under $20.00! I also still have some left over ingredients from last week (kale, chicken, lettuce), and some ingredients that i’ve had for quite a while (half-used pasta sauce, frozen ground beef and beans). Here’s the dinner menu:
Saturday: Kale, carrot, lentil, garbanzo bean stew
Sunday: Sweet Potato Chili ( with ground beef, assortment of beans, tomatoes)
Monday: Pasta (using the ground beef from yesterday)
Tuesday: Calzone (using yesterday’s sauce)
Wednesday: Veggie Fritatta
Thursday: Sunday’s leftovers
Friday: Rice and Black Bean Burritos
For breakfast i’m going to break out my travel thermos and make oatmeal, adding a little cinnamon, apple, and brown sugar to my oats. It’ll be nice to take a hot breakfast to campus!
For snacks I’m going to try roasted garbanzo beans and my current food crush, chia seed pudding!
Check out my sister’s $20.00 a week for 2 food challenge here
Happy, healthy eating, friends!