I had a great reminder of how well 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store works this week. We had a busier-than-usual week. In addition, I tried to spend very little on groceries. I spent a total of $100 for the week for our family of five… which for me is very little. This included all of our fresh fruit and breakfast items, but also the 14 items on the 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store weekly shopping list.
This list includes:
- Shredded Cheddar cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- Green Peppers
- Ground Beef
- Fish Fillets
Combined with the Smart Ingredients that I have stocked in my cabinets, I love that there are so many things I can make, every night this week, using what I have. Tonight we are having Homemade Pizza and Pizza Salad (one of the very best from the 30 Spectacular Salads cookbook). Tomorrow is Chicken Fried Rice with peppers, onions and mushrooms, and the next day is Chicken Fajitas. Beyond that I’m not sure, but it’s nice knowing that I don’t have to plan and yet know that I will have everything I need to make dinner.
My weekly stock up was all fresh ingredients. While I may use some processed foods this week in my meals, the majority of what goes on my table is fresh. And even if you use some packaged shortcuts, know that if you are cooking a fresh meal you are still many steps closer to healthy eating than if you were eating out or wholly-processed pre-packaged dinner.
I was on a frugal cooking chat group for a while. I learned some very interesting tips and recipes for how to eat extremely frugal (who knew you could make burgers out of ramen noodles??). While I was entertained, I was also affirmed that my strategies were innovative and that 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store does frugal in a way that does not have to equal unappetizing or processed foods. If you are looking for a way to save money on groceries, or just to be able to make dinner every night without a trip to the store, try our book. It will pay for itself many times.