Friday, March 06, 2009

$3.33 a day: Not thrilled with my shopping choices

Millet Polenta Lasagna

This was super delicious and used leftovers.. I stacked millet polenta, green goddess sunflower pate and simple marinara in my cast iron... and covered to heat up. 1o minute meal as I had all of the individual ingredients made. I have some millet leftover from the cup I made.. and 1 cup of lentils along with some marinara.. which means I will turn them into a soup I'm sure! lol..

Baked Tortilla Chips with Queso (100 calorie snack)

Who says you can't have chips and dips while watching your pocketbook and waistline?

My local Market Basket sells a big stack of corn tortillas for $.99 which serve as a base for several meals. They can also be used to make homemade baked corn chips. All you do is cut them into chip shapes, spray with cooking spray and sprinkle your favorite seasonings on them. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or so and there you go!

The queso was made from my sunflower seed cheese base. Super delicious and this serving of chips and dips came in at 95 calories 7 g protein and 3 g fiber. You could add a cup of baby spinach or kale and make a taco salad for a more substantial snack.

This passed the younger kid test. (my older son has a much more forgiving palate)

Sourdough Wheat English Muffins

I have named my Sourdough Starter Jack Bauer! Jack Jack.. he's the man.. if he can't do it, no one can!

I admit, I LOVE 24 and other super cheesy shows. I also like war movies!

I digress.... back to the Sourdough! I made a big batch of dough that has been in the fridge for several days. These English Muffins turned out perfectly! I am thrilled! I also have enough dough to make a pizza which I will probably do tomorrow. I am spending the night at the house, so it will be super easy to transport pizza making materials.

I shopped today and am NOT HAPPY with my purchases. I had the bright idea to walk to the stores instead of drive. At first, I was only going to walk to Big Lots and purchase spices, but on the way home, I stopped at HELLMart. (walmart) because it was on the way. I figured I would pick up some cilantro because I remembered it was cheap there.

Well, I ended up spending $16.17 at Hellmart along with $3.00 at Big Lots for a total of $19.17.

I didn't even get any kale! The vibe in Hellmart is so depressing and their food is gross and I wish I had just walked right by. I only wanted to spend a total of $15 this week and I could have gotten better food at Market Basket and gone to the health food store for the spices, beans and oatmeal.

Oh well.. Live and learn I guess.

Here's what I bought:

2 lbs oats 2.28
9 oz baby spinach 2.28
4 avocados 2.00 (can you believe they were only .50 each?)
2 small bunches cilantro 1.14
1 lb great northern beans .98
ginger root 1.26
ketchup 1.50
lettuce .98
3 lbs onions 1.88
flour 1.88

Big Lots:

Dried Basil 1.00
Cumin 1.00
Italian Seasoning 1.00


  1. That queso looks fabulous--I love cheesey sauces/recipes :o)

    I am sorry you are not happy with your purchases! It looks like you did pretty well, cost wise, only spending a little over your $15 limit. Plus, you did so well last month...try not to beat yourself up about it.

    Have a good weekend!

  2. LOOOOVE polenta!! Fabulous lasagna variety.

  3. Wow, where were the avocados 50 cents each?! At my normal grocer they are 1.29, and the farmer's market is 1.00.

    That dip looks AMAZING. I am drooling.

  4. I went to hellmart today too!! Around 11:30am. It was that or a few different places (Babies R Us, MB, etc) and I wasn't in the mood. Stupid Hellmart.

    And I just realized yesterday that we go to diff MBs! I go to Woodbury.

  5. The avocados were a great buy! They're usually about $1 a piece at my market. And Hellmart. I hadn't heard that before. hehe.

  6. You should have gotten 30 avocados at that price!

    Sorry the shopping didn't go well.

  7. The lasagna looks fabulous! I am going to have to try to make something similar, I looove polenta.

  8. Your lasagna looks great--you've inspired me to make my own millet polenta again! Too bad about the Hellmart purchases--you'll do better next week! And of course I adore Jack, too, since Kiefer is originally Canadian! :)

  9. I've never heard of millet polenta- I'll have to try it!

  10. mmm all of your food looks so tasty!

    i'm really trying to be better about my grocery spending. i'm trying to get more fresh food and less canned stuff, and i think it's helping. also buying in bulk really helps. but don't beat yourself up too much, it sounds like you got some great stuff. and avocados for 50 cents each?? you go girl.

  11. Oooh - sourdough muffins, sounds delicious! It's so easy to get sucked in to buying more than you intended at places like Wallmart - it's a standing joke between some of my friends that you go in for a loaf of bread and come out having spent thirty pounds on nothing in particular... better luck next time!

  12. oh and i believe bananas were $.54/lb at my MB. i got 3 bunches for like $4.

  13. those chips and dip look awesome!! a great, filling low-calorie snack! i am trying to lose 10 pounds or so and i need all the ideas i can get.

    i agree with you on wal-mart. i admit to shopping there sometimes because they DO have the lowest prices but quality is definitely sacrificed and the lighting and colors are very depressing.

  14. I love making homemade corn tortilla chips! Yum. So easy, too!

    I fall prey to impulse buys, too -- I hate going to the store without a list!

    P.S. I made your "Comfort Soup" for dinner last night -- both Dan and I loved it! (Dan especially -- he had two bowls!)

  15. A new SUPER Wally World (aka HelMart)was erected near my home, so I recently ventured inside to check things out, hopeful that I could find some great deals...

    Find: not-so-great-deals (prices comparable to large grocery chains) and the most disgusting looking produce I've ever seen. I walked out without a purchase and don't intend on returning.

  16. That lasagna looks amazing. And those english muffins? I have GOT to start a sourdough starter (or find someone with one and steal some!).

  17. this is such a great idea! love your blog, esp. the title!
    good work on your shopping!

  18. Wow, your website is beautiful! I just stumbled over here from the ppk. You take really nice photos, and everything looks delicious!

  19. I just found your blog and I can't wait to start following it! I could use some of your tips :)

  20. I love you for naming your start Jack Bauer.

  21. Oh, you make me want to try my hand at sourdough again! I've already killed two starters ... Those english muffins just look amazing though.

  22. I too love war movies. I also love the look of your queso!

  23. So much to catch up on in blogland- I know times are tough right now, but your blog is such a inspiration- healthy, gorgeous food on a budget- you have some serious skills my dear.

    Am putting you & your Ex in my reiki intention box with the intent that you will both find work soon...