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Grocery Shopping, Meal Plan and a New Recipe

January 26th, 2014 at 09:49 am

The meal plan for this week (with commentary!):

- pasta carbonara (new recipe! very inexpensive, and soooo good) - $3.81 total
- potato pancakes, applesauce, sour cream (I bought a ton of hashbrowns on sale last week) with salad ($5.00)
- chicken sausages, brussels sprouts and rice (about $6.50 total)
- tilapia (curry powder and paprika) with broccoli and garlic bread - $8.50
- something from the freezer (tamales?) with salad
- mexican eggs and toast ($4.50)

Total grocery spend: $103 (stocked up on some staples)
- dinner items $28
- lunch $26
- fruit $6
- staples $18 (higher than normal because I bought gf loaves of bread on sale to freeze)
- breakfast $13
- dessert $13 (higher because I bought gf flour blend on sale - I already have a lot, but it was 50% off and will get used)

So... the new recipe. I've always loved pasta carbonara, except I was pretty sure I couldn't have it anymore since cream is not a good option for me. Except in the back of my mind, I knew the authentic version doesn't use cream at all, only eggs. When I found this recipe http://www.dinneralovestory.com/restaurant-worthy-carbonara/ I was pretty excited to try it. It was so good! And the whole family liked it (crucial; we had friends over yesterday and E makes something different for each member of the family every night - I won't make anything we can't all eat). I used five strips of turkey bacon.

I have a lot of recipes in our repertoire now. It's been a key to budgeting: I mix up very frugal and slightly less frugal so we're not eating expensive meals every night but we can have fish or chicken a few nights a week. Do you try out new recipes? Any that are yummy and frugal that you want to share?

4 Responses to “Grocery Shopping, Meal Plan and a New Recipe”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, I try new recipes...but I will admit they are usually vetted by my mother first. The most recent favorite is a Moroccan Lentil Soup. My oldest daughter is a huge fan.

  2. Buendia Says:

    That sounds good! Can you make it in a crockpot?

  3. snafu Says:

    Like to try out new recipes with normal/typical ingredients. Have you looked at www.budgetbytes.com ?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I try out new recipes when I have ingredients on hand that I don't know how to use. I search by ingredient in allrecipes.com. Sometimes the result isn't so great, though! I really prefer to cook by instinct.

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