Thursday, March 14, 2013

Great deals this week!

Well, it was official! We ran out of food in our fridge last night. For dinner we had a true-to-life poor man's stew. I had to use dried onions instead of real, only had a handful of carrots, a few leftover potatoes and a 1/2 of a bag of green beans and corn from my freezer. It was not the best stew we have ever eaten, but it got me to my goal of not going shopping until today's new deals started. There was not too much on sale last week so I wanted to wait for another week to see what some of the great deals were. I am happy to say that I have not done a major grocery shopping trip since my February 21st. bargain shop.  That's 21 days I went without going back to the store (other than for some eggs, milk and bread). It's amazing how much less you spend when you don't go to the store! We are 14 days into a new month and I have spent less than $200 on groceries. Happy day!!  Here is all of the 'loot' I got today from all of the great deals on sale this week. My total came in at just over $180 for two weeks worth of meals. Here are the details:

7 lbs. frozen vegetables
10 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
24 oz. cottage cheese
3 (16 oz.) sour cream
7pkgs. flour tortillas
4 lbs. shredded cheese
10 Yoplait go-gurts
6 Capri Sun Drinks
2 jars rice vinegar
5 greek yogurts
3 frozen pizzas
French bread loaf
3 lbs. butter
2 (46 oz.) dill pickles
10 dozen eggs
36 ct. rolls
1 can chipotle peppers
3 packages of applesauce
Produce: jalapenos, 1 yellow pepper, 4 red bell peppers, 3 lbs. tomatoes, sweet potatoes, 4 lbs. apples, limes, cilantro, fresh pineapple, 6 avocados, 1 cantaloupe, 2 lbs. baby carrots, green onions, head romaine lettuce, red onions, yellow onions, red grapes, pears, bag of spinach, 5 lbs. bananas, 2 pints cherry tomatoes, 6 oz. blackberries,1 lb. strawberries

One of the meals I was craving this week was a berry salad with carmalized pecans and gorgonzola cheese. I wasn't sure what it would turn into exactly, but after a long day of shopping and putting groceries away, this was a deliciously light dinner that came together in only a few minutes. Having a salad for dinner got me so excited for summer salads! I love a good salad for dinner. You go to bed satisfied, but not overly full. They are also fairly healthy (if you use the dressing sparingly of course :) and are filled with lots of fruits and vegetables. The fact it was over 70 degrees and sunny today, I got to go shopping with 4 of my friends and I ended the night with a delicious salad leaves me left feeling grateful for a wonderful day!

Gourmet Pear & Berry Salad
1 bag spinach
1 head lettuce, chopped
1/2-1 c. gorgonzola (or feta) cheese, crumbled
4-5 strawberries, stems removed and sliced
1/2-1 c. blackberries or blueberries
1 pear, seeded and cubed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1-2 chicken breasts, cooked, seasoned and cubed (optional)
1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 c. carmelized pecans, almonds or walnuts
Dressing (poppyseed would also be yummy!):
 1/2 c. blackberries (or any berry), fresh or frozen
3/4 c. raspberry jam
1/2-2/3 c. granulated sugar (depending how sweet you like it)
1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4-1/2 c. mayonnaise
2 T. Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix dressing ingredients all together in a blender. Add a little more sugar or fruit to make sweeter...the dressing is meant to have a tangy flavor.Play around with the vinegar, mayo and sugar until you get it to your liking. Dressings are not to be made as a science. Play around with the flavors until you find a taste you love.

Here is my cute friend Amanda and I shopping at Walmart today. She hates grocery shopping about as much as I love cleaning our toilets. However, I promised her if she just plans ahead (using our Deals to Meals grocery list) meal planning and shopping will be so much easier (and fun)! After an hour and a train of 5 carts and 5 chatty women later, we all walked out with 2 weeks of meals for $200. Not too shabby I'd say! So, if you hate shopping, go with some friends, use Deals to Meals, and I promise it will be a lot more enjoyable ;)

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