This is a post related to my goal of keeping all our food spending to less than we would be allowed for food stamps–$420/month, per my calculation. I am buying organic/range-free meat and dairy when I can. I went shopping today, spent $109.64 for groceries.
There is organic milk, cream, eggs, coffee and ground beef in the lower left of the photo and non-organic cheese and butter in the lower right.
Menus for the week:
Monday: chicken pot pie, made w/ organic chicken and non-organic chicken stock.
Tuesday: Chili made w/ organic beef and organic beans, cornbread (from a mix) and sliced oranges.
Wednesday: Celebratory snack w/ a friend–she is bringing champagne and I am supplying the non-organic cheese and crackers.
Thursday: Non-organic turkey meatballs and spaghetti, steamed broccoli
Friday: this is tricky–I have taken off work at 3pm as all kids and their instruments need to be at the high school for a music contest that goes from 4pm-9:30pm. Dinner will be pre-made/frozen/thawed Italian Beef (not organic) on Hogie Rolls. I figure I can microwave the meat and juice while the kids are getting their instruments and music together and wolf it down before we race out the door to the contest.
Saturday: Lasagna made with leftover and frozen organic beef and pork sausage and non-organic cheese. it is already made and in the fridge. If Thursday work gets out of hand…I can call home and have one of the kids put it in the oven and serve the spaghetti and meatballs on Saturday. Helps to be flexible.
Sunday: Homemade non-organic pepperoni pizza. (We are actually trading a slice or two of the pizza for some manly help with tools on a home improvement project that has been languishing for a while. (Thanks, Dave!)