The Challenge

In this nasty economic environment, J and are are lucky to be gainfully employed.  Nevertheless, we are trying to buy a house and we may want to develop some healthy for your wallet eating habits.  So here’s the challenge – no eating out for a week starting Sunday.  A couple of assumptions:

1.  I have a standard breakfast of yogurt and berries

2.  Lunch is usually a salad and a sandwich or leftovers from the night before

The first thing I want to do is make an old fashioned grocery list.  When J and I were living in a group house, the house had a list that you had to check the fridge and see what was there and what you needed to buy.  It saved us a LOOOOT of money.

Here’s the list and I will post what our grocery receipts are for the staples we need to buy.  (*means we need to buy more).   By the end of this exercise I will see how much a grocery run can last and how well I cope with not going out to dinner.

Starches:
Almond flour
Pasta
Brown Rice
Bread*
Hamburger Buns
Hot Dog Buns
Crackers*

Proteins (fast):
Egg beaters
Egg whites
Trader Joe’s Salmon Patties
Turkey Burgers (pre made and frozen)
Chicken sausages (defrosts great)*
Tofu*

Proteins (remember to defrost in the fridge that morning):
Salmon fillets
Pork chops*
Chicken breasts (even better if you have a chance to pound them flatter with a rolling pin)*

Vegetables:

Carrots
Onions
Green onions*
Collard greens
Zuchinni*
Salad greens*
Red bell peppers*
Cauliflower/Rutabaga/Turnip*
Cherry tomatoes*
Lemons*
Blueberries/raspberries/strawberries*

Dairy
Yogurt
Brie
Low fat feta
Cheddar
Parmesan
Stilton
Almond Milk

Condiments
EVOO
Balsamic vinegar
Lowfat coconut milk
Soy sauce
Fish sauce
Sambal chili sauce
Uncle Brutha’s
Thai curry paste
Dijon Mustard
Ketchup
Cumin
Chili powder
White wine

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