Today my mini-sous chef and I hit the road to do a big shop! We went to the bank, the farm market, to get Daddy's Birthday gift, Best Market and ShopRite.
Always a major score at the farm market:
1 Large Eggplant $1.00
1.92 lb String Beans $1.90
1.13 lb Red Peppers $2.25
2.28lbs Plum Tomatoes $2.26
1 Red Onion $0.68
Grand Total $8.09
Pepper Jack Cheese $3.29
Fontina Cheese $2.30
Parmesan Cheese $0.53*
Grand Total $6.02
*The container of Parmesan cheese that I bought was actually $8.40 (at $9.99 a lb), but it was considerably more than the 1/4 c I need for this week. We use this cheese a lot though for a lot of things so it never goes to waste. $.53 is my estimate of what the amount I will use will cost. My actual Best Market total was more because we also picked up a watermelon and some fresh mozzarella for snacking.
28 oz can whole tomatoes $1.39
Heavy Cream $1.59*
Frozen Spinach $1.25
Chicken Sausage $2.29
4 lbs Ground Beef $13.02
5 lbs.White Potatoes $2.99**
5 lbs. Yukon Gold $2.99**
1 gallon milk (2%) $4.09***
Tomato Paste $0.59
Corn Tortillas $0.75****
Beef Broth (16 cups) $7.47
Beef Bouillon $1.69*****
Chicken Breast (12) $18.75
Chicken Thighs (12) $4.14******
Grand Total: $63.76
*I will only use about half this cream, but am counting the whole cost because I am not sure where or how to use the rest. I will probably add it to the mashed potatoes to make them more creamy.
** I only need 4 potatoes so I definitely didn't need to buy 10 pounds! I am going to make and freeze as many batches of mashed potatoes as I can from the rest of them.
***This is also our milk for the week. I need 3 cups + milk for mashed potatoes, so probably only 1/2 a gallon will be actually used for my freezer cooking.
**** My carrots and corn tortillas actually cost double of what I am counting, but I got double of what I needed. These are both things we will use for snacks through out the week so it would fall under my weekly spending.
*****Will use the rest of the beef bouillon for freezer cooking at a later day, but will count it all now so I can count it free later!
******Last minute purchased. Purdue chicken thighs were on sale for $0.88 a pound. I bought almost 5 pounds. In the 9 minutes it took Grace and my lunch to cook, I clean and took the skin off the thighs. I then packaged 4 thighs in a freezer bag and added marinade (2 with Italian dressing and 1 BBQ.) So for $4.14 I have the protein for another 3 meals.
Now everything else that was on my list I had already. There are some staples like canned vegetables and beans that I ALWAYS stock up on during the Shoprite can can sale. I know I am cheating by not figuring these into my total cost, but I figure I have already paid for them and counted that into my budget from another week. Maybe at another time I can guesstimate what these would have cost.
Grand Total $77.87
And what I am I getting for that $77.87?
1.Marinated Chicken Thighs- Italian
2.Marinated Chicken Thighs- Italian
3.Marinated Chicken Thighs- BBQ
4.Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage
5.Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage
14.Roasted Tomato $ Eggplant Soup (Lunch for 2)
15.Roasted Tomato $ Eggplant Soup (Lunch for 2)
16.Roasted Tomato $ Eggplant Soup (Lunch for 2)
19.Shredded Chicken Breast
20.Shredded Chicken Breast
21.Shredded Chicken Breast
22.Shredded Chicken Breast
23.Grilled Chicken Breast
24.Grilled Chicken Breast
24 Entrees for 3 (with the exception of the lunch soups) for $77.87! That's only $3.25 per meal or $1.08 per serving. Plus this doesn't take into consideration the mashed potatoes. I will update with how many servings of that I get when I make them.
I have already packaged my marinated chicken thighs and they are in the freezer! Tomorrow I will tackle some more cooking!