Week three of my food budget challenge was a success! I spent $133.85! I actually can’t believe I got it so low. I probably will be much, much closer to $150 this week. As it comes closer to Friday I can feel I spent so little because our fridge is looking a tad bare.
Like I said before I’ve been making a list of things I need (and some wants) and then writing the approximate cost of the item. Since I go to Trader Joe’s so much I basically know the cost of most things I buy there. I’ve been buying mostly the same things but switching up things like vegetable of the week (right now usually cauliflower or asparagus) and meat.
I’ve also realized that in order to make it work I have to pick one cheese (usually feta or mozzarella) and not buy all the vegetables. I know it may seem obvious but apparently it wasn’t to me. I LOVE cheese so it’s very easy to throw feta, mozzarella and shredded cheeses in my cart.
This past week some food highlights were:
Maple pork chops
Thursdays have become our staple breakfast for dinner night. And if we’re home on Saturdays we typically make quesadillas.
Sundays we’ve gone to my moms for dinner the past three weeks so we’ve been spoiled with good food that wasn’t in our food budget.
I made these oat bars because I wanted to have something we could eat for a quick breakfast or a snack. In my food budget challenge I’m basically doing a pantry clean out as well, because I’m only buying ingredients (I mostly) really need. You can mix in whatever you have. In my case it was almonds, coconut, hemp and chocolate chips. Freeze dried fruit would be great too.
[print_this]Cashew Almond Oat Bars
These are subtly sweet. If you want more sweetness, just up the honey to 3/4 cup. They are perfect for breakfast, by themselves or slathered with some nut butter.
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup cashew flour (or almond flour or whole wheat would work too)
- 1/2 cup ground flax (mix ground flax with 1 cup water, mix and let sit for 5 minutes)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, flour, hemp and coconut in a large bowl. Fold in the ground flax mixture and honey. Mix to combine it all and then stir in chocolate chips. Bake for about 30 minutes, let cool and cut into bars. [/print_this]
One more week on this food challenge!
Just have to take a second to remember a very, very special person. Today would have been my Aunt Louise’s birthday. It’s such a bittersweet day and although I think of her every single day, I’ll be doing a little something special today in remembrance of her. It’s been a little over 5 years since I’ve been able to hug her, it feels like a lifetime, but I can still hear her voice and smell her perfume. Do me a favor and treat yourself extra nice today because that’s what she would have wanted.
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