Yesterday I showed you a picture of my pathetic fruit bowl. Well, after a couple hours of grocery shopping (no kidding), we managed to improve the situation.
I won't even tell you the final cost, but we did manage to save $16.00 with coupons and by recycling a few months worth of soda cans and beer bottles. In Iowa we get a 5 cent deposit return if we recycle any carbonated beverage. We don't drink a lot of soda or beer, so it takes a while to really make an impact on our budgets.
We also save money by buying a few things in bulk. But when we have to buy the bulk items, it gets spendy.
Enough about groceries. Salad Challege recap. The original challenge was 2 salads/day for 7 days. I did pretty well and started with an 'extra' salad, which I ended up using as a freebee while I was babysitting one day. I then extended the salad challenge 4 extra days, but ended up calling it quits after only 2. Here are the salads we enjoyed.
Monkfish on Fennel/Orange/Spinach with Orange/Soy Vinagrette
Tuna Salad on Greens with Balsamic
Salad topped with crushed tortilla chips and salsa verde
Gangsta Salad with pickled beets!
Fennel Apple Salad
Curried Cauliflower Salad (brown)
Salad Bar style meal: (clockwise from front) Gangsta Salad, Curried Cauliflower, Risotto, Mini grilled cheeses
Taco Salad Progression
Mediterranean Roasted Veg Salad
Crab Cakes on Greens with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette
There were many renditions with leftovers so I didn't waste food.
Hope you have a good week ahead of you. I have an interview Thurs-Fri and then a fun weekend in Minneapolis with friends. I'm super excited to see friends and have some fun.
What are you looking forward to?