granola from ransacked goods
so, i am trying to create a grocery budget...yes, i know lots of people have budgets, stick to them, create them and all that jazz, but i am not a budget person, far too impulsive...especially with food. i love good food.
so, in order to create a budget, i need to know what i normally spend on groceries.
although saying that, i am also trying to be more responsible with what i buy, less wasteful more purposeful food purchases.
so i asked myself, could be a family of 4 live on $80 /week without compromising our desired lifestyle of eating(local and mostly organic, limited processed food).
i tried but i think$80/week is a bit tight for us considering our garden is not a garden these days. so i am back to aiming for $450-500/month.
what does your grocery budget look like?
do you have one?
i thought i'd share a few meals/foods we ate this week at our house, so you know i am not starving my family....quite the contrary my dear.
we have eaten like kings...kings on a budget.
lots of homemade baking this week.
creamy shrimp with corn and bacon from real simple
i try to ask my family what they hope for meal wise for the up coming week.
the kids said puffed pancake (check), john said rice (check, check) and I wanted chicken noodle soup and seafood (check check)
whole wheat bread x3 from "artisan bread in 5 minutes a day"
homemade chai concentrate added to black tea, via angry chicken.
leftover bits of bread turned into an adapted version of banana raisin bread pudding from martha stewart.
bread pudding is terrific not only for dessert but for school lunch for the kids, warmish breakfast and even an after-school snack.
a colleague of john's gave a bag of foraged chanterelle mushrooms.
local...from the berkeley hills.
i caramelized the mushrooms, removed them from the pan, pan-cooked chicken, after the chicken was cooked I made a pan sauce with white wine and a splash on cream, finally returned the mushrooms to the pan.
super yummy...the kids said no thanks to the mushrooms but they accepted the sauce on their rice....john says he needs more rice in his diet.
served with roasted cauliflower and spinach.
see we did eat like kings.
do you really care what we ate?