This year I’m hosting 12 different Grocery Savings Challenges. This first Pantry Challenge is a great way to save money, avoid food waste, and clear some kitchen clutter.
Here we are at the end of week two and we’re still standing. Everybody yell, “Yay!
I woke up, as I predicted, regretting my food choices of last night. The scale agreed with me. So, after I made a smart choice to go running, I also went to Ralphs for the Doritos they had on sale. Ha!
I’m not eating the Doritos, though, trust me, it was tempting. But, I know as well as you do, that sometime between now and March there will be an occasion for chips, and I’d much rather pay a buck forty-nine for those chips than $5.
Don’t worry. I have a chip closet where I stash these stockpiles of snacks. And then I forget what’s in there! Seriously, when I went for the BBQ potato chips last night, I found several bags of pretzel thins that had completely escaped my mind.
Don’t tell my kids. The secret stash is to hide them from them.
Regardless, no one is starving. Especially when I meal prepped yesterday!
I ended up spending $31 on yogurt, milk, zucchini, bananas, mushrooms, strawberries, tomatoes, and Doritos. That brings our month’s total to $225.
This morning we had a variety of fruit, granola, and Sausage Egg Hash Brown Casserole. That casserole is amazingly good. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.
For lunch, I grabbed two ice glazed chicken breasts and two bags of stir-fry veggies from the freezer. Sautéed those and added the leftover Stir-Fry sauce from Monday. I cooked Rice in the Instant Pot to go with.
Remember last year’s ALDI Advent cheese calendar and how I shredded it up for pizza? Well, I did the same with a random block of white cheddar that no one wanted to eat plain. Not sure what’s wrong with them. It’s good Irish cheddar!
I made four different varieties of pizza:
- pepperoni and mushroom
- The Kitchen Sink: pepperoni, hot Italian sausage, jalapeños, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms
- The Chick Pizza: pesto, goat cheese, caramelized shallots, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
While I made pizzas, my daughter made those Almond Horns I was telling you about. Can’t wait to try them. They look so good!
So, that’s the end of Week 2. Onward!