This got me thinking...not about doing the challenge. Eating healthy on $33 a week is totally doable for me. But, I thought about how many times I make a list, rush out to the store and buy groceries, and forget to see what I already have at home. Sometimes I come home with a can of beans I already have, or another stalk of celery because the one I have got pushed to the back of the fridge.
So, I decided to try to use up some of the things I have at home this week before going for my weekly grocery shopping. Here's what I had tonight:
- brown basmati rice with a smoky chipotle sauce that I had in the fridge.
- sauteed bell peppers and onions (79 cents for the pepper)
- black beans (89 cents)
- sliced cucumber with red wine vinegar and salt & pepper (50 cents for the cucumber)
This may not have been my first choice for dinner, or the fancy new recipe I wanted to try out for my blog, but I felt completely full and satisfied after eating it. My husband said it was the perfect combination of flavors. And the cucumbers helped cool us down after eating the spicy rice.
What do you have in YOUR refrigerator or pantry that you could use up this week before running out to the store to buy more?