Thursday, February 3, 2011

Week 4: Project Food Budget

Week 4 of The Reluctant Vegetarian's Project Food Budget

Goal: $100
Actual: $58.55

Success! Most of the budget went to fresh fruits and veggies I eat separately from dishes I make (as I explained last week), so I spent very little on ingredients for dishes. This week I decided to make less complicated dishes and more meals I can cook quickly with few ingredients. Plus, I have dinner plans out Saturday night, when I usually make an involved dinner. I'd also bought some staples (like soymilk) on sale so didn't need them this week. Dishes for the week are:
I also have all the ingredients on hand to make these for Super Bowl Sunday:
  • Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins for breakfast
  • Cashew Cheese and Whole Wheat Pizza Dough for vegan pizza
  • Sundried Tomato Dip
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • Cayenne Spiced Nuts
Baking my own bread and cooking my own vegetable broth (a double batch this past weekend) continues to save me money.

Also this week I checked out Soergel's farm market because I'd heard their produce is cheaper than Giant Eagle. It's not. What's more, the produce I bought wasn't the best. I'm all for supporting local farms and can even see spending a little more to do so, but if the quality isn't good...nope. I'll continue to shop at Giant Eagle and Right by Nature for produce sale items and Trader Joe's for weekly produce staples.

How did everyone else do this week?

1 comment:

  1. Wow. You came way under! I wonder if anyone doing this challenge has plans for the money they save or ... ?

    Since going vegan I hardly use my slow cooker at all. It was always for meat, you know? Now I'm totally going to break it out to make veg stock. Thanks!