I have a confession to make: I was scared of Grocery Outlet. In my mind, Grocery Outlet was full of non-foods laden with GMOs, HFCS, MSG, and lots of other naughty acronyms. Recently, however, I was proved wrong in my prejudice. I couldn' t believe how much food (all wholesome!) I purchased for $38!!Here's what I purchased:
3 packages of smoked wild-caught Pacific Northwest Salmon (additive free!)
2 packages of Hormel 100% natural, uncured, nitrate-free pepperoni (for the kids during Lent)
1 red bell pepper
1 package parmesan cheese
2 bunches of asparagus (@ $1.99/lb!!! and it was very fresh and tender!)
1 bunch bananas
1 head of broccoli (probably the most fragrant "flowery" broccoli I'd seen in my life!)
2 cucumbers (huge!)
2 bunches scallions
1 bunch cilantro
1 bag of onions (same price per onion as Costco!)
1 cantaloupe (will provide 3-4 meal's worth of carrot-cantaloupe juice)
6 organic tomato pastes
All of this rang up to a little over $38.00, and this will provide many, many meals for my family. Along with some of my pantry staples and freezer stash, I'll be able to create this week's meal with no additional shopping, save for my farm-purchased milk and eggs.
So, in preparation for this week's menu, I'll post the additional freezer/fridge/and pantry items I can use up:
Additional Fridge Items:
shrimp stock, sauerkraut, leftover coconut shrimp, ketchup, lacto-fermented salsa, stir-fried veggies and shrimp, peanut butter, beets, romaine, broccoli stalks, carrots, fil mjolk yogurt
kalamari-scallion-shrimp blend from TJ's, peppers, spinach, mangoes, berries, bacon
crispy almonds, dates, red lentils, navy beans, coconut, cashew butter, tomato paste, coconut milk, roasted plantain chips, coconut oil, olive oil, spices
What's in your fridge, freezer, and pantry? I challenge you to use as much as you have on hand this week to plan your menu! On Monday, I'll be posting my menu and hosting the Fridge and Pantry Cleanout once. I invite you to include a comment or send me a link to your post on how you used what you have on hand to form a nourishing, thrifty menu for your family!
Check out how other frugal folks did with their shopping this week over at Grocery Cart Challenge's Shopping Roundup!