Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Grocery Blogging

What better time for a grocery post than during the new Top Chef episode! Seriously, I'm in love with Stefan and Fabio in this season. How can you NOT love watching Team Europe talk smack to each other?

Anyway, I went grocery shopping tonight (finally! It's been on my to-do list since Sunday) at the local grocery store. I started out with a decent list - some staples and some bits and pieces for recipes this week - and I have to admit that I succumbed to a few of the sales. Here's what I came away with:

  • 2 1-pound packages of tofu
  • 5 Lean Cuisines (5 for $10... I don't love them, but they are good for the nights that I have to eat dinner at work) - not on the list
  • Almost 3 pounds of grapes - not on the list
  • A 2.5 pound head of cauliflower - not on the list
  • Can of corn, can of stewed tomatoes, and can of black beans for black bean soup
  • Ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella cheeses for lasagna
  • Whole wheat english muffins
  • Veggie broth
  • 1/2 gallon of milk
  • A dozen eggs
Total spent: $43.17. Not too bad. This means I have $106.83 left in my grocery budget for my February Food Challenge. Now you might be wondering - why didn't Becca buy many fresh fruits and veggies? Well my friends, I also got my Fresh Abundance box this week! I haven't shared a picture of an actual box yet, so here it is:

There are all kinds of awesome things in here: apples, oranges, pears, bananas, tomatoes, an avocado, an onion, a red pepper, a head of lettuce, two heads of broccoli, a bunch of collard greens, and a fresh bunch of cilantro. I am so excited about the fresh cilantro I can't even tell you. I've never cooked with it before, and I'm excited to find a recipe to try early next week (recommendations welcome)!


Rachel said...

Give me yummy cauliflower dish. Kthxbye.

Shannon said...

Hi! I found your blog through Confessions of a Twenty Something, and my partner has a cooking blog, and there's a GREAT pineapple mango salsa, and pico de gallo recipe that both call for cilantro! You should try them!

Cheryl said...

Are you a chef?

Becca said...

Cheryl: I wish! I'm not a chef, but I love to cook and experiment and try new things. I just got my first food processor for Christmas, and I've been having a ball experimenting with it. :) I'd love to take classes, though, once I'm done with my masters.

Erin said...

I'm so jealous! Fresh Abundance doesn't do my area :-(

I just made Dominican Rice & Beans last night and threw in a handful of cilantro leaves. I usually put it in salsas and pico, like Shannon said.