We had another solid week of meals at home.
Monday: Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad
We used jalapeno ranch as a dressing and it was perfect. This salad made for great lunches for the week too.
Tuesday: Salmon Cakes
The recipe calls for diced peppers which I omit.
Wednesday: Wasabi Steak Salad
I couldn't find a good wasabi dressing, so I tried to make my own with wasabi sauce, greek yogurt, and olive oil. It wasn't horrible, but if you can find a wasabi dressing, it would be worth it to have it pre-made.
Saturday: Stuffed Meatballs
These never disappoint and I ended up making a double batch and freezing some for Joel while I'm in Chicago next week.
Ok.....so now that that's out of the way, let's chat about the cost of groceries. Below is my receipt for our week of groceries [excluding the Corned Beef night which ended up adding an additional $26 dollars to our week].
We came in this week at $130 which is actually a little on the low end for me. Most of the time I spend about $150 on groceries, which will make us about five dinners with leftovers.
I have found that Trader Joe's is the cheapest store for us, but I'll often have to make a trip to a nicer store for seafood or random things that Trader's wont have....like sage or roasted red peppers.
We try to keep dining out to a minimum which I know helps keep our food budget on the lower side, but I still feel like we spend buckets of money on food. I would venture to guess between Trader Joe's, Target, and Bristol Farms (were we buy wine and specialty items), we spend at least $200 dollars a week.
I try to cook as healthy as possible, and keep pre-packaged [aka cheaper food] out of our house, which as a result does end up driving our costs up, but yowza! I get major sticker shock week after week!
Is that about the same for where you live? Would love to know your thoughts on this - so dish ;)