But then I saw this recipe, for a smoothie that actually has a big handful of spinach tossed in-
......I was scared. Spinach in a smoothie??!! Sounds GROSS!
But guess what?! It's not! It is DELICIOUS!!!! You truly cannot even taste the spinach, and yet, you get all the nutrients from having it in your smoothie!
So I used my Magic Bullet (LOVE that thing!) to make this, but a regular blender would work fine too!
You need a heaping 1/2 cup of frozen pineapple (they sell frozen pineapple tidbits at Trader Joe's)
1/2 can lite coconut milk
A handful of spinach leaves
And 1/2 of a frozen banana. What I did was to slice the banana and put it in a ziploc, then throw the baggie into the freezer so it's portioned and ready to go!
So just throw it all into the blender and blend it until smooth!!
I was impressed! It tasted GREAT and kept me full until lunch time- not an easy task!!
This recipe is from here.
So I talked about how I was going to challenge myself this last month to stick to a $250 every two weeks grocery budget in this post.
So the first two-week period, I went over. By $40, which is quite a lot. I was still sort of resisting making some changes to a few of the basic items I buy, like coffee, toiletries, cereal, fancier baking ingredients, more expensive cheese instead of just bulk blocks.
This last grocery day (I still have a week to go, so I haven't used all our money yet) I only spent $175!! I plan my grocery list around two weeks worth of meals, so this was very exciting for me! So now I still have $75 left to spend this next week! I focused on using some of the things I had in my freezer/pantry, and making sure to include a few meatless meals to cut back on the cost.
One of my favorite cookbooks when you're trying to stay on a really strict budget is this one:
It's called Miserly Meals. I have used a TON of the recipes from this book- I bought it probably 7 years ago. It has simple, nutritious meals that you can make very cheaply. Also, there is a section for making snack items, a vegetarian section, and a section on a bunch of ways to use cooked turkey for when turkey goes on sale.
Wow I figured out how to put a link in a post! Do I get an award for that or something?? Ha ha!! (I am a technical dunce)
So, my question for you is this- do you have a not-too-expensive meal that is a staple in your house? If so, could you please share it in the comments? It is always nice to have some new, tested ideas! :)
Lasagna (from the last Freezer Cooking day)