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The Grocery Bill – Week Four

on July 3, 2012

This week had us start two days later, for whatever convenience reason happened, and then had us buy a lot of ‘entertainment’ food because on grocery shop day we had a picnic lunch with my mother in law, and then a couple friend over for dinner. In case you don’t know what a couple friend is, it includes two people who are a happy, loving couple with whom you andyour other half are friends. Every person likes every other person in their entirety and you want to do things like have awesome six hour dinners, go camping, watch hockey games, have date nights…that sort of thing. Yeah, I’m pretty excited about finally having a couple friend – if you can’t tell.

Week Four Groceries

  • 2 bags of 1% milk
  • 2 bags of 2% milk
  • 2 limes
  • 6 avocados
  • 4 cans of tomato sauce
  • bag of perogies
  • bag of yellow onions
  • grape tomatoes
  • mayonnaise
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • bag of potatoes
  • one brick of cheese

TOTAL: $48.91

This shop was done on June 30 (which is why it still counts as “Week 4”) and I’ve been pretty lax in posting (Phil only had two days off this week and one of them was spent entertaining guests, so I didn’t post anything on his other day because I barely turned on my computer) so ‘meal ideas’ seem a little bit silly.

Things we ate, that I can remember:

  • fish with a red pepper salad
  • cream of tomato soup
  • avocado salad (with guests)
  • Cabbage Rollsagna (a post to come)

Last week I made a Po’ Man’s Lasagna. I name it ‘Po’ Man’ because some days I feel like a poor man. And everything’s cooler if you cut letters out.

Po’ Man’s Lasagna

The very first step is to begin frantically cleaning your kitchen for no apparent reason other than your deep seeded frustration at your own inability to keep the kitchen clean. This is quite taxing, and not for the faint of heart. Or the normally cleanly. Weirdos. During your cleaning frenzy you may or may not stumble upon the leftover lasagna noodle that you purchased to try Spinach Lasagna Rolls, the fact that they were in a cupboard that’s not even for food should inspire you to use them immediately. Rules be damned.

Brown one pound of ground beef.

While the meat is browning, add a small amount of tomato sauce to the bottom of a pan. Shake the pan from side to side vigorously to distribute the sauce. Or you could spread it but, you know, spreading is for n00bs. Ha!

Layer some uncooked lasagna noodles on the bottom sauce. Then get out your 2kg container of feta, and break off a small chunk (smaller than you think you’ll need) and crumble this on top of the noodles.

Take the rest of your frozen spinach (or some reasonable amount) and add it to the ground beef so that the heat of the pan will defrost and warm the spinach. Oh yeah. Mix this up and then pour it on top of your noodles. Be mildly disappointed as you realize that there is not enough mixture for any layers. Sigh out loud.

Layer the noodle on top, like a lid.

Cover in the remaining sauce (or be secretly cheap and save some sauce for cream of tomato soup later in the week).

Cover in tinfoil and bake at 350F for one hour.

The family gave this rave reviews, which was exciting because I really just wanted to use up the leftover lasagna noodles (and not have to pay for ricotta!). If I had onions, or other vegetables, I probably would have added them to the mixture, alas – none were owned at the time.

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4 responses to “The Grocery Bill – Week Four

  1. tdblue says:

    This looks really good and simple. I’ll have to try this!

  2. Your food always looks so dang good! And yes I love couple friends lol. Sadly we don’t get to hang out with them as often as we should. This is a good reminder to phone some friends soon!

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