*Sorry for the poor quality of photos. This will be my last post using Blogo. Eww.*
Each week I spend roughly $30 on groceries.
Keep in mind I am only one person and I eat the majority of my meals during the week at home. Still to some this may seem like a little and to some it may be a lot. I grew up in a family of 6 where a weekly trip to the grocery store typically ran about $250 so to me $30 a week is chump change.
I get a lot of e-mails from readers who ask for tips on keeping grocery bills low. I think tonight’s dinner is a good example on how I accomplish this on a weekly basis.
I purchased an Acorn Squash onSunday for $2. That night I cut the squash in three pieces – one half and two quarters – saved two pieces in the fridge and roasted a piece with other veggies for dinner. On Monday those veggies were turned into a pizza that then became lunch for the next twodays. On Tuesday the other quartered piece was sliced then topped with tofu & beets. And finally today the last half was pulled out for a creative stuffed squash.
Basically that $2 acorn squash was stretched through 6 meals!
The trick to keeping grocery bills low when eating fresh, healthy food is to find a few ingredients for the week and then get creative with it. I would have been bored eating just plain acorn squash every night, but since each meal was unique I never got bored of it and enjoyed every bite. 🙂
Stuffed acorn squash is a seasonal favorite of mine I haven’t been able to enjoy since last fall.
While the squash was baking I worked on the stuffing
- 1/4 cup Cous Cous
- 1/4 Honey Crisp Apple
- 1/2 Chicken Sausage
- 1 T Pumpkin Butter
Everything was mixed in a bowl then stuffed in the acorn squash before going back in the oven for another 25 minutes.
It was actually a bit too much food. I saved about 1/4 of the squash for lunch tomorrow which would bring the total number of meals that were created from the squash to 7. 😉
Dessert was a serving of Pumpkin Ice Cream ( Can you believe I’m almost at the bottom of the container?!?!) with Chocolate Teddy Grahams.
Now I am looking for a new book to sink my teeth in to. Any suggestions?