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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Shopping list and menu

I went shopping two weeks ago tuesday for two weeks worth of groceries. It was the first time I tried an experiment like that, and I'm humble enough to admit that my experiment failed. I had wanted to do only one shopping in those two weeks and even claimed to you, readers, that I spent only 50 dollars on two weeks worth of groceries and wouldn't be visiting the supermarket again for the next two weeks.
In the end, I ran out of flour, ran out of wine and ran out of onions. Additionally, we were a little under the weather so I bought some tangerines to boost our vitamin C and my husband picked up some yogurts on major sale. Even with all that, we only spent an additional 10 dollars in those two weeks. 60 dollars for a family of 4 for two weeks is still quite decent.

This week I needed to stock up on a few more items that just were finished that aren't weekly purchases. Additionally, within the next two weeks we have a holiday in which we're supposed to eat special foods. My shopping trip included those basics which had run out as well as the holiday foods on top of the items I would usually buy for my family on a weekly or biweekly shopping trip.
This weeks grocery trip ended up costing a bit more than last week's shopping. I spent 75 dollars for the next two weeks worth of groceries, and hopefully this time I won't run out in the middle and need to send my husband to pick up some necessities.
My shopping trip covered three different stores as there were sales in two of them and the third was only a cheap dry goods store so only had a few of the items I needed.

My shopping list:

1.25 gallons of milk
4.5 oz yellow cheese
4.5 lbs cauliflower
4.5 lbs eggplant
4.5 lbs green cabbage
4.5 lbs purple cabbage
4.5 lbs green pepper
5.5 lbs potatoes
4.5 lbs onion
4.5 lbs fennel
5.5 lbs carrots
7 lbs tomatoes
7 lbs zucchini
7 lbs cucumber
3 lbs beets
1 lb radish
3 lb kumquats
.25 lb hot peppers
8 lbs grape fruit
1 3 lb melon
5 lbs flour
1 can olives
1 can hearts of palm
1 lb whole grain techina (sesame paste_
2 lbs salt
1 bottle canola oil
1 bottle wine
A few dates
A few figs
1/2 cup yellow raisins
1/2 cup craisins
1 package of cinnamon
1/8 cup fenugreek seeds
4 turkey wings
2 turkey drumsticks
3 celery stalks
1 pkg of corriander
30 eggs
2 lb container of peanut butter
2 lb container of mayonnaise




My menu for the coming two weeks:
Tuesday: Noodles and purple cabbage with tuna with pickles and celery.
Wednesday: Homemade baked felafels in homemade pitas
Thursday: Cream of cauliflower potato soup
Friday: Fresh bread, roasted eggplant spread, mock chopped liver, roasted pepper salad, sweet and sour beets, fresh greens salad, chicken soup with veggies, turkey wings buried in mashed potatoes, peanut butter cookies
Saturday: Fresh bread, roasted eggplant spread, mock chopped liver, roasted pepper salad, sweet and sour beets, barley potato carrot turkey stew
Sunday: Zucchini okara fritters
Monday: Tuna melts
Tuesday: Vegetable lasagna
Wednesday: Stuffed green peppers
Thursday: Ukranian hot borsht
Friday: Fresh bread, roasted eggplant spread, mock chopped liver, sweet and sour beets, radish salad, chicken soup with veggies, turkey wings buried in mashed potatoes, perhaps a desert
Saturday: Fresh bread, roasted eggplant spread, mock chopped liver, sweet and sour beets, radish salad, turkey goulash
Sunday: Kichree (Iraqi red lentils with rice) and salad
Monday: Rice and baked beans

Do you think with that menu and my groceries I'll be able to last until 2 weeks from yesterday to go grocery shopping again, or do you think this round will be a repeat of the last try?

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