There are a TON of ways to save money on groceries. Coupons. Savings Cards. Buying in bulk. The thing is with most of these methods the deal dictates the purchase. Zucchini is on sale but you wanted squash? Too bad. Or, you buy more toilet paper than you can even store in your house just because the bulk buy saved you money on each individual roll.
If you’re trying to eat healthy by eating in, you don’t need to be limited by your budget. Did you know there is a fully-stocked grocery portion of your local 99 Cent Store? Many people don’t. But you can buy fresh produce, eggs, pasta, cereal—you name it—and everything always 99 Cents (or less!). And they aren’t tiny portions so you’re forced to buy 5 of every item. I’m talking a dozen eggs, a gallon of milk, a whole watermelon. You get the picture.
It seems too good to be true so to prove it I made a trip to my local 99 Cent store and bought enough food for a whole week, for just $10. There are dozens of ways to prepare these items. Here is my $10 shopping list followed by the menu for the week. This menu is what worked with the kitchen basics I already had. I simply added the larger and normally more expensive items from the 99 Cent store to make a complete meal. You can supplement some of these items based on your kitchen basics. Add whatever condiments you like (remember there are amazing health benefits of condiments) and have fun!
Smoked Turkey (Portobello mushrooms as vegetarian alternative)
Whole Wheat Tortillas
Brown Rice (Grits as alternative)
Whole Watermelon (Whole pineapple or large box of strawberries as alternative)
-Oatmeal and Egg (Oat Risotto w/Egg): Cook one packet of oatmeal on the stove. The complex carbohydrates stay in your stomach longer and help keep you full for hours. The fiber regulates your digestive system. When the oatmeal is almost done cooking, crack an egg directly into the pot. The egg will cook with the oatmeal. Really it’s the perfect complete meal of complex carbs and protein. Here’s how to make it: http://www.quickiechick.com/bites-with-benefits/sriracha-oatmeal-egg-hot-and-spicy-quickie/
-(alternative)Grits and egg: when grits are almost fully cooked, add a raw egg. The egg will cook with the grits and add protein.
-Smoked Turkey Wrap: Add chopped onions and mustard. Wrap in a tortilla. Eat baby carrots as a side.
-Broccoli Soup: Cook down chopped onions in a pan. Add broccoli and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add enough chicken broth to cover the vegetables. Add salt and pepper and allow to simmer for 45 minutes. Put entire mixture into a blender and blend to your preferred consistency.
-Tuna Wrap: Boil one egg and chop. Add chopped egg to drained tuna. Instead of mayo add non fat Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. Mix in mustard, relish, and chopped onions. Wrap in whole wheat tortilla.
-Healthy un-Fried Rice (or grits): When brown rice is almost cooked, crack raw egg and add it to the pot. The egg will poach with the rice. Cook in some onions, and carrots for extra flavor (like fried rice but not fried!). Add some hot sauce if you have it (it’s a natural fat-burner).
-Watermelon Salad: Cut cubes of fresh watermelon and add to arugula or any greens. Add goat cheese. Make a salad dressing out of equal parts orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, white vinegar, salt and pepper.
-Steamed Carrots w/ Cinnamon: It’s a great side dish! Steam up carrots, add some low fat butter, cinnamon- a natural blood sugar regulator (or cumin, brown sugar, or salt & white pepper) and enjoy- no fuss!
-Frittata: Cook thin chopped onions down in a pan, add other veggies (chopped), add eggs, salt and pepper, and cook until eggs aren’t runny. Put the entire pan (not one with a plastic handle) in the oven and bake at 370 for 8 minutes.
$10 a week. That’s less than being on any fast food diet. Are you ready to grocery shop now?
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