Menu Plan and Shopping List 12/4/14-12/10/14

Well, all I can say is that coming down with the flu a couple days after Thanksgiving, after a pantry challenge, and before post pantry challenge grocery shopping will throw a huge wrench into all of your plans for the week.

I’m not even sure what to tell you that we ate this week, because there were a few days (especially when I had a more noticeable fever) that I barely ate at all. My husband cooked while I was feeling especially crumby, and I think he ate a lot of fried potatoes… We also ate the Grave of Small Birds leftovers that were in the freezer, we cooked up that last pound of ground beef in the house, and I did make sardine fritters during a brief spurt of feeling better (sardine fritters are surprisingly good–I would make them again). Oh, and we ate some alfalfa and lentil sprout salad and leftover garlic green beans from Thanksgiving.

Other than that, I drank a LOT of coconut water, sipped some apple cider that was left over from Thanksgiving, and generally tried to stay hydrated without drinking any water, (because water was inexplicably disgusting).

Thankfully, my sister and niece rescued us from continuing to try to eat out of the pantry, and picked up some groceries for us, which made eating a lot more pleasant all of a sudden. I still need to do a more serious grocery trip and do some real stocking up again, but it makes life so much better to have bread and cheese and bananas in the house again when you don’t feel like cooking and don’t really feel like eating any more sardines or candied celery.


Astoria crab pasta (using organic spaghetti from Aldi and canned crab), garlic broccoli


Leftovers/Fridge Scrounging

Costco rotisserie chicken (for church fellowship meal)

Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup

Meatloaf, baked potatoes, peas

BBQ chicken thighs, fried sweet potatoes


Leftovers, cheesy fried potatoes or homemade mac and cheese to fill in if needed.


Fruit, toast, eggs (for my husband). I’m thinking we’ll keep it pretty simple this week as I’m still not feeling great and trying to catch up on everything I got behind on while I was sick, plus start decorating and baking for Christmas.

Baking and Extras:

Priority one: find out if my water kefir grains died while I was sick and get them going again if possible. Priority two: process the apples sitting in my living room.

Priority three: homemade bread and Christmas baking!

Shopping List:

I gave you my basic shopping list last week, a lot of which I still need to go pick up, so this week I’m just sharing a few highlights of sales I noticed:


clementines, $2.29/3lb

kiwi, $1.29/lb

blackberries, $1/6 oz

pomegranates, .49

mangoes, .49


boneless pork loin, $1.99/lb

bacon, $2.99/lb

Casdacian Farms organic frozen veggies, .99/10 oz (when you buy 4) — Note that the bags are a little smaller than standard bags, but considering that most standard Kroger frozen veggies come in 12 oz bags, and the lowest sale price on those is usually $1, this seems like a good deal for organic veggies.


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