Collard Green Wraps

2015-02-08 11.49.13We have continued to get a weekly produce box, which I absolutely love! The only downside is that in the winter months, we get A LOT of greens and I’m not always sure what to do with them. I can only eat a side of greens so many times per week. It has taken a bit of creativity to use up the greens before they go bad. Additionally it has taken some creativity to stick to our food budget with our current dietary restrictions, being that my husband is on a grain free low card diet and I am a vegetarian trying to reduce my grain intake. With those restrictions in mind I found the perfect use for our collard greens in the way of making sandwich wraps out of them. They add the perfect amount of spice and add to the crunch of whatever vegetables are in the wrap.

 

2015-02-08 11.46.13I have also found that it pays off to get good quality cheeses and meats that are packed with flavor. When using a good quality, flavorful cheese, like a raw gouda for example, a minimal amount is needed for big flavor, allowing your dollar to go further. As you can see there was just a small amount of cheese, but it was very flavorful!

 

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Shopping with what’s left of the budget, and Lara Bar deal

This weekend we made a trip to Grocery Outlet and Trader Joe’s when I was having a weak moment. I love grocery shopping with my husband, it weird I know. The only problem with it is we rarely stick to the list or budget. So with that and the fact that my friend is no longer able to share a veg box with me (I now get a weekly small box for $21.80, that’s $3.40 more than splitting a large box) I had a whopping $10.16 to spend on the things I needed to complete 7 dinners, 7 breakfasts, and 7 lunches…not to mention snacks. Good thing I have some stuff stocked up. Here is the dinner plan I came up with

  • Potato, Turnip, Leek soup that I never made last weekDSC_0648
  • A pasta dish using the Broccoli Di Cicco from my box this week
  • Butternut Squash rissotto, I don’t know how I have put this off for as long as I have
  • Grilled Pizza with homemade wholewheat pizza dough
  • Tostada’s with homemade corn tortillas
  • Spaghetti Squash, potato, egg bake
  • Stir Fried Veg and Brown rice

So I knew that I was going to have that I was going to have to do without some things and was just praying the Grocery Outlet would have some good deals for me on the things that I really needed, like mozzarella cheese, and some kind of meat to put on my husbands pizza, and organic cow milk for my daughter. And they did, I got those three  things and a plum tomato there for a total of $6.22. That meant that I had just under $4 to spend at Winco on the other things that I needed, like peanut butter. Our family cannot live a week without peanut butter. I was able to get 2 onions, a can of black olives, peanut butter, about 2 cups of dried pinto beans, and a few dry roasted peanuts from the bulk section for my son to snack on on the way home. I ended up spending $4.12. All in all, not too bad. $0.15 over budget. I was not able to get bread, which I can make, or eggs, which I cannot make. But I think I have just enough eggs to make the egg bake this week.

SAMSUNGWe did get some snacks, and lunch items on our shopping trips this weekend, so I feel like we will be ok in that area. And we have lots of frozen muffins, and oatmeal for breakfast. I did get a great deal on Lara Bars this weekend at Target. A box of 8 for $8.00. That just $1.00 a piece and no coupon needed. I purchased 3 boxes for a total of $24.00. That’s nearly half of my stock up budget for the month, but I think it was worth it. Hopefully next week I will be able to use some of the great coupons I printed out this week.

Coupons and inspiration

I visited a few coupon sites today for some good coupons. I have to say I’m a bit disappointing for the number of whole food coupons available for January. January is supposed to be the health food month due to all those people trying to cut the holiday pounds. I did find a few good things though.

Target

  • $0.75 off select 18ct Good Earth Tea
  • $0.99 off 6 Gerber 2nd foods Organic pouches (I don’t use these as baby food, but as travel snacks for my 3 year old)
  • Buy 3 Earths Best infant pouches get one free up to $1.39 (used as travel snacks)
  • Buy 3 Earths Best toddler pouches get one free up to $1.39 (used as travel snacks)
  • $1.00 off when you buy any 3 Market Pantry Pastas. I wasn’t sure if they had 100% whole wheat so I check, and they did. The Penne was the cheapest at $1.12 for a 13.5oz box. With the coupon they come out to $0.79 each.

Mambo Sprouts

  • $1.50 off any 2 Enjoy Life Products
  • $1.00 off any Country Choice Organics

Earthbound Farms

  • $0.75 off any EB Farms product

I didn’t mention what my menu plan is for this week. We got some really great stuff in our CSA box this week. I typically get on the website for our CSA on Sunday and Monday to see what I can expect to see in our box that week and plan my menu off of that. So here is the plan for the week we are currently in.

  • Red Curry (found a great recipe that uses a Kabocha Squash which we received in our box last week)
  • Black bean pie…kinda like a Mexican lasagna
  • Crepes…both whole wheat and buckwheat, sweet and savery
  • A pasta dish that uses Napa Cabbage from our box
  • Veggi Chili
  • Spinach Fritata (spinach from box)
  • Baked Potatoes (from box) and left over Chili

I had also planned on having left over party fair from my daughters 1st birthday party. But sadly both her and my son got strep so we had to cancel. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for that 7th dinner. I’m sure I can pull something together out of my stockup stuff.

I’m really excited to do my menu plan for next week and really hope that some of the ingredients will be in the CSA box. I’m so excited because I received the latest copy of Whole Living in the mail this week and it has some REALLY great stuff. Magazines can be hit and miss with recipes, but this issue has so many great ones. And many of the ingredients are seasonal, so their is a good change I will see some of them in the box next week. If not I will most likely choose just one or two to try out.