After the craziness that was yesterday (and the day before, and the day before that) I realized this afternoon that I needed to make my (thrice-weekly) trip to Trader Joe’s for some food or I’d be faced with tortilla chips and peanut butter with a side of soy sauce for dinner.
Ok, maybe that’s slightly melodramatic.
But still- I needed food.
Recently I feel like Mr. Dyson has been taking his wind tunnel vacuum to my wallet, so my goal was to spend under $40 on groceries. Trader Joe’s is a very reasonably priced grocery store, but I tend to get carried away there so I have to concentrate and keep my eyes on the ($40) prize.
Here’s my loot:
Fruits: Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, a plum and a peach. (I guess I was feeling the need to feed myself with red fruit exclusively.)
Veggies: an onion, broccoli, romaine (in the bag- hard to see) and an eggplant.
Proteins: organic free range chicken breasts, all-natural chicken sausages and tofu.
Miscellaneous: 4 Clif Z bars, Greek yogurt, milk (unpictured) and Thai Red Curry Sauce.
Thai Red Curry Sauce? What’s your plan for that, Megan??
Just you wait, it’s gonna get good…
And the grand total: $40 and change! Not bad, huh? I’ll say this much- the chicken was a little over $7. I’m not a promoter of a vegetarian lifestyle per se, but eating meat is definitely pricey! Especially if you want to get quality meat. Sigh…
The bottom line is that it’s totally do-able to eat healthfully and wholesomely without breaking the bank. 🙂
On to dinner:
I decided to grill up a bunch of veggies and tofu and make a stir fry with the curry sauce. I threw slices of eggplant, a red bell pepper (that I already had in my fridge), and some onion on the grill over a medium flame. While they started, I sliced up the tofu that I had pressed for about 20 minutes.
That’s some strong tofu!
I seasoned it with some salt, pepper, tumeric and soy sauce and threw it on the grill.
Once everything was cooked, I took it off the grill and let it cool enough to chop it up into bite-sized pieces. Meanwhile, I boiled a small serving of rice noodles. Once the noodles were soft and the veggies were chopped, I threw everything into a pot and added some of the curry sauce and mixed.
Oh, man. It was awesome. The veggies had a TON of flavor from being grilled and I highly recommend the sauce. I served my noodleness with some roasted broccoli.
Thank you, Trader Joe’s, for being my friend. 🙂