I'm not sure if you remember a while back I bought some brussels sprouts? Well, I blanched some of them and flash froze them for later use. I browned these up in my cast iron along with the small cut sweet potatoes. Once the veggies got some color, I poured a bit of water and steamed them until they were done. Roasting would have been better, but I don't turn my oven on unless I am filling it. The veggies were tossed with my very low fat balsamic/dijon flax vinaigrette. Considering how low fat (and the fact that stevia was the only sweetener in the dressing) they were quite delicious.
Buying veggies on sale and blanching/freezing them is one thing I do often. Last week, I scored a bag of red peppers on sale for $1.29/lb. I used them raw in many dishes, then sauted and froze the rest. The below wrap was chipotle crusted tofu (dry fried), romaine, red peppers and a vegenaise based dressing.
Adding a side like this really brightens up a meal. Not only does it make the plate look better, it gives texture and flavors and really completes a meal. I had around 1/4 cup of my chickpea salad and added it to a half cup of the pickle for a yummy 100 calorie snack.
I also used 1 cup of the leftover chickpeas to make a huge pot of kale/chickpea/potato clean out the fridge soup. I'll photograph it when we eat it tomorrow. The comfort soup is all gone.
I still have 1 cup of the chickpeas left that are in the freezer.
Soooo that brings me to the end of the month! My goal for this month was to spend $70.00 ($2.50 a day) because of my stocked pantry.
I ONLY SPENT $50.00!! (which works out to around $1.80 a day!)
Since last time I recapped my spending, I spent $2.10 on a small bottle of umeboshi vinegar (that I haven't even opened!), $1.29 on kale and $1.29 on romaine. I took the 20 cents out of my bulk buying fund leftover from that big shopping where I spent $24.80. I am really looking at the value of a penny right now!
I have $20 banked in my bulk buying fund! This is sooo cool! It means when I go visit my brother, I can go to Trader Joes and stock up on cheap tofu or buy some sprouting seeds!
Of course, this month was only 28 days and I still have a lot of stocked basics. It will be interesting to see what March brings.
I lost 2 lbs this month. It's better than the gaining cycle I was on!
I am totally enjoying this if you can't tell!
Finally, I cut my electric bill in half last month. I unplugged EVERYTHING unless I am actively using it. I have barely used my heat (unless the kids were here and even then we turn it off completely at night and only to 62 otherwise)
I won't lie.. my house has been COLD. The temperature is around 52-58 when the heat isn't on. I've been wearing layers and hats in inside, drinking hot tea/water and doing jumping jacks! lol
.. but my electric bill was $44.00 and that includes heat. I have a medium 2 bedroom apartment.
I am very much looking forward to the warmer weather!