lately, the hubs and i have noticed an influx in our grocery spending; between bags of daiya, nuts, avocados, etc we’ve really been doing some damage to our bank account. our goal this summer has been to shave as much from our grocery bill as possible, and to help i’ve enlisted the Costco membership that i have thanks to owning my own business! i’ve been completely surprised with Costco’s variety of organic foods- a 4lb bag of quinoa was only $5.99! at the co-op quinoa (notably though from a more sustainable company) is around $7.99 a pound. huge difference. it’s been fun finding ways to use old leftovers and frozen bricks lurking in the freezer, heres what i came up with over the past week!
i bought a ginormous bag of la perla tortillas for $2 and froze them- sadly, they didn’t all thaw well, but who can tell when you brush them with oil and grill them to crispy perfection? no one!
i saw a recipe on pinterest for “cheesy quinoa” and i thought i’d give a vegan version a shot- YUM CITY. make some quinoa, make some nooch sauce, and mix them together. i also added some steamed broccolini that i of course got for a steal at costco. oh, and those sexy mixed greens? 4$ for a 1lb container.
i found a mystery bag of arborio and a can of chickpeas kicking around on top of the fridge- combined with some leftover collards, baby kale (4.00 for 1 1/2 lbs at costco), organic tomatoes (79c a can!!!!) white wine, and random herbs i had a lovely, and completely stick-to-your ribs comforting meal.
yep, lots of tacos/tostadas happened this week and i ain’t complaining! *also, i’m super happy that wordpress doesn’t recognize ‘ain’t’ as a word. whew! we had a frozen container of tomatillo sauce from our last tamale adventure sitting forlornly in the freezer, so we simmered 2 cans of jackfruit in it and made tacos!
this is the spicy fennel tempeh and broccoli rabe recipe from veganomicon, over quinoa instead of pasta. broccolini was 4 or 5 bucks for a huge bag from earthbound organics at costco- we easily got 6 meals out of it including leftovers, whereas at the co-op non-organic broccolini is 2.50 for roughly 1/3rd pound. definitely a win in my book.
ok, so the only thing on this pizza that came from costco was the broccolini, but who cares? sometimes you need a friggin pizza.
kale, teriyaki (4$ for that giant bottle of sauce!!!!) and various goodies combined to make:
i used organicville teriyaki sauce as my base, but doctored it up with 1/2+ tsp of freshly ground peppercorns, garlic, and samba oelek paste. seriously tasty.
so. all in all, costco may not be the happiest place on earth, *assholes galore in the parking lot* but i have a bevy of organic, affordable produce and staples in my fridge and pantry that should hopefully help lighten the burden on my wallet, so i can buy other things; like say a liter of 2 gingers whisky for $16.00. a girl can get used to this.