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NYXWOLFWALKER SparkPoints: (168,070)
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12/7/12 12:56 A

Every 6 weeks N and I go shopping to our local market to get "fresh" meat and poultry and if its possible seafood. From there I will end up planning 6 weeks worth of meals for 3 to 4 people (3 average the 4th is my uncle who comes over every other week or so for a meal).

We tend to only buy what we can carry back to the car (which means we have to be able to carry it the 6 blocks from the location to where we can park the car) with this always in mind we get the basics which is...
2 to 3 pounds worth of Beef Tip
As close to 3 pounds of Rib Roast as we can get
2 to 3 whole chickens heads and feed removed, but other wise intact
1 pound worth of Veal (or as close to a pound as possible)
1 to 2 pounds worth of Pork Chops/Strips (which ever is on sale that day we go)
1 pound of Ribblets (we go for what ever in on sale and had the most amount of meat)

If pricing is good we'll also get...
1 Pound of Shark (I tend to butcher it myself into steaks for cooking)
2 Pounds of Fresh Salmon (alantic or pacific - depends on cost, cheapest wins) and I'll butcher it myself into what we need (I tend to be able to get 2 to 4 steaks and a couple small fillets)

The bill for it all comes in around 300 bucks or less depending on sales that are taking place for that day - we try to shop at the end of the day when the market has the most amount of sales happening thus can get the cheapest deal on the meats and poultry possible, same goes for the seafood closer to the end of the day the cheaper it tends to be because its no longer under the "fresh" label but into a "day old" sale which means they can't charge full price for it anymore.

After that we shop at our local grocery mart and pick up frozen veggies (we like fresh, but frozen is more in budget then fresh 99% of the time) what fresh fruit we know we'll be able to eat for that one week (we shop weekly for fresh fruit and some veggies) - we tend to stick to shopping to the outside of the market only going into the middle areas as needed to get basics (tissue, cleaning supplies, instant soups, sauces, etc).

For us we can always make a meal that will serve 1 to 2 adults, and since I tend to cook two different meals each dinner time (one for N and I and another for my Dad) the basics we have always around to make meals are...

Potatoes (my dad would be lost without them - yet N and I only eat them couple times a month)
Rice (always have on hand instant rice, but we also have long grain, wild and the like on hand for every day cooking - but I don't cook with brown rice, I prefer wild rice).
Mean/Poultry (see above mentioned items)
Various Frozen Veggies
Fresh herbs (from kitchen garden), fresh garlic (grown in kitchen garden) and fresh ginger

Once a week or twice depends I'll cook up Pasta for my Dad and do a version of it for N and I - my dad gets the general ground beef in pasta sauce and white pasta (he wont eat any other type) where as N and I will have spinage rice noodles or veggie pasta with mixed veggies and about an ounce or less of pasta sauce with an ounce of water to thin it out.

The deal makes enough for my dad to have two meals (if he would eat it that way as it is he eats close to a pound of ground beef and a cup of sauce with 3 cups of pasta - and he doesn't put on weight, his doc actually asked me to increase his serving sizes to try and get some weight onto him) and with N and I we split a portion of the valama spinage rice noodles (and a serving is made for one person and is 90 calories but split less then that and believe it or not I can not eat a full serving nor can N so we split it between us and it works very well.

We always try to by at outlets to get the most bang for our buck, which means for my dad's bread he shops for it at the local bakery which means he can get a general loaf of the stuff for a buck a loaf (24 to 28 slices) and a loaf will last him three to four days so he tends to buy enough to last a month. I'll get a loaf or two of rye bread that will last N and I the month or so depending on how often we dip into it, which isn't often as neither of us are bread eaters).

In total we spent about 700 every 6 weeks on groceries for a family of 4 adults (which is about 116 a week average)

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
12/7/12 12:01 A

I make a big one month trip to get the staples at the best prices but shop about 2-3x per week to get fresh fruits, veggies and potatoes as well as small things we eat regularly like: eggs, bread, cheese, cream, meat...

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/6/12 4:55 P

JFHUNDLEY21-- I am 75% raw so it is not uncommon for me to have 9 or 10 servings of fruit and veggies daily. My salads are primarily veggies so again not uncommon to have a bunch of servings. i get my fruit in during my morning smoothie--again 3 or 4 servings of fruit and veggies (a handful of greens, carrot, celery, broccoli, collards, swiss chard, a few strawberries, 1/2 banana, some liquid kelp, peanut butter or nuts, etc. note this isn't how i make every smoothie. I choose several of the ingredients and blend it up)

I make raw desserts which are the bomb. Working on finding a recipe for a chocolate yule log and pecan turtle cheesecake (again these would be made with nuts and not flour or cheese)

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,300
12/6/12 6:53 A

One of the things I do, when I feel like I'm in a rut, is start browsing recipes for something different to try. I shop for produce in season, so I gear the recipes towards what's in season. And I also search out produce items that are "new" to me. One of the local grocery stores recently did a makeover and they now carry all kinds of stuff, beyond your standard apples and bananas and oranges. (I live in a pitifully small town.)

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
12/3/12 9:45 A

What I buy changes with the seasons, but I don't have as much variety in my diet as some people. I also rely heavily on frozen & canned fruits & vegetables during winter because I don't always have the time to cook from fresh ingredients & I hate for stuff to go bad. Many frozen & canned fruits & vegetables are healthful enough if you read labels to keep sodium down.

I prefer to have enough time to cook fresh from the produce section all the time but that is just not always possible!

JHUNDLEY21 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/3/12 8:59 A

It sounds like you must eat lots and lots of vegetables and fruits if you basically eat from the farmers market, I am very impressed by your trips to the store, and would like to hear more...Thanks

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
12/3/12 8:54 A

I have staples in the pantry and fridge/freezer. Like the PP, i shop in season fruits and veggies. Since I mainly eat those anyway, I typically shop very clean.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
12/3/12 6:14 A

I only go to the supermarket every few weeks to stock up on milk, eggs, yogurt, and cheese. Every week I go to the farmers' market and 90% of our food comes from there. About once/month I go to the coffee & spice shop to pick up dried fruit, nuts, coffees, and spices. And a few times/year I buy dry goods (pasta, rice, bulgur, couscous, wheat, cornmeal, sugar, etc) and meat to freeze.

So for me it's all about what's available at the farmers' market - because it's all seasonal, I don't get bored (well that's not really true, I do at the end of the season) but especially now that the season has just changed, there are so many new types of produce coming out that I want to try as I haven't had them in a year. Right now I like persimmons, various types of wild greens, cauliflower, broccoli, turnips, spinach, and apples. In a little while we'll start to get citrus which I'm looking forward to. I don't get everything every week, because the season isn't so short, and I try to spread it out a little.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
12/2/12 9:51 P

I like trying new things as I get bored with food. I do like peanut butter on a rice cake with apple slices for breakfast. I like taco soup for a meal. made with chicken, pepper, tomatoes,onions, corn and salsa. I surf the internet for recipes. I found one I want to try. It is made in the crockpot. Apples with brown sugar (a little) and topped with flour oatmeal mixed with 1/3 cup butter and 2 tablespoons peanut butter.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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12/2/12 5:04 P

I buy what's needed for my meal plan (the one I make, not a premade one from Spark) for that week. I cook a different dinner almost every night with very few repeats, so I don't get bored. My snacks tend to be the same though (apple, yogurt, cheese).

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 12/2/2012 (17:05)
RADIOTIKSPARK1 SparkPoints: (0)
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12/2/12 4:19 P

To get over that feeling of being in a rut, I've been buying exotic fruit. There is a section in my grocery store that has different 'interesting' fruit at different times of year. Lately I have had passion fruit, persimmons, yellow plums, lychees, star citrus, and today I got some very lovely pears. I know what works for me, food wise, but having that little bit of something new and different but still healthy keeps me moving forward.

M0MMYGETS_FIT SparkPoints: (31)
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12/2/12 4:10 P

Hello everyone! Just curious to see what everyone buys when out grocery shopping! I would love some new ideas , I feel like I'm always getting the same stuff getting boring! Thanks in advance!

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