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For the month of January we are on a mission to eat out of our pantry and freezer as much as possible. I’m still buying some groceries but not as many as usual. I like that we are getting a bit of room in the freezer, Lulu even put the ice cube trays back in the other day. We hadn’t had room for those in quite some time.

Week 2 of January and we did add a little bit to our previous January Food Spending of $67.35 with one trip to the grocery store, egg purchase and we stopped for burgers on Sunday at Joe’s request.

Here’s what we bought and spent:

  • 3 Gallons Milk
  • Rice Noodles
  • Nori (2 packages)
  • Celery
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Rice
  • Butter
  • Avocado

Grocery Store Total: $22.52

Eggs from JLB: 3 dozen= $6

Burgers= $12.38

Total for the Week: $40.90

Updated Total for January: $108.25

Last week I talked about a few of the items that we buy that are ‘compromise’ foods. This week I wanted to talk about another compromise food and some of my thoughts on fast food.

White Rice: We still buy and use white rice. We also buy and use brown rice. At some point we will be 100% brown rice (because the brown rice is less processed it is nutritionally superior) but so far most of my family prefers white rice. I often mix the two and will be doing that in a few meals this week. I haven’t decided yet if I will mix the rice in the Sushi that we are planning for Friday night or if that will be white rice only. Last week I made Soaked Brown Rice and it was a huge hit. If your family is like my family and prefers white rice, I would recommend adding the soaking step. It totally changes the taste and texture of brown rice.

Fast food: There was a time in our life when we ate out more than we ate in. Now we eat out maybe once a week or every couple of weeks. In our town I feel that our best fast food choice is Subway but sometimes my husband wants a burger. He loves the King. Yesterday we went there for lunch after church. It was kind of nice to be able to just sit and enjoy lunch and the burgers did taste good. BUT last night my husband was miserable with tummy troubles. No one else was affected but it was a very good reminder as to why we are eating a real food diet  and trying so hard to not put junk into our bodies. Our choice of eating a real, nutrient dense diet may not be the right choice for every family but it does work for us.

Be sure to stop back each Monday for the previous weeks food purchases.

Have you found a restaurant that you can enjoy and still feel like you are able to get good quality foods?

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