Week 3 Food Budget Challenge & Cashew Almond Oat Bars!

by Nicole on March 26, 2014

Week three of my food budget challenge was a success! I spent $133.85! I actually can’t believe I got it so low. I probably will be much, much closer to $150 this week. As it comes closer to Friday I can feel I spent so little because our fridge is looking a tad bare.

Like I said before I’ve been making a list of things I need (and some wants) and then writing the approximate cost of the item. Since I go to Trader Joe’s so much I basically know the cost of most things I buy there. I’ve been buying mostly the same things but switching up things like vegetable of the week (right now usually cauliflower or asparagus) and meat.

I’ve also realized that in order to make it work I have to pick one cheese (usually feta or mozzarella) and not buy all the vegetables. I know it may seem obvious but apparently it wasn’t to me. I LOVE cheese so it’s very easy to throw feta, mozzarella and shredded cheeses in my cart.

This past week some food highlights were:

Maple pork chops

Baked spiralized zucchini and baked pasta (I was experimenting. Came out tasting yummy but not worth a recipe write up.)

Breakfast for dinner (eggs and bacon)

Whole roasted chicken
Huge salad with spiralized cucumber and red onion (currently obsessed with doing this)

Oat bars (made these for Danny so he would have another breakfast option besides chia pudding and almond banana muffins).


Thursdays have become our staple breakfast for dinner night. And if we’re home on Saturdays we typically make quesadillas.

Sundays we’ve gone to my moms for dinner the past three weeks so we’ve been spoiled with good food that wasn’t in our food budget.

I made these oat bars because I wanted to have something we could eat for a quick breakfast or a snack. In my food budget challenge I’m basically doing a pantry clean out as well, because I’m only buying ingredients (I mostly) really need. You can mix in whatever you have. In my case it was almonds, coconut, hemp and chocolate chips. Freeze dried fruit would be great too.


One more week on this food challenge!

Just have to take a second to remember a very, very special person. Today would have been my Aunt Louise’s birthday. It’s such a bittersweet day and although I think of her every single day, I’ll be doing a little something special today in remembrance of her. It’s been a little over 5 years since I’ve been able to hug her, it feels like a lifetime, but I can still hear her voice and smell her perfume. Do me a favor and treat yourself extra nice today because that’s what she would have wanted.


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Simply Life March 26, 2014 at 7:45 am

Cheese is always one of the items that gets us over the budget! So hard to limit it to just one :)


Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) March 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I really need a sprializer!! Way to rock that budget!


Dietitian Jess March 31, 2014 at 9:53 am

Those bars sound yummy and look like an easy recipe, can’t wait to try them out! Also I was wondering, what do you put on your spiralized cucumbers??


Nicole March 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I usually throw them in a salad, but I love it also with some red onions, tomatoes and feta too! Check out http://www.inspiralized.com/ for lots of recipes too!


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