grocery game monthly challenge

Our Weekly Menu Plan Based On A Monthly $265 Budget: The Grocery Game Challenge 2017 #1 Feb 27-March 5

MENU PLANNING INVOLVES MORE THAN A SHOPPING LIST.   If you are the family meal planner don’t get discouraged if you can’t make the same menu plan your friends or family make because their grocery budget may be different. Not only that but their savings skills and ability to use coupons, price-matching, rewards points and so on all aid in savings. Also, keep in mind that not everyone has grocery stores on every other street corner. Some of you who live in rural areas may have a small grocer in town but must drive into a bigger city to see further grocery savings. Related: How a small town family saves money on groceries   Look to others for inspiration   Two of my home cook inspirations… Canadian Budget Binder fan Mary has posted her grocery shop in The Grocery Game Challenge (GGC) for the past 5 years. Not only does she try different recipes she finds online to her menu plan but her monthly $190 grocery budget for 2 has remained unchanged for many years. You can follow her journey every week by reading the comment section of the Grocery Game Posts along with many other GGC players. Mary makes […]

Crunchy Pan-Fried Parmesan Crusted Hard-Boiled Eggs (Low-Carb) (Gluten-Free)

HARD-BOILED EGGS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER TASTED BEFORE   YES you have to try this. These are perfect snacks for holidays, birthday’s or any celebrating including Super Bowl where you just want to grab, dip and get it in your tummy. In our house we don’t just hard boil one or two eggs at a time. We make hard-boiled eggs by the dozen and use them for egg salad sandwiches, snacks and now we will add this to our low carb snacks list. Hard boiled eggs aren’t just for breakfast especially when you follow a keto diet also known as low-carb diet like Mrs.CBB does. I enjoy it in moderation as I’m not fully involved with this lifestyle like Mrs. CBB is. For the most part I end up eating the same foods to cut down on costs but on occasion I go my route. You know I just crave carbs after a while especially when my aim isn’t to give them up.   We’re a low carb family   One thing I won’t pass up is eating eggs any way I can get them, except raw. This recipe for pan-fried Parmesan hard-boiled eggs was a fluke to be honest. While […]

Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies (Low Carb) (Sugar Free)

SIMPLE COOKIES MADE WITH LOVE AND KISSES OF CINNAMON.   Who doesn’t love the taste and smell of cinnamon? Every time I walk through a mall with a Cinnabon shop where they make the most delicious smelling cinnamon buns I get weak at the knees. These soft cinnamon cookies are low-carb and perfect as breakfast cookies with a hot beverage or a snack throughout the day. Best of all they are sugar-free. If you or someone you know enjoys a low-carb high-fat lifestyle these Sweetheart Cinnamon Cookies make the best homemade gifts. With Valentine’s Day in the next few days go ahead and spread some low carb love and bake up a batch even if they are for yourself. This recipe for soft cinnamon cookies use both almond flour and coconut flour for texture and flavour purposes. Both the almond and coconut are a low carb flour and used in many dishes along with lupin flour. Lupin flour is produced by drying and grinding the lupin bean. You may also know these as lupini beans (rubbery outside skin) you can buy in cans at the grocery store in the International aisle. We have yet to try lupin flour but may […]

Cauliflower Tomato Soup with Crunchy Bacon (Low Carb)

A RICH TOMATO SOUP THAT IS FULL OF NUTRIENTS AND EASY ON THE BUDGET   During the weeknight when you want a fresh pot of homemade soup this a rich cauliflower tomato soup recipe which you can prepare in under an hour. Ideally if you have a crock-pot you could simmer this cauliflower tomato soup on low while you are gone to work or running errands. When you come home all you need to do is grab a bowl and spoon and your appetite. I’m always looking for ways to jazz up a tomato soup recipe to add variety especially since our father-in-law provides us with jars of fresh canned tomatoes from his garden. You can certainly taste the difference in a fresh tomato soup recipe when using organic tomatoes however it’s not necessary as I know not everyone has access to organic produce and it can be costly. Alternatively check the reduced rack at the grocery store which is great for tomatoes you can use up quickly or for special deals of the week. For this recipe using a jar of tomato marinara or strained crushed tomatoes also known in Italian as, “Passata Di Pomodoro” which you can find […]

Low Carb LCHF Cream Cheese Lemon Pound Cake

ENJOY A SLICE OF LEMON HEAVEN   If you’re looking for a low carb, sugar-free, grain-free, gluten-free cream cheese lemon pound cake then you’ve clicked on the right link because even I can’t tell it is low carb and polished off a few slices. Creating low carb dessert recipes for my wife to enjoy can be challenging but once you understand how the ingredients work together easy low carb desserts can be brought to life. Creating recipes is about experimenting which can be fun even if your recipe doesn’t turn out as planned. I’m no pastry chef and working with flour that contain no gluten, eggs, butter, coconut oil and cream cheese to re-invent the pound cake took some trial and error. With my wife’s birthday this month I wanted to create a low carb pound cake since it’s her favourite type of cake. She loves how a traditional pound cake is dense and perfect for dipping in coffee or milk. It has been almost one year since she’s given up sugar, grains and most fruits and vegetables to lead a low carb lifestyle. She loves this way of eating, feels great and has lost all the weight she gained […]

Guilt-Free Crispy Deep-Fried Pickles (Low-Carb)

LOW-CARB SNACK TIME DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER THAN THESE CRUSTED DILL PICKLE CHIPS.   This is the recipe for deep-fried pickles that you don’t want to turn away from especially if you’re a dill pickle fan and not interested in the extra carbs from thick batter. The first time Mrs. CBB and I had deep-fried pickles was when she was about 6 months pregnant and we stopped off for dinner at a Fish n’ Chips dive in town. The restaurant was empty as it was the end of the night so we were guaranteed hot n’ fresh which is what I like. While looking over the menu Mrs.CBB noticed they offered deep-fried pickles. She was like a little kid all excited so we ordered a plate as an appetizer. I wasn’t a huge dill pickle fan but my wife goes mad for them. I was a changed man when I tasted the deep-fried pickles dipped in mayonnaise sauce. Not only were the deep-fried pickles good but I ate some of the best fish n’ chips since arriving in Canada almost 9 years ago. Growing up in the UK fish n’ chips is a big deal so now we have a […]

Crispy Italian Eggplant Parmigiana Appetizers (Low-Carb)

EMBRACE YOUR SUMMER EGGPLANT HARVEST WITH BOLD FLAVOURS   My easy eggplant parmigiana appetizers are full of buttery Parmesan flavours and perfectly matched with fresh basil, buffalo mozzarella and sour cream. For anyone who is on a low-carb diet these eggplant parmigiana appetizers must end up on your weekly menu plan. Not only are eggplants budget-friendly but this recipe quick to make when you’re in a rush or have unannounced company. When you are cooking two different types of meal plans like in our house delicious, quick recipes are welcomed.   Don’t be afraid of produce you haven’t cooked with before   Unless eggplant is a staple in your diet most people turn their noses up at it. Lack of understanding about cooking eggplant may push people away. Eggplant is unique for its awkward egg shape, deep purple colour. Eggplant is spongy and soaks up flavours which you will want to add to your eggplant dishes. I had no idea how to cook eggplant nor did I have any eggplant recipes under my belt. I was shown how to make eggplant parmigiana for a dinner party a few years back by my father-in-law. Italian eggplant dishes revolve around casserole creations […]

Creamy Bacon Tomato Salad (Low-Carb)

ORGANIC PRODUCE HAS SOME OF THE BEST FLAVOURS IN THE WORLD   I wasn’t sure if I should call this recipe Tomato Bacon Salad or Bacon Tomato Salad so I went with both only because there’s lots of cherry tomatoes and tonnes of bacon! There’s no pasta or bread in this creamy Bacon Tomato Salad that I’ve created from organic vegetables and herbs from the garden. All you need is a fork, an appetite for freshness and a love for tomatoes and bacon. My wife who enjoys a low-carb/Paleo diet said she was in the mood for a bacon tomato sandwich loaded with mayonnaise on oopsie bread or savoury low-carb waffles. The Oopsie bread and waffles are alternatives to adding extra carbs from eating traditional breads but we didn’t have any made. I’m not a fan of the oopsie bread but when you stop eating bread anything that looks and tastes like bread is a sure winner. Related: Grocery Shopping for a Paleo Diet With the humidity and heat in Ontario reaching unbearable highs turning on the oven was the last thing we wanted to do. We were fortunate enough to get a huge bowl of organic cherry tomatoes from […]

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