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12 Cold Supper Summer Recipes And Savings Tips : The GGC 2018 #4 June 25-July 1

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Something happens in the CBB kitchen between the months of May-September and that is we don’t often turn the stove or oven on unless we really need to. No one wants to be slaving over a hot cooker when the sun is shining which is why most of what we cook is outdoors on the grill.

Once the deck is outfitted with our table and chairs, swing and all the other deck accessories opening up the big umbrella and grilling is the best and easiest way to enjoy eating outside during the hot days of summer. It’s almost impossible to get us to sit around the kitchen table when we could be listening to birds chirping, children playing and the smells of BBQ in the air.

We want to be outside especially after being cooped up all winter wishing we could open the windows and let the fresh air in. I’m not one to take summer for granted that’s for certain. Even in the morning now we sit out on the front porch with our coffee and just listen to nature and watch the creatures of the night dig into our herbs (YES, we see you).

Eating a raw diet over the summer with added protein is not only simple to do but requires little prep-work especially if you target it as soon as you get home from the farm or grocery store. You don’t have to succumb to eating just salad either because there are SO MANY cold supper ideas that you might not have considered and I’m going to share a few of our favourite recipes with you today.

While standing in the kitchen last week Mrs. CBB and I were cleaning out the crisper to use up any bits of vegetables we had left when she said, we eat tonnes of salads during the summer months. She’s right we do and we also get into this auto-mode of cooking and prep-work for our meals without much thought.

There are things we do each week that are a must for us to get dinner done and on the table fast so we aren’t fussing over anything complicated. Sounds like the perfect summer to me and it should be especially when we’d rather be outside gardening or doing things with our son.


Cold Supper Ideas and Recipes


There are a few things we must do for our weekly menu plan during the summer to fall into place. Most days are filled with activities with our son or renovations around the house. Some days we are all just too sick or tired to cook and these cold suppers come in handy.

I know some people who batch cook their protein so it’s ready to go in the refrigerator for the entire week. If grilling every night is not timely for you then go ahead and prep your meat, fish and eggs as well.

After we get home from grocery shopping cleaning and chopping our vegetables are a must just to make sure they get eaten. We find that vegetables and fruit become far more affordable when they are in season and it’s easy to buy more than you need so if you don’t prep you risk your produce going off.

farm eggs

We also always have a pot of hard-boiled eggs peeled and ready to eat whether to snack on or to add to our salads. We have been fortunate to source a local farmer who sells eggs by the flat for only $6 which is awesome!! The same goes for their bacon at under $3lb which we pre-cook on the BBQ.

Basil July 17The gardening pots around our property are filled with organic herbs that we started to grow back in May and those are the fresh flavours we like to add to our food.

It’s not often you won’t find fresh mint, parsley, basil, chives or fennel mixed in any of our cold suppers during the summer. The greenery adds flavour and the makes the supper more inviting, at least for us.

Load your baskets with fresh lemons and limes as well because these two beauties will splash a freshness over just about every cold supper you make or even just to add colour and beauty to your table.

Another tip for cold suppers is to pre-soak and cook your beans in advance so it’s easy to make chick-pea salads, hummus or to add black, white or kidney beans to your cold supper salads and recipes.


It’s that easy and opening a can of beans seems easy enough but if you are on the frugal side like we are then you know that buying dry beans in bulk is the way to go. A quick tip for rehydrating your dry beans is to use the crock-pot and in a few short hours you’ll have delicious beans waiting to be eaten.

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  • Clean and chop vegetables
  • Prepare legumes/beans in advance
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Cold-Salads
  • Cold Summer Soups

We are huge fans of avocados and can eat one almost every day but the problem is you have to make sure you have a ripe one to eat otherwise you must wait. When we buy a bag from Costco or the grocery store we store them in the refrigerator and take out what we want and leave them on the counter.

ripe avocado cut in halfripe avocado cut in half

In about two days time the avocado is ready to eat so keep in mind how many you can eat or need each day. If you plan to make salads with avocado then it’s always advised to prep in advance what you will need for the week so you have them ripe and ready.

chilled corn soupOver at Wild Greens and Sardines they have this Chilled corn soup recipe that is colourful and packed with flavours which makes it the perfect cold supper soup. I’m a huge fan of corn so why not prepare this soup in advance and away you go for the week.

Below are some of my favourite cold supper recipes that I’d like to try just because they look amazing and that the ingredients are vibrant, fresh and affordable.


Avocado Seafood Salad



Easy Spanish Gazpacho- Cold Tomato Soup



Cold Sesame Noodles With Crunchy Vegetables


zucchini Noodle Salad with bacon and tomatoes

Zucchini Noodle Salad with Bacon and Cherry Tomatoes (Low-Carb, Paleo)



Cucumber Noodle Watermelon Salad with Feta



Mexican Coleslaw



Rice Noodles with Shrimp and Coconut Lime Dressing



Roasted Summer Vegetable Quinoa Bowls



Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps


Creamy German Cucumber Salad


crab and avocado summer rolls

Crab and Avocado Rolls


Discussion: What are some of your favourite cold supper dishes to make during the summer months? Share your comments and recipes below.

P.S- If you find a broken recipe link or any link please let me know. 🙂


June Grocery Game Challenge


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2018 Grocery Shop Results


Yearly grocery budget for two + 1 Toddler 2018: $3600 or $300/month (The above total does not include the stockpile budget of $300/year or $25/month.

Points Overview (add any other sections you need to show us your savings or that you would like to track on your own)

  • Total Grocery Budget for this Month: $300
  • Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $300-$13.63=$286.37
  • Total Gift Cards used to date: $0
  • Total Rewards Points redeemed this week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points used to date: $0
  • PC Optimum Points to Spend: 3,200,000
  • Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

Coupon Apps (add any other apps you use to save money)

  • Zweet -$0
  • Checkout51- $1.50


Our Grocery Shop This Week


Food Basics

  • 3 x cucumbers $3
  • Radicchio $3
  • Milk $4.27
  • Romaine Lettuce $1.99
  • Red Cabbage $3.89
  • Red Onion $1.45
  • Cherry Tomatoes $1.99

Total Out-of-Pocket $19.59


  • 3 flats of brown eggs $18
  • 10lbs bacon $27.50
  • 3 lbs breakfast sausage $9

Total Out-of-Pocket $54.50

Picked Strawberries $14.50 (more to come on this adventure)

Note: All totals below already have tax factored into them.

  • Total to spend this month : $286.37
  • Stockpile budget 2018 : $25.00/month
  • Stockpile budget used this month: $25.00
  • Christmas Reserve Fund : $35/month $210 Saved
  • Total coupons used this week: $0
  • Total coupons used to date: $1
  • Total in-store discounts this week: $0
  • Total in-store discounts to date: $116.54
  • Total spent this week: $88.59
  • Total spent so far this month: $271.88
  • Total over/Under spend this shop:
  • Total left to spend for the month: $14.49
  • Total Spent To Date 2018: (does not include stockpile budget) Jan $323.04+Feb $169.42+March $228.70 + April $337.84+ May $275.79 + June $271.88 +July $+August $+September $+ October $+ November $ + December $

Weekly Overview (your final thoughts)

Having a no-week shop helped us this month but our petrol bill and eating out bill will likely be higher since had to make a trip to my mother-in-laws to do more cleanup. We did pack some food with us but there’s only so much we can pack for 2 days considering the type of journey and situation.

We are also fortunate to stop by a local farm to pick up some lovely eggs, bacon and breakfast sausages well worth the money if you consider the cost of eggs and bacon today.

Finally a friend of my wife gave us a huge load of baking ingredients since she is moving away and can’t take them with her. That was so nice of her! Now, what to bake. Hmm. First I need to get rid of this cough and cold from my little guy and find some time. I’m wondering if I can bake bread of sorts on the grill outside…. let’s see!

Have a great week everyone.



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Grocery Game Challenge 2018 FAQ’s


  • Grocery Game Challenge RULES: Read the rules first and if you have any questions email me or comment on this post with your question and someone will answer you as soon as possible. The rules have been updated to reflect changes for the 2018 challenge year.
  • Do I have to be Canadian to post my Grocery Shop?: No, you don’t have to be Canadian to post your shops. We have fans who post their grocery shop who live all over the world.
  • What is prize payout?- I’ve changed the prize to yearly so I’ll be tracking everyone’s shop and draw accordingly for larger prize payouts.
  • When does the Grocery Game close each month? Ideally you would want to have all your shops in by the end of the month for review in order to make improvements for the next.
  • Does your Grocery Budget include health and beauty and laundry products?: No, our Grocery Budget does not include such items as shampoo, conditioner, laundry soap, fabric softener, dish soap etc. As of 2014 we no longer included such items in our grocery budget so we could see our actual food numbers at the end of the year in order to plan accordingly.
  • Do you stockpile food? We don’t mind stockpiling items that won’t be affected by expiry dates or have long expiry dates but not so much food any longer as we found we weren’t eating it fast enough. Stockpiling is still great and just one way to help cut your budget to save money if you do find items that you can buy in bulk at a sale price.
  • Canadian Coupons: Where can I find Canadian Coupons?: Here are your latest Checkout 51 offers that you can use to help you save money in the Grocery Game Challenge. There are many great Canadian Couponing websites online that share weekly coupon match-ups so you can plan your grocery list.
  • Best Coupon Apps: Coupons are slowly fading with mobile coupon apps being the big rave these days. Just recently the popular coupon site that mailed coupons to households has gotten involved with the addition of a new mobile app joining forces with the many other coupon apps available. If you find an app that I don’t talk about please let me know as they are always being added and I’d like to review them.
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  • What is an FPC?: An FPC is a free product coupon which means you can get a free product as described on the coupon. Some of these coupons have an expiry date and others no expiry date so be sure to check.
  • What is GGC?– The Grocery Game Challenge of course!
  • How Do I Know what stores accept coupons?:  If you are not sure it’s always best to call the store and ask.
  • How Do I Grocery Shop?: I can tell you about grocery shopping and what we do in terms of shopping to save money and how it works for us. There are no wrong or right answers, just smart choices.

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  1. JUNE 25-JULY 1
    Yearly Budget for 1 Adult $2400 or $200/mo
    Total Grocery Budget with any carry-overs $

    -Bananas (@0.66/lb) $1.88
    -PC White Mushrooms (200g) $1.00
    Total Out Of Pocket $2.88

    -2 x 1lb Organic Strawberries (@2 for $4) $4
    -3lb Onions $1.50
    Total Out Of Pocket $5.50

    -2L Chocolate Milk $4.59 – 50% = $2.29
    Total In Store Discount $2.30
    Bottle Return $1.00
    Total Out Of Pocket $1.29

    I prepaid for the 20-week CSA box, which calculates to $17.81/wk. The prices below are what the items are being sold for at their farmers market stand.
    -Zucchini $2.75
    -Green Onions $3.50
    -Lettuce $3.00
    -Carrots $3.75
    -Garlic Scapes $2.50
    Total Out of Pocket $17.81

    Total Gift Cards used to date: $41.21
    Total Rewards used to date: $42.61
    PC Optimum Points Balance: 4105
    PC Optimum Points Redeemed: 0
    Scanning Code of Practice (SCOP) to date $0

    Checkout51- $9.90

    Total to spend this month: $200
    Total coupons used this week: $
    Total coupons used to date: $13.39
    Total in-store discounts this week: $2.30
    Total in-store discounts to date: $4.30
    Total spent this week: $27.48
    Total spent so far this month: $239.36
    Total over/Under spend this shop ($50/wk): Wk1-3 Over $61.88 + Wk4 Under $22.52 = Over 39.36
    Total left to spend for the month: $0
    Total Spent To Date 2018: Jan $217.46 + Feb $127.79 + Mar $124.18 + Apr $121.50 + May $174.18 + Jun $239.36

    Well, I did end up buying some stuff this week even with being overbudget. I froze the strawberries and bananas for smoothies (and so I’m not tempted to buy another flat of berries at the farmer’s market). This week I went in the farmers market to pick up my csa and left immediately after because I knew I was over the budget this month.
    Meal plan:
    Breakfast: smoothies
    Lunch: 1. Turnip cake (Lo Bak Go) 2. Salad with Grilled Chicken
    Dinner: 1. Roast vegetables, rice, and beef/chicken 2. Curry Chicken with Rice

  2. Sounds good! My wife introduced me to one of my favorite cold dinner dishes which sounds a little strange but tastes wonderful. You combine cooked, diced chicken, crushed pineapple, chopped walnuts, rice, garlic French dressing and mayo, then let it set in the fridge for a few hours to marry the flavors.

  3. JUNE – Week #4 of 4- June 25-31, 2018


    •Total Grocery Budgeted For Year: $190.00 x 12 = $2,280.00 for 2 adults



    It’s a long weekend coming up…let’s keep our fingers crossed for some nice weather and some picnic opportunities! I have planned 4 picnics, 4 scenic walks, 1 barbecue at home, a little browsing at some farm markets, a little banking, a wee bit of shopping, the usual grass cutting-laundry-housework type chores and then closing out the long weekend with a dinner date with my special guy.


    This week’s shopping was a cross border shop. I blew the budget this month but I will carry the overage into next month & straighten it out then. While we were in the US, I tried the Dill Pickle Slushie available at Sonic and OMG was it every good…a little sweet, a little tangy. It’s completely addictive!






    Walmart: $86.70

    4 x 2lb Cold Meats (All Beef Bologna, Salami, Ham and Turkey Breast)
    2 Hebrew National GF and Kosher All Beef Hot Dogs
    2 x 2 lb Velveeta Cheese Blocks
    4 Cheetos – Family Size
    4 Fritos – Family Size
    2 cases of 12 Chicken Cup of Soup
    Bag of Ice << Walmart is always the cheapest place to pick up ice for the cooler!

    Costco: $53.54

    1 x 5lb block of Cheddar Cheese
    1 x 2 lb Pepper Jack Cheese
    2 cases Black Olives
    2 x 2-packs lemon juice << NEW packaging with HUGE bottles!

    Fred Myers: $20.31

    1 Peppermint Mocha Creamer
    6 Diet Cherry Dr Pepper 2L
    2 pkgs of Onion Buns < great for bbq hamburgers!
    2 pkgs of Onion Bagels

    Franz: $34.12 after 10% Senior’s discount on Sundays

    3 loaves GF bread – Cinnamon Raisin
    3 loaves Larry’s Bread –
    2 Whole Wheat, 1 Cracked Wheat – ALL FREE!
    4 pkgs Onion Bagels
    6 Jam (2 Apricot, 1 Peach, 1 Raspberry, 1 Blackberry, 1 Apple Jelly)

    Safeway: $12.27

    4 Diet Cherry Dr Pepper 2L (with email coupon)
    2 x 2 Quarts Iced Coffee
    1 Gallon 1% Chocolate Milk (with email coupon)

    Total US Spending $206.94



    •Total Loyalty Card Price Reductions This Year: $238.06

    •Total Coupons/Rain Checks Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total Price Match Savings Used This Year: $0.00

    •Total More Points Earned This Year: 11027.76 Points

    •Total Air Miles Earned This Year: 397 Air Miles

    •Total PC Optimum Points Earned This Year: 12,900 Points



    $ 1,140.00 Grocery Budget JAN-JUNE


    ($ 1,146.67) Actual CASH SPENT



    $ 132.74 Freezer Re-Stocking Fund
    $ 252.59 Holiday Season Fund + $270 PC Optimum Points ($230 Mary + $40 Larry) + $10 Dream Air Miles
    = $532.59
    $ 714.24 Summer Season Fund
    $ 449.93 US Shopping Reserve
    $ 147.92 GGC Savings Reserve
    $ 0.00 Points Redeemed Reserve

    OUR CURRENT TOTAL UNUSED RESERVES ARE $1,697.42. This means the 1,761.30 that we carried forward from 2017 PLUS AN ADDITIONAL $801.39 that we have added in 2018, LESS $865.27 that we have drawn out for use in 2018.


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