Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Healthy food on the cheap and a month without meat

You know I'm all about finding good bargains, right?  Well, allow me to share today's special deals.  First, I'd like to remind you about Big Lots.  I think most people are tempted to believe it's just another discount store with a bunch of junk.  And, truth be told, they have a descent amount of junk in their inventory.  But do not overlook the food.  Big Lots actually has a pretty impressive selection.  I hadn't been in a while, so I decided to stop by today and see what treasures I could find.  I was not disappointed!

These are all high quality, mostly brand name, food items that would go for as much as two times the amount I paid for them at Big Lots.  They have a huge selection of Bob's Red Mill items that is constantly changing.  Last year I bought a ton of gluten free pizza dough mix for around $2.00 each.  That's less than half of retail.  Today I picked up a bag in Unbleached Unbromated White Flour for $2.70 and Veggie Soup Mix for $3.50.  Score!
In addition to the Bob's Red Mill items, I bought extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, 2 cans of coconut milk, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 2 Good n Natural bars, a bag of plantain chips, whole wheat macaroni, and organic whole wheat farfalle pasta.  The grand total came to $24.65.  You guys!  That's such a huge savings for these typically pricey items.

Speaking of food, my husband and I have decided to go the entire month of April without meat.  We're really excited!  The idea is that it will force us to find more meat-free and healthy recipes for the long term.  The amount of meat that the typical American eats is unnecessary and unhealthy.  We'd like to see what we can do to find healthier sources of protein and incorporate more vegetables into our diet.

So tonight for dinner I had the most delicious salad.  I've made this salad several times and I can't get enough.

It's simple and nutritious.  The salad includes spinach, garbanzo beans, shelled edamame, carrots, olive oil, lemon, salt and pepper.  Try it.  You won't regret it.


  1. Love how you and your family have decided to eat without meat for a whole month. Would be good to know what you cook.

  2. That salad looks great! We love garbanzo beans and edamame! YUM. Thanks for sharing! Xo M&K at brewedtogether.com