Thrifty Thursday: Shopping Lists

I’m a self-confessed list-maker. I cannot function most days if I haven’t listed everything that needs to be done, and the same goes for my shopping lists. If I walk into the supermarket without my list, I’m lost and end up buying everything I don’t need, which includes a lot of unhealthy things, and that means I waste a ton of money. Ring any bells? If that’s you, maybe you should try this:

Thrifty Tip of the Week:

Go through your cupboards. What are you missing? What do you want to cook this week? Flip through some cookbooks or (online) magazines and pick two or three recipes you want to try. Write down the ingredients and see what you don’t already have. That’s your shopping list. That’s your plan of action. You must not deviate from it. I want you to march into that supermarket like a soldier, do you hear/read me? Forgo all temptations–ignore all offers–keep your eyes on the list and fill your basket with only what you need–NOTHING ELSE. 
Done? Excellent. I’m proud of you 🙂

Thrifty Recipe of the Week:
My shopping list this week:

I also wrote my meal plan at the bottom of the page and organised the shopping list in function of said meal plan. 

My inspiration from a cookbook/magazine: Alicia Silverstone’s Ginger Pasta and Zucchini (courgette)

The Thrifty Recipe:
wholewheat pasta for 2 (approx. 250g)
1 whole courgette
1 medium onion
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 small cube of fresh ginger, grated
1 tbsp mirin/soya sauce (I used mirin, since I ran out of soya sauce)
a sprinkle of coarse sea salt

Cook the pasta in boiling water with the sea salt for as long as it says on the package. Meanwhile, cook the chopped onion with the sesame oil in a hot pan until they are golden brown. Add the mirin or soya sauce and grated ginger. Chop the courgette and add to the boiling pasta 10 minutes before the end of cooking. Drain the pasta and add the gingered onion. Serve immediately. 

Thrifty Challenge of the Week:
Let me know how you did. Share your shopping list and menus for the week here. Was your shopping experience any different?

It may seem like there was a whole lot on that list, but would you believe me if I said I got all of it for less than £40? But that’s a story for another Thrifty Thursday…

— Clem

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