Tuesday, January 17, 2012

GCC Shopping Round Up

Boy did I blow the budget this week. But we'll be trying out some fun new vegetarian meals to add to our future list of meatless recipes. All in the name of research, right?


2 bags tortillas $3.76
TP $4.98
mushrooms $1.98
9 mini pizza crusts $10.02
2 vegetarian refried beans $2.10
butter spread $2.64
2 cans garbanzo beans $1.36
2 gallons milk $5.06
salsa $3.98
English muffins $1.98
apples $3.44
mozzarella $3.38
broccoli $3.98
2.55 lbs bulk spaghetti $2.19
spinach $1.78
pepperoni $1.88
Parmesan $1.88
tomatoes $1.23
2 cans black beans $1.36
butter $2.48
Canadian bacon $3.96
onions $.99
frozen spinach $.72
champagne mangoes $2.64
bananas $1.67
pineapple chunks $.98
2 cans diced tomatoes $1.16
almond milk $3.24
2 cans sweetened condensed milk $2.18
bulk seashell pasta $1.08
cream $1.88
marinara $.98
cheddar cheese $5.96
green chilies $.69
salad greens $1.98

Grand Total $91.57

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Naomi said...

Wow! I was very surprised to see you bought ready made pizza crusts; pizza dough is so quick and easy and you're such a "from scratch" gal that it seemed very unusual for you.

Gayle said...

Yes, I thought I'd give it a try. The family hates homemade pizza crust. I've tried tortillas instead and french bread and still no one likes it. But the store bought crusts were a hit, just very expensive. Now to figure out how to make THOSE from scratch.

Naomi said...

My husband worked in a well-reputed pizza restaurant through his high school/college years, so he's pretty picky about his pizza. Even he loves this dough:

2 cups warm water
2 T brown sugar
2 T yeast
2 T olive oil
1 ½ t salt
5 cups flour

1. Put water, brown sugar and yeast in a bowl.
2. Allow this to sit and proof.
3. Add salt and olive oil.
4. Add flour, and mix well for a few minutes.
5. Put in a well-oiled bowl.
6. Cover with warm damp cloth and let sit for at least an hour.
7. Punch dough down, and shape into a circle.
8. Sprinkle corn meal on the pizza pans.
9. Brush dough with a mixture of olive oil and Italian seasonings (optional).
10. Brush on some pizza sauce, add your cheese and toppings.
11. Bake at 450ºF for 8-10 minutes.

I found the recipe on someone's blog a few years ago, and have been using it ever since. It's enough to make two large pizzas.

momma-lana said...

Try pita breads for pizza crust! Cheap and good!

OR really this crust is excellent--I rasied 5 kids on it!

1 c warm water-110 degrees
1 t sugar
1 t salt
1 T yeast
2 T oil
2 1/2 c flour

Combine water, salt, sugar and yeast. Allow to proof. Add oil and flour. Mix with a mixer with a dough hook if you have one, until it is really elastic. Cover and let it rest 10 minutes. grease 14 in pizza pan and sprinkle with corm meal. Pat the crust into the pan. top with whatever you want. Bake at 400 degrees for 16-20 minutes. I shake it off the pan onto a hot pizza stone after 8 minutes but before I had the stone I put it right on the rack for the last 2-3 minutes but be careful not to burn it! Using the mixer really makes a difference in a good chewy crust. I do multiple batches in the Kitchen Aide when the kids are home and everyone loves this crust even my full blooded Sicilian SIL!

Frugal in Florida said...

So glad to see that I'm not the only one who blew the budget ... need to stay far far away from the stores for the week!

Anonymous said...

We use English muffins for our mini pizzas, the kids even like the whole-wheat ones. I find them at the Franz discount bread store marked down to $1.09 for a 10-pack. The store is one my regular route and I try to stop once a month and stock up on all the bread we'll need :)