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Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

Hi Friends, Welcome to another Kiah’s Kitchen recipe post! Today I am sharing these easy and delicious sourdough starter pancakes. As any regular readers would know, I am always on a mission to reduce my food waste (and plastic waste) and cook more from scratch. […]

September Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 3

September Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 3

Hello Friends! Welcome back to my September Grocery Budget Challenge, I can’t believe we are in week three, where is the month going! If you missed out on week one and two, you can find them here: September Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 1 September Grocery […]

September Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 2

September Grocery Budget Challenge: Week 2

Hello hello hello!

Welcome to another Kiah’s Kitchen blog post! This is the second instalment of my September Grocery Budget Challenge! If you haven’t seen week one, you can check it out here.

For those that need a quick recap – this challenge is all about spending less on groceries without sacrificing food quality. After all, who doesn’t love extra money leftover for other things? Nathan and I have our first baby arriving in December and in preparation for this I’m directing as much of our income towards savings as possible. What is my budget you may ask? I’ve allocated $120 per week to cover all groceries AND household items. For reference we live about an hour out of Melbourne CBD in Australia and for our location/life style, $120 is an achievable challenge, previously I would spend over $200 per week on groceries for the two of us. So, without further ado, let’s jump in to the post.

This week’s grocery shop

For the second week of September, I spent a grand total of $151.91 which is $31.91 over budget (whoops!). There are a few reasons for this, the 5kg bag of rice was half price at Coles, we were’t out of rice but this is such good value for money that I make sure to get it when on sale. Secondly, Nathan needed more coffee, we buy the big 400g jar of Moccona which I did get for $14 instead of $24 as they were also on special at Coles #Winning. Lastly, I didn’t do such a great job of planning my meals around produce sales this week, I was really craving an asparagus pasta so went ahead and purchased the ingredients despite the asparagus being $4 per bunch (and I bought two) and the same with the cauliflower soup (heads of cauliflower were $4 each). This price for asparagus and cauliflower is completely fine, but when you are trying to stick to a budget, you’ll get more produce for your money if you adapt your recipes/meal plan to what is on sale. Anyway, you live and you learn and even with the overspending it is still much lower than what I was spending previously so I’ll consider it a win. Below is the breakdown of what I spent and where.

Local Green Grocer – $67.96

  • Pink Lady Apples x 2kg
  • Walnuts x 400g
  • Brown Onions x 715g
  • Sweet Potato x 470g
  • White Potato x 300g
  • Dried Thyme Leaves
  • Dried Parsley Leaves
  • Ground Cumin
  • Ginger x 9g
  • Broccolo x 730g
  • Avocado x 1kg
  • Whole Cauliflower x 2
  • Baby Spinach Leaves x 500g
  • Bananas x 1.3kg
  • Zucchini x 1kg
  • Bunch of Asparagus x 2
  • Lebanese Cucumber x 170g
  • Red Chilli x 1
  • Tomatoes x 510g
  • Cherry Tomatoes x 1 punnet
  • Fresh Curry Leaves
  • Bunch Parsley x 1
  • Purple Garlic x 1 bulb
  • Strawberries x 2 punnets

Aldi – $40.35

  • Toilet Paper
  • Organic Milk
  • Organic Plain Yoghurt
  • Vanilla Yoghurt
  • Apple Mango Juice
  • Block of Extra Tasty Cheese
  • Can of Coconut Milk x 2
  • Flavoured Tuna x 4
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Sardines in Springwater x 2 (for the dogs)
  • Organic Spaghetti
  • Blueberries x 1 punnet
  • Light Rye Bread

Coles – $43.00

  • Basmati Rice x 5kg
  • Moccona Coffee x 400g
  • Lindt Dark Chocolate x 2 blocks
  • Tuna in Springwater x 425g
  • Almond Milk
  • Babybel Natural Cheese x 200g

Meal Plan for the second week of September

Week Commencing 08/09/19
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Breakfast Organic sourdough toast with peanut butter or Vegemite and butter

Kiah: Porridge made with oats and almond milk, topped with chopped banana, almond butter and hemp seeds

Nathan: Weetbix with honey and milk

Kiah: Overnight oats with natural yoghurt, almond milk, chia seeds, fresh berries and chopped walnuts (Kiah)

Nathan: Weetbix with honey and milk

Kiah: Overnight oats with natural yoghurt, almond milk, chia seeds, fresh berries and chopped walnuts (Kiah)

Nathan: Weetbix with honey and milk

Kiah: Overnight oats with natural yoghurt, almond milk, chia seeds, fresh berries and chopped walnuts (Kiah)

Nathan: Weetbix with honey and milk

Kiah: Green smoothie with frozen banana, fresh spinach, hemp seeds, almond milk, peanut butter and tropeaka protein powder

Nathan: Weetbix with honey and milk

Toast with eggs or oats with leftover fruit
Morning Tea Coffee out with Nathan Kiah: Coffee with Sarah

Nathan: Vanilla yoghurt and piece of fruit

Kiah: Homemade banana muffin, raw almonds and cup of tea

Nathan: Vanilla yoghurt and piece of fruit

Kiah: Homemade banana muffin, raw almonds and cup of tea

Nathan: Vanilla yoghurt and piece of fruit

Kiah: Homemade banana muffin, raw almonds and cup of tea

Nathan: Vanilla yoghurt and piece of fruit

Kiah: Homemade banana muffin, raw almonds and cup of tea

Nathan: Vanilla yoghurt and piece of fruit

Raw almonds and leftover fruit with a cup of tea
Lunch Salad using leftover greens/produce from last week Sweet potato ginger soup with avocado on toast Sweet potato ginger soup with avocado on toast Sweet potato ginger soup with avocado on toast Salmon salad bowl with quinoa, cucumber, spinach, tomato and a honey mustard dressing Toasted sandwhich BBQ at Nikki’s house
Afternoon Tea Fruit and cup of tea Kiah: Natural Babybel cheese round and an apple

Nathan: Homemade banana muffin and piece of fruit

Kiah: Natural Babybel cheese round and an apple

Nathan: Homemade banana muffin and piece of fruit

Kiah: Natural Babybel cheese round and an apple

Nathan: Homemade banana muffin and piece of fruit

Kiah: Natural Babybel cheese round and an apple

Nathan: Homemade banana muffin and piece of fruit

Kiah: Natural Babybel cheese round and an apple

Nathan: Homemade banana muffin and piece of fruit

Homemade banana muffin
Dinner Lemon, asparagus and tuna spaghetti with fresh herbs and chilli Lemon, asparagus and tuna spaghetti with fresh herbs and chilli Black eyed pea curry with spinach and zucchini on rice Black eyed pea curry with spinach and zucchini on rice Roasted garlic and cauliflower soup with toast on the side Roasted garlic and cauliflower soup with toast on the side Date night/take away
Dessert Dark chocolate and cup of tea Dark chocolate and cup of tea Dark chocolate and cup of tea Dark chocolate and cup of tea Dark chocolate and cup of tea Dark chocolate and cup of tea Dark chocolate and cup of tea



Breakfast

Again for breakfast, Nathan and I are sticking to our tried and true meals. The only difference is on Monday, I had the day off work so I was able to cook warm porridge at home rather than grabbing overnight oats on the go. To make the overnight oats, I throw together oats (duh!), natural yoghurt, almond milk, chia seeds and some maple syrup and top them with chopped berries, chopped walnuts and sunflower seeds. Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer I’m also loving my green smoothies which I had on Friday. Nath loves his Weet-Bix and honey with milk and a glass of juice.

Lunch

I actually hardly had to buy anything for lunches this week apart from bread, cheese, tuna and some salad ingredients (tomato and cucumber and I’ll use some of the spinach). The roasted sweet potato soup we planned on having Monday – Wednesday I cooked a couple of weeks back and put in the freezer as I had some sweet potatoes I needed to use up (I’ll post a recipe for this soup soon). This mean’t my weekend was a little easier as I had one less thing to meal prep. Our plans changed slightly as I was out for lunch on Monday with a Friend so didn’t have soup and on Tuesday Nathan took leftover pasta from the night before as we still had some left even after eating it for two nights! We both ended up having soup Wednesday/Thursday and our toasties on Friday which is what the cheese and tomato was for (and tuna for Nathan). Yet again, the quinoa was not used from last week and will stay in the pantry for next time!

Saturday we had a BBQ with friends where everyone bought something to share, I made a delicious rocket, roasted pumpkin and green bean salad with haloumi and toasted pine nuts. I also made a lemon tahini dressing to go along side it. These ingredients didn’t come out of our grocery budget.

Sunday we were also out, we visited some of our close friends on the Mornington Peninsula, the boys went mountain bike riding at Red Hill and Karolina and I went to Conscious Cravings for coffee before making sandwiches back at their house when the boys returned. It was such a great afternoon with Karolina, we had a lot to catch up on and talk about, I’m so grateful to have friends like that in my life!

Dinner

I tend to plan to cook 3-4 nights per week, the nights in between we have leftovers, this works well for us as it is easy, saves us time, reduces dishes and minimises food waste. One night we’ll usually have fish, we might have meat another night and the rest of our meals are vegetarian or vegan.

Sunday night I threw together this Lemon, Asparagus and Tuna Spaghetti with fresh herbs and chilli (I’ll share the recipe soon) as I was really craving Asparagus for some reason. We also have a heap of lemons from our tree at the moment and I had leftover fresh dill from last week to use up. This turned out great and provided dinner for Sunday and Monday nights!

Tuesday night Nathan put together this Black Eyed Pea Curry with zucchini and spinach! I bought the dried black eyed peas on impulse last week and decided to create a recipe with them. As I was out at prenatal yoga on Tuesday, I had to write out my recipe idea for Nathan to follow, it’s actually quite difficult to make up a recipe without testing it yourself and being able to adjust as you go but I’m pleased to say, it was a success! This recipe is up on the blog now if you want to check it out, click here!

Wednesday was leftovers of the Black Eyed Pea Curry, even better the second day!

Thursday I made a batch of this deliciously creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Cookie and Kate. I make the recipe a little differently, I use two heads of cauliflower, I roast the garlic (about four cloves) with the cauliflower rather than adding it later and I add in a potato, adjusting the liquid as necessary. Unfortunately my potato was a little worse for wear so I composted that and added in some zucchini instead. This soup is amazing, so creamy and has no milk or cream! We served this with some toast, fresh parsley and Parmesan.

Friday was leftover soup (again, even better the next day)!

Saturday we were pretty tired and full from the BBQ that afternoon so we stayed in and cooked up a heap of veggies that were leftover (some sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini) and had leftover roast pumpkin, green bean and haloumi salad.

Snacks

Snacks this week were much the same as last week, I made another batch of the healthy Banana and Oat Muffins which are perfect for work. I also took my usual raw almonds and cashews, fresh fruit and natural Babybel cheese rounds. Nathan had the same but instead of the nuts and cheese he takes vanilla yoghurt. As I had Monday off work, I caught up with one of my best friends for coffee was a nice treat, we went to a new cafe that is owned by one of the soon-to-be mummas that I do prenatal yoga with!

This week for snack fruit we had apples, bananas and a whole heap of oranges from a friends garden.

Summary

Overall, I am pretty happy with my efforts this week, I know I went over the budget slightly but I’ll save money in the long run from stocking up on some essentials while they were on sale which will last us many months to come.

So that is it for the second week of the grocery budget challenge done and dusted! If you too are looking to cut some money from your grocery budget I hope this has given you some motivation, or at the very least, I hope it has given you some meal ideas and inspired you to do some more cooking from home with fresh ingredients! If you’d like to stay up to date on the remainder of this challenge, feel free to subscribe via email so you receive a notification every time a new post is published.

I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below or over on my Instagram page, maybe you’re trying to cut costs or just looking at ways you can be more sustainable both financially and environmentally, I love chatting about both of these topics.

Until next time friends,

Xx Kiah

 

Cutting our grocery budget without sacrificing quality!

Cutting our grocery budget without sacrificing quality!

Hi Friends, Welcome back to another Kiah’s Kitchen post! Today I am sharing something a little different, specifically around budgeting and food. I grew up in a single parent household and money was considered scarce and hard to come by, this attitude and fear towards […]