Groceries, October 12

10-12-2017Today’s grocery shopping went well. I was focused on what I needed to buy and didn’t make too many impulse purchases. The only things not on my list were the cans of tomatoes, but those are helpful staples and they were on sale.

I’m trying a frugal new recipe today! Making black beans in the slow cooker!!

I’ve never made beans from scratch before I’ve always bought them in cans. The whole bag of beans (1 pound) was only $1.39 and it seems like it’s going to make a lot, which I can then save and freeze the leftovers. If this little kitchen test works out I could happily start saving money on beans by making them sometimes. Not always though…..canned beans are very convenient and really not too expensive.

Here is how I prepared them:

Slow cooker black beans

  • 1 pound black beans, rinsed, remove any little stones or bad looking beans, and soaked for 8 hours or overnight
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 cups water
  • 1-2 teaspoons (or to taste) sea salt — do not add until near the end of the cooking!!

Add all ingredients into slow cooker, except for salt. Add the salt the last 30 minutes of cooking. Turn on low and cook for 6-8 hours or until soft.

Here is my grocery shopping for the day:

  • Brown rice: $2.29
  • Black beans: $1.39
  • Canned tomatoes: $.69
  • Tomato sauce (2 cans) $.67
  • Tortilla chips: $2.50
  • Apples: $1.70
  • Onion: $.56
  • Garlic: $.69
  • Broccoli (not shown): $1.49

Total: $11.15


Having a friend over for dinner + grocery shopping

groceriesMy husband and I are having a friend over for dinner tonight so I’m just starting to cook! This is the first friend we’ve had over for dinner at our new place so that’s pretty cool 🙂 The rice is boiling away so it’s giving me a few minutes to write up a quick blog post.

We’re having a pretty simple menu tonight: rice, turkey sausage, black beans, and veggies.  For dessert we’re having strawberries and whipped topping. I like whipped topping because it’s nondairy and low in calories but still love the taste.

Today’s groceries were mostly for the meal tonight but the granola bars were a bonus.

I bought:

  • Black beans
  • Rice
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Granola bars
  • Turkey sausage
  • Whipped topping
  • Frozen veggies

The price was excellent on these groceries. The total today was: $9.03 The per meal cost for each person person is going to be around $3. This is definitely less expensive than eating at a restaurant!

What are you having for dinner?

I hope you have a blessed day!! ❤

Today’s groceries & dinner prep


Today’s grocery shopping! Honestly, grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do, it’s almost like a hobby. Today I picked up a mix of things: a few snacks, some juice and ingredients to make dinner.

I went to my local discount grocer and got a good deal on everything; the total bill was $10.39! Not too bad 🙂


I’m starting to prep dinner now. What we’re having is:

  • Chicken flavored rice and pasta medley
  • Mixed veggies
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Can of tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic and oregano (forgot to photo this!)
  • And some Parmesan cheese, also maybe some hot sauce to go with it

I can’t remember the price of all the ingredients but the dinner will serve 2. I think it’ll be about $1.80/person.

What are you making for dinner tonight?

Hope you all have a lovely rest of the day!

❤ Becca

Lunch: Salad, Rice & Garbanzo Beans

This was a really good lunch today! It felt healthy but was also filling with a mix of veggies, carbs, protein and fat. I also included some pieces of orange in the salad which gave it a nice bit of sweetness. This is the kind of lunch I definitely feel good about. It should keep me going until I have my afternoon snack.

Today’s lunch:


  • Salad: Romaine lettuce with orange, cherry tomatoes, Italian dressing and feta cheese
  • Brown rice with vegan butter
  • Garbanzo beans

Real life recipe: Beans and Rice

In the past few weeks beans and rice has become one of my favorite go-to recipes. It’s fairly simply to make but really delicious and healthy. I always feel good, body and soul after eating it. It’s also an inexpensive meal to make which is a great bonus.

I made this recipe for dinner tonight. Overall I’m feeling pretty ok about my eating today. I didn’t binge which is a huge victory. All day I’ve been suffering the effects of yesterday’s binge, the symptoms include bloating, a feeling of heaviness and fullness in my stomach and headache. I feel like tonight though that the effects of yesterday’s binge are starting to lessen, I hope I feel better tomorrow.

Beans and Rice

Serves 2-3

3 cups cooked brown rice

1 medium yellow or sweet white onion

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 teaspoons canola or vegetable oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

In a saucepan cook the brown rice and set aside. Warm up a frying pan on medium heat with the oil and add the onion. Cook until onion is fairly translucent and starting to look cooked.photo4

Add the black beans and stir until fully mixed with the onion. Add salt and pepper to taste. Next, mix in the brown rice and cook until warmed all the way through. photo5

I serve this with cooked steamed vegetables on the side. Tonight was green beans. Salsa and wedges of lime are also nice.