Beer Budget Grocery List

I’m baaackk!

A lot has happened since my last post, I’ve been on the move – here, there, and everywhere. I still haven’t found my way back to Richmond, but soon I’ll be home and in my new apartment (with a much needed, oven upgrade! So long Enterprise, it was not fun.).

Today I am going grocery shopping. I have been eating out all summer and I need a change. I also need to save some money… and thus the Beer Budget Grocery List and Menu were created!

I have googled and found many grocery lists and menus to accompany them, but I have yet to find a whole entire menu appetizing. So I thought I’d try my hand at making my own, using my $10 beer/wine budget. We’ll see how it goes!

For the menu, I want each meal to incorporate some ingredient of another. This way I don’t waste any food in my last week in Arlington and I save money on ingredients. Throughout this week I’ll post the recipes to each of these:

Chicken and Zippy Corn & Zucchini Salad

Creole Shrimp Boil

Andouille Sausage One Pot

Chicken Kabobs

Philly Cheesesteaks

I chose these meals because I love the versatility in the ingredients and because they sound delicious! The andouille is in the shrimp boil as well as the one pot, three of the recipes include yellow onion, two add peppers, the chicken will be used twice, and the leftover potatoes from the shrimp boil can be made as a side for the cheesesteaks!

So here’s the beer budget grocery list:

  • yellow onion (3)
  • grape tomatoes
  • garlic clove
  • corn (4-5 ears)
  • scallions
  • bell pepper (1 red, 1 green, or any 2  favorites)
  • lemon
  • red potatoes (3 lbs)
  • shrimp (1 lbs)
  • andouille sausage
  • chicken breasts
  • top round steak
  • provolone cheese
  • hoagie rolls
  • creole seasoning

Here are some things I have that you might need (which may surpass your beer budget :/)

  • Herbs (basil, parsley)
  • Zucchini (2)
  • Rice
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pasta
  • Olive oil
  • S&P
  • Lettuce
  • Butter

I’m aiming for a $50 bill, or $10 a dinner. Which is insane! I can’t go anywhere, except fast food, and buy dinner for 2 for less than $20.

 I’ll report back on how my shopping trip goes in my dinner posting! 🙂


Let there be light

I have been cooking in the dark for weeks. My overhead light stopped working long ago, I have been making due with the light above the stove. Yesterday, after some prodding, I put in a maintenance request and today someone came and fixed it! I’m very excited to cook with some light, it’s been far too long.

Tonight I have the apartment to myself. Usually I would take advantage of this and cook whatever I want. But today, I want a fatty burger and salty fries from Wendy’s. Wendy’s is my go to cheat spot, I love their fries and square patties.

But I can’t resist using my kitchen light. So once it gets dark outside I am going to make dessert! I am no stranger to desserts. In fact I learned how to bake loooonng before I learned how to cook (I’m still learning..). My favorite desserts involve chocolate, but today I am going to make a pumpkin cake recipe that I found on Pinterest. I have yet to make anything pumpkin this fall and I’m dyinggg!