So I wrote myself a list for when I went grocery shopping. Had it all worked out to the penny.....well sort of. Wanted to take advantage of the bonus points at Shopper's Drug Mart and came out of there spending $71.84 and using $24.89 in coupons and earning another 20,040 worth of points. So far so good.
I knew I had another $3.16 left out of my $75 budget so I popped into Zehrs to get some banana's and mushrooms, and spent $3.63. So I over spent by 47 cents this week. If I hadn't picked up two bunches of bananas I would have been under. So close but still so far, drat, drat and double drat.
This week I stocked up on toilet paper, have enough stock piled for around six months now. Picked up a 40 bag box of garbage bags, which will last us a year. We only have one garbage bag and a water softener salt bag of garbage every other week.
I didn't buy meat this week as using up in the freezer; and other than the bananas and mushrooms, we will be eating frozen veggies or fruit this week. I also remembered to update my side bars for the Shopper's Drug Mart and Grocery total challenges. I am still under budget for my weekly budget goal, but only just.
Had at least three no spend days this week, and put money in all my various pots.
Sorted out the tomato sauce I made on Saturday. Put plain sauce in two 700ml Tupperware containers to freeze. Took out two packages of ground.minced beef and made a large lasagna, had hoped to make two but didn't have enough lasagna noodles for two, and bolognase sauce for two meals.
I thought I had shared the lasagna recipe with you but I couldn't find it. It's a basic recipe but you can change it up any way you want.
1 lb lean ground/minced beef
1 onion, chopped
700 ml Pasta Sauce (that's why I put the sauce in 700 ml containers for later use)
500 grams/2cups Cottage Cheese
1 cup grated/shredded Cheddar Cheese
9 pieces Lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated (I use Mozzarella instead)
Preheat oven to 350 oF and grease a 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish.
In a frying pan, cook beef and onion over medium heat stirring to break up meat until browned and onion is softened. Drain fat from pan and stir in pasta sauce; bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
In a bowl stir together cottage and cheddar cheeses.
Spread 1/2 cup of meat sauce over bottom of prepared pan. Top with 3 noodles, then 1/2 of the cheese mixture and 1/3 of meat sauce. Repeat noodle, cheese, sauce layers. Top with the last 3 noodles, remaining meat sauce and Parmesan cheese. Cover pan with foil.
Bake in centre of oven for 30 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until cheese is browned and lasagna is heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
It will serve four comfortably. I don't put my cheese on until I take the foil off.
As I said before this is a basic recipe that you can alter to suit your taste.