week 15

Not sure what we did differently this week, but we got loads of food at the co-op for cheap. Including splurge purchases like juice, pistachios & Greek yogurt. We also relied a lot on food that had been moved to the freezer, like our summer squash stores, “meat” balls, beet sauce & more. We made bread at home, which means big savings. (Why is organic or natural bread–or any bread with less than 5 ingredients–so expensive? Come on, guys. This should just be flour, yeast & salt. Maybe some sugar. Maybe an egg.)

Anyway, it felt great to come home with so much organic produce for so little cash. I could easily sit down & eat an entire avocado or mango, but turning them into something like a salad or salsa makes their larger price tag seem like no big deal. I got to enjoy that mango at about four sittings.


Breakfast: eggs & potatoes or fruit, nuts & yogurt or fresh juice & toast

Sat. lunch: pizza
Sat. dinner: leftovers
Sun. lunch: grilled cheese & broccoli soup
Sun. dinner: quinoa salad with avocado, chickpeas, tomato & bell pepper
Mon. lunch: quinoa salad with avocado, chickpeas, tomato & bell pepper
Mon. dinner:
homemade pizza
Tues. lunch: eggs & potatoes
Tues. dinner: leftovers
Wed. lunch: quinoa salad with avocado, chickpeas, tomato & bell pepper
Wed. dinner: egg sandwiches
Thurs. lunch: pizza
Thurs. dinner: I have no idea–what happened to Thursday?
Fri. lunch: leftovers
Fri. dinner: leftovers from the freezer + beer & snacks watching the IU game at the bar


chips & mango salsa, wasabi peas, pistachios, espresso chocolate muffins


Organic food from the co-p ($52)
orange & grapefruit juices
5 lbs. apples
large eggs
4/$5 Greek yogurts (Win!)
1 mango
1/2 lb. pistachios
1 lb. beets
rainbow chard
1 lb. peanut butter
Brussels sprouts
1 yellow tomato
tortilla chips
salad greens
1 large can chunky tomato sauce
2 lbs. sweet yams


A confession: our compost has been rotting in the back of the truck for a few weeks, and we’ve been putting our compostable goods the trash. I know, I know. But we’re getting back on the composting wagon this week… and we have every intention of making our truck not look like a hillbilly trash pit when we can get back to the community garden. In the mean time, our trash has been filling faster & smelling worse–a reminder that we never want to stop composting again.


About meganbetz

human geography PhD Student at Indiana University; wife, reader, writer, baker, gardener
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One Response to week 15

  1. kelso2 says:

    I agree! Bread is so expensive. I’ve given up on buying it from stores. Instead, I invested in a bread maker, which I find to be amazing. The ingredients are much cheaper, it makes your house smell wonderful, you know exactly what goes into your food, and it’s fresh!
    Good luck with the composting! It’s worth it. I felt so accomplished last week when I used the first batch of compost to plant fruit trees in my school’s student gardens.

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