Ms McCabe's Grocery List


One of my good friends from the MFA program asked me to start weekly shopping lists.  Thank you Ms McCabe – what an excellent idea!  Planning meals ahead of time helps not waste anything.  I am always so shocked at how much food people throw out.  These recipes together and stretch your budget.  Cooking ON SALE is imperative to saving BIG BUCKS.  Using fresh, seasonal ingredients will add lots of flavor to dishes without your budget taking a kick in the teeth.

I really like my local Moraga Farmers Market.  It’s small but packed with good things and excellent deals.  Sometimes farmers markets can be pricey, but if you pay attention certain items are a much better deal.  I save a lot of money by buying my fresh herbs and garlic at the market.  Sometimes I splurge on strawberries or a fabulous peach, but for the most part I walk and enjoy the crowd, picking a few things as I go.  A friend, a cup of coffee, samples and good conversation make me forget it’s Sunday.  What better way to kick start the week?

On the menu this week:
Grilled Chicken Tacos With Mango Avocado Salsa and Cilantro Basil Sour Cream
Zucchini Noodle–Less Lasagna with Roasted Potatoes and Cilantro Basil Dip
Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Red Onion Tortilla
Whole-Wheat Tortilla Pizza with Cabbage Carrot Slaw
Grilled Corn with Pesto Chicken Skewers

Shopping List:
1 avocado
1 lime
1 mango
½ pound carrots, whole
1 head purple cabbage
2 containers mushrooms
5 ears corn
1 jalapeno
4 medium zucchini
3 lbs. potatoes
3 red onions
1 yellow squash
2 bunches Basil (My local farmers market sells them for $1.00)
1 bunch cilantro (My local farmers market sells them for $1.00)
3 heads garlic (My local farmers market sells 3 heads for $1.00)
2 lb. Chicken breasts
32 oz. block mozzarella cheese
6 oz. container Parmesan
16 oz cottage cheese
12 eggs (11 for the dinners and the other is for breakfast one day!)
1 package of 12 whole-wheat tortillas
1 – 24 ounce jar Marinara sauce

Note on Cheese:
Hard cheeses like Parmesan last a lot longer then the soft ones.  Jujus and I like to buy the large bricks of Parmesan at Costco and keep them in a zip lock bag.


About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.


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