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Another Week of Healthful Budget Grocery Shopping!

This week’s grocery shopping included four stops, all costing a total of $56.86! I used the “Dirty Dozen” list to make sure I was buying organic on the most important items, and went as all-natural on the rest of the ingredients as possible.

From Trader Joe’s: $36.93

  • 2 dozen all-natural eggs
  • organic plain yogurt
  • organic baby spinach
  • all-natural mozzarella log
  • local cucumber
  • local yellow squash
  • cauliflower
  • organic broccoli
  • uncured bacon ends and pieces
  • all-natural pork roast
  • organic gold potatoes

From Aldi: $9.72

  • dried cranberries
  • lemons
  • limes
  • cabbage
  • artisan lettuce
  • 3 cans of tuna in water

From Bi-Lo: $4.95

  • egg roll wrappers
  • wonton wrappers

From The Best Asian Market: $5.26

  • daikon root
  • bok choy
  • rice wine vinegar
  • mushrooms

Ideas for this week’s menu:


  • Spinach Bacon Quiche
  • Scrambled Eggs and Homemade Hashbrowns
  • We still have oatmeal, cereal, milk and juice from last week’s grocery shopping
  • I plan on attempting to make some artisan bread for toast and sandwiches as well


  • Leafy Green Salads with all the fixin’s
  • Tuna Salad Sandwiches
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Tomato, Mozzarella, and Basil Salads



  • Yogurt
  • Trail Mix (we have nuts and chocolate, and we’ll add the dried cranberries)
  • cucumber slices
  • Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls
  • Some kind of dessert using lemons and limes – I haven’t decided yet
  • Fresh lemonade

The Pita House

I had to swing by one of my favorite restaurants/grocers tonight to pick up some items, so I thought I’d write up a little review. The Pita House is located at the intersection of Pleasantburg and Faris Drives in Greenville, SC (495 S. Pleasantburg Drive, 864.271.9895). It’s a Middle Eastern Food & Grocery that serves “Fresh Homemade Pita Bread Made Daily” and prides itself in being “A House of Nutritional Healthy Food.”

The menu items range from a side of fresh pita bread for 50 cents to lamb kebabs for $11.50. Most of their menu items are $6.25 or less. And they have a vast selection of homemade pastries available! All their plates are served with Tahini Salad, slices of tomato, pickles, olives and fresh pita bread. All dinner specials are served from 5-9PM and include rice pilaf, a dinner salad, and fresh pita bread. There are plenty of vegetarian items available too. One of my favorites is the Falafel (think hummus + flour + fried); you get 4 fried balls of deliciousness for only $1.79. That’s what I had for dinner tonight! Mmm!

If you’re not into a cultural experience, you can get a pita sandwich with more American taste filled with either roast beef, chicken salad, ham and cheese, or turkey (each served with tomato, lettuce, pickle spear and bag of chips).

The right half of the building is their grocery store. They have a large number of housemade products, including a variety of pita breads, hummus, feta and other cheeses, kefir, etc. They also sell a large number of 100% natural products: tahini (which is 1/2 the price of tahini at Publix), fresh apricot and fig jams, grape leaves, olives, and so on. Everything is very reasonably priced. They have a small freezer section and refrigerator section, several aisles of non-perishable items (canned goods, dried fruit, spices, candies, etc.), and a small housewares section (teapots, kitchen gadgets, trinkets, etc.). I enjoy browsing the store while I wait on my food order.

Dine in or carry out is available. Just remember your cash! Cash and checks only, folks. No debit or credit cards accepted. The Grocery & Deli is open from 8AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday. The Restaurant is open from 11AM to 9PM Monday through Saturday. Check it out!