I remember way back when how excited I was about grocery shopping with my mom. During my time as a teen, the monthly trip to the mega Pick n Pay in our town was one I never missed. It usually turned out to be a bonding mission, having a quick bite to eat at the Wimpy, before we started with the shopping. The best time.
We would literally cruise through every single isle. We didn’t really need anything from the swimming pool isle or the hardware or the appliances – but here, I kind of dreamed up my little life of being a super cool, rich, housewife.
The only difference now that I’m all grown up is, shopping is done with a basket rather than with two trolleys like we use to 15 years ago. And shit is expensive. I’d like to think I turned out super cool though…
I try and buy things on special. I try to save and I’m trying to relive the happy thoughts I felt pushing my mom’s overflowing trolley every time I step foot in a grocery store. However, come pay time, I feel terrified and sometimes I feel like a mild panic attack might engulf me at the tills as I’m swiping that card.
So now I am trying to be clever and have started taking advantage of the Buy Bulk offers in most grocery stores. On my latest trip I gave in and bought a 5kg bag of butternut, potatoes, onions and carrots. On special. With nowhere to put them…
So this recipe of Easy Vegan Stuffed Butternut, is exactly that. First I roasted the halved butternuts in a hot oven, scooped out the flesh and filled it with a fried vegetable medley of sorts, topped with roasted flaked almonds. This recipe is so filling and delicious, best of all totally vegan and low carb.
I’m also going to have to use all these butternuts in some way – so a few of them got peeled and chopped up for the freezer. Perfect to steam or mash for pies and quiches or this yummy Pumpkin Doughnut Bites with Dark Chocolate Drizzle.
Do you have a simple way of doing clever shopping? Let me know in the comments below!