Clockwise from top left: oven fajitas, spaghetti & meatballs, breakfast potatoes & eggs, vegetable korma
Last week I mostly stuck to the menu. I didn’t take a picture of the hot dog meal. I misread the vegetable korma recipe and peeled way too many potatoes, so we had breakfast for dinner one night (not on the original menu). And I didn’t make the pumkin and black bean soup because really what I wanted was pumpkin chili, and for that I needed ground turkey. Also I scheduled that recipe for Thursday, which is a no cooking day since I am out of the house from 7:15 am to 9:30 pm. Michael can obviously choose to cook something for himself that day, but more often than not there is a ton of leftover food available. And I’ve acknowledged that I usually just have to purchase at least one meal on that day — I’m not organized enough to manage packing three full meals. But overall I stuck to the menu and we didn’t eat out (aside from my day on campus).
This week I’m planning to take advantage of the extra day off and make up two recipes ahead of time, which should significantly cut down on our cooking duties the rest of the week. I’ve also got two soup/stew recipes on the menu for the week — it’s that time of year and since we love them, I decided not to worry about feeling repetitious. Do you have anything exciting planned for the week, meal-wise?
- Meatball Subs, Salad, Berries
- Turkey & Pumpkin Chili (make ahead), Cheesy Cornbread
- Baked Spaghetti (make ahead), Steamed Broccoli
- Squash and Chickpea Curry, Rice
- Stuffed Pepper Soup, Salad
- hard boiled eggs
- salad base
- chex mix
- veggies for various recipes
- ham, broccoli & cheese egg muffins
I decided to change my attitude about Saturday shopping since it seems inevitable that it’s going to fall here anyway. It mostly worked, although I avoided the most stressful shopping plaza so we’ll see if I can maintain my eqaunimity next week! An Aldi in another part of town opened this week and there was a $5 off coupon for only that location. But it happened to be close to a few other places I needed to visit (not grocery stores) so I just planned to do my shopping on that side of town. It’s really out of my way otherwise, so I probably won’t shop at that particular store very often. I had thought to pick up rice at the Indian grocery, but decided the drive wasn’t worth it this time (it’s closer to where I normally shop and I just wanted to be done), so picked up jasmine rice at Aldi (which is really good!). This week I really stocked up on produce and since we’ve got a long weekend I have the time to prep it all for the upcoming week or weeks (I think I will probably freeze some).
- Carrots, 2 lbs @ $.89/ea
- Strawberries, 2 lbs @ 2/$5 (not pictured)
- Mushrooms, 1 lb @ $2.22 (not pictured)
- Zucchini, 20 oz @ $.99
- Strawberries, 3 lbs @ $1.49/ea
- Yellow Squash, 20 oz @ $.99
- Grape Tomatoes, 1 pint @ $1.89
- Green Peppers, 2 lbs @ $.99/ea
- Bananas, 2 lbs @ $.44/lb
- Spinach, 1 lb @ $1.49
- Romaine Hearts @ $2.29
- Cara Cara Oranges, 3 lbs @ $2.49
- Grapefruit, 3 lbs @ $2.49
- Honeycrisp Apples, 3.98 lbs @ $1.29/lb
- Corn Tortillas, 30 @ $1.39
- Jasmine Rice, 5 lbs @ $4.79
- Tortilla Chips, 1 bag @ $1.59
- Cocktail Peanuts @ $1.99
- Tomato Sauce, 4 @ $.29/ea
- High Protein Pasta, 2 boxes @ $2.29/ea (BOGO + $1/off coupon)
- Pasta, 2 boxes @ $1.69/ea (BOGO + $1/off coupon)
- Hot Dog Buns @ $1.00 (not pictured)
Dairy & Protein
- Ground Turkey, 1 lb @ $2.99
- Eggs, 2 doz @ $2.99/ea
- Feta Cheese, 2 @ $3.19/ea (BOGO)
- Chobani Yogurt, 2 4 packs @ $3.34/ea
Weekly Total: $61.82 (three totals above minus $5 coupon)
Happy Birthday to me! Actually my birthday was Sunday, but still. 🙂 I am trying to stick to a plan of not eating sweets or desserts except on Sundays, which might be a little tricky this week but I plan to persevere. This is also the week that classes and my internship starts back up, so my schedule is getting amped big time tomorrow. These meals are pretty easy and Michael will be cooking some of them, so I’m banking on starting the semester off on the right foot and NO TAKEOUT this week.
Anyway, here is what’s on the menu for this week:
- Sunday: Birthday Dinner Out
- Monday: Hot Dogs, Carrot Sticks, Clementines (this was the result of getting stuck in some ridiculous traffic)
- Tuesday: Vegetable Korma, Mustard Seed Cauliflower, Rice, Naan
- Wednesday: Oven Fajitas, Coleslaw
- Thursday: Pumpkin Black Bean Soup, Salad, Cornbread
- Friday: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread
And here is a quick look at the meals I managed to make last week:
I never got a picture of the chicken soup, but we had it. And a lot of the sides just didn’t happen or we went with super easy stuff because of the plague that had settled over the house. But more or less I followed the plan! Yay!
In the spirit of beginning as you mean to go on, I went out today for groceries. I am seriously re-thinking my plan to shop of Saturdays as a result. What chaos! I really cannot handle being out in the shops when its so busy. I’m not exactly sure how I can adjust my schedule, but in the interest of self-care (mental health!), I really think it has to happen. I did stop by Baskin-Robbins and treat myself to a free scoop of ice cream in honor of my birthday. That was nice. And gave me a few minutes to get over some of my annoyance.
Anyway, I didn’t need a lot of stuff, but took the opportunity to stock up on convenience items to ensure this semester runs more smoothly. Between the trail mix I bought today and the cracker packs and the granola bars I picked at BJs in December I should be set with healthy-ish snacks to prevent fast food or take out emergencies. I also grabbed some cans of beans because I think cooking from dry might be an unrealistic expectation right now. I also picked up a half gallon of orange juice earlier in the week when I was also picking up cold meds.
- Trail Mix, 2 boxes @ $3.49/ea
- White Vinegar, $.79
- Tortilla Chips, $1.59
- Powdered Sugar, 2lbs @ $1.49
I ran out of powdered sugar over the holiday and like to have some on hand, although I use it pretty infrequently.
- Tri-Color Peppers, 2 pks @ $1.69/ea
- Organic Bananas, 2.08 lbs @ $.59/lb
- Lemons, $2.99
- Jalapeno Pepper, $.15
- Frozen Cut Green Beans, $.89
- Frozen Broccoli, 2 @ $2.79 (BOGO)
- Orange Juice, $3.49
- Yogurt, $3.34
- Black Beans, 6 cans @ $.89/ea
- Garbanzo Beans, 4 cans @ $.89/ea
- Unsalted Cashews, $12.99
- Tuna, 4 cans @ $.99
Lots of canned beans, a big thing of unsalted cashews even though I just need a small amount for a recipe — we’ll eat them. And yogurt for Michael’s breakfast.
My total for the week is $54.96.