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Monday, June 29, 2015

Project: Food Budget Week 1

Week 1 : Off to a SUPER start
***NOTE---this was supposed to post on 6/29!***

I have not stuck to the official meal plan yet...but Friday night was sauteed tilapia with roasted potatoes and asparagus. I used Kewpie as the final touch on the asparagus (it is what I regard as Japanese crack mayo) along with some Chinese Five Spice, Sumac, and toasted sesame oil.

I made a big ole pan of lasagna on Saturday because I had everything, and had too much homework than to cook one easy meal. 

The Pappardale Bologniase was Sunday night...and holy yum. Wasn't the conventional, and I was A-OK with that. Had great papperdale noodles from Trader Joe's, diced tomatoes and tomato paste, a good helping of red wine, some African basil and milk to make the sauce. I had some fun chicken sausages from a farm market in Allentown that I browned up and threw in (one was buffalo blue cheese and the other portobello Asiago) ya, it was delish.

I did a MASSIVE kitchen cleaning/organization, and yes, i did pull out the label maker. It made it so much easier to see what we have in pantry stock.
My grocery shopping for the week involved me going to 3 stores: Target, Aldi, and Trader Joe's. 
Not including feeding the dogs or bathroom cleaner, I came in at a whopping $27.65 for the week! That's $17.35 under budget! WOOT WOOT!
What was my splurge? Aldi had a manager special for crumbled feta - $0.99 each! So yes, I got 4. 

Goal this week: Stick to the menu, start thinking about next week's menu, and cook and eat happily!
Dinners:Monday - Pork Loin, Scalloped Potatoes and beans
Tuesday - Pierogies and Salad
Wednesday - Leftover Turkey Casserole or soup or... (it's still a mystery to me...)
Thursday - Who's my last class of the semester and I'll be half way done! 
Friday - Black Bean taquitos and Mexican Rice
Saturday- Mustard Salmon with sauteed Kale

Chia Seed Pudding

Lentil soup
bean burritos
summer rolls

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had a great week with budgeting AND eating. xo