Week #2

This week, my goal was to be WAYYYY below even my stretch goal; ideally $30 for the week. Between a birthday, a going away happy hour, a poorly planned/last minute trip to the beach and being on a three week pay period with reimbursements coming in the next paycheck, I was really feeling the pressure. I was able to get produce

On the babe’s week shopping, I found produce to be better and cheaper at Wegman’s. In fact, the Family Pack chicken cost half as much as regular chicken by the pound, so we obviously got the family pack chicken. Additionally, we crossed wires on a few recipes, so we wound up with some extra produce.

With all this in mind, I created the following for our meal plan:

  • Laundry Pizza (delicious pizza across the street from our laundromat; $5 medium cheese if you pick it up)
  • Chicken Nuggets (homemade)
  • Stir Fry with Leftover Produce
  • Pesto and Pasta
  • Beans and Rice

So this week’s meal plan is quite a cheat — I’m taking leftover vegetables that in a perfect meal planned world, we wouldn’t have, canned and dry goods that wouldn’t usually be around, and I’m including take out in the meal. We had leftover Parmesan cheese to make more pesto and leftover pasta. In a way, this is a higher level version of what I want, to have a pantry with food that I can use and add to as needed. One day this will happen intentionally.

I could also legitimately cut cost on yogurt; I accidentally got plain instead of vanilla and by attempting to eat it, I’ve slowed down my consumption of yogurt, so I didn’t have to buy another one this week. On a dietary note, the granola I mix in is actually sweet enough to tone down the tang of plain vanilla. Not everyone has this problem of mine, but I can’t be the only one.

Edit 1: When I assumed we had rice, I was wrong. We have bulgur. We’re cooking the bulgur like the Southwest Skillet, but using the sauces and seasonings of the stir fry (e.g. rice wine, soy sauce and sesame seed oil). We have diced tomatoes and black beans, so we’ll probably do a pared down southwest skillet later in the week.

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