Week Two Update…including two creative recipes she invented.
This past Friday, I had much homework to get done, so Mike and my son had a dude date. And of course, this involved food. However, they went to an all-you-can-eat Mexican restaurant. So…they got all-you-can-eat cheesy, saucy, greasy gunk for $20.00. I feel somewhat defeated as we intended to eat dinner in every night, but we are doing much better than previous months.
Saturday morning we ventured out to the St. Mary’s Farmers Market and bought a couple of items to tide us over for a few days. My son went to a basketball party and ended up spending the night at his friend’s house. Date night in it was! I made a relatively quick meal of broccoli pasta: I boiled fettucine and put fresh broccoli in the pot for the last couple minutes. I like my broccoli kinda crunchy. Once drained, I added a small amount of olive oil, parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes and dried basil. It turned out really well. We love date night in! Our schedules tend to get the best of us, so it’s nice to relax at home.
The fettucine dish was good, quick and last minute-ish but it was not our random meal of the week. This was:
I soaked kidney beans overnight and cooked them the next day in the crock pot while I was at work. I had no idea what I was going to do with the beans, but darn it, we were gonna have kidney beans. When I got home, I drained them and searched the cabinets and fridge. I roasted a poblano pepper, part of a green bell pepper and a couple of jalapenos, along with two tomatoes. I added some chili powder and mixed everything together, putting it in a casserole dish. I sprinkled some cheese on top. Also in our deep, dark cabinets, I found a box of Jiffy Cornbread Mix. I prepared the mix and spooned it on top of the cheese that was on top of the bean mixture. I baked it until the cornbread was done (about 15 minutes). It turned out great and served as a meal for dinner that night and lunch for Mike and I the next day.
Now for the “boys cannot live off of grapefruit dilemma”. Mike and my son have been pretty good sports about this saving money on food stuff and my desire to get rid of processed gunk that we have. They did, however, express their need to have things other than grapefruit and chicken. So…we ventured out to the Commissary today. We ended up spending $160.00 (YIKKKEEESSSS!). Granted $25.00 of it was on dog food alone. The only processed item I bought for my consumption was Oatmeal. Oh, and popcorn. I LOVEEE The Better Oats brand oatmeal. It is so much better than Quaker and the packaging is much more environmentally friendly. (I think Jenn is rubbing off on me). I was a bit upset about how much we spent. But we did need to stock up on meats, dairy, bread and bologna. (Don’t ask, but it was really, really cheap). Unfortunately, the boys like oatmeal, but in limited quantities so we bought cereal as well. Mike also packs lunch everyday and loves the Campbell’s Select Harvest soups. Luckily they were on sale for $1.00 a can. I felt a little deflated, but then I realized we got a huge amount of stuff and it will last for a couple of weeks, at least (!!!)
Our total spent on people food this week:
$37 Farmer’s market
$17.00 Chic fil-A (sigh)
$20.00 Mexican son/husband date night
$6.00 Farmer’s market on Saturday
What I did not spend money on this week:
Gum (I am a fiend)