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Man, oh man, what a week. We played it pretty safe with a lot of our dinners since I was out at a training for most of the week. We were a liiiiiittle naughty and ate out a few times (ack!), but we’re still on target with our food goals.
See what was on the table at the Picky Palace and how much it cost us!
P.S. I use MyFreezEasy to get a lot of these freezer meal ideas!
Breakfast: Kolaches… was the plan. We had leftover kolaches from visiting my folks last weekend. There’s an uh-mazing kolache shop on the drive to my Dad’s and we always make a pit stop there. The problem is we always buy way too many kolaches (goodbye self-control and hello heavenly meat parcels), so we had extras.
I heated up these bad boys in the oven and … they got crunchy instead of fluffy. Apparently kolaches need to be heated in the microwave, not the oven. They weren’t even edible. Ugh!
So I made a simple breakfast of grapes and cottage cheese. If I could eat my weight in cottage cheese and not die, I would do it in a heartbeat.
Lunch: Subway. Ooops. I picked up Subway today because it was the first day of a training and I wasn’t sure what the food situation would be. Sometimes they feed us and sometimes it’s every woman for herself. This was a “do whatever you want” sort of place, but they didn’t have a break room for heating up homemade lunches.
Anyhoo, I went to Subway for lunch. I got a hot Italian sandwich with chips, a drink, and a cookie for, like, $7. I had no idea it would be so cheap! Although eating a homemade lunch would be cheaper, of course.
And I’m very proud to announce that I ate LETTUCE on my sandwich and thought it was GOOD.
Dinner: Pizza. Nothin’s easier than pizza night, y’all. We used premade pizza crusts and topped them with our homemade marinara, cheese, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and olives and mushrooms (on Mr. Picky Pincher’s).
Unfortunately Subway gave me the grumbly guts so this pizza added insult to injury. I won’t be having pizza for a while! Or Subway, for that matter.
Breakfast: Grits. We whipped up some grits and stirred in leftover Rotel we had in the fridge. We topped them with bacon for a good crunch.
Lunch: Leftover burgers. Mr. Picky Pincher grilled burgers for Sunday dinner last week and we had a few patties left over. I ate a burger instead of the pizza since it was a little too greasy for me. But don’t worry! I froze the pizza for a rainy day. 🙂
Dinner: Spaghetti. Another simple meal. I made a bolognese sauce with our homemade marinara and rosemary from our yard. I realized we were woefully lacking in bread, so I was forced to make garlic bread from an inferior loaf of bread I made a while back. It tastes oddly sweet and isn’t a good pair with garlic-cheese bread.
Oops! I’ll bake a fresh loaf of ciabatta to freeze for these occasions.
Breakfast: Goat cheese and leek muffins. I cooked these muffins a few weeks ago and froze them. They reheat beautifully in the microwave and the big chunks of goat cheese are basically my heaven.
Lunch: Leftover spaghetti. Sans the “sweet” garlic bread this time. 😉
Dinner: Stuffed bell peppers. We got a recipe for stuffed bell peppers from Picky Nikki. It called for rice, but instead I used a mixture of barley and farro since we had those in our pantry. The result was a meaty, full-flavored filling. Bellisima!
As it turns out, stuffed peppers aren’t really my thing (I think it’s a texture issue), so in the future I’ll eat the filling tossed with broccoli or cauliflower and chopped peppers.
Breakfast: Omelet / very berry crepes. This was one of those mornings where Mr. Picky Pincher and I wanted different stuff for breakfast. And this, my friends, is why pre-cooking is so important! I was able to whip up two different dishes in about 15 minutes because all the components were already cooked. Aw yeah!
I cooked the crepes on Wednesday night and frozen them. I tried a new recipe that I don’t like, so I’ll go back to my old one after these are gone. I also made the whipped cream from scratch and lightly sweetened it with honey.
Mr. Picky Pincher’s omelet had mushrooms, bell pepper, onions, cheese, and bacon in it. Yum!
Lunch: Leftover stuffed peppers.
Dinner: Soooo we were REALLY bad today. We were supposed to have asopao de pollo (a Puerto Rican version of paella), but as it turns out, it’s more of a stew that needs to go all day. We were SOL, hungry, and ready to party.
And that means Taco Bell, of course. We didn’t have a good reason for eating out, honestly, because we had freezer meals. It was just one of those “I wanna!” moments of weakness. I do eat exclusively from the dollar menu there, so our total was a cool $8 for two people to eat dinner.
Afterwards we were up for an adventure. We saw a small snack shack by Taco Bell and decided to try it out. And it was awesome! The owner was adorable and so nice. It was funny because he spoke Spanglish; I’ve never seen it really in action before. “Oh si aqui tenemos shaved ice and it’s muy bien.”
Mr. Picky Pincher got a mangonada (mango ice cream topped with chile limon powder) and I played it safe with a chocolate ice cream and coconut shaved ice monstrosity. I couldn’t finish mine, but I froze it for later.
Breakfast: Tacos! Of course.
Lunch: Raising Cane’s. Mkay, so here’s the deal, fam. I had to get blood drawn for my life insurance application today. I am utterly petrified of anything to do with needles. Like, I’ll throw up, pee myself, shriek, and/or faint if someone wants to stick me. So getting this done was a BIG DEAL. It went by without incident, but I was freaked out and dizzy. And that means chicken strips. Again, not a good excuse, but that was my reasoning. Oops!
Dinner: Chicky chickpea curry. I bought a gigantic bag of chickpeas at the store, so it seemed like a great occasion to make a crapton of chickpea curry as both a freezer meal and dinner. We have a LOT of cilantro growing in our garden now, too, so I didn’t have to buy anything except chickpeas to make this. 🙂
We have pre-cooked chicken defrosted and will toss the chickpeas with it. I prefer to serve the chickpeas over rice to make it ultra-filling. We serve it with a side of homemade pita bread. Yummo!
Let’s see what we spent this week!
On sale: $0
GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK
I mean, I know for a fact that we ate out more this week than we should have. I know next week will be much easier, so we shouldn’t have the need to eat out (although I do keep saying that…). I’d also like to have more fresh veggies in our dinners. I have a habit of shoveling meat and bread into my mouth for meals without remembering the good ol’ veggies.
We want to know: How did you save money this week?