I gotta say, guys. It wasn’t all that shabby of a week. 🙂 We managed to stay mostly on track with our meals while trying a lot of new recipes. As usual, there were some hilarious flops and tasty successes. The only downside was that our grocery bill was nearly double our weekly goal ($80). This week I neglected to focus on pantry ingredients and we paid dearly for it at checkout. Oh well, we’re getting there. 🙂
P.S. I use MyFreezEasy to get a lot of these freezer meal ideas!
Now here’s what we ate and spent this week!
Breakfast: White pizza frittata. This was a keto recipe I stumbled upon. I’m a sucker for anything with the word “pizza” in the title, so we had to try this. It was pretty delicious for a frittata!
But you know what? I forgot that I don’t like frittatas. I’m weird about eating huge chunks of egg without something else (ie. bread or potatoes) to go with it. It was a great meal for Mr. Picky Pincher, but I gagged trying to get it down. But hey, if you’re a frittata person, it’s wonderful. Here’s the recipe if you’re interested.
Lunch: Freezer pizza. We didn’t have leftovers from Sunday dinner, so I heated up a gigantic slice of pizza from our freezer. This is the leftovers from our celebratory student payoff dinner a few weeks ago. I always order large pizzas so I can freeze extra for later. 🙂 Yum!
Dinner: Black bean soup with Southwest chicken sandwiches. I made this black bean soup last weekend in our new Vitamix, so I didn’t have to make anything from scratch today for dinner. We paired the soup with our go-to sandwich, a Southwest chicken sammie. It has smoked chicken with Swiss, lettuce, bacon, and homemade roasted red pepper mayo. Woo!
The soup was a little weird. I followed the recipe, but it either had too much or too little of something; I’m not sure. I still ate it, but I probably will use a different recipe next time.
Breakfast: Green smoothies. This is a ravishing kale and apple smoothie whipped up in our new Vitamix. It was pretty good! We’ve always had issues making good smoothies in our old blender, so this was very refreshing! I swear, every day in this house is like an episode of “Will It Blend?”
The only downside to this meal is that smoothies don’t make me full. I even added whey protein to mine, but I was hungry 20 minutes later. I might need to add avocado next time for meatiness. Smoothie recipe here!
Lunch: Leftover soup ‘n’ sammich. Yum!
Dinner: Kebabs with homemade pita and dips. Mr. Picky Pincher smoked chicken and kebabs over the weekend in his newly-repaired smoker.
Oh holy crap that’s some gorgeous meat!
Today we had the kebabs as gyros with homemade pita bread and dips. The dip I love the most is called muhammara (recipe here). I fully understand that the kebabs don’t look super appetizing plated this way (oops!), but I assure you they were mighty tasty. 🙂
Breakfast: Croissanwiches. I pressed the Easy Button today and made croissanwiches. I kept it simple and put ham and cheese in them. They were good, but they could have been tastier. I have leftover croissants so I’ll make these again next week with more bells and whistles.
Lunch: Leftover kebabs. Hom nom nom.
Dinner: We planned to have a cobb salad tonight, but instead we met up with Picky Nikki and Picky Toddler to eat/play at Chikfila. This is the first time we’ve eaten out in a while, so I’m not too mad about it. 🙂
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Breakfast: Breakfast cookies. I made these the other weekend and they’re quite delightful! Mr. Picky Pincher isn’t a fan of them, though, but it’s a good breakfast for me. Maybe he can have a frittata on the days I want breakfast cookies? Ahhh, compromise.
I eat two of these suckers and they keep me full until lunchtime since they’re packed with healthy grain and protein.
Lunch: Chicken tikka freezer meal. I hate grabbing fast food for dinner because it usually doesn’t give us leftovers. Boo! So I raided the freezer and had a serving of chicken tikka. I’m so thankful we started doing freezer meals, lemme tell ya!
Dinner: Antipasto. We got the idea to do antipasto after having an amazing antipasto platter at our student loan payoff dinner. It was a small smorgasbord of nice cheeses, meats, peppers, and veggies. I really liked it, but Mr. Picky Pincher wasn’t a fan. He said it was more like a snack box. Oh well! Worth a try. 🙂
Breakfast: Shakshuka (recipe here). I’ve never had shakshuka before, but it sounded tasty! Normally it’s a dish with eggs poached in a tomato-pepper sauce.
Um, ain’t nobody got time to poach eggs on a weekday, so I just baked the entire thing in the oven. I pre-cooked the shakshuka components over the weekend, so I didn’t have to do any chopping or roasting. I just dropped the mixture into a pan and topped it with eggs. I baked it at 350 until the eggs were done to my liking.
Lunch: Leftover antipasto. Fancy!
Dinner: I have no idea! I thought I would be out of town for work, but my plans changed. I’ll probably whip up a freezer meal and have a Project Runway marathon with Zap. 🙂
Let’s see what we spent this week!
On sale: $3.55
Goals for next week
Like I said, I’m not too mad with how our food went this week. We tried a lot of new things! Not all of them worked out, but it was worth a try. My only regret is coming in at nearly double our grocery budget for the week ($80)!! Next week I really want to keep things simple. The antipasto dinner alone cost probably $15 because of the fancy cheeses and meats. So we need to be smarter about the types of dishes we’re choosing and how much they cost per meal. I was ultra-ticked because the prosciutto we got from HEB had gone bad, so there went $6. Somebody’s going to be getting an angry phone call from me!
No more fancy meats, y’all!
But yeah, I’m not too mad at our progress. I’ve been a lot better about working out this week and we’ve also been going on walks and bike rides. We’re reining in our healthy lifestyle and I can already see a difference. I’m not eating as much bread, which has been REALLY HARD. Like, I cannot express HOW HARD it is not to eat bread at every meal. But I’m making good progress. 🙂 Even when we make mistakes, we’re still learning. Woop!
We want to know: How did you save money this week?