Man, oh man. What a week. Work was crazy for both of us, but luckily, our meals were pretty on point!
Freezer meals save my butt more than I care to admit on this blog. I use MyFreezEasy to snag freezable recipes and shopping lists.
Here’s what we ate this week!
Breakfast: Breakfast tacos. The breakfast of frugal champions! The beans were homemade and delicious. Mr. Picky Pincher cooks the beans ahead of time and freezes them for occasions such as these.
Lunch: A “whatever” plate. I don’t remember what we had for Sunday dinner, but it didn’t make any leftovers for lunch today. I didn’t feel like microwaving anything, so I made what I’m now calling a “whatever” plate.
It had blueberries, feta cheese, walnuts, and salami on it, and that was it. It’s really just a glorified snack plate, but it looked fancy, so I’m counting it as a proper meal.
Gettin’ classy up in hurr.
Dinner: Chicken biryani. This was a recipe I found in a library book months ago. I was desperate to try new recipes, so I bravely whipped this one out. I’m always scared to cook Indian-style food because I’m not familiar with it, but this was pretty darn good!
It needed a touch more garam masala seasoning (which we bought in bulk), but we’ll definitely add this sucker to our meal rotation. It wasn’t that hard to cook and, as a bonus, it made extra portions for freezing.
Breakfast: Goat cheese and leek muffins. I baked these muffins last weekend at Mr. Picky Pincher’s request for savory baked goods. I reheated mine in the microwave and they were pretty great! I love anything with cheese, and an excuse to eat big clods of it as a “meal” is almost too good to be true.
Lunch: Leftover chicken biryani. Even tastier the second day!
Dinner: Cornbread taco bake. This was another recipe I got from a library cookbook. I’ll be honest: I thought this was going to be gross. In fact, I was terrified to cook every new item on the menu this week. It’s not a big deal if we have a flop, but I do feel disappointed if something turns out to be inedible.
Anyhoo, this was a pleasant surprise! I put together this dinner in under 30 minutes (take that, Rachel Ray) and it was wonderful! It was very filling and made a few extra portions for freezing.
Breakfast: Yogurt with granola and fruit. In an effort to be healthy-ish, we had my homemade yogurt for breakfast. Sounds good, right?
The granola I made last weekend looked a little “well done” but I thought it was still edible. It was not edible, my friends. It took one bite into a burnt chunk of oats for me to be over this. I ate the yogurt and scraped off the granola.
Next time I’ll watch my granola better when it’s baking. Grumble grumble.
Lunch: Leftover taco bake.
Dinner: Chicken waldorf pitas. This was yet another recipe I unearthed from the dusty recipe library that is my phone.
I was really nervous about this new recipe, y’all. The second I saw it called for Italian dressing and curry powder, I considered just grabbing a pizza. But I persevered (mostly out of curiosity). I thought we were going to have a peanut butter Rotel chicken situation on our hands again.
And sorry, I thought I had a picture of this, but I don’t. Oopsies.
This mixture didn’t require any cooking, which was nice. We served the chicken waldorf salad on homemade pita bread, which I made earlier this week and froze.
I’m not going to lie: it was weird. At first we didn’t know what to think of this sweet, curried, chicken-y, nutty thing, but in the end we decided it was awesome. It doesn’t freeze well, though, since it has yogurt and avocado in it.
Breakfast: Tacos. This time I made tacos with a pre-made breakfast taco mixture I cooked a few months ago. It has rice, beans, breakfast sausage, and peppers in it. It’s a nice change of pace from bean and cheese burritos.
Lunch: Leftover chicken waldorf pitas.
Funny story, y’all. I spent my morning in the downtown area of our city. My company is attending an event there in a few weeks and I was sent to scope out sites for a geocaching activity we’re hosting (it’s gonna be so cool!). Anyhoo, that meant I spent two hours wandering the downtown area.
I went into the mall and found a POKEMON STORE. It took everything in me not to stop inside, but I was on company time. So tempted. Agh.
I was also tempted to buy a greasy lunch as a “reward” for having such a busy, exhausting day at work (it’s 100 degrees outside, btw). But! I was very good and reminded myself that I didn’t “deserve” a treat for doing my job. I had my leftover chicken waldorf pita like a good little Pincher.
Dinner: Chikfila. I’m really glad I didn’t pick up a greasy lunch, because we got Chikfila for dinner. It was a weak moment, honestly. It was Mr. Picky Pincher’s night to cook, but he had to run a few errands, which would have meant dinner at 7:30. Not fun. So he got Chikfila for dinner and it was heavenly. 🙂
Breakfast: Waffles. We finished off Mr. Picky Pincher’s homemade buttermilk waffles. Today I topped mine with maple syrup and strawberries. Yum!
Lunch: Frozen chicken biryani. We didn’t have leftovers, so I had a meal from our freezer stock.
Dinner: Carnitas tacos. This was the meal Mr. Picky Pincher meant to cook on Thursday. He slow-cooked a pork shoulder all day on Wednesday until it fell off the bone. We’ll get the pulled pork crispy under the broiler and serve it on tortillas with home-grown cilantro and salsa. So tasty!!
In case you haven’t noticed, we love our tacos. 😉
Let’s see what we spent this week!
On sale: $8.27
GOALS FOR NEXT WEEK
We normally try to come in around $80 for a week of groceries. But I’m not too mad about this. The reason our bill was higher is extra meat purchases. We got two whole chickens and one giant pork shoulder.
The toughie here is that we don’t eat all of this meat in one week. We’ll prepare it or cook it and then freeze it for later. So, although we spent $30-ish more this week, it will feed us beyond this week.
I hope that next week we can keep our total around $80, but we’ll see what happens. 🙂
Otherwise, I’m EXTREMELY pleased with the risks we took this week. I think I cooked, like, three new meals that all worked out. That’s never happened before, y’all! Usually at least one sucks.
As far as next week, I hope that we can continue eating at home. For the past two weeks we’ve gotten dinner out once a week. That’s okay, but I know we could do better by eating at home instead.
Oh, I did a thing
Heyyy, remember when I said I filmed a video? I FINALLY finished the video and it’s up on YouTube. I did a 10-minute(ish) tutorial on how to make my homemade yeast rolls.
Sorry this took so long y’all! The challenge was a) finding time to edit the film, b) technical BS, and c) buying a quality video editor (I got Wondershare Filmora if you’re curious). It’s definitely not a perfect video, but I learned a lot throughout the filming and editing.
Hopefully I can do more videos to share with y’all. Do any of you have video requests? I’ve already got macarons on there. 😉
We want to know: How did you save money this week?