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Welcome to the “Whats for Dinner?” series here at Picky Pinchers. We’ll show you our family’s menu for the week as well as our food costs. This helps us troubleshoot our Picky eater problems as we try to lower our grocery bill!

Sorry for missing last week’s edition, everyone! We were out of town for Thanksgiving and basically didn’t have a meal plan, so it wouldn’t have been that interesting anyway. Check out what we ate this week!

The Menu

This week we resolved to eat way more veggies, and I think we were pretty successful! We also didn’t eat out once, so I’m pretty proud of how we did.

Breakfast: Tamales. Mr. Picky Pincher’s dad dropped off a dozen badass tamales, some of which I devoured for breakfast. I like to douse mine with hot sauce!

Lunch: Leftover pot roast from the weekend.

Dinner: Spaghetti with artichokes, asparagus, tomatoes, and mozzarella. This was a recipe I found in a Rachel Ray cookbook and it was DELICIOUS. I adore spinach and artichokes and this pasta was heavenly—especially with a mound of mozzarella on top. It was also super quick to fix since it was meatless. This will become a regular fixture on our menu.

spaghetti with artichokes, asparagus, and tomatoes with mozzarella

Breakfast: Pancakes

Lunch: Leftover spaghetti

Dinner: Asian lettuce wraps

Breakfast: I halfheartedly ate a breakfast sandwich today. The biscuits I made for these are hard as rocks on the outside and just not appetizing. I have some work to do on my biscuit game. I served the sandwich with a side of yogurt so it was less sad.

Lunch: Leftover Asian lettuce wraps

Dinner: We were supposed to have bean and cheese quesadillas, but I realized I forgot to defrost the beans. Instead I ate leftover tamales and Mr. Picky Pincher had leftover pot roast. We emptied out the fridge and it felt wonderful not to waste food!

Breakfast: Honey-almond bagel

Lunch: More leftovers. I had the last of the vegetable spaghetti and Mr. Picky Pincher had the last of the Asian lettuce wraps.

Dinner: Minestrone soup. We usually put cheese tortellini in this soup, but that stuff is expensive! This time I used regular pasta shells and it was just as tasty. That means I’ve shaved down the cost of this already-cheap meal even more, which is a win. As an added bonus, we always get six or more servings out of this, so we have emergency meals to freeze now, too.

minestrone soup with homemade ciabatta bread

Experimenting with my photo filter game on this one.

Breakfast: Cranberry muffin with yogurt. I was jonesing for some cranberry muffins, so I baked these bad boys on Thursday night. I used fresh cranberries and added a cinnamon-sugar crunchy top. They aren’t super sweet, but they’re a perfect and filling option for breakfast.

cranberry muffin with yogurt

Lunch: Leftover minestrone

Dinner: Mr. Picky Pincher is taking the helm on Friday dinners now since he gets off work before me. Tonight he’s whipping up some chicken stir fry!

Grocery Costs

Let’s see how much we spent this week!

On sale: $2.94

Coupons: $1.00

Total: $96.83

Goals for Next Week

I’m really proud of how we did this week.

We ate reasonably healthy meals and didn’t eat out once, which is something to celebrate! We did buy quite a lot of meat this week since there was a 25% off deal on chicken breast as well as bacon, so that accounts for our slightly higher grocery bill.

As far as next week, I’d love to continue the trend of eating only at home. It saves money as well as sanity (I hate trying to grab dinner in 6 o’clock traffic!). Mr. Picky Pincher is feeling a little burnt out on our meal repertoire, so next week we’re also going to try a few different menu options to keep things fresh.

We want to know: How did you save money this week?

P.S. We were featured over at She Picks Up Pennies today for her Best Money Spent series. Check it out!

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