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Hey Picky peeps! It was another decent week on the food front. We tried a few new recipes while largely eating out of our pantry and freezer. And that means eating cheaply. 😉 I loved having Monday off of work; why can’t we just work 4-day work weeks all the time?? Ugh.
At any rate, we enjoyed the time off and ate very well. 🙂
P.S. I use MyFreezEasy to get a lot of freezer meal ideas.
Now here’s what we ate and spent this week!
Breakfast: Every Pincher for themselves! Since we had today off work, I had planned to whip up some nice ‘n’ fancy huevos rancheros. Instead, I treated myself to a morning of sleeping in. That meant we scrounged around for breakfast. I made a yogurt bowl and Mr. Picky Pincher chomped on some knockoff Fruity Pebbles.
Lunch: Leftover steak fingers with mashed potatoes and corn. We whipped up some finger-lickin’ good steak fingers for our Sunday lunch and ate the leftovers today. We used a round of steak from our freezer and covered it with corn starch to get the steak fingers extra crispy. Hell, I don’t even remember the last time I fried anything with flour! Corn starch is ~magic~.
We paired the steak fingers with corn and mashed potatoes. I’m a freak and I like to eat my corn and mashed potatoes together, like so:
Dinner: Szechuan noodles. I chose a new but relatively easy recipe for dinner tonight. I’m always skeptical of Asian dishes that call for “creamy peanut butter,” but since this recipe was from cooking goddess Ina Garten, I made an exception. Here’s the recipe.
I’m glad I did! This stuff was mighty tasty! I added onions, bell peppers, and broccoli to the creamy pasta and it wasn’t half bad. Mr. Picky Pincher wasn’t a fan, though. I was able to freeze a few extra portions as freezer meals for myself.
Breakfast: Brown sugar oatmeal with toasted coconut and currants. Today’s breakfast was a happy accident. I had a lot of oatmeal, currants, and homemade toasted coconut in my pantry. I thought, “Eh, why not combine them and see how it tastes?”
And that, ladies and gents, is how good recipes are made! This oatmeal was the bomb-dot-com. I normally despise oatmeal, but the addition of the toasted coconut made a huge difference. My only regret is that I added too much brown sugar, so it was a touch too sweet. But overall it was mighty tasty!
Lunch: Leftover Szechuan noodles.
Dinner: Smoked chicken with homemade beans and rice. Mr. Picky Pincher took today off work, so he had time to smoke a few chickens. We were going to make spicy adobo chicken tacos, but figured it would be less work just to eat some smoked chicken. We defrosted some of hubs’ homemade beans and whipped up some rice on the side. Easy peasy!
Mr. Picky Pincher later broke down the chickens and froze the white and dark meat. He saves the bones for making stock.
Breakfast: Sausage breakfast sandwiches. This was yet another happy accident! I was looking through our freezer last week to plan our meals. I noticed we had two lonely sausage patties that needed to be eaten. After some brainstorming, I decided we could eat them in between some homemade biscuits with Swiss cheese and hot sauce. Sooooo goooooooood.
Lunch: Leftover smoked chicken.
Dinner: Beef and bean tostadas. Since we were both working today, I pressed the Easy Button. We just made some quick tostadas for dinner. I browned ground beef with taco seasoning and defrosted more homemade beans. We combined them on tostadas with Mexican cheese, pickled jalapenos, and plenty of hot sauce.
Breakfast: Chai spice bundt cakes with orange icing glaze. We were actually supposed to have yogurt bowls for breakfast! But on Wednesday night I did some stress baking and made a batch of beautiful Chai spice bundt cakes (recipe here). Normally chai spice is too much for me, but these cakes came out well-balanced with a hint of the throat-kicking chai spice. I didn’t have chai spice on hand, so I just used the spice blend recommended in the recipe; worked like a charm.
Anyhoo, I made these bundt cakes on Wednesday for fun and put them in the fridge to snack on later. I woke up Thursday morning and all Mr. Picky Pincher and I wanted for breakfast were these tasty little guys. 🙂
I topped them with a quick orange-flavored glaze and they were good to go! Sooooo tasty. We have a few extras, too. 🙂
Lunch: Leftover tostadas.
Dinner: White wine artichoke chicken with Italian pasta salad. This meal is one of our favorites–and again, it was a happy accident I stumbled on a few weeks ago. The star here is honestly the Italian pasta salad. It’s rotini pasta tossed in Italian dressing, diced salami slices, mozzarella, onion, and yellow bell pepper. I could eat a whole bowl just of the pasta salad!
Breakfast: Italian croissanwiches. This was another weird breakfast idea that I just had to try out. I made these breakfast meatballs a few weeks ago and froze them. Why not turn them into breakfast meatball sammiches, eh?
I crisped up some croissants in the oven before slathering them in pesto sauce. Then I topped them with melted Swiss cheese, the breakfast balls, and sauteed yellow bell pepper. It was simple, fast to cook, and tasted awesooooooome.
Lunch: Leftover artichoke chicken.
Dinner: Fried rice. Tonight the mistah will be whipping up his famous fried rice. Nom!
Let’s see what we spent this week!
Or, uh, not really. See, there was an unfortunate incident with last week’s grocery receipt. I didn’t check the pockets of Mr. Picky Pincher’s pants before doing laundry. Oops! I still know our total from our budget sheet, though.
On sale: $?
Goals for next week
Woohooo! We hit our $80 food budget this week, which is phenomenal. 🙂 I credit us for not trying any crazy recipes that call for 34,652 ingredients. I think that’s our biggest problem: we love to try new meals and will buy a bunch of crap to make it happen. That’s great for our Picky sensibilities, but not-so-great for our budget.
This week we made do with the things we had on hand, so that’s why our total was nice ‘n’ low. 🙂 As far as next week, I’d love to integrate more fresh veggies into our dishes. Veggies are both extremely cheap and nutritious, and I know we could always do better at integrating them in our meals.
We want to know: How did you save or spend money this week?