Looking at what was there and realizing we are all sick of our standard foods, I noodled around in my head ways to increase variety. Keeping in mind that I put myself back on track this week with healthier eating, I'm trying to not rely only on carb heavy meals, but built around vegetables and protein. Chicken will be a base for many meals as we seem to have a lot of it. I'm also stepping up my vegetarian game-curry and bean burgers are budget stretchers. Zucchini's should start to be plentiful at roadside stands for a pittance, but fingers crossed I score some from friends, neighbors, and coworkers. I will gladly gift homemade muffins and quick bread for extra produce. DD2 and I will do an Aldi's run, with a list, after supper. I will be tight fisted with my cash, and stingy with my yes's to her requests.
I worked a few hours from home this afternoon, trying to get ahead of horrid road construction rush hour. A bag of $3.00 ravioli, a $1.19 can of crushed tomatoes, $ .39 tomato paste, water, olive oil, garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning were thrown together in the crock pot, for a meal for three for under $5.00. Yes, lots of carbs, but I'll keep to a small portion with some carrot sticks and fruit.There will be plenty for DH and DD2 for lunch tomorrow.I've got the makings all ready to go for a vegetable and country gravy stew, topped with biscuits. Tomorrow is predicted to be unseasonably cool, with temps not getting out of the 60's for highs. Stew will give us a little taste of fall, and used up the last of the carrots, a soft onion, soft potato, and celery. I'm also tossing together a salad with olives, artichokes, garbanzo beans, and celery for my lunch the next couple days. The link has the real recipe, but I'm using what I have so no peppers and goat cheese wedges instead of feta. Pasta, stews, and salads are great budget stretchers. I'll keep you posted on my success this month.
|Picture from the recipe link at Food.com|