|Crystal Karges Nutrition|
I like to eat, but it would be nice to be one of those animals that can eat once a week or so, and not have to think about it again. Of course. we'd all want that to be a really enjoyable meal then I might embrace cooking. I don't hate to cook, I'm just uninspired even with trying a few new things. Eight of ten days I revert to old, tried, and true, not even attempting to think outside the rotation. It was a moderately on plan week at Chez Sam. I grocery shopped at our local store, mostly things we needed in the store brand or generic "That's Smart" label, some loss leaders, and a few splurges helped a little bit by a few retail coupons and a $5.00 off $50.00 purchase. I still spent $138-all food, including pups canned food we mix with his dry. I earned and additional $ .13 in gas credit, with the 8 cents we already had. DH will fill up before it expires as his tank is bigger and that could be a good savings. We also earned points towards a free ham, but doubtful I'd reach the 600 needed but in years past church collected them, so I'll see if that is being done. I brought the receipt to my daughters for her to add to her Fetch account. Below was the plan and then reality for the week of February 28 to March 6. I was of the mind it would change once I went grocery shopping and it did. .
Sunday: *Apple Cheddar Sausage balls, mushroom stroganoff (have sour cream and mushrooms that need to be used) and mixed vegetables
Monday: Spaghetti *Bolognese with the frozen loaf of No Knead French Bread
Tuesday: Hamburgers, *homemade baked beans, tots
Wednesday: Ranch breaded chicken cutlets, wild rice, and cauliflower
Thursday: Pork chops, roasted potatoes, corn
Friday: Tuna hotdish with peas and carrots
Saturday: Leftover night if enough after eating leftovers for lunches, or something simple like brats or hot dogs and air fryer fries
*Items already prepared-freezer assets.
Sunday: *Apple Cheddar Sausage balls, mushroom stroganoff mixed vegetables
Monday: Hamburgers, *homemade baked beans, tots
Tuesday: Spaghetti *Bolognese with the frozen loaf of No Knead French Bread
Wednesday: Ranch breaded chicken cutlets, biscuits, mashed potatoes, doctored up canned beans ( I noticed a Feb 2021 best buy date)
Thursday: Baked fish and Chips (DH request when I went shopping)
Friday: Grilled chicken fajitas, the rest of the chips
Saturday: Ate at our daughters, vegan pizza burgers and potato salad, spinach salad, brownie's and cookies for desert. It was very good.
The plan for this week, March 7-13th. I shouldn't need much after the big shop, except perhaps more bread, milk, cheese and bread.
Sunday: Tuna hotdish with roasted carrots, homemade French bread (making today-two loaves)
Monday: Homemade +chicken lo mein with mixed vegetables
Tuesday: Meatballs in mushroom soup, rice, and green beans
Wednesday: Chicken strips wild rice, and cauliflower
Thursday: Bone in country ribs, roasted potatoes, *frozen baked beans
Friday: *Cheddar broccoli soup and egg salad sandwiches
Saturday: Crockpot pasta prima vera with *French bread
*Items already prepared-freezer assets.
+New recipe for me
Since we must eat, even veering off plan, I feel more organized at least making a menu up. This is a no challenge month, though I am tracking spending. Entering this week, I'm at $193 H&G and health and beauty, though technically groceries and the non-food should be tracked separately. It just seems easier to lump them all together when bought at same time and same receipts. Besides food, I added a box of hair color to have when I next do it myself, maybe right before Easter, freezer tape so I would start marking items, and a five pack of plain cotton masks. What exciting purchases, but fall in the need area. I only have a few masks and one seems to fit me oddly and is not comfortable. I chose to include the Girl Scout cookies as they are consumables and not a pure donation so that was $36.
Between now and the end of the month, we'll likely have lighter shops-enough to replace used items or meal plan. We are running low on a few household items, not having really stocked anything since January, so I'll time a Target stop with Aldi for an exciting out of town adventure. I'll do another big shop before DD2 comes home on March 27th for all her favorites. Are you meal planning this week or winging it? Do you practice no meat Fridays during lent? I generally don't plan for it, not being Catholic, but often it turns out that way. Any new recipes this week?