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Friday night Eric and I ordered out Chinese food. This was the first time in a month that we ordered out, and truth be told I never really made it to the grocery store this week. I made a quick trip for green onions and milk..so I didn’t feel like we were stepping out of our budget lines by ordering out.
Know what? It didn’t taste very good, and I got an upset stomach about an hour later. That is not saying it wasn’t good food…I usually LOVE the place we ordered from… what it IS saying…is that I now remember what happens when I stick to my menu planning and cook for my family. My taste buds return. I’m more discerning about what I eat and I’m more sensitive to fats/oils/salt in restaurant food.
Let’s not pretend this will make me stop wanting to eat out. It does, however, reinforce my resolve to cook for my family at home.
Sunday – Sloppy Joes, French Fries, carrot sticks
Venison burger from our freezer and manwhich from a can. I purchased some on sale at Dillon’s about two weeks ago. I have french fries in the freezer that I bought on deep discount, with a coupon. I have enough to last us for like 4 months I think. I will need to buy hamburger buns.
I keep different kinds of pasta on hand, I buy it up whenever I get a good coupon/sale so I have some penne in the pantry I’ll use for this. Chicken was purchased at Target last week. Normally I would use fresh broccoli but as I’m buying a larger amount of fresh produce this week I may use frozen… I’ll see how my grocery bill looks. I have Roasted Red Peppers in the pantry as well. I will need to buy some cream.
Tuesday- Tilapia w/dill, baked red potatoes, asparagus
I have Tilapia left in the freezer from a purchase at Aldi about a month ago that I’ll use for this. Dill is dried from our garden this past summer. I will buy red potatoes and asparagus this week.
Wednesday – Marinated Chicken Breasts, fried rice w/vegetables
As simple as tossing some chicken breasts in Italian dressing for a couple of hours then cooking on the stove. I got the dressing as part of a “buy 10″ sale deal at Dillon’s several weeks ago and I stocked up on Chicken at Target last week. Fried Rice is a Weight Watchers recipe that we really like and I always keep rice on hand!
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday - Sticky Chicken, homemade biscuits, green beans
- Yes, I’m STILL using whole chickens that I bought at Target this summer at rock bottom prices. I only have a few left, I’m going to have to keep an eye out for more! Homemade biscuits are made with staples we keep around the house and I will buy some fresh green beans this week if they look good.
Saturday – Homemade Pizza
- Leftover Sticky chicken cut up will be a great addition to the pizza, I’ve got turkey pepperoni from the LAST pizza we made (its a favorite around here), I will need to buy some cheese, olives, artichokes, green pepper and mushrooms. This one is going to be a doozie!
So what does my shopping list look like?
Half and Half