I'm waving the white flag, throwing in the towel, etc. Normally, I kick ass when it comes to making homemade meals, but with Brian gone I don't have the energy, motivation or time to cook 3+ meals a week for one person. Good luck to all the participants!
I did pretty well this week, even though I slacked off until Friday.
Friday: Mexican pizza w/ salad
used frozen bean/meat mixture from a few weeks ago and frozen homemade pizza dough
(bought shredded lettuce) $1.99
Saturday: roasted chicken, roasted root veggies & asparagus
Used one of three whole chickens I had in the freezer
(bought sweet potatoes & asparagus-I couldn't pass up the asparagus it was super thin and we ate it for two meals) $2.50
Sunday: family dinner at my parents I brought salad
(bought lettuce) 2/$6
Monday: Sausage & Kale soup
(bought sausage, potatoes (I was going to skip the spuds and use white beans, but my husband wanted potatoes so I used both) & kale (froze 1/2 to be used later this month) $7.50
Tuesday: Chicken pot pies w/ asparagus I had everything on hand for this meal!
Used the leftover chicken from Saturday, made stock from the chicken carcass-overnight in the crock pot, used rice milk (not doing dairy right now) from the pantry and frozen veggies
I actually made 1 small pot pie for dinner and 3 pot pies to freeze, I know this defeats the purpose of cleaning out the freezer, but I hate making pie crust so I make up a few at a time to lessen the torture)
Grocery bill: I had to estimate the grocery bill and I'm sure I bought a few other things so lets round up to $25ish
My sister Sarah, has a great blog about living frugally, and last week she announced a contest for all of her readers and anyone else who would like to participate. It is a month long challenge to cook with what you already have in the pantry and freezer (click on this link for more details.) I'm participating and will be blogging about it.
Step #1 The pantry/freezer inventory:
I swear it's feast or famine around here! Some days the fridge is bare and other times we are stacking things like tetris blocks!
Do we have enough condiments?
Oh, and this blog post is not sponsored by Hersey's syrup! I had an ice cream feed for my kids on the last day of school and over bought.
Jealous of our spacious pantry aren't ya!
Nope, not a cake that's what I store my homemade bread in.
Eek! I need to move some of this stuff into the freezer out in the man den.
What the hell can I make w/ 45 lbs of summer sausage and 20 cups of peaches?
Step #2: Figure out a meal plan. Thanks to Sarah's brilliant suggestion, I already plan our meals on a weekly basis, here is a rough outline of what I have planned for the next few weeks. Our pantry and freezer are bursting with food, so I am adding a personal challenge -- I cannot buy more than one ingredient for each recipe, and I am also trying to keep our weekly grocery bill to +/- $25.
Week #1 (March 13-19)
Sausage & Kale soup
Chicken pot pies w/ asparagus Shakshuka
Black beans & rice Week #2 (March 20-26)
When people come over to our house, the dogs get super excited and run around jumping and barking, after about 10 minutes they get bored and calm down. When my parents come over, we usually toss the dogs outside before they fully calm down, so my mom thinks we have two insanely hyper dogs that bounce off the walls nonstop. I swear she thought we would bring Parker home from the hospital, toss him in the middle of the living room floor and let the dogs at him. These two pictures are to freak my mother out and show her the boys can actually be mellow.