July 29, 2011

Garden Spaghetti

8 oz whole wheat spaghetti pasta
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 cup fresh or frozen corn
1 cup chopped carrots
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chopped zucchini
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons basil
1/4-1/2 cup lemon juice (to taste, but definitely use some!)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups-ish of your favorite tomato/spaghetti sauce (even the jar stuff does fine)

Cook spaghetti according to directions, making sure to not over cook.
Meanwhile in a large skillet combine the vegetables, oregano, basil, and olive oil. Stir occasionally over medium heat until hot. Add your favorite tomato/spaghetti sauce.
Once spaghetti is cooked, drain, and add to the vegetable mixture. Add the lemon juice and warm the mixture.

This is a great recipe to adapt to whatever vegetables you have laying around. I added a few spinach leaves to mine since I had some left that needed to be eaten.

And best of all, it's Squish approved! :)

July 25, 2011

Menu: July 27-August 1

Wednesday: spinach and chicken calzones
Thursday: Garden Spaghetti with quick tomato sauce
Friday: Fish tacos and sweet potato fries
Saturday: Steak bites, smashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli
Sunday: Corn & Bean Fritters with Tomatoes and fried squash
Monday: mini meatloaves, whole wheat macaroni and cheese, and sautéed zucchini
Weekend deserts - Easy Fruit Pocket Pies and Fat-Free Watermelon Sherbet

July 20, 2011

Menu: July 19-25

Tuesday: Out to eat (have to make a run into town w/ DH)
Thursday: sweet potato gnocchi with Gouda cheese sauce (these are good and VERY filling!)
Friday: leftovers and side salad
Sunday: Southwest chicken sandwiches, sautéed zucchini, and tater tots
Monday: Red beans and rice

(I don't know why I'm on a sweet potato kick, but apparently I am.)

July 18, 2011

$50 a Week

No joke, that's all I spend the majority of the time for groceries in a week. If I go over, I tend to have spent less the week before or will spend less the week after. Right now I do find it easier to go once a week since here in the middle of no where we don't get the nicest of products with the longest expiration dates.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT I'M ONLY FEEDING TWO ADULTS AND ONE BABY WHO JUST PICKS AT FOOD. It it unrealistic to expect to feed a family of 4 on $50 if you're having to buy all your food at the grocery store. It's even more unrealistic if you live in an expensive metro area like NYC.

In my food menu, I plan out what I'm going to bake for snacks and lunches. I plan out everything for the week food wise. Many times we eat leftovers for lunches. When we don't eat leftovers, we enjoy salads, wraps, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other basics. We are also not big snackers. A hand full of crackers and 2 slices of cheese or a hand full of grapes is about the extent of our snacking most days. And if you're able to garden, do it! We're overrun with zucchini which isn't exactly a dream come true, but hey we have cheap (just for the price of seeds!) veggies to eat every week. No food goes to waste and I make every cent of my $50 count!

Other ways I keep our spending down at the grocery store is by using reusable products. We don't buy sandwich and snack bags for lunches because I bought just a few reusable ones (yep, I'm making etsy WAHMs rich!). We also are switching over to cloth napkins, much to my husband's dismay. We've already been using cloth tissues and using washable mop heads and cleaning rags. And cleaning products? We clean with vinegar and water 99% of the time. As nice as it is to be "green" it's even nicer to save money in the long run!

And the best way to keep cost down at the grocery store? Don't enter the store without a complete grocery list. Then only go down those aisles that have products you need. Only buy what's on your list. So simple, but so many people get side tracked and add unnecessary items.

And now for my receipts! Sorry these are "old" now but I've been working on this post for over a month now and when a vacation gets in the way...well, that's what happens!

Week 1: (yes, seriously that was the only trip to the store I made that week)

Week 2: 
Walmart - (just the underlined part was food)
Commissary -
Last minute invite that we needed to bring something to -

Week 3 - What happens when you let yourself get off course just a tad.
I circled the extra items that I totally didn't need:
That's right if I stayed on track I would have easily stuck to my budget!

When I got home last week, one of the first things I did was make a quick menu and go grocery shopping! Yes, even before I unpacked my suitcase. If you saw what "food" my husband had in the fridge and pantry, you'd run to the store too. I spent $35 to get me through to my normal shopping day of Tuesday.

July 15, 2011

Back! Menu: July 15-18

Ended up extending my trip and just got back home last night at 10pm after a 16 hour drive. Yes, I drove 16 hours straight with an 8 month old. Bright idea? Not really, but hey I survived!

Friday: baked Asian style honey chicken, macaroni and cheese, and steamed broccoli
Saturday: Hamburgers, tater tots, and green beans
Monday: Homemade pizza and sautéed zucchini

Will also be making blueberry zucchini bread and homemade vanilla ice cream.

Any any ideas of what to do with our monster zucchini? We've got 4 of them and more zucchini coming in every day. Eek.