Monday, February 8, 2016

This Week on the Dining Table

It's the "Doesn't That Look Good?" Edition--

I saw WeisMarkets had a BOGO sale on a selection of new Asian dinners at my store.
There was also a $2/1 Q online so I tried something new last week.
I bought the Garlic Chicken dinner.  To go with it I finished up a restaurant supply sized bag of stir-fry veggies(plus I added fresh cashews)in some sesame oil and opened a bag of purple jasmine rice I got at World Market last year.
This combination sure made for a colorful dinner and Hubs pronounced it a success.
Not bad for a dinner costing about $5 total either.

The Garlic Chicken was pretty good, not as garlicky as I would have liked but tasty still.  At $2 a box(after sale and Q)I'd buy it again but I wouldn't pay the full retail price of $5.99.

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week.......

1. Sunday--Chicken and Dumplings(chicken from freezer)(I'll put the leftover Collards into this too)
2. Monday--Beef & Green Chile Enchiladas(using leftover taco meat & enchilada sauce)
3. Tuesday--Bacon/Mushroom Quiche, Brussels Sprouts(freezer)
4. Wednesday--Fried Shrimp and Scallops(freezer), Cole Slaw, Corn on cob(freezer)
5. Thursday--Kielbasa(freezer)on Rolls, leftover Cole Slaw, Calif. mix veggie(freezer)
6. Friday--Broccoli Soup, Biscuits
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Chicken and Dumplings(chicken from freezer)(I'll put the leftover Collards into this too)
2. Monday--Beef & Green Chile Enchiladas(using leftover taco meat & enchilada sauce)
3. Tuesday--Ravioli w/Meat Sauce, Tossed Salad
4. Wednesday--Leftovers(I had chicken n dumplings/Hubs had lasagna as I hadn't put the leftovers into the freezer yet))
5. Thursday--Barbecue Pork on Rolls, Cole Slaw
6. Friday--Garlic Chicken, Stir-Fry Veggies, Jasmine Rice
7. Saturday--Leftovers(I had chicken and dumplings)

After Sunday and Monday's dinners the weekly meal plan was abandoned.  I bought a pork shoulder last week and made barbecue.  We also had meat spaghetti sauce leftover so that called for ravioli. I got 2 frozen Asian chicken meals with BOGO sale and $2/1 IPQ for $3.99 for both and I cooked 1 of them last week.  So much for most of my meal plan last week. lolz
7 meals cooked at home(4 new meals and 3 using up leftovers).

As for my grocery spending so far for February....oy vat!
Even taking out what I paid for items going into the Food Bank donation it still came in at $242.28
But if you look at it as getting $531.09 worth of reg. retail items for $242.28 making for a 54.38% savings rate it's not so bleak.  I just need to stop going to the grocery store for the rest of Februrary. lolz

Leftovers going into this week......taco fixings, beef enchiladas, ravioli in sauce, garlic chicken w/veggies and rice(1 helping), pork bbq, Cole Slaw.

Here is this week's "food plan"--

1. Sunday--Pizza, Salad
2. Monday--Barbecue Pork(leftover)on Rolls w/Cole Slaw
3. Tuesday--Sloppy Joes(using taco meat leftover)on Onion Rolls, Sugar Snap Peas
4. Wednesday--Bourbon Salmon fillets, Cole Slaw, Veggie TBD
5. Thursday--Beef Enchiladas(leftover)
6. Friday--Broccoli/Cauliflower Cheddar Soup, French Bread
7. Saturday--Leftover of some kind

Hubs wanted pizza for the Super Bowl, we have plenty of bbq left, I'll doctor up the taco meat into Sloppy Joes, I bought a piece of Salmon w/Instant meat discount sticker last week, there are leftover enchiladas and I used 2 bags of frozen veggies for the soup.

This week will see 3 new meals cooked and 4 meals of leftovers(re-purposed into new dishes or not).
I went ahead and made the soup on Sunday as electric rates are lower then, so that will just need heating up in the microwave.
I've got so much food here that the quiche and shrimp I was going to make just gets moved to next week.

What I need to buy for this menu? Luckily I need nothing.  I have a ton of food here already so I am going to try not to spend on nonessentials this week.

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?



  1. Purple rice=AWESOME! I would love to try that!!
    I have so much food its out of control. We need to eat down the stash. I'm going to serve leftovers tonight and maybe tomorrow and then freeze the rest for Den's lunches.

  2. Food deals? Well I was out making visits and stopped at Publix in between. I spent $17 on BOGO items- cheese, coffee and 4 packages of Butterball turkey sausages/links. I needed none of it but the BOGO entices me on items I know I'll eventually use. I steer clear of CVS though! When I lived in Pa I liked Weiss although the stores there were old. Now I just ate leftovers for lunch and will finish off the chicken from Friday and go out again to see a few folks.I see Blue Bell ice cream is back on the shelves but alas, I gave ice cream up for New Years. I can eat out out but not bring any home.

  3. After we eat all the super bowl leftover ers I plan on only purchasing dairy and produce the rest of the month.


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