Monday, June 25, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table

The "Daughter Cooked!" Edition--

The daughter decided she wanted to make paella this weekend.  Barring having a paella pan she opted to use my Dutch oven.
It came out quite good.  She used chicken, shrimp, chorizo and mussels for proteins.  And I ate it even though it was choke full of peas.  I was just grateful somebody here besides me had to make diner. ;-)

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--

1. Sunday--Fend For Yourself
2. Monday--BLTs
3. Tuesday--Fish, Cole Slaw, Veg TBD
4. Wednesday--Breakfast for Dinner
5. Thursday--Chicken Parm, Salad
6. Friday--Brats on Rolls w/Onions, Baked Beans, Veg TBD
7. Saturday--Leftovers

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Fend For Yourself
2. Monday--BLTs
3. Tuesday--Fish, Cole Slaw, can't remember the Veggie
4. Wednesday--Breakfast for Dinner
5. Thursday--Chicken Parm, Sugar Snap Peas
6. Friday--Brats on Rolls w/Onions, Baked Beans
7. Saturday--Leftovers

Everything planned was served.
Last week saw lots of cooking.
I also picked up two rotisserie chickens on special at the Shursave market so those will be sliced/diced up and become Chicken Salad and Chicken pieces on Salads this coming week.

Last week saw 5 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 night of leftovers/fend for yourself, 0 nights of Take-Out or Eating Out.  

A trip to Weis, and 2 trips to Shursave market brought the weekly food spending to $85.21 and the monthly total to $400.84.  I am now officially over my $400 budget for food.

I've got $0 left in the food budget for June and 5 days left in my shopping month.  

My savings percentages last week was 48.20%(without Rite-Aid trips)and June's monthly savings total so far is at 53.46%.

Leftovers going into this week......Cabbage, 2 slices of Corned Beef, 2 helpings of baked Flounder for Daughter, and 7 pieces of Chicken Parm(I made enough for planned-overs),

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

1. Sunday--Paella
2. Monday--Chicken Parm(leftover), Pear Gorgonzola Salad
3. Tuesday--Caesar Salad w/Grilled Chicken
4. Wednesday--Seafood Enchiladas, Rice, Beans
5. Thursday--Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, Cuke Salad
6. Friday--Assorted Things(Stuffed Peppers, Salad, Etc.)
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 6 new meals cooked, 1 night of leftovers/FFY and 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating Out.
Daughter used what I had in the pantry/freezer or paid for ingredients herself for the paella so that didn't add to my food spending in June.
I've got some items to make but don't have enough for everyone....leftover ground beef and 2 peppers for stuffed peppers(I don't care for green pepper so I'll have the last bag of Pear Gorgonzola Salad, plus a couple other things here that need to be used).

I've been Jonesing for seafood Enchiladas so I'm going to make some this week.  I've already got the shrimp, fake crab, cheese, spices and tortillas so why not?

What needs buying for this menu? Romaine lettuce and a cuke.  We also need milk, OJ, sour cream, almond milk, Cool Whip(for pies for July 4th cook-out and it's on sale now so I'll buy it ahead).  I'm hoping to get through the rest of June on $20 or less.

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. I have never tried Paella, that looks good! I think I am going to institute Fend For Yourself days as a way to gradually get DH to start cooking!

  2. The paella sounds/looks great. Having someone else make it sounds even better. This week we are joining forces with everyone else out there using the leftovers and whatnots to make meals.

  3. I started the week strong but fell off the wagon Thursday and Friday. Shrug. We all ate, so whatevs.

    This week will be pizza, Sweet and Sour chicken, chicken and biscuits, and steakums. Wednesday I work late so dinner is someone else's problem that day. Friday is a getaway day for us, so probably burgers on the road. :)

  4. My daughter has taken over cooking during the week (not by choice necessarily, lol) and we've been having a lot of vegetarian meals which is fine - they are actually really tasty!!! Dh grilled up a bunch of chicken this weekend so when she have vegetarian meals, we can add some protein to them if we need to. We had butternut squash tostadas, veggie burritos, tomato & artichoke gnocchi, and a zucchini frittata. I expected to like NONE of them and liked ALL of them!!!

  5. I was sick most of the week. The kids made easy things like mac n cheese and pancakes. Hubby did grill a ton of chicken one night so we could eat it for leftovers. My list is here:

  6. This week - Sloppy Joes with Sweet Potato for lunch; for dinner, beans and cheese burrito with sauteed spinach and tomatoe. Need to eat up some food in the pantry.

  7. Kazi was away for 5 days so I used the time to eat up leftovers, clean out the fridge and save a few $$ at the same time.


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