Monday, July 30, 2018

This Week on the Dining Table

The "The Zucchini that Ate Cleveland" Edition--

It always seems to happen.  There's always one zucchini that you can't find in the garden until it's a mammoth size!  Who decided that zukes had to be a color to blend in so well with it's foliage anyway?   Serious design flaw that!

So this 14.5 inch behemoth weighed in at 69.7 ounces or 4 pounds and 5.7 ounces.

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

This is what was planned--

1. Sunday--Pork Barbecue on Rolls, Cole Slaw
2. Monday--Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Beans
3. Tuesday--Cheeseburgers, Mac Salad
4. Wednesday--Pork Ragu over Pasta, Salad
5. Thursday--Fried Zucchini and Leftovers
6. Friday--Squash Casserole and Leftovers
7. Saturday--BLTs or Chicken Salad Sandwiches

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Pork Barbecue on Rolls, Cole Slaw
2. Monday--Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Beans
3. Tuesday--Fried Zucchini
4. Wednesday--Grilled Asparagus(and Assorted Leftovers)
5. Thursday--Leftovers
6. Friday--Squash Casserole, Hamburgers
7. Saturday--Zucchini and Sausage Rissotto

Last week saw 6 nights of home cooked dinners, 1 night of leftovers/fend for yourself, 0 nights of Take-Out or Eating Out. 
The Pork Ragu didn't happen(and the BLTs/Chicken Salad Sammies happened for Lunch not Dinner last week). With so much zucchini coming in fast and furiously I had to punt and come up with more ways to use it up. 
I only made a veggie dish on 2 nights and if that wasn't enough for some they were free to also eat some leftovers.

Trips to Maines, Walmart, Shursave Markets and Weis brought the weekly food spending to $112.02 and the monthly total to $433.75.
I have 1 day left in my shopping month for July(though I am done grocery shopping for the month)and have closed out the budget for this month.  I wanted to do $400 but gave myself another $50 if needed due to company in July so I'll call $433.75 a win. '-)

My savings percentage last week was 48.15%(without Rite-Aid trips)and July's monthly savings total comes to 48.80% so far.

Leftovers going into this week......2 Enchiladas, a little bit of Barbecue Pork, and a LOT of Zucchini Risotto.

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

1. Sunday--Leftovers
2. Monday--Lemon Pepper Chicken and Zuke, Rice
3. Tuesday--Grilled Steak, Grilled Zuke and Squash
4. Wednesday--Beef Pie
5. Thursday--Pork Ragu over Pasta, Salad
6. Friday--Tacos
7. Saturday--Leftovers

This week will see 5 new meals cooked, 2 nights of leftovers/FFY and 0 nights of Take-Out/Eating Out.

What needs buying for this menu?  Steaks that Shursave market will have on sale this week.
I have everything else here to make these meals.
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 just cooked a pork loin, apple bourbon, I think. What else? I don't know, but I am going to make a meatloaf today. I have never heard of a zucchini that large. What did you feed it? Keep an eye on that thing!

  2. We had one of those "hidden" zucchinis too - didn't think to weigh time, there WILL be a next time!!!

  3. Sluggy did something happen on Carol's blog I am unable to get in.

    1. She's having some blog issues just now. Nothing serious.

    2. Thank you, Slugmama! I, too, was wondering what happened to CTonaBudget.

      Please let her know we miss her, and to hurry back to the "blogosphere"!

  4. I love zucchinis - that one is huge! We have been very slack here this week with meals - all eating too much junk food! but did have a lovely chicken salad yesterday and planning a nice baked dinner for tonight.

  5. That beast can be shredded into many many loaves of chocolate zucchini bread. Or into buttery southern style squash casserole ! Yum!


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