Monday, March 24, 2014

This Week on the Dining Table

This Week on the Dining Table
The "I Cooked on Sunday and Am Done for the Week" Edition.......
 



 
First I made from scratch the Sauce, then the process of making Eggplant Parm.
Took quite some time to finish it all.
I really don't feel like cooking anymore this week.  I am pitiful, aren't I? lolz

So I am planning an easy cooking week......lots of leftovers to just reheat, #2 Son can cook one night, shoving a chicken in the oven tonight and I'm calling dinner done, and 1 more new meal on Friday.
 
 
 
And here is what was planned last week---
 
Sunday--Hamburger & Noodles, Sugar Snap Peas(I just had a bowl of veggies.)
Monday--leftover Chicken w/Pot Pie Noodles and Carrots
Tuesday--Meatloaf(freezer), Squash Casserole(use the squash on hand)
Wednesday--Crab Cakes(freezer), Haddock(freezer), Sautéed Green Beans(freezer)
Thursday--Kielbasa(freezer) on Rolls, Squash Casserole(leftovers), Potato Salad
Friday--Pork Chop(freezer), Roasted Cauliflower and Carrots, Applesauce
Saturday--Roast Chicken(freezer), Sweet Corn Cake, Veggie Mélange(freezer)
 
And here is what actually happened---
 
Sunday--Hamburger & Noodles, Sugar Snap Peas(I just had a bowl of veggies.)
Monday--leftover Chicken w/Pot Pie Noodles and Carrots
Tuesday--Meatloaf(freezer), Squash Casserole(use the squash on hand)
Wednesday--Crab Cakes(freezer), Haddock(freezer), Sautéed Green Beans(freezer)
Thursday--Kielbasa(freezer) on Rolls, Squash Casserole(leftovers)
Friday--Leftovers
Saturday--Reuben Sandwiches
 


Everything as planned through Thursday, but the Potato Salad never happened.  The taters are getting old so I'll make the P salad this week to have on hand if anyone gets hungry for some spuds.

We had leftovers Friday and Saturday so the roasted Chicken gets moved to this week and the Pork Chop meal gets put on hold.  Actually I put the chicken in the fridge to thaw and it NEVER did thaw out in time for Sat.'s dinner.  That baby was rock HARD!  I've got it in the sink in water now trying to get it thawed in time to cook tonight.  Cross your fingers....lolz
 
 
As for the food spending update.....I spent a total of $99.37 on groceries last week between the Restaurant Outlet and the local Independent market.  Saved 39.04% over regular retail in all.
I bought only 1 item that was NOT on sale(sauerkraut for Reubens).
This is how I plan my menus nowadays.....between picking up items on discount, clearance or on sale and combining them with what I already have in the house.
Planning ahead and purchasing on sale price helps to keep from buying at regular retail price.

I have spent a total of $333.33 in March of our $300-$400 food budget so far.  I didn't go into the final week of March at or under $300 of food spending but it's close.
  
Oh and no food waste last week either.
 
Going into the new week here are the leftovers we have......1 Kielbasa, lots of Corned Beef deli slices.
 
Here is this week's meal plan----

Sunday--Eggplant Parm(all ingredients on hand, made sauce)
Monday--Roast Chicken(fridge), Corn Casserole(pantry), Asparagus(on hand)
Tuesday--Grilled Meatloaf(leftover), Roasted Cauliflower(on hand)
Wednesday--Tacos or Taco Salads(all ingredients on hand)
Thursday--Leftovers-Eggplant Parm, Reuben or Corned Beef Sammie, Chicken, Tacos, Kielbasa, etc.
Friday--Chicken Risotto w/Asparagus(using leftover roast chicken and asparagus)
Saturday--Leftovers-whatever is still left or Fend for Yourself Night

Hubs is out of town 2 days this week, one night #2 Son and I will have Tacos(his fav), the other night we'll work on the leftovers.
As for leftovers, I also have some spaghetti sauce I made for the Eggplant Parm leftover so pasta and sauce is another possibility, or I'll use it in next week's menu.

4 new dinners and 3 dinners from leftovers.  No eating out this week, though I am tempted.

What I need to purchase for this menu?.......Not a thing.  Everything I didn't have already was bought on Saturday.
Perhaps I'll stay out of the grocery store this week.
At least, that's the plan.
If we can not spend on food this week, we'll end March at $333.33 in spending.

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

Sluggy

1 comment:

  1. "I really don't feel like cooking anymore this week." Yep, got that. This bronchitis hangs on, but many weeks I have the same thoughts.

    The idea of buying what's on sale and combining with what's at home sure saves me money and wasted food. Plus, lots of the sale food can do into my freezer for cheaper meals later. Of course, you have other people for meals...lol. I get it.

    Family that eats leftovers is great. You reared them well.

    I wonder if your children were ever picky eaters. Mine were about some things. No one liked green beans unless someone else cooked them to mush--the good old southern way.

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