Monday, November 30, 2009
For lunch, a turkey and swiss sandwich on whole-wheat with mayo and lettuce. I also had half of a HUGE orange. Then I had some chocolate kisses.
I was pretty hungry by the end of the day. So for dinner... A big ole' bowl of leftover Spanish stew served over some white beans and autumn orzo. On the side, some salad with radishes and a vinaigrette I whipped up with Dijon, apple cider vinegar, pepper, and olive oil. It was delish! It was also a LOT of food.
Then, I studied. Then I came down for a little dessert... A leftover waffle with chocolate chips and whipped cream. I devoured this while on the phone with a friend. Girl talk!
We spent at total of $56.69! But we got...
- Brown Sugar $1.36
- Cranberry Pomegranate Juice (100%) $2.55
- Milk $3.59
- 4 Cornish Hens $9.98
- Italian Turkey Sausage (1.25 lbs) $4.49
- Chicken Breasts (boneless, skinless 2.5 lbs) $4.95
- Green Bell Peppers (2 @ $.69 each) $1.38
- Yellow Onions (2.12 lbs @ $.50/lb) $1.06
- Oranges (2.51 lbs @ $.99/lb) $2.48
- Red Leaf Lettuce (1 head) $1.69
- Red Bell Pepper (1) $1.49
- Coffee $3.99
- Roma Tomatoes (1.14 lbs @ $1.39/lb) $1.58
- Avocado (1) $0.99
- Wheat Tortillas $1.50
- All-natural Turkey Deli Meat $2.50
- Sliced Swiss Cheese $2.28
- Pears (1.76 lbs @ $0.98/lb) $1.72
- Tomato Paste $0.50
- Large Can Crushed Tomatoes $1.14
- Can of Soup-Clam Chowder $1.50
- Can of Diced Tomatoes, Chipotle flavor $0.75
- Can of Artichoke Hearts $2.33
- Can of Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (2) $1.50
The most expensive things were used for the Spanish crock-pot meal (sausage, red bell pepper, onions, crush tomatoes, artichokes, chicken). But we've had quite a few meals from it (at least 6, including tonight's dinner or tomorrow's lunch)! Which means that it will be about $2.25/meal. Not bad!
I definitely need to shave down on cost, but am hoping to continue the trend of more meatless meals (more beans and fish). The Spanish stew was meat heavy, so I'm hoping to compare that with some nice bean dishes (black bean tacos, casserole, quesadillas, soups, or salad, anyone?). We have a few lentils on hand, but other than that, we have no dry beans on hand, so I'll try to pick up more at the store this weekend. Those are dirt-cheap. We also need to incorporate more seasonal veggies into our plans. Maybe I'll do a menu-planning post this week before the grocery store trip.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
For lunch, we had a HUGH JASS salad from Whole Foods with greens, tomatoes, shredded carrots, green beans, broccoli, bell peppers with just a touch of Caesar dressing. We also had some amazing pesto tortellini salad and fresh fruit salad. AND we had some sushi (salmon or tuna rolls with brown rice). Whew! It was really satisfying and we were FULL. I probably had about 2 C of veggies, 1/2 C tortellini salad, 1/2 C fruit and 4 sushi rolls.
Then we scooted around town looking for more gifts but no luck! We came home just int time for Dad to show up and we started on dinner. I made calzones! We each had 2/3 a calzone and some salad. Kendall and I had a beer.
Now we are relaxing!
Friday, November 27, 2009
And I have to say, I got a lot done. By 7 am, I had hit three stores and finished the bulk of my sprinting. Kendall called to remind me that we were out of cereal, so I swing by the grocery store, and went home to eat. I was hungry, tired and had a slight headache at that point. We had a bowl of Quaker Oat Squares with milk and coffee. Yum! We both love those things!
I normally try not to buy for myself on Black Friday. It's all about the gifts. This year, I could not pass up a great deal on a slow cooker and I got my black dress that I'll need for Bethany's wedding.
So once home, I looked up slow cooker recipes and made a grocery list. Then it was off for a few more gifts and groceries.
Once home for good, I set up the slow cooker meal and got to work on lunch. Kendall worked from home and we had a date. We had whole-wheat wraps with chipotle mayo, turkey, Swiss, tomato, avocado and lettuce. On the side, some sub-par clam chowder.
I had it with a dark beer. So tangy and satisfying!
We helped out around the in-laws place and soon, my family arrived! We visited while we snacked on fresh veggies, some whole-wheat crackers with cream cheese and jam, and some great punch.
Then it was time for the turkey!
This was my plate (~5 oz turkey, 1/2 C green bean casserole, 3/4 C mashed potatoes, 1.5 C salad, .5 C steamed veggies, 1/2 C stuffing, and 1 slice whole-wheat bread). I ended up having just a little more turkey.
Then I had a slice of apple pie with some whipped cream and a coffee.
After we feasted, I taught one my nephew's how to knit and then we went for a walk to the park. A little hide-and-seek happened! We walked back and folks started going home.
After everyone else had left, we chatted with Kendall's parents and I had a few more crackers with cream cheese and jam. I wasn't too hungry!
We came home and I had a dark beer and a bit of red wine. Then it was early to bed to hit the Black Friday sales!!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Secondly, it was cool this morning and a donned a pretty cute outfit. Let's just say it involved wide-leg black pants, cute denim jacket and a scarf.
I got to work and some people brought in some treats. I had a slice of pumpkin bread and half of a donut. Foiled my plan for light eating today!
THEN, we got out EARLY! Which was AWESOME! So the gals and I headed to lunch. I ordered a mushroom burger, thinking it was a portabella cap instead of a beef patty. It was really a beef patty smothered with mushrooms. So I ditched the beef. I also had about 1/2 C of the fries. Oops.
I got home and hung out my hubs. Then the flooring guy called and we went to Lowe's to finalize our carpet. Soon we'll have new floors in our two side bedrooms! Hoorah!
We got home and he made dinner while I started on our bread. He made salmon, orzo and some potatoes and onions. Very delicious!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I was ready for a run when I left work, but by the end of my commute, felt totally drained. I hate that! But when I got home, I discovered hubby still working away, so I snuck in a run and shower before he wrapped up his work. Then we feasted on more white chili, and I had half of a sweet potato and a big carrot. I think the chili out with a little more stock, so it would fill me up a bit more. Worked!
For a vitamin C boost and a yummy snack, half a big Ruby Red grapefruit. So lucky I live in TX where we get these beauties from the valley. They are sweet and HUGE. I usually peel the pith off and just eat the juicy fruit.
-Breakfast: 1 C shredded wheat w/ 1.25 C fat-free milk and black coffee
-Snack: 1/4 C raisins
-Lunch: Turkey and Muenster on homemade whole-wheat w/ mayo and a huge apple
-Dinner: Leftover red curry, with only 2 bites chicken, but the rest being veggies and potatoes (probably 3/4 C of veggies)
-Snack: Popcorn with olive oil and popcorn salt and half a huge grapefruit + water
I was seriously tired all day, and after a few co-workers started to get sick, I opted for some vitamin C, water, and rest. I didn't run this morning in an effort to get a few extra ZZZs. Photos tonight, folks!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Last week we broke the bank by spending $58. Yikes! Totally my bad. I know we got 3 boxes of cereal and some coffee which drove up our bill. But still.
This week, we clocked in at about $35, most of that went toward our mole recipe which we didn't make this weekend. This week, we bought some milk, soda, cold cuts, Cornish hens and cereal. But we also bought dried chilies, Mexican chocolate, anise, sesame seeds, tomatillos, etc.
This week will bring lots of cheap eats... chili and leftover curry, which makes cooking dinner a breeze! It's a short week and I made a huge pot of beans from what we had in the pantry. And perhaps we'll get sent home with leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner! A gal can dream, yes?
Hopefully next week will be a low bill as well to help recoup from that $58 week! Plus, need more $$ for holiday fun!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Then it was time for some calzones! I chopped some veggies...
Made some dough...
So lusciously hot and cheesy on the inside!
Now it's chilling with some red wine and TV. Good night!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I really love this chicken recipe...
Flatten out a chicken breast to about 1/4 inch, and put some cheese in the center (1.5 oz) and roll. Secure with toothpick and roll in breadcrumbs. Put in a greased pan and stick in an 350 oven for 30 min. Presto!