I first came across the idea of menu planning and grocery tracking blogging on TheFrugalGirl. It has been a helpful tool for me to organize our budget and menu!
goal budget is $125/week or $500/month – Monthly Running total currently: $254.54
Aldi : 53.50
weekly total: $69.90
Underbudget! I am totally not surprised. It was slim pickings the end of the week, and we did some serious pantry/freezer eating. We are doing pretty well in terms of budget. I have 2 shopping trips left this month. I looked at the calendar, and this is a tricky month because I counted my end of feb shopping trip towards March, making this month 5 weeks.
No grocery picture this week! One of my goals this week was to try to do some baking for breakfasts. I got my act together and made a loaf of pumpkin bread! I used this recipe
from Deb over at Smitten Kitchen. She comments that the sugar is the perfect amount and the bread is not too sweet. And I have made it before following her exact recipe and it is perfectly delicious! This time, though, to try to be more healthful, I cut the sugar back to 1 cup.
Dinner |dinner over at friends house. We brought some salad. She made a turkey and stuffing meatloaf which was delicious!
Dinner | beef tacos
Dinner |turkey meat laoves and scalloped potatoes
Dinner | homemade white pizza
Dinner | take out (Mr Bird and Little Bird got slices out, and I had a solo night and did chick fil a drive through)
Dinner | breakfast for dinner (Mr Bird did the planning, shopping, and cooking!)
Dinner | planning on making salmon and rice (but we might end up with take out due to work/timing)
I am extremely pleased that we only did 1 night of takeout. It was unplanned, but definitely nice and needed! My work hours were longer than I expected this week, which made coming home to cook dinner more challenging. I had actually made the turkey meatloaves Monday night and all we had to do was reheat them. So really I wasn’t able to cook dinner any day but Monday. I am thinking this is going to need to be a normal thing going forward.
I am really hoping to get a better grip on some quick week night meals. It is a new challenge for me! I used to work only a few 12-hour shifts a week and could easily spend my days off cooking nice slow and delicious meals! Now that I am working a more traditional 9-5 job, I am struggling to find meals that can be ready in 30 minutes with minimal prep work that night. It’s hard to prep while entertaining a hungry toddler. Make-ahead casseroles are working well, but I can’t seem to be interested in eating casserole more than 1 night a week ( minus leftovers)! I need to remind myself to have patience, and takeout for a period of time while we get into a new groove is okay.
Any suggestions for recipes that reheat well?
What did you eat this week?