I can take money out of savings, but I'm not going to do it if I can help it. Today I tried to set things up for the week. I HAD to go to the store and am ASTONISHED that I've not been to Aldi's sooner...I actually got a beautiful head of cauliflower for 99 cents...I kid you not. 99 cents??? You can't even get it on sale for $2.50!! (I spent $7.50 there on fresh broccoli, cauliflower, bananas, a bag of apples, and a 3lb container of oats). So my budget it down to $10.50.
I made egg salad.
I made homemade peanut butter granola cereal for the week. You can find the recipe here. I love it because it has honey in it - NO SUGAR. You can eat it with or without milk and add whatever you want - raisins, almonds, etc. YUMMY!
I made bread so I don't have to buy it with the $18! I've been asked by one awesome cousin how I made the bread. I'm old fashioned so I do it by hand. It's relaxing for me to knead dough, though if you have a bread machine - go for it! The recipe I use is pretty much fool proof and tastes so fluffy and delicious you'll want it every day! I've posted the recipe before, but you can find it here. It's called beginner's bread so you really can't mess it up! Amy - feel free to call me if I can help you make it!
Lastly, I made dinner tonight using one (1) large chicken breast and we all 3 ate and had a container full of leftovers. How'd I do it? - I've been asked.
Well, I cut the chicken up into small bite sized pieces..very thin...think Johnny Carinos thin. I seasoned and cooked it in a pan with some onion and removed it.
Then I took one of those 99 cent boxes of Pasta Sides and cooked it in the pan I cooked the chicken in, only I threw in some frozen chopped spinach - anything to stretch the meal!. When that was done I added the chicken back in and made a bag of frozen green beans seasoned them and voila. There was a decent amount of chicken in each serving too.
I'm all about fillers and things you can add to stretch a meal - starches and veggies do that - spinach, rice, beans, corn, broccoli potatoes or pasta - whatever you like.
If you want to stretch your meat - don't make "hunks" of meat like steaks, meatloaf, or whole chicken breasts.
Think - fajitas, mini meat balls, and stir fry.
Here are some fillers I use.
Tacos - line shells or wraps with refried beans - you'll use half the meat and you'll be twice as full. (you can also add rice to taco meat). I've mentioned before that a pound of taco meat will give us 3 dinners.
Meatballs (ground meat in general - even burgers) - bread crumbs, eggs etc.
Rice - beans/spinach/broccoli
Another staple to add is SOUP. It goes a long way. Some men are cranky when it comes to soups but you can add a quarter pound of mini meat balls or 1 shredded chicken breast to keep them quiet and fill their bellies.
Beans and eggs are good and inexpensive sources of protein that you can use in meatless dishes.
Lastly - there is something to be said for eating LESS. We've tried to cut out second helpings and that helps to stretch food - not your waistline!