Since I botched last week, I thought I would try and spend as little as possible this week. I ended up going to Wal-Mart and price-matching bananas from Michoacana Meat Market--they always have stellar prices on bananas.
I ended up spending about $5 on bananas, they were on sale for 3lbs for $1. So 3 X 5 is 15. So I have about 15 pounds of bananas. Hopefully it will help in a pinch. I need to make it a regular habit of going to the meat market every week.
Sat: Steaks & Baked Potatoes; Fish & Rice plus a vegetable. We got Omaha steaks for Christmas for husband and I and we gave the kids fish and rice.
Sun: Chicken, mashed potatoes, peas. Used what we had.
Mon: Slow Cooker Lentil Rice Casserole pg: 79 Everything Beans Cookbook
(I bought an ebook a while back--making use of it)
UPDATE: The Lentil Rice Casserole turned out wonderful! It comes from an ebook that I bought, it has lentils, brown rice, chicken broth, canned tomato sauce, I used cut up sausage instead of the shredded chicken that it called for, didn't have taco seasoning mix already made up so I put in some hot sauce and some cumin--even with my tweaking and subbing in stuff it turned out great, definitely have to start the recipe notebook and put that one in.
Wed: Chili--pg 39 in Everything Beans Cookbook
Thurs: Hawaiian Haystacks--we don't have any cream soup, and I am trying to eliminate buying it, so we'll use this recipe:
Fri: Homemade Tomato Soup and grill cheese sandwiches
I am going to try this tomato soup recipe:
That's it! If I stick to my menu, I should have everything I need or I can substitute something else. If the recipes work out I need to add them to a binder or put them in a special folder or something. I have been wanting to make a recipe book for like 8 years--better late than never.
Just spent $31.50 for 2 baskets worth of produce from Bountiful Baskets.
I don't pick it up until Saturday which is the start of a new week. I will count it towards this week since the money comes out of the account now, but I won't have it until the start of next week. So this week's total: $5 in bananas + 31.50 Bountiful Baskets (2 baskets) brings me to 36.50-- so far so good. Better go make tonight's dinner!