Do you ever look at the amount you’ve spent on groceries at the end of the month and wonder WHERE THE HECK it all went to? This happens to me all the time. I have laxed my previous $70/week budget and not sticking to ANYTHING can really do a damper when you are evaluating monthly expenditures. Anyway, this month was a big one with both eating out AND groceries- I don’t know how that happened.
My first thought for this week was to go vegetarian of course. Easiest way to be cheap in my mind.
I needed something tasty but filling AND a dish that would leave us with lots of leftovers. I did this and managed to get away with only making two meals this whole week.
Just call me superwife.
As much disdain as I have for the other Rachael that spells her name normally, I am NOT MAD at her magazine and especially can’t hate it when it contains money conscious recipes. I am all about cheap, all of the time. The magazine claims that each serving cost $2.63, which is pretty accurate in my experience. Rachael Ray’s recipes are usually restaurant level fattening, so I tend to have to do a little work on them.
Example: Frying the corn tortillas before rolling the enchiladas. You will live if you just spray the pan – in fact, you will live longer if you do that instead. I also used the below tortillas instead of corn to add extra fiber and some protein. Staying full is my number one mission in life.
I swapped black beans for pintos, I just like them better. I changed a lot of things in this recipe, so my version is below (with absolutely no taste compromise). If you want the full fat, full calorie version, you can find it here. My new recipe is as follows, and no picture because it looks disgusting but tastes OH SO GOOD. Sorry, I break good blogger rules everyday, but trust me on this one.
Let’s talk recipe sharing – I don’t do that enough anymore. I realized I love to pick recipes from internet/cookbooks and dissect everything as I am going about cooking it. I rarely ever am satisfied with a recipe the exact way it is supposed to be made, and that is when we can have the most fun while cooking 🙂
Background: When I make meals during the week it’s usually something I’m not very excited about. I try new recipes that are safe and healthy and I generally just eat it because I already have most of the ingredients and don’t have to spend too much money on groceries.
New project (because buying a house just isn’t enough)- I am building my pantry and purging my recipe binder of recipes that are just “meh” to my husband and I. We eat at home every single night of the week most of the time, so it’s easy to get bored and I’m done with NOT ENJOYING my dinners because I was so focused on something easy and familiar.
This week the new recipe I decided to try was another Asian dish after basking in the success of the Thai food I made last week. It required beer that we happened to have on hand and chicken thighs or drumsticks (I used boneless/skinless thighs). I am so sick of chicken breast that I am willing to have a little extra fat in my meal than more repulsive chewy tasteless-ness. You could easily use chicken breast if you’d like, but you know my disdain for it- I have been cooking it for years and still haven’t found the magic touch to make it appetizing to me.
I had to buy the hoisin sauce and sesame oil- neither were over $5.00. I have also never tried Sriracha, even though we’ve had it in the house for as long as I’ve been married. My tastebuds are pleased with it.
Thank God for coconut milk and THANK GOD for this recipe. It saved my life today after the horrible news that an alternative offer (ie NOT OURS) for our most favorite house was accepted today. Sadness and frustration abound. Duck Dynasty is cheering my husband up (okay it is kind of hilarious), while comfort in food is more my speed.
Thai food has been making me really happy in the past year or so – I had quite a few bad experiences at a certain Thai restaurant in college that I never wanted to go near it again, until a co-worker forced me to try a new place and a specific dish and I was in love (first pad bamee, then peanut sauce).
There is not much to say about this besides a. thank you Jessica for making this exotic goodness accessible from home and b. I did not use a bowl for this, I ate half the pot, directly from the pot, over the course of 3 hours. The bowl below is what I gave mr. mans & he went back three times to re-fill.
The messiest things are always the tastiest, no?
Man, I REALLY want to get over this “hump” that is Wednesday.
Ever have ONE OF THOSE DAYS where the last thing you want to think about is work and how you feel like you are no contribution whatsoever and need to break out and do something ~meaningful~? Yep, I am feeling quite restless, but I guess I can take comfort in this.
Let’s talk food instead. I tried making soup yesterday since this is one of the only weeks in Florida this winter that felt remotely cold enough to have soup. I always feel like an idiot making soup in Florida.
I picked something that seemed healthy enough, but came to find it only filled me up for approximately one minute after eating a serving of it, therefore I recommend this in smaller portions as a comforting side dish to whatever hearty goodness you are cooking to comfort your soul in your everlasting winter (I am so sorry that this winter is never-ending for you guys, and continue to ponder reasons why all of my family and friends continue to complain about it in public forums yet never ever ever come visit me down here. I am hurt)
Also, you didn’t hear it from me, but I think this would taste 68% better if you added a little cream or milk to it.
As you can see, I should have made cookies instead of soup considering where my mind is right now, but I can happily tell you that I do have some frozen thin mints to pick me up from this reflection of self-pity.
I also lost my camera today, I’m really doing a good job at life