How was your week?
Ours was incredibly busy and fast. So fast. I feel like I blinked and an entire week went by. While I was fighting a gross sinus flu, I did end up with some surprisingly strong/effective meds that let me continue on with life fairly normally. I only remembered I was sick when the meds were wearing off and searing pain took over my entire face/head. But you’re not here for that, you’re here for the food.
This week we spent: $37
It would have been $34 (I feel like this happens every week… because it does), but I ended up with MAJOR salad cravings which doesn’t happen that often…. so I went out to grab a box of salad greens. We had every other component for a basic salad already, so I just needed some greens for a side to our meals.
Salad greens (unpictured), cauliflower, bell peppers, cucumber (unpictured… oops), apples, spinach, green onions, orange juice, cereal, ketchup, hot dog buns, red onion, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, canned chickpeas, canned tomatoes x2, tomato paste and 5% greek yogurt.
I had leftovers of:
eggs, milk, potatoes, tuna, bread, spices, pasta, chicken broth, oats, bananas, peanut butter, hot dogs, butter, carrots, peppers, etc.
I buy basic pantry staples usually in large quantities when they’re on sale so that we have those things to rely on week to week. A bunch of those are going to have to be replaced soon, so we’ll have to spend more that week. It balances out.
Always cereal with milk and juice for Mark. He likes what he likes.
Banana bread baked oatmeal with salted peanut butter and an apple. Eaten 5/7 days for me. SO GOOD. My bananas from last week were black so I used them up for this. It’s sort of like my pumpkin baked oatmeal… but no spices, less sugar, more banana and less eggs…
PB and banana sandwiches. Eaten the other 2/7 days. I didn’t take a photo because it looks brown and sad. It isn’t pretty, but I love it. Always have. And it keeps me full for a really long time.
Chickpea shawarma stew that I posted a couple days ago. It’s one of our favorites. Eaten with greek yogurt and crackers on the side. We both ate it for a few days.
Tuna sandwiches. Sandwich, rather. I had one on a particularly busy day where I wasn’t going to be able to stop for lunch. They can be eaten easily in the car so it’s a go-to. Eaten with carrots and bell peppers. We still had so much tuna left from when it was on sale.
Leftover pasta bake & salad. I preferred the leftovers cold. I often prefer my leftovers cold… idk why. But I didn’t have time to heat it up anyway. Mark also took it for lunch one day.
Hummus veggie wrap & chickpea tabbouleh. This had nothing to do with the grocery recap lol but I felt like it was worth noting. I go out for lunch/coffee with friends usually twice a week, but this cafe downtown makes it super affordable to do it that often, because this meal is $3.95 with tax. It’s bigger than it looks in the photo… and it’s really tasty and filling. They have shiz tons of options, I just usually get this or their burrito. Their coffee is also $1 and a latte is $1.50. It’s volunteer run and it’s great.
Per usual, we grabbed pitas for lunch one day. Falafel again. We always get pitas on Sunday after church so I don’t have to cook when we get home. More time for doing things together.
Hot dogs for Mark on Saturday. We still have lots of buns/dogs left so that’ll be used up this coming week. I just freeze the buns in 2s so I can pull them out whenever he wants them.
Leftover veggie lasagna & salad. We had friends over Friday night and I made my 3 cheese veggie lasagna. We had enough leftover for dinner on Saturday.
Leftover Korean Beef Bowls. There was enough for one more meal. This photo makes it look like shit and yes, there’s a pile of rice under all that mess. The actual recipe post looks much better. Make it. It’s delicious even though it looks gross.
Tuna Pasta Bake. This was an unusual one for us. Basically, there was still tuna leftover from when it was on sale a few weeks ago, we still had pasta sitting in the pantry and I had a bunch of leftovers of other things. So it all went in to a dish with a quick sauce and a whole bunch of mozzarella & grana padano that was on it’s last leg. We actually liked it. Eaten with salad.
We were at our friend’s for the Super Bowl on Sunday so I made a hot nacho dip with the above cheeses, green onions, spices, the greek yogurt, and cream cheese we already had. We had lots of cheeses, the dip, meatballs, cider, crackers, chips, etc. That’s also why the salad craving hit. So it goes.
The usual suspects. Cookies, ice cream, chocolate, fruit w/nut butter, carrots dipped in peanut butter <— weirdly delicious combo I recently discovered. I eat a lot of peanut butter. Also, people keep giving me outrageous amounts of chocolate + peanut butter things. Not complaining at all.
In 2 weeks I’m heading to Ohio for a weekend to see a friend and my cousin and I am 10000% doing a Trader Joe’s haul to bring back home. I always do whenever I’m in the States and there’s a TJs around. I’ll keep whittling our pantry down to the bare bones until I can stock it back up with TJs goods.
That’s all! We’re doing date night tomorrow night and the usual church/out for lunch on Sunday and then we both have a fairly busy week so we’re soaking up the weekend together.
Make it a good one!