This is always the hardest time of the month for us. I think that the time just before the next paycheck is always the hardest time. Money is something that I think every household stuggles with and that can lead to tension. I have found that when we really need to be frugal it helps to have comforting food and food with carbs. This is not a slow carb week at all. Since skitch is not a slow carb person and I am I tend to take a break with slow carb when money is absolutely tight. It’s easy on the budget and it helps our relationship. I’ve also found that having a dessert for the week to be really helpful as well. Treats I think make the meals seem special even though they are simple.
I’m cooking from the pantry and freezer mostly. I have a small shopping list and I think the most expensive item on the list is either the 2 cans of pumpkin or the silken tofu. I’m hoping that the pumpkin is on sale right now. Everything else is fresh or found in the bulk bins [my favorite part of the store!] so I am hoping to keep it all under the allotted $20 – well under I hope. I’m even baking some biscuits this week so that will be a treat in itself since I am not a baker. I am not by nature someone who measures. I make skitch measure and I do all stirring and messy parts. It works out well for both of us!
Edit: Just got back form the store! It was $12.60 this week. Not bad at all!
What We’re Having
- Roasted Veggies – carrots, potatoes, onion, garlic and squash if it’s on sale
- Quick Sweet & Sour Stirfry
- Chunky Summer Squash Soup with Rosemary Drop Biscuits
- Outback style Baked Potatoes with Chili & Cheese
- Quick Veggie Satay
Breakfast, Lunch & Treat!
- Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal – Baked Oatmeal is the best since you can make it and just spoon some out everyday
- Beans & Rice Casserole – Easy cheap lunch! This one has brown rice, 3 kinds of beans and green chilis. I’m planning to top them with salsa. This is a Daniel Fast recipe and I like it since it uses a ton of beans and no cheese.
- Vegan 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pudding – A seasonal favorite. Last time I made it it was gone in about 10 minutes. This time I’m going to make sure he doesn’t eat it all right away!
- Leftovers will be lunches, snacks or sides to other meals.
I usually make some of the menu on Sunday afternoon so I don’t have to worry about cooking in the morning or doing more cooking after dinner one night. It saves me heaps of energy.
- Vegan 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pudding – this was just made and it’s as good as it was last year. It’s chilling in the fridge right now
- Beans & Rice Casserole – It’s in the oven. I am a little nervous about it. I don’t usually make rice not in a rice cooker so it’s an adventure. I just hope it will be a delicious adventure.
- Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal – This is also in the oven right now. I think this is going to be just delicious. I added more pumpkin than it called for since I bought a 29oz can for both of the pumpkin recipes but it should be just fine.
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