Saturday, September 5, 2009
Eating on a Shoestring
We’re on a shoestring budget this week.
I’ve carved out these dinners from things I have on hand. I did have to visit the store and only spent $45.00 for this week…and that includes 2 boxes of Reynold’s Wrap! (sale- 2 for $4.00)
I will say upfront…I am not a cook. And I like things to be fast and easy. The longest things were the potato salad and boiling a chicken, but I don’t work 2 afternoons per week, so that was a good time to prepare.
It’s actually fun to creatively cut down on the grocery bill.
El Pollo Loco Chicken (from our local fast food place.)
Potato salad (I made this Thursday afternoon—because I was off work)
Zucchini from my garden…sliced thin, seasoned, microwaved
Gorton’s grilled Salmon (2 boxes for $6.00) bake for 15 minutes
Left over potato salad
Fresh cooked broccoli
boil one whole chicken—read a good article/relax while it boils and cools.
Pull off meat place in a ziplock bag.
This will be used for 2 or 3 meals.
Easy Chicken and Rice dish
(use one or two bags of “rice sides” by Knorr $1 each)
Add chicken pieces and extra broccoli
Chicken Enchiladas. (use leftover chicken from last night)
Chicken Tacos (if you still have chicken left over)
Chili & Cornbread
Envelope of Lawry’s Chili seasoning mix (or any kind)
Follow instructions on back of envelope
add cheap steak, cut up…fry and add to chili
(double the recipe…or make a little more)
Make easy cornbread from a mix
Use leftover chili
chips, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheese
Fire Update - Sept. 5th, Sat.
The "Station Fire" is 42 percent contained after burning 154,655 acres and destroying at least 76 homes.
Today..."The fire was moving through tall, thick brush in steep terrain at the eastern edge of the San Gabriel Wilderness in Los Angeles County, Incident Commander Mike Dietrich told the Los Angeles Times." in a story published Saturday.