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

Taco Salad
Use leftover chili
chips, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheese

bon appetit!

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.


Dawn said...

Congratulations on such good shoe string meals. Creative and yummy sounding.

Fire is such an amazing force - imagine being in one for eternity - -

Debby said...

Pretty awesome, can we put the cooking week in our book?

We are still praying for the firefighters. Ours are getting the much needed rest now. Idyllwild and Hemet were 100% contained in four days. We were one spark away from evacuation. Stay indoors, my friend.

Marg said...

Looks like you are so well organized.
I can't think like that...but I love living on a shoe string at times...
It's a challenge and it's a good way to empty my deep freezer or fridge.

By the way, if you look closely at my feet, I was not wearing heels...
I started laughing out loud, thinking....anyone who really knows me, knows I don't wear heels.
Maybe at a wedding...but always sport sandals, or sports shoes...

Willow said...

The cooking on a shoestring is a good exercise, whether we need to or not. It looks like you did a great job of managing the funds and the food.

We drove through downtown LA on Saturday afternoon and could still see the plumes of white smoke billowing up above the San Gabriel Mountains.

Michelle (wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, co-worker, and striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman) said...

Sounds yummy, Sharon! I'm not a cook either, but you sure outpace with your meals from this week!
I've missed being in blogworld. Funny how tragedy brings us back to the things we really love.
Hope all is well with you and your family. Have missed talking with you.

Karen said...

I agree...your menu planning is very organized and thrifty...well done!

Oh, my...the devastation from the terrible....

Susan Skitt said...

Great ideas! I need to plan more for meals so I'll spend less!