Thursday, April 7, 2011

Project: Food Budget: Week 5

Budget: 70$
Actual Spent: 107.13$

  • Orange bell pepper
  • Red bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Zucchini
  • Asparagus
  • Portabella mushrooms
  • Cremini mushrooms
  • Crookneck squash
  • Turnips
  • Sweet potato
  • Green cabbage
  • Red cabbage
  • Jalapeno
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Pineapple
  • 100-calorie guacamole packs
  • Special K with berries
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Corn tortillas
  • Rolls for hamburgers
  • Tilapia
  • Ground beef
  • Beer
  • Little Caesar's pizza
  • Whataburger (one combo between us)
  • Schlotzsky's (split a regular Turkey Original)
Oh, man! That's a long list. We definitely overspent this week. At least, we came back to vegetables this week. We had several veg sammies that were absolutely packed with raw or lightly cooked veg.

CSA: Here's what we got this week. The green mix became salads. We braised the chard and added it to shrimp pasta. The brussel sprout greens are about to become "unrolled cabbage rolls". The (amazing) onions have been added to sauerkraut, sandwiches, and eaten raw as a snack. Those babies have some bite!

Meals eaten:
  • Spaghetti with marinara and lots of veg
  • Stuffed portabella burgers with turnip and sweet potato fries: Make small burger patties, place them to fill the inside of the portabella cap. Pan fry until done (use the lid to steam them). Serve with melted provolone on a fancy roll with dijon, mayo, lettuce, and red onion.
  • Baja fish and shrimp tacos (our favorite party food!)
  • Parmesan-crusted veg sammies: from How It All Vegan
  • Shrimp, asparagus, and chard with farfalle

What we learned:
  1. Beer is delicious but there's not room for it in our budget very often. (There's not really room for it at our waistlines either.)
  2. Having friends over for dinner doesn't have to be costly. We could have done better with that this week.
  3. Burger-stuffed portabella burgers are delicious. I'm sure someone's thought of it before but for me it was a revelation. This meal will happen again soon.
  4. More veggies and more meal planning. We spend way more if we aren't well-prepared.
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  1. kind of funny - we spent the same amount of money this week after being so under budget last week.

    looks like you got some great food on that list. :)

  2. You came back to veggies hard core!