do you have any idea the amount of dedication and intelligence it takes to meal plan? if this was a subject in university i'd have a phd! yeah doctor dinner is served! speaking of which...what happened to home economics? do they even teach that in school anymore? i'm thirty two years old, and i just learned how to create a household budget! what is wrong with that statement? i took home economics, economics, business, finance, and a host of 'electives' and no where a long the way did anyone ever mention personal spending analysis or household budget...that is messed up! wheeeeew...okay on to my week in the kitchen. on monday i was down to the bare minimum in the pantry..ya'll know the feeling? i ended up making a mushroom beef casserole and house salad.
you guys know the routine...get it all out. look at this photo, i'm working with the scraps here!in the bowl is frozen spinach.
popped it in the oven, made the salad and...dinner is served. see? phd material...and i'm still a believer in minimalism with food waste, so even though i didn't have enough veggie scraps for stock, i zip-loc it 'till i do.
by tuesday night i still hadn't gone to the grocery store, although i asked everyone i saw that day what they were making for dinner. my friend ally said " it's ten dollar tuesday at the pizza shoppe!" i told her about my new job and then i said " we're trying to save money, so i don't want to spend even ten dollars on pizza" when she left that day she handed me twenty bucks and said "here let me buy you dinner order a couple of pizzas" you can imagine my refusal! still i ended up with that twenty in my pocket and she would not take it back. so thanks ally, but you should know i didn't buy pizza. i bought flour, pizza sauce, mozzarella and yeast. i had planned on bringing her a homemade pizza, but they didn't last long, so i'll have to do that another time. i asked my friend carrie what she was making and she promptly replied "steak" i thought....good idea. simple.
i still had a bit of produce kickin' around, so i stopped by 'backcountry meats' on my way home and picked up a couple of cheap cuts, roasted a squash in maple syrup , cinnamon and cranberries, and made a broccoli salad. all for $11.67
by the time i was done, i didn't feel like topping them, so i just threw them in the freezer like that, and the rest of the week we pulled them out for lunches and dinners.
after work on wednesday i went grocery shopping...finally! we're on a fairly tight budget, who am i kidding, my bidget is so tight it squeaks! so i'm in martha stewart everyday food magazine withdrawl ...on wednesday i relapsed. i bought one. i just love all the recipes and i especially love the weekly meal planner with a shopping list! hello? genius! but...what i've come to realize is that i HATE cooking from recipes. my mum use to say "don't say HATE tanya, it's such a harsh word" well mum...it works here okay?
let's try this...spicy potatoes and peas with chicken
first chop, and parboil the spuds, then set aside...i saved the water for my peas...h20 conservation always ladies and gents!
next up thursday night...another martha inspired evening. cajun meatballs, couscous and roasted carrots. editors note: roasted carrots rule! sweeter than you can handle!
this recipe uses the same spice mixture as the chicken, so that saves a step because you've already made extra. plus cilantro, cinnamon, and an egg.
martha's recipe for this particular couscous called for toasted almonds...dan's allergic to almonds, but i happened to have some, becasue i put sprouted almonds in my smoothies in the mornings. so i tried toasting sprouted almonds...not such a fantastic idea, i think they were just too moist to be toasted
so that was my week in the kitchen...i've decided that i'm not going to post fernie foodie friday every week (sorry hannah) i think if i'm inspired to share a meal or two on this blog, i will, but seeing how it's saturday and i'm relieved to have finished this post i'll take that as a sign. i do however, have to share a little extra footage that i found on my camera...i think dan secretly LOVES my blog. i didn't make these cookies...hint hint;)