Week of 04/16/17

Happy Easter! I’m posting a little later than I’d like to, because we had a fairly busy weekend. It was a fun one though!
Saturday, we went to Chez Elle for crepes and they were a-maz-ing. Mine had pesto, ham and spinach. Justin’s was a Philly cheesesteak. We shared a strawberry & lemon curd one. Yum! After lunch, we drove around taking pictures and had such a fun time.
Bike 0416Easter

Our family isn’t around here, so we didn’t really have any Easter plans outside of church. After church, we went for our first bike ride of the year. It was a beautiful day!

 

 

Recap of Last Week’s Meal Plan: For the most part, it went pretty well. We only ate out once the entire week, so that’s a success. I found I didn’t eat the snack I had planned. It was a combination of not being hungry and just forgetting to take it with me to work. Otherwise, we pretty well stuck to the plan.

I made a video about the current state of my freezer:

I’m planning to keep my freezer pretty well stocked and also eat out of it regularly. Just last night, we thawed and ate the chili that was in there.

Sale Items That Caught My Eye: Chicken, bacon, eggs, pears, cheddar cheese
This week’s plan:
Breakfast: Bacon, Eggs & a Pear
Lunch: Pizza Quinoa Muffins and a simple Salad
Snack: Trail mix and/or smoothie
Dinner: Broccoli, Chicken & Rice Bake
Meatballs & Pasta
Tuna Salad
Pizza
2 things from the freezer
Hotdogs & Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Hamburgers, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli

Bacon and eggs were on sale for pretty cheap, so that was an obvious choice. Breakfast 0416I grabbed 2 extra packages of bacon to stash in the freezer for later. I cooked the bacon all at once using the oven method — laying the strips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. 350 for 15 minutes, flip, 10-15 more minutes. I only have 1 pan I can use for this, so I just do 1 pack at a time. It lasts us about 2 1/2 days, so I just bake more as needed. I’ve been just cooking the eggs each morning, although you could also just scramble or hard boil them all at the start of the week too. I’ve been saving the bacon grease and cooking the eggs in that. Not only does it give the eggs more flavor, it also saves me money by using what I already have instead of buying butter or oil. Pears were also on sale, so we grabbed those to go with it. 2 eggs, 2 pieces of bacon and the pear is roughly 350 calories.

For lunch, we went with the Pizza Quinoa Muffins from “Jessica in the Kitchen.” Lunch 0416They’re super tasty and very easy. I doubled the recipe and overstuffed the liners, so I only ended up with 15 from a doubled recipe. I also doubled the total amount of cheese, because, duh. I’ll make another batch of these up tonight to finish out the week.
Initially, I was going to buy mozzarella for them. But cheddar cheese ended up being on sale for $4 off/lb! That’s a steal. I grabbed a couple blocks and used that instead. I’m tempted to go grab a few more before the sale ends and store them in my freezer. A tip on cheese: Typically the blocks are a little cheaper than the pre-shredded. If you have a food processor with a grater attachment, buy those instead. You can grate it all up at one time and store in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to use. You could hand grate it too, if you’re looking for an arm workout 😉 It’s so much quicker to just grate it all at once, rather than as needed. I only have to wash my food processor once now, instead of 4 or 5 times.
We paired these muffins (2 for me, 3 for Justin) with just some salad greens and light dressing. The muffins are only 133 calories each, so it’s a pretty light lunch. I thought they’d be higher, otherwise I might’ve planned something else with them. I might stop by the store and pick something up if we find we’re still pretty hungry.

No picture of my snack, because there’s really nothing to it. I just bought some trail mix from the bulk bin at the grocery store. If I’m still hungry, I’ll make a smoothie at work or have a granola bar or something. The trail mix is 140 calories per serving and my smoothies range in the 200-300 range usually.

Chicken was really the only good sale on meat this week, but we don’t usually eat a lot of chicken. (long story)
I did buy some and used it last night in a super simple dinner that was tasty. I cooked up some rice and roasted some broccoli. I just boiled the chicken breasts until they were done, then cut them up. I combined all of that together in a large bowl with some adobo seasoning then we served it with cheese and sour cream. I made a huge batch of the chicken/broccoli/rice stuff and will freeze the other half for later. I’ll just reheat and add cheese and sour cream when we’re ready to eat it later.

My other meal (I aim for 2) that I froze this week was the meatballs. I originally planned to use hamburger for them, but there was a manager’s special on ground pork, so I bought 2 lbs and used that instead. The way I make meatballs is really easy and very versatile. I’ve used ground pork, ground turkey and ground beef. Ground chicken or sausage would work too. I just season the meat with salt and sometimes a blend like Italian seasoning or the adobo seasoning. Roll them in balls, place them in a baking pan and bake at 350 until they’ve reached the correct internal temperature. (Usually around 20 minutes or so.) They can be frozen and reheated later really easily. We throw them in pasta or soup or just reheat them in some broth with some random chopped vegetables. Having these in the freezer is pretty handy.

The other dinners are pretty simple this week. Our grocery budget is already running thin, so I’m trying to keep it cheap. We’ll eat something from the freezer twice this week to help with that. The good thing about these cheap meals that I’ve planned is that they require little to no time to make. Tuna salad I can make before work one day (probably today) and the hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese is so easy. Pizza is pretty standard around here. If I don’t make it, we order it, so I may as well just make it to help save money.

Your turn! What meals are you having this week? I could always use some inspiration! 🙂

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