Thursday, May 24, 2012

Thrifty Thursday

It's Thrifty Thursday and I wanted to talk about some frugal meals.  This has been a humdinger of a week in the financial department and I don't mean that in a good way!  However, it's been fun (somewhat) to see how I can do in pulling together meals from my freezer and pantry. 

I did hit the market on Saturday to pick up some fruits and vegetables, but the meat and other things I pulled from what I had.  One thing about being frugal is that it does require creativity and resourcefulness which can be exciting. 

The other thing about being frugal is that your attitude has to be good.  If my attitude stinks (and believe me, it does sometimes) I notice Dan sinking down into the black hole with me!  So, I try to be upbeat and positive and make meals well-rounded with dessert at the end since he loves dessert. 

Anyway, I need to get through Tuesday on what we have in the house.  Fortunately, when I see meat on sale and I have the money, I'll stock up so I do have some meat in my freezer which helped.  But I do also have quite a few meatless meals this week.
  
Sunday
B - Cereal, juice (still have a few boxes left from my last shopping trip to Aldi about 2 weeks ago)
L - Potluck at the church - I brought Pakistani Kima (curried dish with ground beef, potatoes, peas, etc.)
D - Leftovers

Monday
B - Cereal, juice
L - Leftovers (I make Stephen & Dan's lunch and Emily buys but only pays .25)
D - Cappelini pomodoro (fancy name for pasta with fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil), tossed salad, Italian bread that someone gave us, strawberry pie

Tuesday
B - Chocolate chip pancakes
L - Leftovers
D - Split pea soup with a ham bone I pulled out of the freezer, homemade oatmeal bread, brownies

Wednesday
B - Cereal, juice
L - Leftovers
D - Corned Beef (bought it on sale in March and pulled it out of the freezer), cabbage, potatoes, carrots, homemade biscuits, pickles I canned last summer, cherry cheese pie

Thursday
B - Leftover pancakes (I put the leftovers in a zip lock bag in the fridge)
L - Leftovers
D - Puerto Rican rice & beans, fried plantains, cornbread, tossed salad, chocolate cake

Friday
B - Homemade bagels with cream cheese
L - Leftovers
D - Eggplant parmesian, homemade linguini (trying my hand at it), homemade focaccia with garlic infused olive oil for dipping, tossed salad, leftover cake

Saturday
B - Cereal
L - Leftovers
D - Homemade pizza - choice of veggie or sausage & mushroom (sausage roll in freezer), rhubarb cake

Sunday
B - Homemade bagels with cream cheese
L - Leftovers
D - Roast chicken (pulled from freezer), mashed sweet potatoes, baked potato for Nathan (he hates sweet potatoes), homemade biscuits, corn, leftover cake

Monday
B - Scrambled eggs, bacon, toast, juice
L - Chicken soup (from chicken carcass & leftover chicken), homemade whole wheat bread
D - Grilled pork chops (found them buried in the bottom of my freezer this morning - yay), home fries, tossed salad, homemade biscuits, oatmeal-raisin cookies

Tuesday
B - Bagels & cream cheese
L - Leftovers
D - Vegetarian chili, rice, cornbread, salad, whatever leftover dessert we have

Overall, I think we have/will be eating good.  The biggest problem is going to be the fact that the kids are off school today through Tuesday and snacks are always an issue with them.  The boys are constantly looking for something to eat so I'll have to get creative there.  I'm thinking popcorn, homemade crackers, bagels w/cream cheese (I'll be making the bagels today), etc.

This was kind of fun after all! :-)