"Making Do" Week Continued...

I have to admit, this whole "suriviving with what I've got" is really becoming quite fun.

But I have a little confession to make.

I still make weekly runs for fresh produce and dairy.  Because, well, if I went for even a day without veggies I might just hurt something and if Mr. K went for a millisecond without milk- he might leave me.

Just kidding.  Kind of. 

Some of my mainstays (things I purchase weekly) are: Skim milk (husband), whole milk (son), soy milk (for me and our family smoothies), plain non-fat Greek yogurt, berries, spinach, broccoli, red onion, and one other salad veggie that trips my trigger.  These are my core veggies- I couldn't live without spinach, broccoli, and red onion.  I. just. couldn't. 

I buy these exact items weekly.  Not gonna lie.  Though all of the above (pending I don't have leftovers of one from the week before) usually only totals about $15-20.  So $20 at the store/week is pretty darn good, I think!  My goal is to do three weeks of $20 runs and then my one big week to re-stock (which honestly usually totals around $100 or a touch more depending on what we need.  However our family saves a fair amount by only eating out once/week max, and not eating much meat (you will notice that many of the dishes on this blog are actually meatless- though I don't generally point this out because we don't consider it a big deal!).

We are NOT vegetarians.  At all.  Not a lick. 

But we try to limit our intake in order to save a bit of money and eat healthier.  Again, being honest, this is by my choice- my husband would eat steak and potatoes every night if he could.  But he doesn't complain at our daily fare- because, again, I don't make it a big deal and the dishes I do make are hearty and filling- mimicking the "meat" element.  I utilize things like fish, beans, and cheese (we do a lot of bean stews, cheese/veggie pizza, eggs, fish, etc).   Another great way to "add meaty flavor" while not actually spending much is to include crumbled, good (think smoked applewood) bacon into the meatless dish.  You spend a touch more for the higher quality stuff but a little goes a LONG way, thus allowing you to use it in many dishes.  When we do eat meat, it's something shredded or ground (generally chicken or turkey sausage) that can go far in a dish, as an accent to the meal rather than the main thing while allowing veggies to take center stage.  Examples?  Stir frys, soups, stews, casseroles, pasta dishes, quiche, etc.  It saves the waistline and the wallet!

So, back to my continued week of "making do".  I have a great one to highlight sometime in the next few days but for today I'm simply going to share my lunch fridge creation.

After scanning the paltry remnants of many random leftovers I found a few things that seemed to work.
I had:  1/2 cup of brown rice, 1/2 cup cannellini beans, and 1/3 cup chopped roasted chicken- all would work well together, so I pulled those out.  Because I always, I repeat, always need some sort of veggie to make me happy, I created a salad out of my weekly produce, which today included: fresh salad greens, slivered red onion, blueberries, cucumber, sliced white buttom mushrooms, and light basalmic vinaigrette. 

Yep, that should do it.

But what to make of the chicken, beans, and rice?  Easy.  I also have a lemon, olive oil, salt & pepper (all of the former make a perfect "drizzle", frozen peas, a tablespoon of capers, and some shredded parmesan.  Voila- a meal is made.  And I didn't even heat up the rice & chicken dish.  It was perfect mixed up, straight from the fridge.

Meal in a flash, my friends.  Here she is: 

I couldn't function without veggies.  They are my lifeline.
Pay no attention to the smudgy glass dish.
Boo for non-effective dishwasher detergent.

Satisfying.  Healthy.  Easy as pie.

A little fridge creation always brightens my spirits!

And saves a penny or two.


jamie said...

looks great ab! excited for our mex food tonight :) do you think chicken is bad to eat, what about ground turkey? we eat a lot of that!

Abbie said...

oh no way- we love chicken and when we do ground it's always turkey or turkey sausage! poultry is way better for you than red meat or pork, unless you get the lean cuts. i'm excited for tonight too- going to highlight that meal soon on here!

Anonymous said...

You have such great recipes! To be clear, you only spend about $160 a month for a family of three? That's pretty good I think, how do you do it? :)

Abbie said...

I wish I only spent &160/month- that's on a good month! To be honest it usually ends up to be about $200-$225/month on average. And like I said in my post- we don't eat a ton of meat as a main dish- we get most of our protein from beans & dairy but if we do have meat I make it go far (like roasting a whole chicken and shredding it to use in several diff meals) or buying ground turkey/beef/chicken which is far cheaper. Thanks for reading!

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