Every Friday, I share what we ate for the week on our budget. Currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4.
This Week’s Dinners:
Saturday: We went out to dinner to celebrate my youngest daughter’s birthday.
Sunday: We had 10 elementary aged kids over for my daughter’s birthday party. I ordered pizza.
Monday: Spaghetti with steamed broccoli on the side and my cheap (but tasty) garlic bread. Spaghetti is my go-to meal when I’m being lazy or the pantry is pretty bare. In this case the pantry was bare since I didn’t have a chance to get to the grocery store over the weekend. I always have a box of pasta, a jar of sauce, ground turkey, and a bag of frozen broccoli in the freezer to whip up this meal pretty quickly.
Tuesday: Turkey Tacos. My husband reminded me that we just had these for dinner recently. I think that was his polite way of saying, “give us a break with the tacos.” His love for tacos is not quite as deep as mine.
Wednesday: Last week, I baked a spiral ham that I bought on sale before Easter. I stuck the bone in the freezer to make soup with and last night was that night. It turned out pretty tasty. I used this Ham & Bean Recipe as a guide, but instead of roasting ham hocks, I sauteed onion and celery in a big soup pot until softened. I then added the ham bone, bay leaf, a little oregano, and enough water to cover the bone. Brought it to a boil and reduced to a simmer for a couple of hours. I also added white beans when it was simmering. After about 2 hours, I removed the bone and also any ham that was left on the bone. I chopped up that ham, put it back in the soup and I also added a handful of cut up ham that I had in the freezer. I served with Pioneer Women’s skillet cornbread and my homemade sugar-free applesauce. It was a tasty dinner and VERY budget-friendly.
Thursday: My family has a choice tonight: leftover tacos or ham & bean soup.
Friday: I’m going out to dinner with high school friends and my kids are going to a birthday party. My husband is on is own for dinner.
This Week’s Breakfasts, Lunches & Snacks:
Breakfast was eggs & toast, cereal, green smoothies. Lunches and snacks included leftover spaghetti, pb & j sandwiches, apples, oranges, grapes, yogurt sticks, cheese sticks, tortilla chips & salsa.
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We had a tasty week! Did you try a new dish this week that your family enjoyed? Please share it in the comments.