In my efforts to curb our grocery spending, I have had to simplify my cooking habits. I came of age in Santa Barbara, CA where fancy restaurants and gourmet food abound. Since I have always been a glutton, er, I mean, foodie, this was a fun place to enter adulthood. The families at church and the university catering company where I worked introduced me to all sorts of amazing foods. In our early years of marriage, we spent at least $250 a week for the two of us! Ouch! Needless to say, now that we are a family of 7, almost 8, I am amazed at how our habits and our budget have changed.
We’re still food snobs in a way. My kids refuse to eat Kraft Mac and Cheese, no matter how much I beg them. But, we’re learning to be satisfied with simpler, less expensive foods at home. Our menu this week reflects that. Since there weren’t screaming deals on meat last week, beans are prominantly featured on our meal plan for the week.
eggs and toast
berry streusel coffee cake and smoothies
Papa Murphy’s with a coupon
Turkey sandwiches, pineapple
cheese and crackers and fruit
popcorn chicken, cheese sticks, rolls
Sunday night free-for all
bean tostadas with leftover brisket
baked chicken legs, rice pilaf, veg, salad
BLTs, macaroni salad
beans and rice with chips and cheese
bean burritos with ground beef