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Old 01-29-2013, 03:20 PM   #2296
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I am so with you on this. We have had to start eating CR*P to stay within our budget, which was super tight anyhow. We have resorted to lots of bean, rice, hot dogs, mac and cheese...just junk. It has made me depressed because cooking is a stress reliever for me. I love to get in the kitchen and just tinker around. And I always feel so happy when I can serve a nice, nourishing and delicious meal to my family.

Is anyone else feeling this same frustration???
I did this week. But part of the cost was that people kept adding things to the list. Next weekend I need to stock up on meat again so that is going to hurt some too. I am just going to have to get strict with things to try and keep us at budget AND eating healthy. I refuse to allow my diet and health to suffer because of costs.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:06 PM   #2297
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Last night I went over to a friends house for dinner and mom had leftover chicken.

Tonight we are having patty melts with fries and fruit.

Tomorrow night will be Italian Sandwich bake with salad.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:49 PM   #2298
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Tonight we are having bacon, cheddar hamburgers, mustard based potato salad, and fruit. (The hamburgers were already mixed with the bacon and cheddar.)
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Tonight is left over beef stew. It made some much last night that it would have been a waste to cook something else tonight.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:13 PM   #2300
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No set menu for the week. I went to the ER Saturday with my first (and hopefully last) kidney stone. All though feeling much better then Saturday, still not back to normal. So meals are up to DH this week.

Monday had baked ham, potatoes, and corn
Tuesday, leftovers from last night.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:46 AM   #2301
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I was going to make a bacon and cheddar quiche for tonight, but when googling a good recipe I came up with this:

Zucchini Pie (have lots of shredded zucchini in the freezer from the summer)
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Zucchini-Pie-4/Detail.aspx

We are having canned pears with it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:20 AM   #2302
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This week's menu:

Sunday - Wicked Chicken Casserole and cranberry sauce
Monday - Homemade Turkey soup & sandwiches (got home late due to snow storm)
Tuesday - Broiled salmon, rice and peas
Wednesday - Keilbasa, baked beans, tossed salad, picked beets
Thursday - Roast beef, baked potatoes, broccoli
Friday - Pork chops, alfredo noodles, green beans & applesauce
Saturday - Baked ham, scalloped cheesy potatoes, squash and corn
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:23 PM   #2303
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This week's menu:

Sunday - Wicked Chicken Casserole and cranberry sauce
Monday - Homemade Turkey soup & sandwiches (got home late due to snow storm)
Tuesday - Broiled salmon, rice and peas
Wednesday - Keilbasa, baked beans, tossed salad, picked beets
Thursday - Roast beef, baked potatoes, broccoli
Friday - Pork chops, alfredo noodles, green beans & applesauce
Saturday - Baked ham, scalloped cheesy potatoes, squash and corn
The chicken casserole sounds awesome! Can you post the recipe?
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:33 PM   #2304
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Monday we had picadillo and white rice with ripe sweet fried plantains
Tuesday we had lightened up alfredo sauce (I use 8oz of neufchatel cheese, 1/2 cup of parmesan, and 2 cups of 1% milk with 1/2 cup of cream instead of all cream) with sauteed chicken breast and broccoli.
Wednesday we are eating leftovers
Thursday we're taking my little cousins to McDonalds (their request) to eat and play.
Friday Dinner at Chevy's courtesy of a groupon we have.
Saturday is hotdogs Colombian style (with bacon, mozzarella cheese, pink sauce [mayo & ketchup], pineapple sauce, garlic aioli, and topped with either crushed up potato chips or potato sticks.) They're street food here in Miami and I am craving them so bad. This baby has made me crave hotdogs so much!
Sunday is clean out the pantry/fridge/freezer day so whatever we have is what we're making, lol! We're moving on Feb. 16 so I need to downsize a bit, lol!

This recipe is close to how we eat our Colombian hotdogs. We just add bacon, cheese, and garlic ailoi because that's how our fave street vendor makes them.
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Sunday - Out (switched last Sat and Sun - had leftovers last Saturday to save our evening out for Sunday
Monday - Black Bean and Egg Burritos with Salsa, Guac, and Cheese / Blueberries
Tuesday - Stuffed Scallops, Grapes, Biscuits
Wednesday - Throw-Together/Clean Out the Fridge Ricotta Pasta with Hot Italian Sausage, Blueberries
Thursday - Steak Fajitas, Chips with salsa and guacamole, Pineapple
Friday/Saturday - Mom's House...
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:15 PM   #2306
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The chicken casserole sounds awesome! Can you post the recipe?
WICKED CHICKEN CASSEROLE

1.5 - 2 lbs chicken, cooked & chunked - about 3 cups (I use the 3 pack of boneless, skinless breasts, but you can use anything you want)
1 bag frozen peas (cooked)
2 cans of mushrooms, drained (or 1 package of fresh, cooked)
1 package of stuffing mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
2/3 soup can of milk

Preheat oven to 350°

Grease a 2 qt casserole dish.
Layer dry stuffing mix in the bottom, just enough to cover it.
Layer in peas
Layer in mushrooms
Layer in chicken
Mix soup with milk and pour over the top.
Make the rest of the stuffing mix according to the package directions and layer on top.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes

I've made this up ahead of time (the night before or in the morning) and its fine, I just cook it a bit longer to heat it through when its been in the refrigerator. I've also made it and frozen it and its been ok, but a bit drier.

You can substite any vegetable you like. I believe the original recipe called for green beans, but one time I was out and substituted peas and my family liked it better that way. I've also substituted cream of mushroom soup (again, I was out and had the mushroom soup on hand) and its come out fine.

I've also done it with turkey to use up the thanksgiving leftovers and its good that way too.

I serve it with cranberry sauce.

It's a family favorite and I usually make it once a week. My kids love it and never seem to get sick of it.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:51 AM   #2307
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This morning I made up some Venison meatballs before work. Dinner tonight:

Meatballs with Brown Gravy
Steamed Rice (Instant Potatoes for the Rice haters in the family )
Sautee'd Whole Green Beans
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:41 PM   #2308
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Tonight I had homemade pizza with salad while mom had shrimp with salad.

Tomorrow night will be French dip sandwiches with fries and fruit.

Saturday night will be takeout of some sort as we are taking my Grandma home from the rehab facility. I am so excited that she gets to go home after almost 4 months.

Sunday I am planning on making a big pot of chili with all the fixings to eat while watching the game.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:04 AM   #2309
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Junkfest tonight:

Hot Dogs
Mac and Cheese
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #2310
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Last night, I made eggplant Parmesan and pasta.

Tonight, we are having leftovers.
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