$30 A Week for 52 Weeks

Week 37

Week 37
9/30/12

Eggplant 1.99
Tomatoes .94
Garlic .49
Chocolate chips, bulk 3.02
Lettuce .99
Bananas 1.25
Apples 1.36
Half and half 1.89
Chocolate syrup 2.19
Cottage cheese 1.29
Evaporated milk 2% 1.59
Pork chops 2.95
Stew meat 3.23
Total 23.18

I scaled back a little this week, and, although I have chocolate in my cart, I’ve been making an effort to eat healthier. Eating healthy to me also, means eating a meal at the right time and drinking more water.

This week I’ve made:

Ratatouille – A vegetable stew which is full of flavor and amazing as a side topped with cheese or with fried eggs. I made a huge amount overnight in the crockpot on low.

1 large eggplant, diced with skin
1 large onion, diced
5 or 6 garlic, minced
4 large tomatoes, diced
2 T oil

This is all I added this time – however, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms added are all great.
It seems like a lot, but it cooks down into a wonderful, delicious stew.

The first day, I made a grilled cheese and added it – totally amazing!
The next day, I cooked the stew meat with onions, garlic and Worcestershire sauce, about a half cup of orzo pasta and added this to about half of what was left. Absolutely perfect for lunch the past two days! For lunch I try and have a medium portion of a filling and hearty meal, since I usually don’t get to eat again until I get home.

Sunday, I made Irish soda bread, one of my easy go-to recipes which is on my recipe tab. To this I added half a cup of raisins and a teaspoon of fresh chopped rosemary – Wow, different and so delicious. The rosemary came from my garden of course! I toasted it for breakfast the past few days – yum…some cottage cheese, a banana.

I’ll need to pick my zucchini and spaghetti squash, not much of anything else. I was hoping to hit the zucchini jackpot, but, not happening. Although, they are large, just not massive. I will have quite a bunch and I do love zucchini in just about anything!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful week! Fall is in the air in Idaho and the nights are getting much cooler – going to see how long it takes me to turn the heat on…LOL, we’ll see about that, Thursday and Friday it’s dropping into the 20’s at night, eek!

~Julie

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