Breakfast started out pretty normally yesterday for me.
Peanut butter and banana on toast. Hailey ate some banana. David left before me at about 5:45 and accidently left his bagel broiling behind him. He called to tell me about it so it didn’t burn the place down. I was really determined to eat it because I’ve become very aware of food waste already, but the thing had turned into a charred rock, so it had to be tossed. So David’s breakfast was only a boiled egg.
My mid morning snack was leftovers from Monday night. Brown rice, black beans, sautéed onion cooked in Rotel and chicken. While the Rotel did add the spice I was after, it didn’t add as much flavor as I had hoped.
When lunch time rolled around, I made a pb&j (or and pb&p if I made it with preserves?). I had forgotten how freaking delicious pb&j sandwiches are! I also cut up several carrots in one of my freezer bags to bring along with me on a mommy play date.
I loved how Hailey stared at the giraffe. Afterwards I snacked on my carrot sticks while I ran errands, which included a trip to Target.
I grabbed some salt and pepper, Pace and 7 pack of Clif bars for David to take to work with him. I was tempted to grab something at Target to eat because by this point I was hungry, but keeping the budget ever in the back of my mind, I skipped it. This brings my weekly total up to $80.92.
Once home, I downed a bowl of leftover brown rice and beans, topped with plain Greek yogurt and SALSA. I know some people are ketchup people, but I could eat anything if you put Pace on it.
I also ate a boiled egg (and shared the yolk with Hailey, not Koda) while I got started on dinner around 5:30. I threw the leftover chicken carcass (ew, I know, I hate that word) and pieces into boiling water along with a diced sweet potato, carrots, celery, onion and canned diced tomatoes. After an hour or so I also added frozen peas, rice, salt and pepper and a little bit of salsa.
Dinner cooked for about 2 hours. In the mean time, David arrived home hungry and ate 2 pb&js and a bowl of rice and beans with salsa.
It looked pretty and actually tasted pretty good, but it took me about 4 bowls to feel satiated. David had 2-3 bowls and a grilled cheese. Luckily I still have a decent amount leftover, too, for lunch. The beauty of soup is that is has the ability to streeeetch pretty far.
So far I can tell I’m spoiled by usually having more of a variety of foods from which to choose. Also, food having flavor helps a lot (duh, right?). I’m glad I picked up the salsa because rice and beans alone is bland as can be, but a little kick of salsa makes it a meal I could eat daily!
Although controversial (FYI- I have not deleted one single comment), I’m enjoying the challenge. The fact that it is still a challenge to me and I DON’T live in a food dessert and I DO have a car shows that it isn’t easy and that every dollar counts.
Also, I’m collecting a pretty awesome collection of tips and websites abut eating healthy on a low budget, so please send keep sending your ideas. I’m excited to put them all together for the wrap up.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!