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My husband and I are having a friend over for dinner tonight so I’m just starting to cook! This is the first friend we’ve had over for dinner at our new place so that’s pretty cool 🙂 The rice is boiling away so it’s giving me a few minutes to write up a quick blog post.
We’re having a pretty simple menu tonight: rice, turkey sausage, black beans, and veggies. For dessert we’re having strawberries and whipped topping. I like whipped topping because it’s nondairy and low in calories but still love the taste.
Today’s groceries were mostly for the meal tonight but the granola bars were a bonus.
- Black beans
- Sriracha sauce
- Granola bars
- Turkey sausage
- Whipped topping
- Frozen veggies
The price was excellent on these groceries. The total today was: $9.03 The per meal cost for each person person is going to be around $3. This is definitely less expensive than eating at a restaurant!
What are you having for dinner?
I hope you have a blessed day!! ❤
This week I’m trying out some light meal planning, particularly for lunch. I never quite know what to eat and too often I end up buying fast food. My fast food lunches aren’t that expensive, usually about $3.75, but I know I can eat healthier and cheaper when I make food myself.
So for the next few days I’m going to try and have homemade soup and salad for lunch and see how that goes. Maybe a sandwich sometimes if I need some extra food.
Early this afternoon I made a pot of lentil vegetable soup in my slow cooker. I’ve never made soup before using the crockpot so it was a bit of an experiment. I just tried it and it’s pretty good! Basically you just put all the ingredients in and set it to cook for 7-8 hours, it’s very easy. Here is the recipe 🙂
Slow cooker lentil soup
- 8 ounces brown lentils (1/2 of a one pound bag), rinsed
- 5 cups water or chicken broth
- 3 chicken bouillon cubes (omit if using broth)
- Tomato paste, 2 heaping tablespoons
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme, optional
Add everything into the slow cooker and set on low. Cook for 7-8 hours.
I stirred the soup around hour 5 just to mix everything together, but this isn’t necessary.
Hi lovely readers, I hope you’re having a great weekend!
This is my grocery shopping from today. I bought a few things that are fancier than normal for me: organic extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar, also organic. I bought them to make homemade salad dressing. I love homemade dressings, so I’m looking forward to making some. The avocado and tomatoes are definitely going to go in the salad 🙂
The cheese will be used for sandwiches and also maybe with some eggs. The chocolate pudding and hot chocolate are just nice treats.
I’m also starting to work on meal planning a little bit and tonight I’m planning to make a big batch of lentil soup so I can eat it during the week with lunch.
Here is what I bought today:
- Seltzer water
- Olive oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Hot chocolate
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cheese slices
- Chocolate pudding
- Carrots (not shown)
Total cost: $15. 30
It’s nice to be doing Food budget Friday updates again!
I currently have a food budget of $100 per week but I would ideally like to get it down to $75-85/week. Hopefully in time I can manage to do that.
I love food and eating so it’s essential for me to keep my food costs under control, if I don’t pay attention these costs can skyrocket because I’ll just buy whatever catches my eye and looks good. Eating out at restaurants can also make my food costs way too high if I don’t manage them.
This week I was under budget a little bit which is nice. I keep meaning to make some simple meal plans, I think they would help make my shopping go smoother because I would be more focused.
Spending for the week:
- 4/29: $11.01
- 4/30: $25.44
- 5/1: $10.38
- 5/2: $15.39
- 5/3: $7.05
- 5/4: $8.38
- 5/5: $15.15
Happiness is letting go of what you think
your life is supposed to look like; and
celebrating it for everything that it is.
I can really relate to this quote during this current season of my life!
Have a blessed and peaceful day
I love the serenity prayer. It brings me peace and a better sense of perspective on life and whatever is on my mind.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
I wish you a blessed, peaceful day ❤