But, we don't have teenagers yet, and I understand it will be vastly different as we continue to grow. I mean, look at my kids in 20 years! They look hungry (and criminally scary).
Seriously, this freaks me out. Back to the food. Because this is all too creepy.
Last week, this is how we ate:
Dinner: Masman Curry with Brown Rice -- meatless. Potatoes, celery, carrots, onion. Masman curry lasts a long time. You can buy the curry here. My recipe was given to me by an old Thai lady I met at an asian market. It's so easy! I omit the fish sauce and tamarind paste because I'm out, and we have found that it still tastes really good.
Dinner: chicken salad wraps in homemade tortillas -- 3 chicken breasts fried in coconut oil, salt, pepper, chili powder, other herbs...cut and chopped up. Lettuce, cucumber, apples, celery, feta cheese. Drizzle dressing over it. Put in homemade tortilla (made with coconut oil). My homemade tortillas aren't beautiful, but they are filling, healthier, and the kids love them! This was great as left overs the next day as well.
Dinner: Veggies stir-fry with noodles (used this for sauce recipe) YUMMMMMMY! Even Callie loved it. It was so good. Seriously, so good.
Breakfast: oatmeal (big surprise)
Dinner: Beans and Rice. I got this idea from my sister-in-law, Annie. Then I altered it a touch. This, though, has the potential for so many different variations, especially because the kids loved it too. I made a big batch of it and froze it. We'll have it again for dinner tonight. It's a nice blend of citrus, sweet, and spicy. We all really liked it.
I've been using dried beans. They are easy to cook up, a lot less expensive, and I know they don't contain anything extra in there to preserve them in the can.
To jazz it up, I added broccoli, a bit o' cheese, peppers, and shredded carrots. The kids really liked it too.
Dinner at Grammy and Grandpa's.
Had we not done that, I probably would have done a noodle dish with spaghetti sauce or something simple.
Lunches are pretty standard. There's always enough for Marcus to take left overs to work for lunch. I'm lucky I have a husband who not only is supportive and WANTS to eat less meat, but he also wants to bring left overs for lunch. It's motivating when we're saving money, but also because he sincerely likes our meals. So, that makes me feel good too.
Callie has been requesting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
I always have yogurt and applesauce for the kids for lunches and snacks. They get 1 yogurt a day. Same with applesauce. I get a large container of each and divvy it up into these...
It save quite a bit of money.
For snacks we have pretzels, animal crackers, cheez-its, whatever is the best price for the quick go-to snacks. You need to have those in a house. We also try to have nuts and raisins hanging around. The kids eat a lot of fruit and veggies. If I have a plate of cut up vegetables on the table, they'll eat them as they are playing throughout the day.
For other snacks/treats, though, I'll make brownies (I replaced the butter with coconut oil), many different variations of this granola bar, cookies, popcorn, etc. I'll bake things up, individually wrap them, and then put them in the freezer. These items can go into lunches or be used as a quick snack or treat during the day. Limit: 1 per day.
This is how we did $75 for groceries last week. I try to stick to $75, but sometimes I go over if there's a good deal. I tell myself I have a budget of approximately $350/mth, and try to stay within cents of the $75 mark.
I have found that as I've made this move to $75/week
* I don't overbuy produce and have it go bad.
* I don't buy junk just-because...to have on hand.
* There's not as much mindless eating, because we don't have a ton of stuff laying around.
* We eat WAY healthier. I'm making our "junk" food by scratch.
* Callie and I are spending more time together baking and cooking, which we've both really enjoyed
* Our tastes have changed for the better. Salty things are now soooo salty. Sweet things are often too sweet. Our bodies aren't craving the same things it did before.
* I feel very fulfilled as a mother and wife cooking these really healthy meals for my family, while saving money.
This may not be possible in every area of the U.S.A. And as our kids grow and our family changes, this will change too. But, that's ok. For now, this is my goal. We're doing it, and it feel great.