This week I got my mom in on the meal planning action. I went over to her house Sunday morning and we meal planned together and then headed over to meijer. It was nice to spent the time together and hopefully we can convince my sister to get in on the action too. I spent about $45 on my big shopping trip for the week, reserving $15 for “emergencies” and forgotten items later in the week.
Total Spent on Groceries this week: $45.66
What I Bought: 8 empire apples, 1 bottle of coke zero, vegetable oil, red wine vinegar (which I already had – whoops), white wine vinegar,1 can of white beans, 1 can of pineapple chunks, 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 bunch of parsley, 2 avocados, 1 bunch of bananas, 3 green peppers, 4 limes, green onions, 1 bag of white rice, 6 red potatoes, 3 sweet potatoes, lemon juice, a 5 lb pork tenderloin, butter, 1 cucumber, bag of mozzerella cheese and a family tray of chicken thighs
Main: Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs & Veggies courtesy of Damn Delicious *half recipe)
Verdict: This was so freaking good. Ivan wouldn’t stop talking about it and declared that I HAVE to make it again. He ate most of the chicken, while I scarfed down the majority of the veggies. I am not usually a carrot fan, but these were so good.
Main: Slow Cooker Carnita Meat courtesy of Damn Delicious in Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice, Cuban Style Black Beans courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, Chipotle Corn Salsa courtesy of How Sweet It Is & my own guacamole
Verdict: I’ve made this carnita recipe before and decided to use half of our pork loin for mexican style dishes. So I split the loin in half and made it into carnita meat. We used it for a couple of different meals, the first of which were burrito bowls. I also used the cilantro lime rice and cuban style black beans in the bowls. The meal was fantastic, apparently I don’t know how to make rice. I didn’t realize you had to rinse the rice off before you cooked it. Which is why my rice always turns out mushy. I always thought mushy rice meant you were peeking and lifted the lid or stirred it while cooking… which I don’t do. Oh well, lesson learned for next time. And there WILL be a next time. Even with the mushy rice this was goooood.
Verdict: YES. Just yes. I’ve made the pupusas before, but they were much better this time. I used cheddar instead of queso fresco, which melted better for me. I also added more salt – I’m usually pretty light with it. The chili was super easy too. And delicious.
We actually went out on Wednesday. I know, we are suppose to be cooking at home, but it was my grandma’s birthday. So it doesn’t count against me. It was a special occasion after all.
Main: Pineapple Pulled Pork Pizza courtesy of Five Heart Home
Verdict: I think we’re going to start making pizza night a weekly thing. It really isn’t THAT bad for you if you’re in control of the ingredients. Plus, everyone loves pizza.
Verdict: We both really enjoyed this. The chicken thighs came out great – I used bone in, skin on and they were delicious. Ivan was also a big fan of the green bean salad. I wasn’t sure he’d be too wild about it because of all the blue cheese, but he loved it. I went with this side dish because I had leftover blue cheese crumbles from the buffalo pizza from last week and leftover green beans from the crockpot meal from Sunday.
Main: Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Hash courtesy of 2 Teaspoons
Verdict: Sweet Potato Hash is one of my go-to meals. I make it a LOT. I found this version while looking for ways to use up that pulled pork and it was dynamite. I’ll definitely be making this again.