More Mystery Meals and Still Saving $$$
When you only are one person in a home, you'd think that you could get by with less food.
That's the theory, right? But old habits die hard, and I have enough in my "larder" to keep a family of four fed for awhile. I do not have a family of four, nor do I know anyone who has a larder or knows what one is, but I have enough to fill one for the winter.
As mentioned in previous posts, RGD is staying with me as he recuperates from heart surgery. I can help him with things until he is able to drive and be more independent. We live an hour and a half from one another, so this is convenient for him to have someone he knows help him, and I am only 5 to 30 minutes from work, depending on the site, in case he needs help. Plus, he is retired military, so my living on a military base makes emergency services to which he has access easily accessible.
But back to getting through the foods in my freezer, refrigerator and pantry...
In "Mystery Freezer Dinner#2 ..." I shared the daily meals I have put together since he arrived. My not working this week also gave me a chance to take inventory of what I have and start to be more inventive than I have been for just myself.
Thursday: I made fried rice for breakfast using the leftover rice from the dinner from Tuesday night, and a 4-ounce package of Canadian bacon I found up in the freezer. Adding chopped onions, celery, carrots, and eggs, it was a fairly hearty breakfast and we did not eat lunch. That night for dinner, I used some of the beef from Tuesday night to make BBQ Beef Sandwiches, and served it with the last of pickled cucumbers, and beet pickles I had in my refrigerator. I did purchase the onion rolls, and some Italian Lemon Ice for dessert.
Friday: Breakfast was a "must-go" of the bits of leftovers--beef and rice, and a cup of ham soup broth for RGD; fried rice for me. We had an early dinner of tacos, made with the same leftover beef from Tuesday and corn tortillas, served with sopa seca (dry soup) which I made with fideo pasta and a bit of sofrito I had in the refrigerator. My purchase for the meal was: $5.23 for salsa, iceberg lettuce, a can of diced green chiles, and taco seasoning.
Today (Saturday): I looked in the cupboards to see what I could put together for breakfast. Steel-cut oats, golden raisins, pecans and an apple made it into the pot. Served with plain Greek-style yogurt and maple syrup, it was the fuel I needed to keep me going and I accomplished quite a lot today.
I cleared out my fridge and pantry, sorting things that needed to be dealt with and cooked; peeling, chopping, slicing, and preparing. I spent most of my day with potatoes, beets, apples, onions and more. I started dinner in the crockpot; peeled and cut potatoes to serve with the night's meal; boiled, skinned, sliced and pickled enough beets to fill three quart-size jars; and made an apple pie.
Lunch was a quick reheat of the leftover salmon pasta, enough for a small cup for each of us. And tonight's dinner: Swiss Steak (sirloin steak, onions, celery, green pepper, can of tomatoes, and spices), boiled Potatoes, and Brussels Sprouts.
Had I been by myself this week...
I would likely have gone out to eat three or four of the nights this week, spending $45 to $60. As well, I have set up the coffeemaker each night, programming it to make coffee at 7 a.m., which has saved me about $10 dollars for the large black drip coffee I typically buy. So, I probably have saved about $60 in the last five days.
I certainly have been more frugal, and I have thrown very little away, though I did have to peel and pick through some things that were on their last leg. The sirloin steak I used from the freezer tonight had a bit of freezer burn, but turning it into a decent crockpot meal, no one would have been the wiser. It was delicious.
Whether or not I have gained weight from eating more often has not yet been determined. Most of the time I eat once a day, the meal that I usually go out to eat. I suppose I will have to up my exercise level to find the balance.
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