Weekly Meal Breakdown #19

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Sheesh. I suck at blogging lately. I don't even know how long I didn't have my cupcake background anymore because it was discontinued from the website. There aren't a lot of cute food backgrounds out there and I just don't have the money to have one made right now, so you'll all have to be subjected to this standard Blogger one until I find something better.

I think about blogging. I take pictures of meals. But the actual act of posting the recipe and picture is just too much lately. I'm blaming it on the wedding being 49 days away. 49 DAYS!!! I can't even believe it. My to-do list is still pretty large and my to-pay list is much more depressing than usual. But the good news about the wedding being 49 days away is that the honeymoon is 51 days away. I can't wait to plop myself down on the beach or at the pool and just lay there. No plans, no to-do list. Just me and the sunshine. And some much needed relaxation!

Although, it won't last for long. My boss has offered to pay for me to take two Quickbooks classes that the local community college offers. We get back from the honeymoon on 9/27 and the classes start on 10/8. At least they are only on Monday nights. I don't think I could handle much more than that.

So, with the wedding being so close and so much money being owed now, I've cut our grocery budget by a minimum of $20 per week. If I'm lucky, it will be closer to $30 or $40 per week, but we'll see. There's going to be a lot of basic meals coming up...grilled cheese, tacos, spaghetti, lasagna, soups, stews, basically anything that can be made cheaply. If you have fancy taste buds, well, maybe you should look at some of my older recipes! =)

Enough blabbing, you're reading this to see what I'm making this week. Its week 1 of cheaper foods.

Sunday - seared sesame ahi tuna steaks with teriyaki mashed potatoes and corn on the cob
3 ahi tuna steaks $6
5 potatoes $0.64
corn on the cob $1.98
Total: $8.62

Monday - mushroom mac and cheese
mushrooms $2
white cheddar cheese $2
elbow macaroni noodles $1
Total: $5

Tuesday - teriyaki chicken and broccoli with broiled pineapple over rice
3 chicken breasts $2.64
broccoli $0.89
pineapple $.75
boil-in-a-bag rice $0.66
Total: $4.94

Wednesday - homemade dirty rice
boil-in-a-bag rice $0.66
green pepper $0.98
kidney beans $0.75
diced tomatoes $0.75
1 lb. ground beef $2.09
Total: $5.23

Thursday - cheddar, green pepper and mushroom omelets
6 eggs $0.66
cheddar cheese $1.25
(remaining mushrooms and green pepper from other meals this week)
Total: $1.91

Friday - homemade pizza
Pilsbury Hot Roll Mix $1.39
pizza sauce $1
mozzarella cheese $2
Total: $4.39

The total for this week is $25.15. Wow, that's really impressive. I wonder how long I can keep making really cheap meals without getting bored of not cooking anything interesting or getting tired of eating the same old stuff. 8 weeks is my goal. We'll see what happens!

Tom's Fry and Bake Chicken with mashed potatoes and corn on the cob

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I know its been forever since I blogged a dinner. I've been making the same stuff over and over again because I've been too tired to cook anything interesting or have time to find something interesting to make. I'm hoping that some time before the wedding I'll get my cooking groove back and pay more attention to this blog!

I've never been a fan of most fried or breaded foods. Fried, because I know its unhealthy and I'm not a big fan of oil other than olive oil and breaded because unless its cooked right, it ends up soggy. Ick! But Tom created a fried and baked chicken recipe that he's also used on pork chops and I like it.


Tom's Fry and Bake Chicken
Source: Tom
Servings: 3
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Ingredients:
    • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
    • 2 eggs
    • 3 tbsp. hot sauce
    • 1 tbsp. A1 sauce
    • 2 cups Panko unseasoned bread crumbs
    • salt and pepper
    • vegetable or canola oil
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 450. 
2.  In a large sized bowl beat two eggs. Add hot sauce and A1.
3. In another medium sized bowl add the bread crumbs, salt and pepper.
4. Marinate the chicken breasts in the egg mixture while you are preparing the potatoes or other sides.
5. In a large pan pour in oil until its about half way up the pan.
6. Heat over medium. Once the oil is hot, dip each chicken breast in the bread crumb mixture, coating both sides as best you can. Put the chicken breasts in the pan.
7. Cook the chicken for about two minutes on each side or just until the bread crumbs are golden.
8. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, 165 degrees.

Mashed Potatoes
Servings: 3 or 4
6 small baking potatoes
1 tbs. and 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
1/2 cup light cream
2 tbs. butter
Directions:
1. Peel the potatoes and cut into small chunks.
2. Fill a medium sized pot with water and 1 tbs. salt. Add potatoes and bring to a boil.
3. Once potatoes are fork tender, about 12 minutes, remove from heat and drain the water.
4. Add butter, salt and light cream. Mash the potatoes until creamy and all chunks are gone.

Corn on the Cob
1. Shuck the corn, remove the green husk and all of the fine hairs.
2. Break off the end of the corn.
3. In a large pot add the corn and 1/2 cup of sugar.
4. Heat to medium and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2-3 minutes and then remove the corn from the heat.

Weekly Meal Breakdown #18

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This weeks starts the first of six weeks where our roommate C will not be here. He's going to Europe and won't be back until sometime towards the end of August. In two years I've went from cooking for 4 people to 2 people to 4 people to 3 people and now I'm back to 2 people. I wonder how long its going to take me to adjust again.

With 2 months 1 week and 5 days until the wedding (AHHH!) I also need to start eating healthier and exercising. With the support of some of the girls on the September 2010 chat boards, we've all decided to start Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. My DVD came in last week and I promptly turned it face down on the counter. She looks a bit scary and I don't like exercising so this is really going to be a love-hate relationship. I did sign up on her website for a free 30 day trial to get different recipes and possibly track my progress. Since you have to pay $20 a month after the 30 days, I think I'm going to use a free website to track what I eat. Probably sparkpeople.com. I have 8-10 lbs to lose in the next 30 days so we'll see what happens.

And now onto the breakdown of meals! I know that most of them aren't things that you would want to eat in the summer (stuffing, soup and chili) but I feel like I'm running out of summer foods to make. Tom really wanted stuffing and I really wanted chili so I figured screw it, its not like we don't have central air that keeps the apartment quite cold.

Monday - Rotisserie chicken with stuffing, mashed potatoes and corn 
Rotisserie chicken $6.99 (The rest of it is being used for sandwiches this week)
2 stalks celery $0.28
onion $0.14
4 potatoes $0.64
1/4 bag frozen corn kernels $0.22
Total: $8.27

Tuesday - Steak with baked potato and salad (broccoli and cheese for Tom)
2 steaks $9.24
2 potatoes $0.32
lettuce, tomato, carrots $0.42
broccoli $0.89
cheese $0.76
Total: $11.63

Wednesday - Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with roasted potatoes
1 pork tenderloin  $3.41
3 slices bacon $0.36
dried cherries  $0.45
3 potatoes  $0.48
Total: $4.70
 
Thursday - Shrimp bisque
1/2 bag of shrimp $4
red pepper $0 (I bought one last week and didn't make the dinner I needed to use it for)
half and half $1.69
onion $0.14
tomato sauce $1
Total: $6.83
 
Friday -  Awesome Chili 
1 lb. ground beef $2.89
onion $0.14
tomato sauce $1
diced tomatoes $0.75
chili with beans $1.79
green chiles $0.89
red kidney beans $0.75
1 cup cheddar cheese $0 (left over from last week as well)
Total: $8.21

The total for this week is $39.64. I'm not really impressed with that. I know that we're using the rotisserie chicken for sandwiches and the chili will make more that enough leftovers, but it still seems kind of high for two people. Maybe next week, even though I'm using some Jillian Michaels recipes, will be a bit cheaper. We'll just have to see!
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