Last week, we took a “use it up” challenge. We went WAY over the food budget in May, and had to put on the breaks.
I would love to report, that until Sat (when the month reset), the only food item I purchased for home meals was milk. (I really SHOULD count the couple of i.forgot.my.DANG.lunch.at.home trips to whole foods for work lunches, but honestly…) Dave and I even sacrificed half and half in our coffee. I know…right?!?! I did not think it would be possible, but it turns out that I am reminded often, that we can do hard things. By Saturday, the fridge was SO empty, but it felt really good to have used up all of the fruit and veggies that I had on hand.
Speaking of hard things, it is in my nature to start little “projects”, then lose steam when they drag on and on and on. I thought for sure that our real food adventure would need to be restarted several times before it really became a way of life. Shockingly, I am mostly sticking to the menus, reading labels, and achieving 90% real food most weeks. It feels great to commit to a life change and to see the results. Knowing what I know about the damage done by processed foods, it is not likely that I will revert.
I digressed a bit, so here is what our dinner menu looks like for this week.
Monday: We did not use the soup Sunday due to an impromptu BBQ at a friend’s house. So…chicken soup it is!
Tuesday: Grilled pork tenderloin with blueberry sauce and parm zucchini. Blueberries were on MAJOR sale at Whole Foods, so this is the perfect way to use them up. Also, I will be grilling my pork tenderloin on a grill pan, and will not be using Mrs. Dash on anything. Ever. 🙂
Wednesday: BLT chopped salad. Can.not.wait!
Thursday: Broccoli cheddar soup
Friday: Orange and ginger chicken thighs with roasted red potatoes and corn on the cob. I will sub in olive oil for the processed veg oil in the recipe.
Saturday: Take two on Poached eggs with asparagus and bacon.
Sunday: Spicy fish tacos. This is going to be a stretch for me, and I hope I am up for the challenge. These look SO flippin’ good!
In related news…I am in the very early stages of building some raised veggie beds! It will be so awesome to shop in my garden for dinner instead of the farmer’s market or grocery store. Pics to come.
Hope everyone has a great week!