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What I Spent

$25 on my Hungry Harvest box (don’t forget to enter to win a free month of HH boxes!)

(a veggie and chicken bowl with Hungry Harvest zucchini, beets, and sweet potatoes)

I spent $37 at Costco, and $93.46 elsewhere (Aldi and one other store).

So, I’m at $155 for the week, which is fine except that I totally did not have that much left in my April budget.

Here’s to better things in May!

April Spending

Week 1: $188

Week 2: $148

Week 3: $237

Week 4: $155

2018 Monthly Averages

(goal is $150/week)

January: $544  

February: $588

March: $641

April: $728

$2501 divided by 17 weeks = $147/week.

What We Ate

I didn’t realize until I typed this up that I really worked my meals around my Hungry Harvest box this week.   Yay me!

(And no, Hungry Harvest didn’t pay me to do that. I just am enthused about what they do!)


We had dinner at my parents’ house…an early birthday meal for yours truly.


Snacky meal! Sooo, lunch meat, nuts, fruit, veggies, hummus, cheese, and who knows what else.


I tried a recipe for panko-crusted, deviled pork chops and I thought it was just ok.   Our bellies were filled, but I probably will not make that again.

I also pan roasted some red potato wedges (potatoes from my Hungry Harvest box), and made a green salad, using spinach from Hungry Harvest.

By the way, here’s the basic way I make my potato cubes/potato wedges.


I got a bunch of tomatoes in my Hungry Harvest box, which made me think of making pico de gallo, which made me think of tacos.

(Honestly, it doesn’t take much to make me think of tacos.)

So I cooked up some chicken breasts the same way I would for making these chicken enchiladas with red sauce, and we ate it as a taco filling.   With all the toppings, including pico de gallo.

pico de gallo

We had watermelon wedges with our tacos, because Aldi had watermelon for the first time this spring and I could not resist.

The first watermelon of the year is never a legitimately amazing watermelon, but it always tastes SO GOOD after a watermelon-less winter.


Hungry Harvest sent me two broccoli heads, so I thawed some chicken broth and made a pot of broccoli cheese noodle soup.

I also made these no knead batter rolls.

How to make easy, no knead batter rolls

And we ate more watermelon.

Cannot stop.


I tried this recipe for 5 ingredient chicken thighs, and I give it a just-ok rating.   I felt like the chicken could have been a little more flavorful, which I often find myself thinking about chicken and pork recipes.

cell phone photo, because it was a long day and I was uninspired!

I really should stick with marinated/brined/salted-ahead-of-time recipes.

I’d made some whole wheat bread earlier in the day, so we ate that with our chicken, along with sliced apples.


Well. Today is my 40th birthday.   So, I’m not cooking dinner. And I think we will probably get sandwiches from one of my favorite local sandwich shops.

I never can have too many sandwiches. 😉


What did you have for dinner this week?

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Sunday 29th of April 2018

Happy Birthday! I am way past you (51!) but still have a middle-schooler to feed! She and I have to be gluten free, and we eat chicken/fish/turkey but not meat. My husband would eat everything, but he has to eat what I cook!

This is what we ate last week: ​ S- artichoke pasta (I make an artichoke sauce with lemon and garlic) M - asian cauliflower stirfry ( with rice T - chicken shepherd's pie (Rachael Ray recipe) W - tilapia with paprika/curry, rocket (arugula) from our yard with a little lemon juice/olive oil/parmesan Th - make your own pizza with rocket, kalamata olives and artichoke hearts F - nourish bowl (new recipe for us and it was really good! made it from sorghum grains, recipe from Purple Carrot) S - big salad (with turkey, radishes, cucumber, sunflower seeds, carrots) and toast with shishito peppers on the side

Angela Peeler

Sunday 29th of April 2018

Friday was my 40th birthday too!


Monday 30th of April 2018

Oh wow, we are truly birthday twins!


Saturday 28th of April 2018

Happy Birthday!

I am a vegetarian but I cook meat for hubby. I guess I need to learn more about properly seasoning chicken and other meats!

Diane C

Saturday 28th of April 2018

PS - I hit 60 last month. 40 is a piece of cake! Enjoy this decade! Lots of new freedoms are heading your way.

Diane C

Saturday 28th of April 2018

Happy birthday, dear Kristen. Happy birthday, to you! And many more!

In honor of your big day, I just checked on HH. Boo-hoo, still not in my area yet and I live not too far from the "Salad Bowl" of the Country (Salinas, CA). I'm still hopeful.


Monday 30th of April 2018

Imperfect Produce is on the West Coast. Same concept.

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