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What I Spent

tomato sauce

I spent $184 on groceries this week. Whoops.

Good thing I ran out of time to go to Costco or I’d really be over budget.

What We Ate


I grilled hamburgers (using this recipe), which we ate with fresh fruit and I can’t remember what else!


Mr. FG has been choosing what to cook on Sundays lately, and he chose a recipe from ATK’s quick family cookbook: polenta with smoky tomato sauce and chicken sausage.

baked polenta

We made our own polenta instead of buying it, but otherwise we followed the recipe.  It was delicious and easy and I would definitely make it again.

baked polenta with smoky tomato sauce

He also made French bread and virgin fuzzy navels (Sonia loves interesting drinks, so she and Mr. FG are always looking up virgin version of cocktails!)


Mr. FG was out with friends and the girls and I had waffles for dinner, to use up some buttermilk.  I also fried up the extra polenta to make fried mush.


The girls ate ravioli and Mr. FG and I went out to Panera for a Tuesday date night.


I tried an ATK recipe for chicken and pasta with a cilantro pesto sauce (I had cilantro that needed to be used!)


I used leftover grilled chicken from Wednesday to make croissant sandwiches with a roasted red pepper and basil mayo.

croissant sandwiches

The mayo was this in the food processor for 30 seconds:

1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, patted dry
1 minced garlic clove

So good!

red pepper and basil mayo


I think I might make hibachi because I have a zucchini to use up from my Hungry Harvest box.

How to make Hibachi Chicken and Shrimp at home

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Saturday 10th of August 2019

Saturday - Tamale pie casserole and salad. Sunday - my brother barbequed to celebrate some family birthdays. There was grilled chicken thighs and tri-tip, a make-your own salad bar, barbequed baked potatoes and chips and salsa. I brought frosted brownies that were waaaay to sweet. Monday - Leftover tamale pie casserole Tuesday - chicken strips and fries from the freezer Wednesday was the first day of my major plumbing work. Although I had running water in the evening and COULD have cooked, and PLANNED to cook, the kitchen was torn up - all the pots and pans and kitchen ephemera had been removed from the lower cabinets and placed on the floor and dining room table so the plumbers could punch through the cabinet walls to get to the pipes. It did not make me happy to stand in the kitchen and so I chose the easy way out and picked up a pizza. Thursday - left over pizza Friday - I was babysitting until late in the evening so I just picked up a burger on the way home. Things kind of fell apart there at the end of the week but that's OK. At least the plumbing is finally done.


Saturday 10th of August 2019

It has been. a strange week and I have a horrible cold. Right now the country is feeling the effects of a polar vortex.In my part of Australia it means wind. Anyway dinner has been pumpkin and sweet potato soup, sausages and mash with tomato and onion gravy and lamb chops and vegetables.


Friday 9th of August 2019

It's still so hot, I don't want to cook, but I managed it somehow.

Sunday was chicken, fried in the Dutch Oven to shorten the frying time, green beans and mashed potatoes. Monday was hot dogs (mine was wrapped in a cassava flour tortilla), crock pot baked beans, and carrot-raisin salad. Tuesday was meatloaf, leftover mashed potatoes, pre-roasted (on Sunday, when I do a lot of prep work) golden beets to which I added a syrup made of apple juice cooked down by about half, with a piece of cinnamon stick and a slice of fresh ginger in it. I strained out the spices and poured it over the beets. It was good. I am already making Fall flavors, trying to hurry up Fall. Wednesday was a steak from the freezer with fries. Thursday was leftover night: Leftovers of chicken, meatloaf, and any vegetables that weren't eaten up first go round. Tonight, who knows? I did better on my grocery bill last weekend, but I was only under budget by about $10, so I've got to try hard again this week. Last month was a killer on the grocery budget.


Friday 9th of August 2019

Not a great cooking week for me because my husband and I have both been sick.

Saturday: I can't recall. Sunday: Hot dogs and baked beans Monday: leftover Spaghetti bolognese Tuesday: Take out Chinese Wednesday: My husband had leftover salmon with homemade baked French Fries while I finished up my Chinese leftovers. We did have fresh roasted zucchini Thursday: Fried egg and cheese sandwiches Friday: Mahi Mahi with leftover zucchini, potatoes, and Caesar salad


Friday 9th of August 2019

That polenta recipe sounds intriguing...this week we ate: Monday - Bacon Chicken Bombers*, steamed carrots Tuesday - Greek Turkey Salads, Strawberry Pie for dessert Wednesday - Lemon Pepper Tilapia, yellow squash Thursday - One Pot Chili Mac, spinach Tonight - Elgin sausage, mashed potatoes, carrots (using up the rest of some veg I already have) Saturday - Pulled pork tacos, chopped salad Sunday - Chinese take out *You basically marinate chunks of chicken breast overnight in a Sprite, soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar marinade. Then place a chunk of cream cheese on each chunk of chicken, wrap in bacon, and broil at 375 for about 20 minutes. In two weeks I will only be cooking for two at my house - so weird.


Friday 9th of August 2019

The bacon chicken bombers sound really interesting!!

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