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What I Spent, What We Ate | Sunday was a bit of a fail.

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What I Spent

I spent $144 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest

So, $169 to start out April.

On the upside, some of those ingredients were expensive ones for a paella recipe that I did not end up making.

So that’s going to get bumped to next week, which means I can buy a little less food next week.

What We Ate


Mr. FG and I had a $20 date night at Panera, Lisey was at work, and Sonia and Zoe spent the night with their cousin.


We failed to plan anything for dinner and ended up getting subs at Firehouse.  Fortunately, I had a coupon for a free sub, so the meal only cost us $22.

Still, that’s a lot more than I’d have spend for a meal at home.


I tried a pasta recipe from Dinner Illustrated (farfalle with prosciutto).  I thought this one was just ok, mainly because I wanted a saucier sauce experience.

farfalle with prosciutto

(This is the story of my life. MORE SAUCE, I say.)


I wasn’t feeling great and I could have sworn I was coming down with something. As it turns out, I just needed a good night’s sleep. Phew.

Regardless, I chucked that night’s dinner plan and we fended for ourselves. Mr. FG had plans with a friend, Sonia made polenta for herself, and I made myself a grilled cheese.

Lisey took Zoe to dance for me so I could stay home, and the two of them stopped at Chick-Fil-A on the way back.

Having a big sister with a job and a car must be awfully fun.  Lucky Zoe!


I made ricotta gnocchi and this time I made a pink sauce and also added some sliced, sauteed Italian chicken sausages.

Zoe hates pink sauce, though, so I made a small dish with regular tomato sauce.

ricotta gnocchi

We had cucumber slices, grapes, and fresh corn on the side (not combined!)


I tried a new recipe from Dinner Illustrated for chicken tacos with an orange/chipotle/cilantro sauce and it was delicious.

orange chipotle cilantro sauce

Sonia usually dislikes any and all tacos, but she ate four of these, so I consider that very high praise.

Incidentally, if you’ve ever wondered how to store a can of chipotle chilies long term in your fridge, this post is for you!

how to store chipotle chilies

Chipotle chilies are so, so, so delicious and they provide a nice dose of smoky heat to whatever you’re making.

AND Aldi carries them now. Yes, indeedy.


I’m planning to make a pan pizza.

What did you eat for dinner this week?

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Saturday 6th of April 2019

The gnocchi looks amazing. I can't remember all that we had this week.


Friday 5th of April 2019

More sauce all the time!

Also, so glad Sonia could enjoy some tacos. I can't understand not liking one of the best foods mankind has ever come up with!

now what we ate: (brace yourself for boring. ;) )

Monday - Pasta with homemade tomato sauce and salad Tuesday - Turkey Soup Wednesday - Rice with Deer Steak and steamed veggies Thursday - Leftover sauce over rice with salad Friday - Rice Deer Steak and steamed veggies.


Saturday 6th of April 2019

Not liking tacos is unimaginable to me as well!

Corrine Wilson

Friday 5th of April 2019

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday- homemade pesto baked chicken thighs with wild rice, spinach, and mushrooms Thursday and Friday- chicken pot pie

Spent $26 on groceries this week because we had a lot in the freezer/pantry. Brought home a large pan of baked ziti from a work party today, which will be my husband's lunches all week next week. Score!


Friday 5th of April 2019

Monday: Fish tacos Tuesday: Beef stroganoff and peas. This is my husband's birthday dinner every year. This year we made it with venison steaks and it was good! And we had carrot cake with ice cream for dessert. :) Wednesday: A new recipe... Spicy baked linguine. Only half of my crew liked it and the recipe made a 9x13 pan, so we have lots leftover. We had salad with it. Thursday: Chicken thighs, roasted carrots and sweet potatoes, and pineapple Friday: The plan was black bean and rice enchiladas, but I got pork chops for less than half price at Aldi this morning so we're going to make those instead. We'll have cantaloupe and an undecided side with them.

Mrs. Money

Friday 5th of April 2019

My parents were here all week so my mom and sister cooked. It was awesome! Your pasta dishes always look so good! Makes me miss gluten.

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