We didn’t actually EAT four pork roasts, mind you. 😉 But I did buy four of them.
What I Spent
This week, I spent:
- $117 at Aldi
- $98 at Weis
- $14 at BJs
And that adds up to $229 for my first spend of the new year. Part of my higher-than-usual total is due to my purchase of four pork butt roasts (there was a sale!), which are now in the freezer for future use.
We don’t end up eating tons of cuts of pork, but I do find pork butts to be very useful.
What We Ate
We were at my sister-in-law’s house for a New Year’s dinner with Mr. FG’s parents. It was a bit last-minute, and I ended up not having to bring anything! An easy day for me.
We had a lot of leftovers to eat up, so we all reheated different things for dinner.
This is the night I made baked ziti with a variety of pasta shapes. To avoid the cheese problem with Sonia, I just set aside a portion of the dish before I top it with cheese, and that works out fine.
I was very low on produce and couldn’t go to the store because of the snow, but I did find some baby carrots and some oranges in the fridge and we ate those with our pasta.
I pulled out some of the spiral ham I’d frozen at Christmas, roasted some small potatoes, and thawed some homemade applesauce.
I had to somewhat unexpectedly go in early to feed the cats (the store where the adoption center is closed early because of staffing issues), and Sonia and Zoe had to be somewhere at 6:30. So, they put in an order at Chick-Fil-A for themselves and Mr. FG. I ate leftover ziti.
And that night I finally got to the grocery store!
(We didn’t do a date night this week due to the New Year’s gathering, so I just used our date night budget for the Chick-Fil-A.)
I made a sesame-soy noodle stir fry with chicken (for Zoe), shrimp (for the rest of us), cabbage, and red peppers. I use this Better Homes and Gardens recipe, but I use hoisin sauce instead of oyster sauce.
Sonia is allergic to sesame seeds but not to the oil, so I don’t have to do any subs for the sesame oil. Also, Kikkoman’s brand of hoisin is sesame-free, so that’s easy to take care of too.
This is a pretty all-in-one dish (protein, veggies, + starch), but we did have some cucumber slices on the side.
I think I’m going to make panini. Or maybe pulled pork since I have so many pork roasts right now!