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WIS, WWA | A sandwich-full week!

What I Spent

Red pepper and basil mayo in a glass dish.

  • $8 at Giant
  • $22 at Aldi
  • $32.50 at Lid
  • $4 at BJs
  • $36 at Chick-Fil-A

So, $103 all told.

June Grocery Spending

Week 1: $146

Week 2: $103

What We Ate


The girls fended for themselves (I remember that some of them had ravioli), and Mr. FG and I had a date night to the taco truck.

Taco truck = always an under-budget date night!

Which handily makes up for the weeks when we opt for seafood.


A grilled BLT sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

Sonia volunteered to make dinner; BLTs, fruit, and Shirley Temples.

She really likes to make mocktails, which is handy because while I am not underage, I just usually don’t like cocktails that much.

Mocktails for me all the way! 


Another sandwich night.

I made this brineraded chicken, which we ate on toasted ciabatta rolls with this basil/pepper mayo and lettuce.

Roasted red pepper mayo ingredients in a food processor.

If you like basil and roasted peppers, you really should blend up a batch of this mayo. It’s so good on sandwiches and I like to use it as a veggie dip as well.

And if you thin it a bit, it makes a great salad dressing.


I made a pasta salad, using the leftover brined chicken, Italian dressing, pasta, and sliced cucumbers.

Brineraded, sliced chicken breast on a wooden cutting board.

Since Sonia is allergic to so many raw veggies, it’s tough to make salads. But I am thankful that at least she can eat raw cucumbers.

On the side, we had watermelon and some toasted marked-down croissants. 

Half of a red watermelon, sitting on a counterop.


I feel slightly sheepish about telling you that….we had sandwiches again! This time I made grilled sandwiches with chipotle mayo, ham, turkey breast, and cheese (except no cheese on Sonia’s sandwich).

smoked turkey panini sandwich on a white plate.

Chipotle mayo is one of my favorite things to add to sandwiches. I just add some of my blended chipotle chilies into a small bowl of mayo; super easy!

We had more watermelon, plus some chips with our sandwiches.


Zoe did a drop-in class at a new dance studio she is considering joining, and the class was from 6:00-7:00.

This was pretty inconvenient dinner timing and since I hadn’t spent much on groceries this week, I opted to use some of my budget to pick up Chick-Fil-A on our way home from the class. 


Book club is tomorrow, so Mr. FG and I will do our date night tonight instead, and the girls will fend for themselves. 

What did you have for dinner this week?

(Let me guess: you didn’t have as many sandwiches as we did!)

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Thursday 17th of June 2021

I can't remember all of Sonia's allergies, but I can't eat dairy, and really miss cheese. Most vegan cheeses aren't that great, although I've gotten used to them. That said, Chao Cheese slices are INCREDIBLE. I can eat a plain grilled cheese with them and they taste just like the grilled cheeses I used to eat, and my husband, who regularly eats real cheese confirmed that this wasn't just distorted memories. They're really that good! I also love Violife's feta and parmesan. (Just wanted to give you a heads up because I know how much trial and error was involved when I gave it up.)


Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

@Jen, if you have a grocery outlet near you both of those cheeses shop up there. It makes them way less expensive.


Thursday 17th of June 2021

Ooh, I will have to look for those. Thank you!


Saturday 12th of June 2021

I think your sandwich week sounds perfect for a busy summer week - I might purposely add one in to my rotation! This week we ate: Monday - Indian-spiced Chicken Bowls (with garlicky spinach over rice) Tuesday - Salmon, fresh green beans, small twice-baked potato Wednesday - Tomato Basil Gnocci, eggplant cubes, garlic toast Thursday - Turkey Chili Crockpot, low salt Fritos Friday - BBQ Garlic Chicken, corn on the cob, a twice-baked Saturday - TBD, but I have some tilapia thawing Sunday - TBD as well, but we have a wine club pick-up in Fredericksburg, so maybe we will do a sammie.


Friday 11th of June 2021

Saturday - takeout night, we had pizza Sunday - smoked a whole chicken and had that with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob and baked beans. Used the leftover meat for the rest of the chicken recipes this week! Monday - lobster pasta with yellow tomatoes and basil Tuesday - chicken and mushroom quesadillas and cheesy rice Wednesday - chicken pot pie Thursday - Mexican chicken and rice salad Friday - Veggie lasagna stuffed portobello mushrooms, steamed carrots, dinner rolls


Friday 11th of June 2021

Spent $100 at Aldi and $30 at Kroger. Monday:Red beans and rice with sausage , corn muffins Tuesday: mozzarella chicken with mushrooms and spinach, over spaghetti. Fresh green beans on the side. Wednesday: takeout burgers Thursday: beef stew and homemade biscuits Tonight: Mexican! I had beef fajita chalupas with guacamole and pico de Gallo.


Friday 11th of June 2021

Tangentially related: I would love some advice on choosing a good watermelon! I usually have good luck but the last few have been horrible. I use the thump technique, and I pick a thump that is right in the middle. (I was told it should be similar to thumping your chest - if it sounds like thumping your stomach it is overripe, and it if sounds like your head it is underripe.)

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