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WIS, WWA | I had no plan

What I Spent

I went into this week with absolutely no menu plan…I was just winging it all week long and still, we didn’t eat out at all.

I don’t know if this is a change in me, or if it’s just a function of it being easier to wing it with two people, but I will say: my self from 10 years ago would be shocked at my behavior. Ha.

cat on hungry harvest box.

Chiquita looks a little mad here!

I spent:

  • $30 on a Hungry Harvest box
  • $74 at Sam’s Club
  • $6.50 at Safeway

Sooo, $110.50 for me this week.

black cat.

Shelley always looks kinda mad in photos.

What We Ate 


I made spaghetti and meatballs, which I hadn’t done in ages. Although…this wasn’t EXACTLY spaghetti and meatballs. It was angel hair pasta and meatballs, because angel hair is what was in my pantry. 😉

I did not take a nice picture, so here’s an older one of some actual spaghetti.


I made some burgers and I turned some small potatoes from Hungry Harvest into small potato wedges.

potato wedges


I found a package of chicken tenderloins in the freezer, so I thawed them and then seasoned and sauteed half of them. I shredded those, mixed them with BBQ sauce, and we ate that on buns.

I think we just had some fruit on the side.


I sauteed the rest of the chicken tenderloins and used them in a green salad, with homemade croutons on top.

green salad with chicken.

I love homemade croutons; they make a salad 10 times better, at least!


Zoe and I were home at different times; she made herself soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.

I saw some leftover angel hair pasta in the fridge, so I took that out, added some half and half and some red pesto, plus some asparagus.  And I topped it with some Parmesan.

pasta with asparagus.


I rummaged through my freezer and found some chili.


I heated that up, and we topped it with cilantro and Mexican crema, and chips (sort of!) I had some tostada shells left from when my friend Mia and I had made potato/chorizo tostadas, so I just broke up some of those for our chips.


Obviously these are the tostadas, not the chili 😉

I also made a green salad.


Umm….to go along with my pattern for the week, I have no idea. I will be winging it, based on what is in my fridge/freezer. 😉

What did you have for dinner this week?

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Lori D

Saturday 2nd of March 2024

I love adding HWC or half and half to my leftover pasta for a creamy delicious dish! We go meatless on Fridays and had fresh (frozen) Atlantic salmon with oven fries and homemade coleslaw with a side of homemade sourdough bread. Delicious!

Sophie in Australia

Saturday 2nd of March 2024

This week was a busy week so we relied a lot on the freezer and simple salad items had: Sunday: Fish fingers and baked cauliflower & broccoli Monday: Chicken nuggets, chips & salad Tuesday night: Baked white fish fillets from freezer with garlic and lemon, and side green salad and feta. Wednesday: out for dinner, ate a burger - delicious Thursday- Spinach and cheese agnolotti with a roasted homemade roasted pumpkin and pinenut sauce Friday- weekend away, takeaway pizza Tonight- Subway


Friday 1st of March 2024

Sunday - Mexican, took home leftovers Monday - killed leftovers from freezer/frig/Sunday meal out (chicken and rice). Tuesday - planned on sushi - forgot place is closed on Tuesday so $15 for two quarter pound burgers and fries to share. Wednesday - yes we had that carryout sushi. Leftovers part of Wednesday lunch for better half. Thursday - pork w/stuffing (from butcher shop, $9 for 3 pieces, one leftover shared outside our home) w/potatoes, carrots, home grown garlic Friday - a quite tasty crusted tilapia from aforementioned butcher shop, asparagus, leftover potatoes from Thursday. I can't think of the last time (or any time for that matter) that we've at out where we did not bring home what we didn't/couldn't eat. Eating out is pretty much not inexpensive (I am excluding corp america fast food) but if you bring home and eat leftovers, the $ sting isn't so bad. Most but not all leftovers can be frozen.


Friday 1st of March 2024

WWS: $35 (mystery shop grocery, will be reimbursed); $13 grocery store WWA: Sat: out to dinner with friends - brisket sandwich (that is served with roasted broccoli, peanut shmear & chili jam and it is AWESOME!) and kimchi latkes Sun: homemade fried chicken, sauteed spinach Monday: broccoli and cheddar quiche, cabbage salad & sliced cucumbers Tues: Greek-inspired sauteed shrimp, herby grains (it was a new recipe that I wanted to love but only found it okay:, roasted beets Wed: tortilla española, cabbage salad, roasted beet salad Thursday: ditto Wednesday Friday: pork and vegetable dumplings, sauteed cabbage and broccoli

DM out west

Friday 1st of March 2024

It occurred to me that your weekly totals seem to have a fairly regular average, so I looked back over the last few years. They've dropped about $40 since The Great Unpleasantness (~$150 to ~$110). Going from five to four people didn't have a huge impact, and going from four to two (no Lisey or Sonia) had a pretty small impact. Do you have any insight into why that would be?

My wife and I tend to eat on the somewhat expensive side, but this makes me feel better about our per-person average than watching you feed five people on what seemed like about the same amount of overall spending as ours was doing a few years ago....


Sunday 3rd of March 2024

That's a good question! I have some theories, but maybe that would work better in a Q&A post. I'll add it to my next one!

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