What I Spent
I made a trip to Aldi, where I spent $86.
And then the next day, because of my pork mistake (See Tuesday in the section below), I went to Harris Teeter and spent another $32.
I also got a Hungry Harvest box, and it cost $20 instead of $25 because I had a $5 order credit from when something was wrong with a previous order.
So, my total this week is $138.
Which means I am continuing my streak of unusually low grocery spending in January. Yay me!
January Grocery Spending
Week 1: $101
Week 2: $59
Week 3: $138
What We Ate
The girls ate Chick-Fil-A while Mr. FG and I got Potbelly, which we ate while watching Law and Order.
Local takeout night: we tried a poke and ramen place nearby, and it was good; we’d definitely order from them again.
And I was freshly reminded how much I love soy-marinated eggs!
The servings were very generous; we all had leftovers for the next day.
And for some reason, we drew cats on the lids of our leftover containers.
I made grilled teriyaki chicken over rice (a Cook’s Country recipe that uses boneless chicken thighs), and we had raw produce on the side.
This recipe makes quite a bit, but the leftovers are really good for lunch. So all is well.
Tuesday (the day the pork went wrong)
Well. I tried to make pork tinga with rice. But I carelessly picked up pork loin, not pork butt at Aldi.
(WHEN will I learn to be more careful??)
By the time I realized this, the pork loin was cooked to chewy oblivion. You can’t bake pork loin for two hours any more than you can bake chicken breasts for two hours!
I was pretty frustrated with myself, but I:
- removed the leathery pork and threw it out (seriously inedible)
- saved the cooking sauce
- went to the store and bought a pork butt
- also bought two bags of ravioli, because pork butt takes a long time to cook
So, we had ravioli and jarred sauce for dinner. And at least I hung in there and didn’t get takeout.
I made pork tinga and rice, this time with pork butt. Ha. That worked out much better.
We had raw produce and applesauce on the side of our pork and rice.
I tried a Cook’s Country recipe for brioche rolls and a Cook’s Illustrated recipe for smoked and pulled chicken.
Surprise, surprise: raw produce on the side.
I think I shaped my rolls too flat; they are definitely supposed to be taller than this.
But, this is the sort of thing you learn when you try a new recipe. There’s always next time to get it right!
I’m at the end of the meals that I planned out, so today I need to sit down and plan the next seven nights of food.
I sort of feel like making French bread pizzas tonight, which would be nice and simple.