Normally, I take an hour on the weekend to plot out my week, and that includes picking out meals.
I did not do that this week and oof, that made dinnertime much more stressful this week.
I hate planning a menu, but I hate not having a menu plan even more!
What I Spent
We spent $138 on groceries this week, plus $45 on the random fast food on Tuesday.
March Grocery Spending
Week 1: $101
Week 2: $183
What We Ate
We didn’t do our usual takeout date night; it ended up being a fend for yourself type of night for us all.
Pizza from a local spot for four of us, and a rice-noodle bowl of ramen for Miss Sonia.
I happen to like a lot of vegetables on my pizza, and no one else in my family shares this preference. But this time I decided to order a small pizza JUST for me, with all the vegetables I wanted.
I made a buffalo chicken salad with cornbread on the side (the gluten-free kind in the cast iron pan, and I finally remembered to use the correctly sized pan this time.)
Some of you asked for the cornbread recipe; I just use the one from Cook’s Illustrated, which calls for heating bacon grease in a pan in the oven and then adding the grease to the batter before pouring the batter into the hot pan.
My lack of planning led to us getting fast food.
And this is why I blog about what we ate, not what I planned for us to eat. Because if I only posted plans, you all would start to think I am more perfect at this cooking-at-home thing than I am.
Better to share the real than the aspirational!
I thawed a container of homemade sausage ragu and cooked two partial packages of pasta to use them up.
Green salad on the side and dinner was done.
Sonia requested hot ham sandwiches, and I was grateful because that way I didn’t have to think of a meal idea!
I gathered all the random fruit in the fridge and made a fruit salad to go with our sandwiches.
I have book club tomorrow night, so maybe we will do our takeout date night tonight instead.