Hello from my icy home!
Well, my home isn’t icy. It’s just icy outside of my home (with a sprinkling of snow on top).
I am very thankful it’s not cold inside my house and I feel terrible for all the Texans who have been cold this week.
Incidentally, I looked at the 15 day forecast, and after a few more days in the 30s, the highs all promise to be in the 40s and 50s. So, warmer air is coming.
What I Spent
I spent $117 on groceries, plus I’ll add in $14.83 for our Monday night extra date night.
(Saturday’s date night was our usual takeout date night budget, and the sushi on Sunday night is from the temporary takeout budget we’ve set aside to help support local restaurants right now.)
Week 1: $55
Week 2: $287
Week 3: $132
What We Ate
Mr. FG and I did our usual takeout date night; I picked Panera this time, partially because we had a gift card to use up.
Sandwiches and savings: two things I love!
(My gift card was from Fetch Rewards; it’s a receipt-scanning app, and it is slow going especially if you don’t buy name-brands. But when you first sign up, you get a dump of points if you use code QG8V2.)
We usually try to support a local restaurant by getting takeout once a week, but Sonia being on a low FODMAP diet does make that a challenge.
We realized we could still get sushi, though!
However, there’s not a lot of sushi that Zoe can eat (seafood allergy), so she had a pulled pork sandwich because I’d gotten a free pack of pulled pork in the Butcher Box I ordered last week.
Mr. FG and I did a belated Valentine’s Day takeout date (the pizza I mentioned in this week’s Five Frugal Things post).
The girls fended for themselves at home.
It was not a great day for me and at this point, I don’t even remember all of the reasons!
But the long and short of it is that we had a rotisserie chicken with gluten-free toast (for Sonia) and clearance-purchased ciabatta (for the rest of us) and a fruit salad.
I tried a buffalo chicken salad recipe from one of the low FODMAP cookbooks I have from the library. It involved coating the chicken breasts pieces in cornstarch before pan-frying them, and that worked great!
I had to sub romaine for the spinach the recipe called for (Sonia has a raw spinach allergy), but honestly, I like romaine better anyway.
I made burrito bowls at Zoe’s request. Those are handy because they cover starch, protein, and veggies all in one.
I need to go put a pot of onion-free broth on the stove so that I can make a pot of tortellini soup (except Sonia’s will have gluten-free rotini in it instead of tortellini).
I’ve never made broth without onions before, but I have a couple of options to give onion flavor; we shall see how this goes.
(For instance, you can saute onions in oil, remove the onions, and then proceed with the recipe, since FODMAPs don’t transfer into the oil.)