What I Spent
This week was definitely one of adjustment! I’ve been out of school for the last two semesters, so I’d gotten kind of used to my carefree life. 😉
(Ok, well, not entirely carefree. But relatively speaking, yes.)
Anyway, this week has made it clear to me that I need to change up how I do things; I need to switch up how I use weekend time, how I plan meals, and when I do household stuff.
Because I was definitely doing some fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants things this week.
- $20 at Five Guys
- $30 on a Hungry Harvest box
- $41 at Safeway
So, that makes $91 for me this week. And honestly, considering that it was the first week of school, I’m just happy that I only ended up getting takeout one time!
What We Ate
Leftover chipotle chicken on a salad.
Seriously, if you have not tried this simple chicken marinade, you should! You can grill the chicken or broil it, and it’s great on its own or on top of a salad.
And it works equally well with chicken breasts as it does with chicken thighs.
Also…the sauce makes a good salad dressing!
I made some panko-breaded fried chicken strips, which we ate with some fruit.
I purposely didn’t fry all of the chicken, with the plan to save some for frying the next night.
It’s not that hard to fresh-fry some chicken the next day, and fresh-fried is always better than reheated!
I fried up the rest of the breaded chicken and we ate that on top of a salad.
In the latest Five Frugal Things, I mentioned that I’d made croutons and I meant to say, “from hot dog buns” but I accidentally typed, “hot dogs” instead.
And man, that would be quite impressive if I’d made croutons like this from actual hot dogs.
But nope…I just made bread cubes from the package of buns that I’m trying to use up!
To make croutons, I usually just saute bread with butter and garlic powder on the stovetop and then do the final crisping in the toaster oven, on the air fryer setting.
This was my first super long day at school and I did a great job of packing my lunch.
And I’d even brought a smoothie with me for my breakfast.
But my goodness, I was a little unprepared for how tired my brain would be at the end of hours and hours of lectures.
Sooo, we got burgers from Five Guys for dinner.
I made this pulled pork recipe, which we ate on buns, with sauteed asparagus on the side. And also watermelon.
Gotta enjoy summer watermelons while they’re still here!
I made potato and chorizo tostadas, and we had watermelon and asparagus on the side again.
Zoe will be working and I’m gonna be out to dinner with my two support group besties. I have no idea where we’re going, and I don’t care because the social aspect is the main point.
Also: I can be happy eating almost anything, which makes dining out with other people very easy. Being un-picky and having no allergies sure does make eating simple!