It has been going ok. I must say that I had to add to my list of “what I can buy” though. I added meat/ poultry, eggs, and breads. I have used up a lot of frozen vegetables and LOTS of beans, mostly in soups. Believe it or not I have used a lot of my ridiculous amounts of barbecue sauce. You would think I had stock in it. I don’t! Try throwing some boneless skinless chicken breasts into the crock pot and cover with barbecue sauce. It is delicious and you can get several different meals out of it. I use the 4lb. packages (about 6-7 breasts) and serve:
- chicken and a vegetable the first night
- Shredded barbecue chicken sandwiches another night
- chicken wraps or chicken on a salad the third night
I can find the chicken breasts on sale for $1.99lb. for 4 lb packages. A rare sale is $1.70/lb.. So using the $1.99/ lb. the base of 3 meals costs me $8.oo and I would guess that the rest of the ingredients total $6.00. $14.00 for 3 dinners. Not too bad!
I knew that with the food challenge I would at some point have to get creative. So last night I made lasagna. I thought I had everything I needed but realized way too late that I didn’t have lasagna noodles! Note to self; update pantry list. I decided to use spaghetti noodles instead. I cooked the noodles and then mixed the ricotta cheese with the noodles in a bowl. I knew I wouldn’t be able to spread the Ricotta cheese on the spaghetti noodles like I can with the lasagna noodles. I just layered the spaghetti noodles over each layer and it turned out just fine. It obviously doesn’t stay together as well as usual but lasagna doesn’t last long on anyone’s plate in my house to notice.