OK I think I did pretty well this week! As planned, I used up some cornbread mix in Chicken Taco Cornbread Pie
, and used the last giant carrot for carrot sticks to eat as a side. This was a pretty good recipe that we both enjoyed, which is good because I have one more pack of cornbread mix to go.
The Balsamic Chicken
was pretty good, not sure if I'd make it again but since it used the whole bottle of Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing I was aiming to burn, I won't need to :)
Much frozen vegetables and watermelon were consumed.
We've had a bag of mexican hot cocoa mix sitting in the cupboard for longer than I care to admit. This sad mix was rejected by a co-worker, who had purchased it for a fundraiser for another co-worker's kid, only to find out it contained milk products which he couldn't eat because he was vegan. He oferred it up so I brought it home for hubby who loves hot cocoa, but apparently not enough to actually go to the effort of making it with any regularity. I finally put the poor chocolatey powder out of its misery today by making these hot cocoa muffins
. I made a few substitutions - using coconut oil which has also been languishing unloved in the cupboard instead of melted butter, and using a mix of whole wheat and white flour since we have an abundance of whole wheat on hand (besides, now it's healthy, right?). The result earned a resounding "meh". They're decent and will suffice for morning snacks at work, but I wouldn't make them again.
Also today, I prepared a chicken salsa casserole for dinner tomorrow, which used some corn tortillas, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, and a can of green chiles, all of which I have embarrasing quantities of. Tomorrow I'll make a big batch of Mexican Rice (which will use up some chicken broth and tomato sauce from the cupboards and the rest of a diced onion sitting in the fridge) - that will be dinner and lunches for several days. Today for lunch, I mixed up some leftover shredded chicken and the last remnants of a bottle of BBQ sauce and spread it on a piece of toast. That was really pretty good.
Hubby's been surprisingly tolerant of this whole endeavor, he's been eating PB&J since the lunch meat ran out, and didn't even complain when we ran out of butter a couple of days before grocery shopping day. We did our shopping Friday and only bought a few things - salad stuff and some fruit, butter, yogurt, bread and eggs. I don't envision buying a while lot next weekend either, I expect we'll save about $100 this month on our normal grocery budget!
On the agenda for this coming week - make my own salad dressing to use some raspberry vinegar, figure out what to do with a can of adobo chiles and a pork roast (ideally resulting in carnitas tacos... mmmm tacos), and use up an open bottle of honey teriyaki glaze sitting in the fridge.