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Friday, September 20, 2019

Cheap & Cheerful Suppers for Mid-September

Another week of family meals, as we gathered around the kitchen table.


Friday
Mexican-inspired bean and vegetable soup topped with homemade salsa, homemade yogurt and cheddar cheese
corn tortilla chips



Saturday
bean and cheese burritos on homemade tortillas
homemade onion rings ---so, so, so delicious!



Sunday
greens and onions
pancakes (using the leftover batter from the onion rings)



Monday
veggie burger patties (I shredded the carrots in the food processor, processing extra carrots for Tuesday's carrot salad)
focaccia bread
homemade applesauce (apples from neighborhood free pile)
tomatoes with homemade yogurt dressing



Tuesday
leftover veggie burger patties
brown rice
gingered carrot and peanut salad
tomato soup (from canned tomato paste) with Parmesan cheese and leftover grissini breadsticks (from event in June)


Wednesday (spent the late afternoon down at the beach with both daughters -- daughter A's cooking night)
beef pot pie, frozen
green cabbage cole slaw
leftover tomato soup



Thursday (daughter B's night)
beet green quiche (using this fool-proof pie crust recipe)
red cabbage cole slaw


Details of the week On Saturday, one of my daughter's had a craving for onion rings (and she knows that I love them, too). So she set to work to make a large batch for us. They were so delicious and even great reheated the next day at lunch.

On Thursday, the daughter whose night it was to prepare dinner opted to buy pot pies for us all, at her expense. This is fine with me. 

Each of our daughters have one night per week where they have to provide the family dinner. They can choose to cook from what I keep on hand, or they can choose to buy foods or even get take-out for the family. However, the latter option is at their expense. Either way, their experience will teach them how to provide meals for themselves in the future, by cooking or making price-comparisons. 

I spent an additional $1.63 this week at Fred Meyer, picking up 3 freebies (2 yogurts, 1 energy drink) and a bunch of clearance items (canned veggies, Pringles potato chips, Kool-Aid powder). That brings me up to $125.20 for the month of September. Not too bad. 

I hope you all had a great week. Have a wonderful weekend!




7 comments:

Alice said...

Oh, how very creative and so yummy looking.

We came back home late Thursday evening and I've been in the kitchen creating good foods already. Both parents came with lots of food so I have a very good start. Surprisingly,a lot has come right from my own refrigerator and freezer. So good to be back home and eating our own delicious food.

Alice

Lili said...

Welcome home, Alice!

I know exactly how you feel. When I've been gone from home even just a week, I start fantasizing about home-cooked foods, imagining all of the delicious food I could make from basic ingredients.

Take some time to recharge, if you can.

live and learn said...

Glad you're back home, Alice! I'm sure it feels good to be back in something familiar.

Kris said...

Alice, glad you are home again. Keep us posted on your husband's health. And let people help you out--you need a break!

Lili, your food looks good, but I especially liked your beach picture. :)

Anonymous said...

Looks tasty and thrifty, Lili -- well done....!

I myself was house/pet sitting this past week, for a homeowner that has a nice little backyard garden. I was invited to pick whatever I wanted for the week -- and what a lovely little savings it was for me! I made fresh veggie soup twice -- the first time around was a chili with lots of tomatoes/peppers, plus beans I collected/shelled from over-aged pole beans, and the second time involved fresh cut okra (and as such seasoned with thyme, marjoram and bay leaf for more Cajun-y flair). So yummy...! I made a batch of fresh oregano pesto that was amazing on toasted sandwiches with freshly picked tomato and cucumber (on homemade bread I baked). Plus I too made applesauce for the week, using windfall apples discretely picked up from a neglected tree on an empty stretch of commercial property I spied on one of my walks (plus I also found two windfall Bartlett pears on yet another walk). Basically the only item I purchased from the store this week was a .99 cent bag of brown rice (to go with my yummy garden soups). I love frugality -- I always find it a fun and fulfilling challenge...!

Lili said...

Thank you, Kris!

Lili said...

Anonymous said...
Looks tasty and thrifty, Lili -- well done....!

I myself was house/pet sitting this past week, for a homeowner that has a nice little backyard garden. I was invited to pick whatever I wanted for the week -- and what a lovely little savings it was for me! I made fresh veggie soup twice -- the first time around was a chili with lots of tomatoes/peppers, plus beans I collected/shelled from over-aged pole beans, and the second time involved fresh cut okra (and as such seasoned with thyme, marjoram and bay leaf for more Cajun-y flair). So yummy...! I made a batch of fresh oregano pesto that was amazing on toasted sandwiches with freshly picked tomato and cucumber (on homemade bread I baked). Plus I too made applesauce for the week, using windfall apples discretely picked up from a neglected tree on an empty stretch of commercial property I spied on one of my walks (plus I also found two windfall Bartlett pears on yet another walk). Basically the only item I purchased from the store this week was a .99 cent bag of brown rice (to go with my yummy garden soups). I love frugality -- I always find it a fun and fulfilling challenge...!


Your week sounds wonderfully frugal and delicious! I've never made an oregano pesto, but I can imagine it was extremely flavorful. I'll give that a try soon. So great that you not only could harvest from the garden where you were pert-sitting, but also from some windfalls. Applesauce made from homegrown apples is so much tastier than commercial applesauce.

Thanks for sharing about your frugal foods this week!

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