Here’s what’s cookin’ + questions for you
I’ve noticed that a lot of you click through to the recipes I post, so I do hope you find these posts helpful in your own meal planning!
This week I’m whipping up the following recipes:
Penne arrabbiata – I haven’t tried this recipe before but everything I’ve made from The Speckled Palate has turned out great. Except I had to buy more bacon this week because Joe decided to eat half a pound the other night. Oh, boys and bacon…
Burrito bowl – We make some variation of this recipe at least once a week in the summers. It curbs our Chipotle cravings!
Zuppa toscana – Word on the street is it’s going to be cool again this weekend, so here’s hoping soup will hit the spot! This soup is my only reason to ever go to Olive Garden, and yes, this recipe is tried and true and tasted almost exactly like theirs!
Chicken adobo and mashed potatoes – I try to use our crockpot at least once a week, because it’s easy and usually the recipes are huge, which means lunchtime leftovers! I’ve used this blog before for crockpot recipes with good results, but this one is new for me.
Spinach and artichoke baked pasta – Haven’t tried this yet, but I needed something that would use up some leftover artichokes and mozzarella.
Some questions about your meal planning/grocery shopping habits:
It’s probably obvious that I meal-plan once a week and grocery shop once a week as well. I’m very organized about this process and find it oddly relaxing. However, our grocery bills still manage to come out to about $90-100 each week. Is this normal for two people? I clip coupons and do my best to use up what’s in the fridge each week… but it just seems high. I don’t shop at specialty food stores, just Meijer and occasionally Trader Joe’s if I’ve forgotten something. (I won’t shop at Walmart, no matter how low their prices are.) I suppose I should keep in mind that we rarely eat out, so $100 for literally every meal isn’t bad, but I feel like it’s rather steep. Plus, I get all our toiletries in the same trip, which accounts for a few more bucks, right?
What’s your food bill for a normal week? Does it include eating out? Do you cook full meals regularly or get by on cereal some nights? How do you keep food costs to a minimum without sacrificing quality and flavor?