Friday, April 1, 2011

Eating Well on Sixty | 4/1-4/7

I could easily spend an entire paycheck at the store each week. Sometimes I make excuses to go to Whole Foods when I really don't need to. Luckily, Brett is quite good at knowing when we really do need to, and when I'm just having WF hallucinations. (That alone probably saves us close to $1000 each year).But now that new school bills are looming in the very near future, it's time to get serious. And since I couldn't find many $60 meal plans that were healthy, delicious and vegetarian, I decided that I would create my own. Armed with three $20 bills, we will eat. And we will eat well.

Okay. So. I spent $62.35. But that's including some sponges. So. We'll just go ahead and say $60.

This week, this is what we're eating:

-oatmeal with warm apples and walnuts
-egg, toast, fruit
-toast with peanut butter, banana, agave
-egg white scramble with tomato and  basil, toast

Most days, leftovers from dinner will be eaten the next day as lunch. Other days, these are what I rotate in:
-baby green salad with green peppers, tofu
-tofurkey deli slices (buy on sale and freeze! this is a treat!) on homemade rustic bread, fruit, slice of cheese, carrots or celery

-Pizza on homemade dough, salad

-Quinoa Bean Salad, Rustic Bread, and salad

-Tofu/Spaghetti Squash Burgers on rustic bread with broccoli slaw, sweet potato fries, and salad

Recipe coming. Wednesday. Be there.

-Roasted Veggie Pasta and salad

-Quesadilla with fresh salsa and bean salad *Big hit. We're bringing it back this week. Same time, same place ;) *

-TAO (tomato/avocado/onion) Sandwiches on whole wheat rustic bread with veggie tofu spread, homemade (baked) potato 'chips', salad 

-Sweet Chili Sauce Seitan with Roasted Veggies, served over brown rice


-homemade cinnamon raisin swirl bread with tea
-greek yogurt with veggie slices
-hard boiled egg with veggies
-grapes with cheese

*Last weeks' Lentil Burgers tasted delicious, but didn't hold up so well when they were formed into patties. So, we're trying to tweak the recipe before I share it on here! :) *


  1. Maybe you can just call them "Lentil Sloppy Joes"...? : )

  2. We called them ''a big mess'', and ate them with spoons :) But actually, it would probably be delicious to make a sloppy joe sauce and slather that on...hmmm..

  3. I googled it on a whim, and there's already an existing slow cooker recipe... YUM! Definitely going to try this:

    droooooling : )

  4. I like the way you eat! And I'm forever trying to keep food to $60 a week, but it rarely happens. ;)

  5. I think I've got the lentil burger thing nearly perfected - since I've got 11 & 13 yr old boys who can scarf them back pretty quick :) I find adding an egg and some breadcrumbs or rolled oats really helps hold them together, not sure what you've tried so far! Oh, and a suggestion to stretch your grocery dollars. If you're not already doing it, I recommend using dried beans rather than canned - they really are a TON cheaper. I cook up a whole big bag at once, then freeze the cooked beans in 1 1/2 cup portions (about the amount in one can). That way they are just as quick and easy to use as canned, and the cost works out to less than 1/3 the price of buying canned.

  6. April- drooling. yes.

    Farmgirl, thank you! It's hard enough to do with two, but with a family of five- I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to pull that off :)

    Karen, I will definitely try the egg. And you're so right about dried beans. I actually just started using them after being lazy about them for the past few years. They also taste so much better than canned!
    Thanks for stopping by! :):)


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