My office was closed for the last week of June, and we all went on unpaid “furlough.” It was lovely getting up without an alarm, making dinner for Marc, hanging out with the dog and catching up with old friends. I had a blast. Of course, all good times come with a price, and Marc and I found ourselves living pretty tightly with my smaller paycheck. We’ve been making a concerted effort to not spend a ton of money, but we’ve still gotta eat.
Our original plan was to grocery shop for “the basics” to last us through Wednesday, and then we’d grocery shop for Thursday, and then treat ourselves to dinner out on Friday night to celebrate our valor. I am happy to report, however, that through some experimentation and careful use of groceries, we were able to skip the extra trip for Thursday, and use what we had on hand to create a really delicious meal.
Now, we probably used some of the cheapest ingredients out there for our menu, but every good penny pincher knows that sometimes you have to do what you have to do. Here’s what we did:
Sunday: Turkey burgers (we had a box of frozen Jennie-O turkey burgers that we bought for a barbecue — that no one ate) on cracked wheat buns with teriyaki onions
Monday: Pita pocket sandwiches with romaine lettuce, carrots, red onions, chicken breasts (we used a family-sized package of chicken tenders, which we paid $4 for, and cut up into smaller bits, thus being able to use the package for more than one recipe)
Tuesday: Chicken stir fry with broccoli and oyster sauce (we used the chicken tenders from the aforementioned package, carrots leftover from the pita pocket sandwiches, and a third of a box of whole wheat linguine that we had in the cabinet — and it was amazing and yielded leftovers for lunch the next day!)
Wednesday: Asian chicken sandwiches (a perennial favorite) and honeydew (leftover, believe it or not, from the honeydew salsa we made a while back).
Thursday: Marinated chicken cutlets with an Israeli couscous “soup”
Soooo, as you can see, we surely were eating a lot of chicken this week. This might not be your bag, but it helped us save a lot of money this week, and (surprisingly) it never was monotonous! I have to say, we’re quite proud of ourselves for eating delicious meals for only $33.10!