This week I noticed that my freezer and pantry are really full, which means I'm buying food when I don't need to. So this week is "clean out the pantry and freezer and only buy what's necessary week." Less time spent at the grocer is always a good thing.
Fortunately, I have plenty. And I really mean fortunate -- because we are. But, that doesn't mean I will take for granted our abundance. I appreciate and use it for all it's worth. For example, I have two packages of split chicken breasts in the freezer. I bought them when they were buy-one-get-one and I didn't need them at the time. So when I make a casserole this Sunday, I will boil all of the chicken, save half for another meal, and save the stock for another meal, as well. Waste not, want not. The chicken was $5 and not a bit will be wasted.
I think in these lean times, everyone has to look carefully at how much waste we have. I'm not saying we're desperate, but if we are frugal now, we will hopefully not be desperate later. I am continually amazed that even though our media tells us we're in a recession, and folks can't pay their mortgages, yet they still find a few bucks to spend on a Starbuck's frappuccino every day. If every one looked at the waste in their lives, this economy might not be in the shape it's in.
Ok, I'm off my soap box now.
Lunch: Skyline chili
Dinner: Pepperoni Pizza and Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Pizza
Lunch: grab a bite out
Dinner: Chicken and Rice Casserole (this is a different twist on a chicken casserole and I'll post the recipe -- it's one of Doug's favorites and I haven't fixed it in a long time), peas and carrots, canned fruit, muffins
Dinner: Hash Brown Quiche, Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, applesauce
Lunch: Cheese quesadillas and tomato soup
Dinner: Teriyaki Pork Chops, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, fresh fruit
Wednesday -- Feast of St. Teresa of Avila
Dinner: Wedding Soup, Spanish Bread, Flan
Lunch: Wendy's chili
Dinner: Penne pasta and Bolognese, salad, bread
Lunch: Poached eggs and toast
Dinner: Tilapia Chowder, corn bread
* Tried and true
* New to me