Merciful God, You are great in compassion and Your tenderness for us is without measure. We ask You to give us today our daily bread, and also provide for the needs of all of Your hungry children around the world. Through Christ Your Son and Our Lord. Amen.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Weekly Menu


This week I'm trying to save a little money at the grocery store with some budget dishes. Last week I did well at the checkout -- it was the first time in months that my total grocery bill was under $200. That really motivated me to try to spend less in the future. My husband keeps telling me that slim days are ahead. Whether or not that really happens, it's a good thing to use your food money wisely.

My brother and his family are coming in to town mid-week, so I'm scheduling some meals later in the week that can be expanded for a larger crowd if they dine with us. I'll also be baking on Friday because our church festival is this weekend and I take pies and cakes to sell whole or per piece.

Lunch: Skyline chili
Dinner: Chicken Fajitas, chips,
Fresh Salsa, Flan

Lunch: BLTs
Dinner: Girl's night -- maybe we'll just eat popcorn!

Lunch: "Basghetti" (Peach's request)
Dinner: Tortilla and Black Bean Pie

Tuesday -- Feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi
Dinner: Bella Bruschetta Salad
(the kids can have frozen pizzas)

Lunch: Pizza
Dinner: Summer Veggie Frittata

Thursday -- Feast of St. Bridget
Lunch: Turkey club sandwiches
Dinner: Swedish Meatballs and noodles, Rye bread, Steamed green beans

FridayLinkLunch: Bean, cheese, and fresh tomato salsa tostadas
Dinner: Stuffed Shells, Salad, Bread

* Tried and true
* New to me



Barb, sfo said...

My husband is in agreement with your husband. TheDad's answer to this is to ask me to SPEND on groceries and make sure the pantry and freezer are chock-full, in case there is a "shortage" or "interruption in food supply" later. Yikes.

We'll be eating cheap this week as it's only me, Middle Sister and Little Brother. The others are off to Boy Scout camp.

Anne said...

I used your recipe from the calzone post to make pizza sauce on Friday, and I was really happy with how it turned out. We must have the same tastebuds! I thought it was delicious and so did Peter, but I only had diced tomatoes so our sauce was lumpy. I'm anxious to try it with tomato paste for a smooth sauce. I think I may start putting homemade pizza in the regular rotation since I can eat dairy (i.e. cheese) again.

Also I used your recipe to make tiramisu. Peter and my grandparents really liked it, but I was not completely happy with it. There was WAY too much liquid in the bottom of the dish to suit me. I was somehow overdipping the lady fingers because I even ran out of the coffee mix and had to make more. I think next time I'm going to place the lady fingers in the bowl and then spoon or even pastry brush the kalahu-coffee mix on. Gma suggested just using kahlua minus the coffee, but Peter wasn't too keen on the idea. So I have plenty of ideas to try this dish again.


scmom (Barbara) said...

I use tomato puree or crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce for my pizza sauce, so it's pretty versatile. If you and your husband like bites of tomatoes then the diced tomatoes are perfect!

I have found that purchased ladyfingers differ a lot in their texture. Sometimes they are very light and flaky and sometimes more spongy. I think it depends on the texture as to how much liquid you need. You may have more luck just brushing the coffee on with a pastry brush and then they won't leak out all the liquid into the bottom of the dish. I'm sure it tasted good though!