Menu Monday

100_1359Ok, so now we’ve got pictures, hooray! Last week was a great food week for us, so this is nothing but easy fun to report. As planned, I sat down over dinner on Friday and made our meal plan for the coming week. The next morning we went to the strip to shop  at Stan’s market to get just about everything we’d need for the week. It was a pretty nice day (finally) so there were lots of people out; the electric flute guy was there, too, so that’s cool. Anyways, here’s the menu:

risottoMonday  –  Mushroom Risotto

This was great, it really was. Risotto is pretty labor intensive, so you really need to be in the mood to make it. I had half a box or arborio rice and mushrooms were on sale, so I was in the mood.  No recipe was really followed, but a good rule to follow is 1 1/2 cups of rice to 6 cups of stock. Sautee shallot in olive oil, then put the dry rice in until it absorbs the oil and turns brown-ish. Then add a good glug of wine and stir until it disappears. Repeat the slow adding of the stock and stirring until the rice is al dente, then add some cheese and cooked mushrooms. By this point whoever you are cooking for will be hovering over you because it smells sooooo good. It tastes even better.

Justin gave this a 5/5, and I agreed. As an added bonus, the smell of the leftovers made everyone in the lunchroom jealous at work. Ha ha, take that lady who was mean to me that one time! How’s your Hot Pocket now?

Tuesday  -  Banana Nut Bread Waffles


Tuesday is officially breakfast for dinner night in our house and I was really excited to make this fancy waffles this week. They are yeasted, so they had to be made the night before and left to rise in the fridge.  They were pretty good, but I didn’t pay attention to the recipe and should have halved it. We had batter for days and it feels awful to throw food away, especially when you’re trying to be thrifty.

Justin gave this a 4/5, I said 3/5. We’ll be filing divorce papers later on this month.

Wednesday - Oops! We were celebrating a new job and ended up having dinner at Church Brew Works during their great happy hour – $3 beers! $3 pierogies! 8pm bed time!

Thursday  -  Greek-ish Couscous, Spanakopita and Hummus


I totally made this up to use all the little bits and ends of stuff in our pantry and fridge. Red onion, pine nuts, raisins, garlic, capers, lemon, olive oil, Israeli couscous. The spanakopita was something that I made over the weekend to use up my huge imposing 3 pound bag of spinach that was close to wilt. We have about 20 spanakopitas left in the freezer, so thank god they were good. Hummus is good go-to protein for us now that meat is out of the picture: beans and nut butter, ftw!  This dinner won some pretty high praises, but it was so simple that I felt bad accepting the compliments. Not that bad, but you know what I mean.

We forgot to rate this, but it’s cool 5/5
Friday – Pizza at [Pi symbol] on East Carson

They have a coal fired oven that goes to 800 degrees or something insane. The pizza was pretty good, very fresh tasting.  It was strange that on a Friday night at 9 we were the only people in the restaurant/bar – it was St. Paddy’s Parade Morning Eve, so maybe that had something to do with it.

Overall, this week was great – I stayed on budget ($50) and made some really good dinners and didn’t break a sweat doing it. Going out to dinner on Wednesday is totally not a normal thing to do, but this was a special occasion type affair, and it was happy hour pricing, so I’m not beating myself up over it.

These were the groceries I bought and used over the course of the week:

Kitten not included

Kitten not included

Ok, week 2 – what do you think?

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