We are on vacation this week. To be as healthy, and cheap, as possible, we are eating most of our meals at my sister-in-law's house. While I love her to pieces, her food supply is abysmal. Literally, we put more food in her fridge/freezer as leftover from our snacks and lunch on the trip than she had in there to begin with. The pantry contained three spices, half a bag of white rice, a pound of spaghetti and a jar of sauce. OK. I'm starting from scratch here. I brought 4 pounds of ground beef, and 10 pork chops, so there was my starting place. I meal planned and made my grocery list (featured in another post).
When I got to the store, Wal-Mart, I found the choice for food not to my liking. I wanted to buy things that were in a quantity that we would use in the week we were here, as it is obvious that my sis-in-law isn't big on cooking. I don't see any sense in buying a bunch of food that would go to waste and we have limited space to bring things back with us. I had to revamp some of my list on the fly and buy things that I normally wouldn't be caught dead purchasing (all-purpose flour for instance). Overall, I was happy with the amount of money we spent on the week's worth of food and I figure that we are still eating better than if we chose to eat out for all of our meals while spending a lot less money. I am still feeling like we've taken a step backwards in healthy eating though.
Here's our menu plan for the week (Saturday - Friday)
Breakfasts: Omelets, Toast, Cereal (leftover from the trip), Banana Muffins, Scrambled Eggs, Oatmeal
Lunches: Frozen Pizza, Ham &/or Turkey Sandwiches, Bean and Cheese Quesadillas, Homemade Lunchables, Chicken Salad, Leftovers
Dinners: Spaghetti & Meatballs, Beef Nachos, Grilled Pork Chops, Chicken and Mashed Potatoes, BBQ at a friend's house, Eat Out
I'm not sure how much I'll be posting this week as I'm sure we going to be busy. Have a great week!