I did it. I went to the store and thankfully I was able to buy some fish. At Whole Foods, there was a sale on Dover Sole for $5.99 a pound. This is a thin fish, so 4 fillets came in at about 2/3 of a pound or $3.29. I had to rethink my idea of stir fry and the chinese noodles. I just can’t do noodles again. So I factored in the cabbage, cheese (I still have cheddar), black beans, and onion and came up with fish tacos. I was missing tortillas, but figured I had enough cushion (remember I only spent $95 and change) and bought those for $2.99.
This meal was a real treat after the heavy dinners I had been making. And it looks like a lot, since there’s many dishes of individual things (shredded cheese, cabbage, diced onion, beans). Tacos are always so great because everyone can make their own choices and participate. Without holding back some of my budget, I wouldn’t have been able to alter my meal plan. I was worried if I went into the store another day during the week, I would buy too many other items. I did buy a few more, but told myself and kids we couldn’t eat them until next week. I realize that through this challenge I need to go to the store less often. Out of sight out of mind. Instead of waiting until we run out of something or we only have 2 kinds of cereal (and not the usual 4 or 5), I go out and rebuy, along with other things.
Tonight I even got creative with a bit of dessert and made sugar-cinnamon tortilla crisps. So easy and the kids love them. Simply cut desired shapes in tortilla with a cookie cutter. Don’t toss the scraps (those make tasty/funny crisps too). Place on a baking sheet lined with foil and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle a mixture of sugar and cinnamon (we keep some handy in a shaker) and bake in a 375 oven for about 8 minutes (turning half-way through) until browned and crisp.
I also used more of the watermelon and feta for my salad again. And there was the rest of the broccoli which I roasted in the oven with olive oil and rosemary salt.
Let’s get to one of my addictions…rosemary salt. This perks up everything – roasted veggies, potatoes, meats, dressings, etc. We get it at the farmer’s market or order it online at Eatwell Farms. I realize that while I only use a bit at each meal, this would be a cash layout of $8 for a jar. Kind of a luxury given the hunger challenge. You’d have to give up something one week to have this (althugh for a while). For me it would be worth it. Even if you couldn’t do the rosemary salt, a sea salt is so much better and smoother than traditional Morton salts, and not so salty. A big shaker is worth the extra money, say $3.50 vs. $1.00(?) for Morton.