This week marks the end of our first month of cash only. It also marks the end of our first month of regularly buying meat again. I am amazed and excited about how far I have stretched that money (FYI: I stopped couponing over a year ago because it just took too much energy). I was actually $7.18 under budget. A big portion of this success is thanks to Fresh & Easy for their excellent prices, weekly coupons, and reward points system. And thanks to Superstition Ranch Market for excellent prices on produce.
I'm, also, pretty happy to report that we have actually eaten better than usual. This can be attributed to reading It Starts With Food that changed my views of our meal plan (read: put more emphasis on protein, veggies, and fruit, and less on fillers like rice and bread).
Here are pictures of some of my favorite meals from this month so far:
Salmon Cakes with Asparagus and Bell Peppers
Banana Pancakes (packed with protein) and Strawberries
Pork Chops with Onion Orange Marmalade and Asparagus
Egg Drop Soup with Whole Wheat Potstickers*
Another really great thing about this week is that the Boy helped cook a few meals, which resulted in pride in his accomplishment and more enjoyment eating his meals. Every night he asks what dinner will be and when told, he exclaims "Yes!!! I love (insert food name)!!!"
He sauteed those bell peppers and asparagus amazingly well.
The pride in his efforts for this omelet can be seen in his Awkward Family Photos smile/pose.
He was super excited about the corn bread he helped make, so much so that he inhaled 3 slices in a blink of an eye.
*I realize this meal was lacking in the veggie department. Can't be winning all the time.