You know we were on a Trader Joe's kick...(and I still want to be, I just have to figure out a way to do it on my budget!!) So here are some meals we had the last few weeks.
Mojito salmon, brown rice, green beans. The family adores this salmon. What I love about it is that it comes in a handy little microwave package (but you can also cook it in the oven). I have such trouble baking or broiling salmon- it never comes out how we like- but this Mojito salmon from TJ's is so moist and perfect and seasoned deliciously! The green beans are awesome and the brown rice cooks for 3 min in the microwave.
Cilantro jalapeno hummus (usually with the baked pita chips but here with a corn chip). I don't care what you eat it with - hummus is so good! I never knew! It is so yummy for a dip-loving girl like me. A much healthier alternative.
Chick pea/couscous salad, green beans, spinach salad. Pretty good. Everyone liked this meal just OK.
Blueberry pancakes- soooo good! This recipe uses oatmeal and I added some flaxseed to make it extra healthy- and the fam gobbled them up.
Chicken burger with broccoli slaw (everyone else did not like, but I liked), peas, blueberries.
Reality check....one of the days we had Cook-Out shakes for lunch....
2 out of the 3 kids got a stomachache (I felt like the worst mother possible)
Oh my dear! OK- this is not a Trader Joe's meal- these are recipes I got from our ladies group at church- the Apples of Gold ministry....it is the best thing ever- we all get together at someone's house, one of us cooks a meal and demonstrates the process, then someone teaches a lesson on an applicable topic from the Bible- we have had lessons on pride, fear of man, insecurity, etc. Then we sit down in small groups to eat the awesome meal and discuss what we have learned.
EVERY single time I have gone to Apples of Gold I have gotten the hugest blessing and have been inspired to be a better wife, mom, Christian...I have been given the help I need to move along spiritually, I have been given lots of tasty new recipes that I use on a regular basis- not to mention little tips that people give when demonstrating how they cook certain foods.
The above photo is Elsie's Cajun Chicken Fettucine and her cheddar garlic biscuits- Yum. Pure comfort food there. The whole family loved that meal.
Mojito salmon- again! (we love it so much), caesar salad, ciabatta.
At the beginning of March we started Dave Ramsey's envelope system. I have all of the grocery cash for the whole month and that is all I can use. We budgeted $600 for the month- this includes all toiletries, paper product, pet food. I clipped some coupons and looked in the flyer- for just one grocery store (Lowes Foods). I got a lot of good deals- but we have had some less than stellar meals- things that we don't normally eat. Things I thought we should try because they were on sale. I saved some money- but think that it would have been cheaper to go to Aldi's or even Wal Mart. It is all a learning curve, and I know I can do better. It is just a balance- I do not want to get gross food just because it is cheap! What I really want to do is shop Trader Joe's! But now I know that store well enough, I think I can go once and month and stock up on stuff we really love (the salmon!)...(and hummus!)...(and the vanilla meringue cookies!!!!!!!!!!!! OH MY WORD! I am driving there just for the cookies!!!!)