Weekly Eats: Menu Week of July 20 and Project Food Budget

Since doing this Project Food Budget I’ve been asked a few questions about what my weekly food budget includes. This budget is our weekly grocery budget, which includes food for all the meals we eat or make at home each week (typically this is all meals except for 2-3 weekend meals out). We have a separate Target/Costco/non-food budget, but since I sometimes get food from Target and Costco the dividing line between the budgets can be a little fuzzy. To be honest I still don’t really have it figured out, although in general I do not include Target or Costco purchases (even if they’re food) in my grocery budget. Finally, one more thing I’ll mention is that I buy meat when it goes on sale and freeze it until I’m ready to use it, so each week’s meals aren’t necessarily reflective of what I bought at the store that week. Rather, they’re a combination of fresh ingredients, freezer finds, and pantry staples. Here are this week's deets.
  • Target budget: $75
  • Actual spent: $72 (woohoo!)
  • Splurge: Talenti gelato was buy one get one free. Even though I just made ice cream, it doesn’t hurt to stock up on more. Clearly I have a problem. #icecreamhoarder


Clockwise from top left:

{one} mediterranean chopped chicken pita from martha stewart. This one is probably the simplest of them all this week, yet I think it was my favorite. It's just simply seasoned grilled chicken on a pita (we used naan bread) with hummus, tomatoes, scallions, and feta cheese with a sqeeze of lemon. So fresh, summery and delicious.

{two} bbq chicken pizza pasta bake from picky palate. This was quick and easy and different from anything I've had before. The barbecue sauce, corn, and cilantro made this cheesy pasta dish taste really fresh and summery. It was a hit. 

{three} pineapple pork kebabs from budget bytes with rice and beans. I'm not the best at remembering to marinate meat the night before I make it, but I'm learning that it really does make a difference. Pork is one of those meats that can get dry really easily, but the flavor and juiciness of this pork I'm sure was due in part to the overnight marinade. While these could easily be done outdoors on the grill, I just popped these under the broiler and they were done in just a few minutes.

{four} shrimp chowder from martha stewart. This one took a bit of convincing for Aaron; he's typically not a soup-in-the-summer type of person. However, since the soup had shrimp in it, he was willing to give it a go. Even though it was piping hot soup, the shrimp, corn, and milk broth (rather than heavy cream) kept it from being too heavy for this time of year. 

What's the best thing you ate this week?

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