Saturday, June 2, 2018

My Frugal Kitchen ~ What We Ate This Week

I was tired on Thursday last week after working all day. I still hadn't been to the grocery store since we'd gotten back home, so  I needed to make do with something on hand. 

I did manage to find a few things to make for dinner, so grateful for those things I have on hand in cases like this. I forgot about getting a photo, but it tasted good and filled us up and that's what matters. 


Mashed Potatoes
Corn & Peas

On Friday I was able to get our groceries for the week. 

Chicken Teriyaki
Fried Rice
Stir Fried Vegetables

Saturday & Sunday

Chicken Pot Pie
Peas & Corn
Sliced Tomatoes

I made another gallon of tea as it is hot here. 

Mom wanted us to go get Chinese food for dinner, but they were all closed, so we ended up getting Little Caesars pizzas for $5.00. 

I did make egg salad today for lunches this week.


Deconstructed Egg Rolls
Steamed Broccoli




Cheese Tortellini
Steamed Broccoli
Garlic Bread 

I also made Butterscotch Scotties using a recipe on the back of a marked down bag of butterscotch chips from Publix. 


Baked Potato Bar

This was very filling and could easily accommodate other ideas like bacon and grilled chicken. The last time I made chili, I put a small bowl aside in the freezer for this purpose. 

These are the ingredients we used:

Baked Potatoes
Butter & Sour Cream
Steamed Broccoli
Shredded Cheese
Black Olives

What was on the menu in your home this week?

~ Living within our Means ~


slugmama said...

Everything looks yummy. Why don't you come over to my house and cook for us next week? lolz

Meg B. said...

I love the idea of a baked potato bar! We had a baked ham on Memorial Day, so this week has seen a lot of ham salad, as well as pierogis with a ham sauce. I also made a slow cooker potato soup with ham. To relieve the monotony, I had a peanut butter sheet cake with chocolate frosting, and a pineapple lemon pie for desserts.

Cheryl Kimbley said...

It all looks so good. we haven't done loaded potatoes for a while - need to do that soon.
have a good one.

Belinda said...

Road Trip! LOL

Belinda said...

Oh my goodness, Meg, that all sounds so good! We need to come to your house for dinner next week. LOL I love that a ham is so versatile.

Belinda said...

Thank you, Cheryl, you too. :)

Nil @ The Little House by the Lake said...

Everything looks so delicious. The baked potato bar is a fantastic idea. 😊

CTMOM said...

Those look like real, fresh tomatoes! -something we won't see up here for some time! Everything looks great!

SAM said...

Your make do meals look pretty terrific. We'll be doing a lot of those this summer to both eat down fridge and freezer when gone for two weeks plus save money.

Belinda said...

Thank you, Carol. Those are Grainger, TN tomatoes fresh from the farm. They were so, so good.

Belinda said...

Thank you, Nil. I need to do them more often or at least once a month.

Belinda said...

Thank you, Sam. It definitely saves money, that's for sure and it's good to eat down the pantry and freezer every now and then.

MamaHen said...

Those tomatoes look soooo good! Sounds like you had a good week of yummy healthy meals.

Belinda said...

Thank you, MamaHen. They were delicious. :)

Shara said...

Everything looks delicious! We ate a variety and I felt like I did a lot of baking. I was craving sweets, but when I would taste them I didn't want to eat them. LOL Everyone else was happy though.

Belinda said...

Thank you, Shara. I kwym about not wanting to eat something after you've made it. It's so odd. LOL said...

On Sunday we pulled three things from the freezer -- home-cooked black beans, leftover chicken and homemade enchilada sauce* -- and made a casserole that usually contains quinoa. Since we're low on quinoa we substituted rice and it was just as good.

That's not the only change we made to the recipe: It calls for green chilis but we didn't have any so we left them out (still good!) and also for a lot of grated cheese (which we always leave out, due both to health reasons and personal preference). I think next time I'll add some corn for color.

*Enchilada sauce is so easy and so CHEAP to make that you'll never want to buy it again. I make a double batch at a time because it calls for three ounces of tomato paste the the average can is six ounces. And speaking of substitution: Once I was making this at someone else's house and she didn't have any flour, so I used cornstarch and it worked. Recipe can be found at

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