Sunday, July 7, 2019

My Frugal Kitchen: What We Ate This Week

Here is a list of what I planned on making for dinner this past week:  

1. Beefy Baked Beans
2. Chicken Pot Pie
3. Spaghetti
4. Bean & Cheese Enchiladas, Mexican Rice
5. Chicken & Dressing, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans & Onions, Cranberry Salad
6. Baked Potatoes & Broccoli
7. Spaghetti

Sides This Week:

1. Pasta Salad
2. Cole Slaw
3. Cucumber Salad

And here is what we actually made this week:

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday ~ I've been wanting spaghetti for a while now, so that is what I decided to make this day. I took Italian sausage out of the freezer to thaw along with a small container of sausage that was left from an Italian dinner we had in June. 

Have you seen this meme floating around on the Internet? It's funny because it's so true. I made spaghetti on Sunday and we ate on that for days, and it felt like breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I like spaghetti because it gets better every day, so it never bothers me to at it repeatedly until it's gone. 

I just thought this meme was funny and wanted to make sure you saw it too. 

Bread for garlic bread was bought on markdown at Walmart for 60¢ and I had both mozzarella and parmesan cheese on hand. I always add canned tomatoes to my spaghetti to stretch it as much as possible. Pasta was bought on sale for 50¢ per one pound box. 

We also needed a vegetable to go with the spaghetti, so I made a salad to go along with this. 
Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread

Wednesday: I took one pound of ground beef out of the freezer to thaw. I bought some pork and beans on sale last week for 50¢ a can and it has been a long time since I made this dish, so I figured it was time. 
Beefy Baked Beans, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans & Onions

Beefy Baked Beans
1-pound ground beef 
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 - 28 ounce can pork and beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1 to 2 Tablespoons vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
Cook ground Beef and onion until Brown
Drain well
Mix with remaining ingredients and stir well
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Thursday: We were invited to my BIL's home for the 4th of July. I brought a watermelon with me that I had already cut up and cubed before we got there. On the menu was smoked ribs, smoked chicken, mac and cheese, baked beans, green beans with potatoes, pasta salad, cucumbers, and rolls along with sweet iced tea. It was delicious.

Friday: On Friday I pulled out a bag of chicken breasts out of the freezer and decided to grill them. I used the McCormick Grill Mates Roasted Garlic and Herb seasoning. I served this with brown rice & mixed vegetables.
Grilled Chicken, Brown Rice, Vegetables

Saturday: My daughter prefers hamburgers over tacos, so I asked her and she wanted hamburgers today, so that's what we did. We had hamburgers and homemade french fries. Of course I had all the fixings for the hamburgers too...cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, bread & butter pickles, and of course ketchup for the fries. Hopefully we'll have tacos in next week's menu. :)
Hamburgers & Fries

What was on the menu in your home this week?

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. I mostly ate baked chicken and cole slaw along with assorted vegetables and fruits with ice cream.

    1. Sounds delicious. We had coleslaw on our menu this week too. It's a refreshing side salad perfect for this time of year.

  2. Sounds like a great week. #5 would be my favorite meal. I made baked spaghetti for lunch today. About the meme.... my mom did a lot of things that way. I remember her putting a big pot of butterbeans on the table for several days in a row. We would groan, but that's what we were having! My son stayed with her for about a year when he went off to college. I remember him complaining that he had seen the same pot of chicken and pastry (dumplings) for several nights in a row. LOL

    1. #5 is one of my favorite meals too, Penny. That's funny that your Mom did that too. Your poor son. LOL Sometimes I will freeze something if we just can't take anymore of it for the moment. Your baked spaghetti sounds so good. I love that.

  3. I have had spaghetti on my mind lately as well. Some things are just good for many days. Chili is another.
    It all sounds yummy.

    1. Yes, chili also fits that bill, Cheryl. Thank you.

  4. We had: carnitas, burgers & hot dogs, pizza, & salmon. We hosted family for three days, so we had quite the quantity going, and went for meal options that were easy to prep & make.

    1. THat all sounds so good and easy to fix. I hope you enjoyed your time spent with family. :)

  5. I love leftover spaghetti. In fact I like it better the second day. I just make a huge thing f sauce and then freeze the sauce in packages. Last year was the first year I canned sauce and it was or still is great.

    1. I agree that spaghetti is better the second day, Kim. I canned sauce a long time ago, but now just freeze it. One day I would like to can it again though.

  6. When we were first married, every Sunday we went to my in laws. MY MIL would pull out the biggest pot and make meatballs and sausage and other meats in sauce. It would cook all day. They had more food on Sundays then the rest of the week combined. She stopped doing it years ago. I do when my tomatoes are ready and I can it.

    1. Oh my gosh, Marybeth, I'd say that sauce was wonderful. It sounds so good. It's great that you can your sauce when the tomatoes come in, I want to do that again someday too.

  7. I had mom’s delicious food and just so so airline food last week. 😊

  8. Reading the meme about spaghetti reminds me of staying with my my grandmother. She would make a pot roast , then you would eat it every meal until it was just about gone and it would turn into hash. My cousin, Sally and I were thrilled. Then she would make another pot roast!

    1. Oh wow, Anne, that sounds SO good! Grandmothers make the best food. :)

  9. Your beefy baked beans sound really good! I, too, am making all the salads as sides. They are so refreshing when it's hot.

    1. Yes, I agree so much, the salads are so refreshing right now. That and ice cold watermelon. LOL

  10. We do not eat seasonally, unless it is DH's watermelon and cantaloupe. What a delight to live in the USA.
    -memphis metro

  11. All sounds so delicious, and gives me a few ideas what to cook this week !
    Great suggestions :)


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