Sunday, August 18, 2019

My Frugal Kitchen ~ What We Ate This Week

Recently I mentioned taking our toaster oven out of the pantry and putting it on the kitchen counter, so I could use it instead of heating up the house with the big oven. 

Because the toaster oven took up a lot of counter space, I had to move and find a place to put my Pioneer Woman utensil container. We use one of these because we have limited drawer space in the kitchen here. 
Moving it closer to the stove has actually made it easier for me to find what I need to cook with and has made preparing dinner even easier. 
Here is a list of what I planned on making for dinner this past week:

1. Chicken
2. Tacos
3. Pork Tenderloin
4. Hamburgers
5. Spaghetti
6. Pizza
7. Grilled Chicken

Drinks Available:

1. Water
2. Iced or herbal tea, sweet or unsweetened
3. Lemonade
4. Green Tea
5. Grape or Orange Juice

Breakfast options for this week: cereal, oatmeal, eggs & toast, yogurt, and fruit options were apples, peaches, cantaloupe, and blueberries. Yogurt parfaits were also an option.

And here is what we actually made for dinner this week:

Sunday: Bailey found some chicken and bacon tortellini on markdown, so I made a cream sauce to go with it. We served it with a side salad and garlic bread.

Monday: I set out some ground beef to thaw. For dinner I made some hamburger steaks and used some Worcestershire sauce and the last of the half and half to make a gravy to go over the steaks. I made green beans with potatoes to go with them.

Monday was a busy day in the kitchen. I cut up a cantaloupe, made two gallons of iced tea, made pasta salad for the week using two pounds of pasta. And I used up multiple cans out of my pantry. Cans of green beans, potatoes, chick peas, and tomatoes. Busy day, but felt good about it at the end of the day.

Tuesday: Pork Tenderloin, Pinto Beans, and Yellow Squash with Onions.

Wednesday: First day back to subbing, so leftovers it was. Everyone was able to choose what they wanted from Pork Tenderloin, Pasta, Pinto Beans, Green Beans & Potatoes, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Cantaloupe and Strawberries.

Thursday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Potato Salad, and Cantaloupe.

Friday & Saturday: We made a big Taco Salad, enough to last two days. These are the items I included in ours: ground beef seasoned into taco meat, pinto beans from Wednesday, tortilla chips, black olives, lettuce, tomato, onions, cheddar cheese, and sour cream seasoned with taco sauce for the dressing.

That's what we had for dinner in our home this week. How about yours?

~ Living within our Means ~ 


  1. Looks like a great menu! I love leftover day when I'm too busy to cook.

    1. Thank you, Nana. I love leftover days too. :)

  2. There's nothing better than leftovers! I have a big pot of vegetable soup on for lunch today. I'm hoping we can eat on it a few days this week.

    1. I agree on the leftovers, Penny. Your vegetable soup sounds so good. I just watched a YouTube video on that this week and have been craving it as well. It's so nice to have something that you can eat on for days. :)

  3. I love taco salads! Yum. :) I struggle to remember what we ate this week! But, I know we had a keto friendly pizza one night, kebabs & rice, chicken alfredo & a ranch chicken dish. Plus, leftovers throughout there.

    1. Yum, your dinners sound good too. We like taco salad here too and ate on it for at least two days. :)

  4. Your utensil holder is beautiful. I use two glass flour and sugar canisters that no longer have their lids. They were my great grandma's, and she gave them to me before she passed ten years ago.
    We had french bread pizzas using discounted bread from Walmart, Fish Tacos, Fried Chicken, and a Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo.

    1. Thank you, Nichole. Yours sound like a treasure. How neat that they were your Great Grandmothers first. Your dinners sound delicious. Several good ideas in there.

  5. Everything sounds delicious.
    I don’t even remember what I had for dinner two days ago. Haha 😁 I normally have rice, and 2-3 curries. Yesterday I had an omelette. 😊

    1. Thank you, Nil. Sometimes it's hard for me to remember too. LOL

  6. The meals sound really tasty. Leftover nights are the best!

  7. I don't think I could ever live without my toaster oven. I use it almost daily. It's so convenient and doesn't heat the kitchen up. Even in the winter I use it to make baked potatoes.

    Great dinners Belinda!!

    1. Thank you, Mary Lou. Baked Potatoes sound good right now. :)

  8. Great menu. We hardly ever have leftovers..but this week we actually had Bbq pork leftover. So today I fried up some onions and put them on some leftover hotdog rolls..with a side of thinly sliced leftover baked potato sprinkled with garlic salt and pepper and cooked with the onions. It was pretty tasty

    1. Thank you, Phoebes. Your leftover dinner sounds delicious. :)

  9. Monday - pizza
    Tuesday - submarines
    Wednesday - baked chicken
    Thursday - hamburgers
    Friday - breakfast
    Saturday - ate out
    Sunday - chinese

  10. Potatoes sound good for every meal.

    Does anyone thinly slice potatoes and dip in melted butter to cook on George Foreman?
    -memphis metro

    1. I could live on potatoes. I've not done that with the George Foreman, but it sounds good so I need to do it soon. :)

  11. Sounds like a great eats week, now I need breakfast.


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