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Waiting For Forever

by Meghann on July 20, 2012

Snacks have been tricky this week. When I built my meal plan on Tuesday, I decided to just wing it.

Here’s winging it.

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I covered 1/2 a cup of oats with just enough milk to soak them, sprinkled on cinnamon, and let the concoction sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. Real overnight oats are better, but this worked for an easy snack to fill the void between lunch and dinner.

  • 1/2 cup oats: $0.14 ($1.79 for container)
  • milk: $0.06 ($.3.49/gl)
  • Total: $0.20

Speaking of dinner…

Here’s the $1.99/lb split chicken breast I found at Publix.

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Derek has this thing with bones and his food – he doesn’t like the two to mix. So before I cooked the chicken, I cut off all the meat, and saved the bones for broth (already made the broth and plan to save it for chili tomorrow night!). I cut the meat in strips, seasoned the strips with salt and pepper, and baked them for 15 minutes at 375.

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Of course, plain chicken strips can be a little boring on their own, so I added just a touch of some of last night’s leftover sauce.

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Perfect!

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The pasta sauce was also a great replacement for the ketchup I was missing for the sweet potato fries.

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Fresh produce can be a little pricey sometimes, so I’ve learned to rely on frozen vegetables recently. They’re a great quick grab in the store and have the same nutrients as fresh and taste just as great.

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Love these steam-in-a-bag green beans from Publix.

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Meal totals:

  • split chicken breast: $3.76
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce: $0.30 ($1.49 for jar)
  • sweet potatoes: $1.25
  • green beans: $1.39
  • Total: $6.70

We each ate 1/3 of the the meal, so roughly $2.23 each.

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Dessert was the other half of this morning’s mango.

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  • mango: $0.50

Derek’s Meals:

  • Breakfast: None <– the boy doesn’t regularly breakfast during the week :(
  • Lunch: Leftover lentils <– made a mistake calculating meal cost last night. Probably should have made the numbers 1/4s instead of 1/3s.
  • Dinner: above
  • Dessert: Granola ($0.40), Milk ($0.16) $0.56

Watched a random movie on Netflix after dinner.

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A little slower and sadder than I was expecting, but overall a good movie. :)

Time for bed.

Good Night!!1

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1 Sana July 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I don’t like bone in my meat. I am terrified that I will choke on it or bite on a glob of fat!
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2 Emma July 21, 2012 at 12:22 am

I love steam-in-the-bag vegetables – so quick and easy! They’re also great in a microwave-safe dish (like pyrex?) with olive oil and kosher salt, maybe some pepper – especially green beans.
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3 Lauren @ Part Time House Wife July 21, 2012 at 7:33 am

I’ve never even heard of that movie…But I Love Rachel!
You’re dinner looks pretty and healthy way to go with your bad budget self ;-)
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4 Gabby (Quest for Delicious) July 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

Oh I was interested in that movie! It looks cute!
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5 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep July 21, 2012 at 8:47 am

I watch random movies on Netflix all the time. I think the best one I’ve watched recently was No Strings Attached. It’s a chick flick, but a really funny, super cute one. =]
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6 Laura @sweatingforit July 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

The meal looks great! We frequently buy rotisserie chicken and then I strip the chicken for various quick meals and the use the carcass to make a stock. I think the fresh homemade stock makes a big difference.

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7 Shaunna@mamas13minutemile July 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

I have really loved watching you in this challenge. I think we eat on a pretty small budget as well but I know we could do better.

It is funny about the chicken because my fiance has a weird thing about eating chicken on bones too :)

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