What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters.
Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?
Share what’s on your plate! Each week a featured foodie* will share his or her plate and then the rest of us will get a chance to link up our own posts or share in the comments what good cheap eats we’ve been enjoying.
What’s on My Plate?
This is my second week into The Pantry Challenge, as I endeavor to make the most of what we have. I’ve been grocery shopping, but mostly to get good deals to stock up on certain sale items, like toilet paper and post-holiday markdowns.
While I’ve still been shopping, I’ve only spent about $130 so far out of my alloted $400 for the month. Normally I spend about $600. So this is definitely a budget cut.
My family doesn’t really know that we’re “eating from the pantry.” And so far, no one has complained.
Today this is what I served my family
Breakfast – Cranberry Chocolate Coffeecake, Apple Slices
I’ve been working on the same recipe for two months now, trying to get the right combination of fresh cranberries and dark chocolate that tops this streusel coffeecake. It’s really good. And I have plenty of taste testers. They may not want me to get it “just right” ’cause I’ll move on to something else.
Lunch – Chicken and Hominy Soup, Garlic Bread
We are all eight of us pretty sick with a nasty head cold. So, I got a chicken soup going on the stove pretty early this morning. I had shredded and seasoned chicken in the freezer already and added broth, hominy, rice, and leftover black beans and sauteed peppers from Sunday.
The garlic bread was actually leftover hot dog rolls from Sunday, doctored up with garlic butter.
This is one my stand-by meals. With red sauce a freezer staple, it’s an easy meal to pull together. I also served a salad made of romaine, upland cress, and sunflower seeds. With parmesan cheese and a vinaigrette dressing, it was quite delish. An added bonus, the cress was only a quarter, marked down at the store. Cornbread made a yummy side dish.
What’s on YOUR Plate?
Share with us a recent meal you prepared. Either link it up below or tell us about it in the comments. Please make sure that you link to www.goodcheapeats.com in your post so others know where the dinner party is.
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