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Project: Food Budget|| Week 12

Budget Review

  • FreshDirect; $68.50
  • Trader Joe's: $86.40

Total: $154.90 out of $150

Where the $$$ Went

  • Produce (organic where possible):
    • Lancaster Cooperative CSA Share (eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, onions, green beans, cilantro), blueberries, raspberries, strawberries
  • Meat/Protein: Ground turkey, hot dogs, italian sausage, bacon
  • Dairy/Beverages: Yogurt
  • Baby Food: None
  • Packaged Foods:  Hot dog buns, english muffins
  • Pantry Items/Miscellaneous: Granola, peanut butter, sunflower butter, fig butter, jam, non-pareils, chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, hummus
  • Baked Goods: Sea salt brownies

What We're Eating This Week


Yogurt/granola, waffles with nut/seed butter and jam, fruit, eggs, bacon


Avocado on rice cakes, hummus and veggies, leftovers


  • Turkey burgers with grilled squash, green beans and carrots
  • Summer pasta salad with tomatoes, basil, feta and green beans
  • Chicken with wild rice (freezer stash) and salad/leftover vegetables

How We Ate Last Week and What's Working

We are doing reasonably well with one night reserved for eating out. It's not always the same night or the night I plan into our meal plan, but we're mostly eating leftovers each night so it works. The night is usually selected more for the opportunity to use someone else's air conditioning than for the convenience of not eating out or cleaning dishes (in the past it was for lack of side dishes or room in the kitchen or just because).

In the August heat, we are totally taking advantage of raw vegetables. Carrot slices, avocado, green beans, sliced tomatoes. With the exception of avocado, my toddler doesn't love them, but we keep serving them to him. Usually with hummus or ketchup (I know, gross.) to dip. Last night, his turtle wanted to eat the carrot slices even though he didn't. We got at least four slices of carrot eaten this way. I'm not complaining.

And we don't do it enough, but I am so grateful for the grill. It is so easy to throw hot dogs and sausages on the grill. I found a turkey burger recipe that I like well enough that is just simple and plain and tasty (goes over with the baby, toddler and parents). Most importantly, it is fast if you put a slice of cheese on top instead of in the middle. I was able to take 15 minutes to prep the burgers and sliced vegetables for the grill. We made 8 burgers, which gets the four of us through two dinners and a lunch/snack for one.

Goals for This Week

  • Stick to the freezer and kitchen clean up meals I've planned out
  • Make some baby & toddler-friendly food items for the freezer and for next week's leftover stash

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For more on my experience with this project, check out the whole Project: Food Budget series!

Project: Food Budget || Final Wrap Up

Project: Food Budget || Week 11