Week 40 Budget and Menu

Fall is on the horizon here and no matter how much kicking and whining I do about not having enough peaches or tomatoes, my time is still running out. Our farmer’s markets in central North Carolina are shifting to fall crops and some of our vendors who specialize in summer season crops have bowed out until next year. Kinda sad, but like all casual friendships, we will look forward to seeing them soon and hearing all about the new spring crops.

While I will certainly miss all my summer favorites, I am looking forward to running without 90 degrees and 110% humidity. Tom and I begin our half-marathon training in earnest this month, so our dishes will be focused on giving us the nutrients and power to add on miles to our runs.

This week’s menu is helped out by two bloggers, Amy at What Jew Wanna Eat and Jovina at Jovina Cooks Italian. Glad to have some inspiration! Both have wonderful blogs, so check them out!

Budget [$123.50]

The Produce Box (peaches, apples, sprite melon, squash/zucchini, bell peppers, cucumber, local butter!, organic cornmeal, lettuce, organic cherry tomatoes, organic okra): $51.00
Locals Seafood (flounder): $14.00
La Farm Bakery (bread): $4.50 Various farm vendors (onions, kale): $3.00 Trader Joes (yogurt, beans, organic canned pumpkin, frozen fruit): $28.00 The Cultured Cow (cheddar, gouda): $14.00
Mitchell Family Pantry (tomato soup, jam, frozen corn): $9.00

Menu

Wednesday–Egg salad sandwiches, fruit salad
Thursday–Cornmeal dusted flounder, okra “fries”, squash
Friday–Pasta con sarde, green salad
SaturdayCheesy Pumpkin Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, green salad
Sunday–Pumpkin chili with zucchini cornbread
Monday–Grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup
Tuesday–Leftover chili and cornbread

Week 20 Budget and Menu

English: cow

I am over budget this week by $7.00 and it is all the cow’s fault.

Oh, cheese, you destroy my willpower every time! While at the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market, I visited the new booth of The Cultured Cow Creamery, a sustainable dairy and cheese making venture from Durham, NC. I just went in for a sample. Really. Just a teensy weensy sample of their raw cheddar.

Have you ever had raw (unpasteurized) cheese? We stuffed our faces with it sampled it in Paris, and it is far and away better than any other cheese I’ve tasted (or maybe it was just Paris?). My mom was even tempted to sneak some back in her luggage (attention all TSA agents–she didn’t). The Cultured Cow cheddar was so creamy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious that I had to buy some. Had to, I tell you. Who wants a week filled with cheese regret? Not me, that’s who. So that is why I am $7.00 over budget this week. It’s all the cow’s fault 🙂

Budget [$107.72]

  • Produce Box (all organic: lettuce, strawberries, broccoli, kale, chard, onions, asparagus): $29.50
  • Trader Joes (organic chicken, organic limes, avocado, whole wheat English muffin, frozen fruit, organic soy milk, yogurt): $38.72
  • Hilltop Farms (organic strawberries, organic radish): $7.00
  • The Cultured Cow Creamery (raw cheddar cheese): $7.00
  • La Farm Bakery (whole grain bread): $5.50
  • Homestead Farm (eggs): $5.00
  • Locals Seafood (flounder): $15.00

Menu

  • Wednesday–Chili lime chicken salad with grated raw cheddar and avocado dressing
  • Thursday–Crazy Good sandwiches (prosciutto, egg, local raw cheddar, lettuce, tomato, avocado on whole grain bread), kale chips
  • Friday–out
  • Saturday–Flounder, asparagus, Swiss chard
  • Sunday–Roast whole chicken, broccoli, sweet potato
  • Monday–Chicken quesadillas, red quinoa
  • Tuesday–Homemade egg salad sandwiches, homemade pickles
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