Week 2 Budget and Menu

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Our lovely Swiss chard!

It took a while, but North Carolina is just now feeling some real winter weather. While I don’t love the cold, I appreciate the mosquito-killing effects of winter and in the end, every day of winter is one day closer to spring. I do love winter foods, though, and our menu this week reflects what we have in our garden, stored in our freezer and what is available at the farmer’s market. While this is hardly high season for farmers, North Carolina markets still have a nice variety of produce available. This week, Mae Farm even has fresh chicken available, so roast chicken is definitely on the menu!

Budget

Our budget this week is $75.62, which is pretty good! We are using some of the Swiss chard from our garden as well as some of the food we put up this summer!

Note: Our budget includes paying ourselves back for fruits and vegetables stored over the summer since often those bulk purchases were not included in our weekly budget.

  • Mitchell family pantry (roasted tomato sauce, blueberry jam, green beans, corn): $12.00
  • Mae Farm (roaster chicken, ground beef, pulled pork): $42.00
  • Various farmer’s market (broccoli, carrots, kale): $8.00
  • Trader Joes (pie crust, cheese, canned beans): $13.62

Menu

  • Sunday–Roast chicken, sauteed Swiss chard, summer green beans
  • Monday–Baked pasta with vegetables
  • Tuesday–Chicken pot pie, sauteed chard
  • Wednesday–Leftover pot pie
  • Thursday–Leftover pasta
  • Friday–Mae Farm pulled pork sandwiches, summer corn
  • Saturday–Homemade chili and cornbread
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Week 1 Budget and Menu

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Welcome to 2013! How are you feeling this morning? Energized and excited about the new year? Worried about the fiscal cliff? Hung over? I, for one, can’t figure out where last year went–it was a blur of activity, but it was a lot of fun.

If you are new to this blog, I’ll explain that each week I will post our seasonal menu and our food budget for the week (our goal is under $100). This budget includes food, but not other household goods like laundry detergent or paper towels. Along the way, I’ll also post recipes and information about what is season at the markets here in central North Carolina, new food research or food issues that come up, etc.

Ready? Here goes Week 1!

Budget [Total $69.52]

  • Coon Rock Farm (collard greens cabbage, Italian sausage): $12.00
  • Fickle Creek Farm (eggs): $4.50
  • Locals Seafood (shrimp): $10.00
  • Other farmers market (sweet potatoes, broccoli, onions): $7.00
  • Trader Joes (frozen fruit, coconut oil, olive oil, cannellini beans, Ezekiel bread, noodles): $36.02

What are we eating for $69.52? Here is our menu for Week !!

Menu

  • Tuesday–Collard greens, hoppin’ john, corn bread
  • Wednesday–Shrimp pad thai w/local shrimp, veggies and peanuts
  • Thursday–Homemade pizza night w/farmer’s market ingredients
  • Friday–Stuffed sweet potatoes and leftovers
  • Saturday–Leftover ribollita soup
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