I started a new tradition at Budget for Health by sharing recipes I made and loved. This has been a fun post to write and it’s been a form of accountability because I want to lead by example when it comes to meal planning that is easy, budget friendly, and healthy.
We ate almost half of our meals away from home this month! I’ll break this month down by what we ate at home and what we ate away from home.
Chicken curry stew
I was getting bored of our usual salad so I changed it up for a week. We used mixed greens plus toppings: cooked shrimp, bleu cheese, bell peppers, avocado, hardboiled egg, and homemade bleu cheese dressing (made with homemade mayo).
Split pea soup
I got a giant ham bone with a ton of meat on it from the Honeybaked Ham store and made soup out of it. If you can get a pre-cooked ham that isn’t seasoned with a ton of sugar I’d opt for that; Honeybaked ham is known for the sugary glazes.
Chicken & veggie soup
This was one of those meals that left me thankful for all the freezer prep I do. I grabbed a bag of my shredded rotisserie chicken, homemade chicken broth, pre-cooked rice, and mixed veggies out of the freezer and dumped it into a pot to warm. Ten minutes water and we had a warm bowl of chicken soup ready to eat!
Another night we did something similar and warmed up some healthy homemade gravy from the freezer to go with rotisserie chicken, mixed veggies, and sweet potato hash.
Our favorite mediterranean restaurant was calling our name one night so we ordered meat schwarma made with lamb & beef as well as fresh hummus & pita bread.
Another fun “date night” in. I avoided the deep-fried meat and ordered spicy hunan pork.
Eggs & homemade hash browns (we had this at least once a week). One time we made French toast instead of hash browns.
Friends of ours posted a photo on Facebook of a big bowl of Pho that looked delicious so I suggested they come over and we make that again since I’ve never had Pho. Our friends recommended hot pot instead so that’s what we had. More friends joined us and it was a delicious and filling dinner. The giant wok was filled with boiling broth and we cooked one or two things in it at at time like a progressive dinner. I was not used to this method since I’d typically get a bite of meat, veggies, and noodles all in one bite. We started with thinly sliced beef, bok choy and other greens, fish, tofu, and meatballs, oyster mushrooms, and ended with noodles.
Away from home
We joined my parents for one heck of a meal- grilled filet mingon wrapped in bacon with garlic smashed potatoes and roasted asparagus.
We had a potluck-style dinner after a friend’s baptism that included roasted lamb, cobb salad, cheesy potatoes, fruit, and a meat & cheese assortment.
There’s a little German-town in Michigan called Frankenmuth. We got to stay for free at the Bavarian Inn for a weekend because we helped some friends out at an event. Many of our meals were included but the main event meal included 3 buffets with different entrees. I hit up all three to try each meat entree: Frankenmuth’s WORLD famous fried chicken (it was amazing), beef stir fry, and some fish with green beans & almonds.
Surf, turf, and more
We grilled out with some friends of ours and our neighbors next door. We brought shrimp, one couple marinated chicken, and the other prepared steak. We had two side salads, loaded baked potatoes, and a Trader Joe’s mint Oreo ice cream sandwich to finish off the night.
We took a weekend vacation to Louisville to attend the Oaks derby with some college friends. We enjoyed a weekend of good food and good times. It was nice not having to cook all weekend and we enjoyed an amazing braised brisket, seasoned black eyed peas, steamed potatoes & green beans and roasted carrots. The next night we made homemade pizza loaded with toppings. Our last night in we grilled out- chicken, brats, watermelon, strawberries, corn on the cob and homemade pico de gallo.
What are some good dishes you’ve made lately?