Posts Tagged 'budget'

Yellow Squash Casserole

Recently I’ve signed up with an online book exchange called PaperBackSwap. I order/wish for all kinds of books and post books I have. The more books I send to people, the more books I can receive! The only thing you pay for is postage, but when people send you books, they pay for postage. It’s awesome. So one of the books I recently received was Southern Living Annual Recipes 1988 (the year I was born). The cookbook is divided into months so that you can cook what’s seasonal. Also, this book has recipes designed completely around the microwave! Crazy.

Anyway, I was skeptical of the squash casserole, but I wanted to give it a try. Plus, I wanted to make a vegetable-based meal for the week. I didn’t take a picture of it, but here’s a picture of all the peppers at the Buford Highway Farmers Market!

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Chickpea and Tuna Salad

This week I decided to focus on a side dish. I chose the chickpea and tuna salad recipe from Nami Nami. Pretty simple and delicious, thought for me, the tuna was a little much. I may add less tuna next time, and possibly another vegetable.

I wish I had a picture of it, but I went through it pretty quickly. In other news, my green beans are coming along nicely, but my beets are done for. I think I’ll re-plant them in August or September. We’ll see…

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Soy Glazed Chicken

CHECK OUT MY GREEN BEANS!

baby green beans! i know that the background is what's in focus, but seriously. how cool is this? super cool.

Unfortunately I didn’t stake them originally. I knew the green beans would be too heavy for the plants, but I was just lazy. I bought some stakes tonight, so hopefully the plants will quickly wrap/grow around them, and the green beans will continue to flourish.

Anyway, this week I was inspired by YumSugar’s Slow Cooked Soy Ginger Chicken, but I don’t have a crock pot. Instead I made a glaze similar to theirs and baked the chicken. It’s pretty delicious, though I wished I could’ve marinated the drumsticks longer. I put it in little tacos, over rice, on salads, and over pasta. So delicious and amazing.

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Mac n’ Cheese Made from Scratch

You really really can’t go wrong with things covered in cheese, but when you make it yourself, there truly isn’t much better than that. Biscuits n’ Such really knows what’s up. I can’t really remember how it came up, but we started talking about grits and he said “It’s always breakfast time in the South.” And it’s true. I could totally eat that mac n’ cheese for breakfast, lunch, dinner, midnight snack…But before we get into mac n’ cheese, I just want to let you all know that my plants are really coming along. I don’t have a picture of them (though I will soon), but when they bloom a little more I’ll show you!

it may not look appetizing, but have you ever heard cheese bubble and sizzle? it's like the cheese was orgasming.

WARNING: this recipe gets pretty sexy, which should always be expected when massive amounts of cheese are involved.

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I LOVE Green Beans

I don’t know if you already knew this, but I love green beans. I could just snack on raw green beans all day. Granted, I get that weird green bean breath, but I don’t care. They’re so delicious and nutritious and crunchy and tasty and perfect. So I decided at Lowe’s the other day that I would buy green bean seeds. At first, they took their sweet time blooming. I thought “What am I doing wrong? Are they not planted deep enough? Is the weather too hot? Is it too late in the season?” But then last week they began to sprout. I left on Friday to visit my manfriend, and when I returned home this evening, they looked like this:

my green bean plant! it has canopies for ants! not that i want many bugs hangin around my beans...

They had grown SIGNIFICANTLY since I had left. I’m so excited!!! My only fear is that they don’t have enough room to grow. I’d re-plant them in our backyard, but we haven’t had a chance to clean it up and redo the soil and all that jazz. We just don’t have time. I also looked up whether or not I needed to give them a stake or wire or something for them to grow around, and I conclude from my research that they do not. Apparently there are some green beans that grow that way, and some that don’t. The ones I bought did not say I had to provide something for them to grow around, so…I will not provide it.

So I’m pretty psyched for these green beans to grow. Stay tuned!

Herb Roasted Chicken

Finally! A recipe! So exciting! Exclamation points and fragments!

This was a pretty delicious and easy recipe. The only difficulty of it though was that, since I moved, I don’t have a meat thermometer (my old roommate had one), and as a result, I had to guess how long to cook my bird. I usually buy less meat than suggested in recipes since I cook for one, so I chose a smaller chicken. It turned out a little dry, but still pretty tasty.

brussel sprouts and chicken with fresh rosemary. not the most attractive picture, but yummy!

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This Week’s Groceries: Candler Park Market

Within the past week I moved to Atlanta on quite a small budget (hopefully until I get a job). Therefore, I can still keep with this theme of Cooking on a Budget! Though I guess cooking on a budget is always good, regardless of what economic situation you’re in. So to return to my old routine, here’s a list of my groceries and the total cost. This isn’t the original list I created, but I really wanted to do all my shopping at the local Candler Park Market, so I adjusted and figured I’d do something nifty this week:

milk
onion
potato
dry Italian sausage
tomato
elbow pasta
olive oil
oyster sauce (I didn’t have to go to the Asian market!)
sponge
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale 4pk

Total cost: $32.38

Once I get a job, I’ll show you my budget. That’s all for now!


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