Well, today is the last day of 2012. Sorry for the lack of posts. With the boys being sick this month, as well as myself. Posting was last on my mind. I will do weekly updates in 2013. I promise.
If you follow me on Facebook, the page name is 'Cooking with Two Vegan Boys'. As usual, we are cooking, a lot.
Tomorrow is the first day of 2013. Do you have any goals for the New Year? I do. Here they are:
-Learn to crochet
-Learn to make soap.
-Spend only $100 a month at Costco for our big food items.
-Spend only $60 a week on groceries.
Now, I know you are thinking the last one is crazy. Hey, I like a challenge, and I love to cook. So, when I do the weekly update, I will post the grocery receipt, and what I made for the week. We also plan, not to go out to eat. That really isn't a challenge, we rarely go out to eat as is.
One thing regarding the $60 a week. You have to realize, I keep a very well stocked pantry, and have a garden, as well as friends who garden. That means trades, and barters. We save a ton of money on produce thanks to having a garden. The new budget also means more money in savings, that means going on holiday with my guys. It is a win/win.
As for cooking, I will be making 3-4 large meals a week, instead of 5-7. That means lunch is taken care of daily. Leftovers! And I make bars for snacks, and make breakfast breads, and muffins. I also make all of our own tortillas, flatbreads, and sandwich breads.
One of my friends gave me a vegan cheese cookbook. That will save money too. Vegan cheese is $4.50 and more per package Yowza!
The menu for this week (Jan 1-5) is as follows:
Blackeyed pea stew with hushpuppies
Baked ziti with a small salad, and baguette
Burgers, and roasted fries
No need to make more since the stew will be a large crockpot's worth. The ziti will be a large casserole dish. And tonite I am making a Middle Eastern beans, and rice dish with homemade naan. As I said, plenty of leftovers. .For breakfast, I am making cranberry orange granola, and banana bread.
Hope you have a safe, and happy New Year's Eve. See you next year!
peas, and love....
Krys and the boys