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Budget, Weekly Dinners and Sloppy Joe's

Posted Aug 07 2009 12:19pm
Very Tasty Sloppy Joe's (recipe below)





We ( actually meaningthe kids that, apparently, rule the house ) have had a BIG budget for fun this summer. We have been on two great vacations, seen many movies, slid down water slides, attended numerous summer camps, improved our swimming skills, and next week will begin water polo (kid #1) and ice hockey (kid #2). Whew. With all that fun (read: spending) we have been watching our food budget, because at the moment, it's the most flexible.

To lesson our food costs, while not compromising on quality, we have been eating more vegetarian meals. All of out breakfasts have been vegetarian and the majority of our lunches and dinners have been either vegetarian or have only had a small portion of meat.

Limiting the expensive sustainably raised meats, and incorporating as much as I can from the garden, has had a BIG impact on our overall food budget.

Last week I fed our family of 4 sustainably on $132. This week was a little higher at $145, but still extremely reasonable considering that I am feeding 2 growing boys, a hungry husband and myself--and I love to eat.

This weeks meal plan will again have most meals as vegetarian or having small amounts of meat. What do you do to save on your budget? Do you meal plan? What is your plan for the week? Please share in the comments section.


Sunday- Kid Favorite Sloppy Joe's (each person had a half), tomato salad, and all fruit smoothies
Monday- Baked Potato and Salad with summer veg and blue cheese dressing
Tuesday- Veggie Chili w/ Beans
Wednesday- Baked Chicken, Polenta w/ Summer Squash
Thursday- Eggplant Parmesan
Friday- Black Bean, Jade Rice, and Summer Salsa Burritos



Recipe for Sloppy Joe's

1 pound ground grass fed beef
1/2 onion, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)
2 Banana Peppers or 1 Bell pepper, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP Blackstrap Molasses
1 tablespoon mild chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Real salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Favorite buns
Cheese optional
Directions
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the ground beef until browned, about 7 minutes. Add the onion and peppers and sauté 2 minutes.


Stir in the tomato paste and 1 1/2 cups water, stirring until the paste has dissolved. Add the garlic, chili powder, paprika, and oregano, molasses, vinegar and season with the salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until the mixture has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve on toasted buns.
This post is part of Real Food Wednesday.
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