Saturday, April 11, 2009
Weekly Recap for the Week Ending 4.10.2009 (Click on Photo or Links Below)
From left to right, starting from top: colorful vegetable enchiladas; Japanese curry sauce;
breaded "chicken" (seitan) cutlets or katsu; asparagus, mushroom and tofu stir fry;
pasta with basil pesto and seitan; and incredibly hot man who won PETA contest.
I had fun this week freeing myself from written recipes and just sort of winging it in the kitchen. Even with written recipes, though, I usually change things here and there. For example, I probably use way more garlic and crushed red pepper flakes than a recipe calls for. And I frequently substitute less costly alternatives for more expensive ingredients, such as certain types of cheeses.
I'm planning meals for next week with budget primarily in mind. I was doing some research online to learn how much money a family of four spends on groceries per month. The amount seems to be in the range of $330 to $400, and that's for households from 2 to 4 persons. My partner and I spend about $400, which does not include the amount we spend dining out at least once a week.
I think most of the dishes I've posted on this site are budget friendly. Next week, though, I want to actually verify the total cost of all ingredients for each weekday meal serving no less than 4.