Clean Eating Tilapia and Homemade Pasta Sauce

Week 2 of my $50 per week grocery challenge has taught me an important lesson. It is an incredible if not impossible challenge for even a one person household to live on $50 per week when you factor in food, toiletries, other necessities, and pet supplies. Last week I did great on Week #1 Grocery Budget Challenge. This week however, was a bust. While I did spend $50.84 at the actual grocery store on these items:

-organic romaine lettuce
-2 onions
-grape tomatoes
-3 bananas
-1 cucumber
-1 lemon
-1 lime
-1 green pepper
-frozen mango
-greek yogurt
-2 tilapia filets
-2 organic chicken breasts
– chardonnay
-toilet paper
-paper towels
-2 salad dressings (B1G1 free)

It appears that I did really well. But that doesn’t include the $20 Groupon for Chuck’s Natural Foods Marketplace (I paid $10 for it and went over $2.54.)

-2 large cans of crushed tomatoes with garlic
-coconut water
-chopped garlic
-organic chicken stock base

And the kitty food I got at Target over the weekend (lost the receipt, it was about $8.00)

And I have a weakness for expensive hair products.($46.55…Yikes!)

If I include these in my budget, I’m waaaaay over. So let’s not, kay?

So my grand total for the week is…$71.34 or…$117.89 if you count the hair products. Oh that’s right, we’re not counting those. Still, I’m way over, and I just bought very basic things. I used to good with coupons, but realized most things that coupons are for are not all that healthy. What’s a girl to do?

Well, enough budget talk. Let’s get to the food. I tried a new Clean Eating recipe for dinner.

Tilapia with tomato-corn bruschetta:

It’s basically grilled tilapia with corn, tomatoes, garlic and basil (I left out the olives), lightly sautéed in just a tiny bit of olive oil and tossed with homemade garlic croutons.

This would be a great recipe for all those lucky Midwesterners wondering “what do I do with all the tomatoes, corn, and basil in my garden?”.
I also made a big batch of pasta sauce for meals later in the week, with plenty left to freeze.

I browned some lean ground beef with fennel seed, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Then added one diced onion, and 8 oz of chopped mushrooms, and a teaspoon of minced garlic, cooked for about 10 minutes and added 2 large cans of crushed tomatoes with basil. I just let it all simmer together for a couple of hours as I enjoyed my evening. Now I have a stockpile. I also took some time to clean and chop 3 hearts of romaine to have salads for lunch and dinner all week.

I love cooking days!!!!!!

Smell the roses.

It was a successful 4 wedding weekend! I really have no idea how I did it. I also have 15 new brides to contact and start the design process with, and 2 weddings to prepare for this week. Its awesome. I do thrive on being busy. But sometimes, I just need to slow down a little and smell the roses. Will someone bring me roses? Please?

Here are pictures from yesterday’s wedding:

Breakfast: take a guess.
Lunch: Mom made a tasty alfredo chicken. Thanks mom!

Dinner was grilled chicken and burgers at the neighbors cookout. I haven’t been eating the healthiest lately, but not terrible either. Tonight’s dinner will make up for it:

Grilled tilapia salad with brown rice, cucumber,tomato and cheese.