Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Yum

Today I made baby food! I've known since before I was pregnant with Jace that I would make my own baby food. While yes, there are health benefits to it, I'm really doing it for the money, or really I should say, I'm doing it for less money. Last week I used frozen green beans that were already in my freezer to make 52 servings, and this week I actually shopped ahead of time for it. I bought pears, sweet potatoes and banana for $12.61. (I shop at Safeway because it's the best option in my town. If I lived near a Winco or Walmart, it could have been cheaper.) I made at least 182 servings of food for Jace. 4 of those servings are the equivalent of 1 $0.97 package of Gerber baby food at Target. That means I had a total savings of (at least) $31.04! I may have bigger savings, but I haven't finished freezing all the sweet potatoes (which I made way, way more than intended). Yay for savings and yay for new foods for Jace!

Everything else is still freezing, but 16 cubes of sweet potatoes barely touched how much I have! I think I'll make a little less next time...

And then I needed to make something for us to eat. One of my favorite quick meals is what Nolan and I call Mexican Lasagna. I brown ground beef, add a can of chili beans (in their sauce), and a cup of salsa and let simmer for a few minutes. Then I layer a corn tortilla (but have also used crushed tortilla chips), the meat mixture, some grated cheese, another tortilla, and so on until I've used all my meat mixture up. This time I also added olives, other times I've added corn or whatever else sounded good. Then I stick it in the oven until the cheese is melted. Quick, easy and tasty!

And after all that, I wanted a yummy snack. My easy, go-to is Muddy Buddies. I typically use Cheerios (because that's what we always have on hand), but today I bought some Crispix cereal. I just melt some chocolate chips and butter scotch chips, stir it into the cereal and then shake in powdered sugar. I can't eat peanut butter, so the butterscotch chips add the element that I miss with the peanut butter.

1 comment:

  1. HOw in the world did I not know you started this blog? Is it a secret? :) I was looking at your blog today and was kinda going through the list, b/c I usually don't sit down and do that, and was like, Oh this looks like a neat one...and it's yours! :) So fun! Silly me, maybe you did tell me or post about it in a previous post on your other blog...if not then I guess I am not so silly! :) hehe!


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