And since we’re moving soon, I also
would like to need to empty out the abundance from my freezer and pantry. I’m going to try to GOING to spend less than $15 a week for my grocery budget in April and probably the first two weeks of May. WISH ME LUCK! LOL
When you do a grocery budget–do you do an entire “everything needed for the household” budget or just a grocery budget and everything else like toilet paper, light bubs, dog food, etc goes on a different budget?
We didn’t eat a couple of meals I had planned last week for various reasons. We’re not eating the same things two weeks in a row, I’ve just moved them.
Monday–Round Steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans.
Tuesday–Ravioli, garlic bread
Wednesday–Tuna Noodle Casserole (no mushrooms!) Recipe below
Thursday–Stuffed Peppers (Large–Once a Month Cooking-type Recipe), mashed potatoes, green beans
Friday and Saturday–leftover days.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
1 bag egg noodles
1 can of tuna
1 can of (choose one) either cream of mushroom, cream of chicken or cream of celery soup**
1 1/3 cup milk
2 sticks butter (I hate margarine)
2 row of saltine crackers
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cook egg noodles as directed on package. Drain.
3. In a large bowl (large enough to fit all of the noodles as well as other ingredients) mix the can of soup, the milk and some salt and pepper. Mix well.
4. Add the noodles to the mixture and mix well.
5. Put noodle mixture in a 9×11 pan.
4. Melt the stick of butter in a medium sized microwavable bowl (I do it in the microwave–30 seconds at a time until it is fully melted)
5. Crush the crackers in their sleeve. Be careful the sleeve doesn’t pop!
6. Mix the crackers with the melted butter.
7. Place cracker and butter mixture on top of noodle mixture and spread evenly. Make sure all the noodles are covered, if they’re not they’ll get hard when they’re baking (and I don’t like that)
8. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour.
**Since I cook MSG free, I either have to look for soup cans that say No MSG or I make my own. To make a tasty substitute for a cream of celery soup: melt 2 tablespoons of butter (I hate margarine!) in a saucepan. Chop up some celery and onions and saute them until the onions are clear. Wisk in a cup and a half milk. You can add salt and pepper if you’d like. That’s it!