Project: Food Budget, Week 11

Project: Food Budget

Farmers Market = $35
Target = $22.90

Way under budget this week due to the big trip two weeks ago, plus some splurging last week. Plus, my FIL bought me another flat of tomatoes and some corn on the cob, and that went toward filling out the menu for the week.

I’ve written about this before, but I love summer tomatoes — and only summer tomatoes. When I was at the farmers market, I bought a basket of “seconds” — that is, tomatoes that were a little dented, some with dirt still on them. I turn most tomatoes into sauce and freeze a bunch anyway, so buying tomatoes that aren’t pretty doesn’t bother me. I almost bought another small basket of them, but I’m glad I held off.

A few common tomato dishes at my house are caprese salad (I have to fight with the children over the buffalo mozzarella), scalloped tomatoes with croutons, and roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar. Whenever I want an amazing tomato recipe, Smitten Kitchen is my go-to. That woman knows how to treat a tomato!

Let’s see how many more times I can say tomato in this post.

Menu:

Saturday: Vegetarian chili, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob
Sunday: Scalloped tomatoes with croutons, pasta with pesto, tilapia (and vegetarian nuggets for me and flora)
Monday: baked burritos (made with leftover rice and beans, cheese, and salsa), leftover chili, arugula salad
Tuesday: Sesame noodles, roasted chicken, and tofu
Wednesday: WFH lunch is going to be roasted tomato soup with broiled cheddar; dinner will be mac ‘n’ cheese and vegetarian hot dogs, green beans
Thursday: rice and stir fry vegetables
Friday: Tortellini with meat or marinara sauce

What is your favorite thing to do with summer tomatoes?

Hitting the home stretch with these fine people!

McGinnis and Bean
Rainaldi.org
Erra Creations
Eryn Says…
Seeking White Space
facepalmmama
Gardening in High Heels
Melissa Firman
Copy & Post
Shea Lennon
Warm as Pie
Two Eggs Over Easy

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7 thoughts on “Project: Food Budget, Week 11

  1. I love meeting fellow tomato lovers! I hated them as a kid, but now I can’t get enough. I basically just add tomato/basil/balsamic (and buff mozz if I have it on hand – it never lasts!) to everything – eggs, pizza, toast, pasta, zucchini – anything I can think of 🙂

  2. Oh my GOODNESS. The scalloped tomatoes! I just looked up farmers’ markets to go find tomatoes TODAY. I love them so much (so expensive here) but nothing like them.

    I’m a big tomato sandwich eater, with just mayo, salt and pepper.

    • The scalloped tomato recipe is one of my all time favorites. I am warming up the leftovers right now for lunch, adding an egg on top, and a green salad on the side.

      i should eat more tomato sandwiches! That would certainly help with the excess. They are good with hummus, too.

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