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What’s for Dinner?

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I posted some of our dinners that we’ve been enjoying. I’ve cooked every now and then but for the last 2 months we’ve been ordering/take out off and on. I really need to step up because I want to save more money when it comes to our grocery budget.I plan to do that this July! Wish me luck!

This may seem like a lot of food in one post( I even forgot to take pics of some of our dinners), but these are some of the dishes we’ve had for the last 2 months (May and June) excluding some of our dinners out. I plan to make a separate post about that! Happy eating friends!

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Braised Pork Ribs in oyster sauce!

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salad

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mung bean soup and green beans adobo (filipino dishes)

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roast chicken

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steak

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Clams in wine sauce!

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seafood feast at home! grilled hamachi collar,baby squid in adobo,leftover clam soup

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pork milanese,mashed potato,roast brussel sprouts

Some of our take out food lately:

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Round Table pizza and chicken wings!

Mexican food from our fave local taqueria:

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Carne Asada

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4 kinds of tacos

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Ramen!

We had dinners with friends and family too:

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BBQ and Steaks

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summer food

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Dimsum with the In laws!

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Vancouver Eats!

Hello friends! This post is a continuation of our Vancouver trip. We had a quick getaway so we weren’t able to dine at some of the restaurants we wanted to try (poor planning on our part too).

Our first night we had dinner at Lupo Restaurant (it’s an Italian resto) and just walking distance from our hotel (so convenient for us). According to our research it’s one of the top 5 places to dine in Vancouver. So off we went! We ordered Burrata and it was amazing! So creamy and out of this world goodness. We loved it so much that we asked our waitress where they get it (so we can go to that store and hoard burrata for ourselves), she said they get it from a supplier which gets it directly from Italy! It crushed our burrata dreams! We ordered ravioli and gnocchi (for the hubs) it was good food but pricey!

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Burrata with fresh tomatoes and balsamic glaze.

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Ricotta Gnocchi with pork cheeks (this sauce was pretty acidic)

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Mascarpone Polenta

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This was their special that night, ravioli with short ribs!

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ambiance was cozy, feels like you’re having dinner at a friends house!

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Nero Belgian Waffle Bar

We had brunch in this small waffle place located at Robson Street. We kinda get lucky because the line wasn’t crazy when we got there, once we were seated the line got really crazy! If you’re in to waffles this place is a must! Just be ready to wait and be patient because this place is amazing and people line up.

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I had the Banella waffle 

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Brie Cheese waffle with walnuts and honey!

Cafe Crepes

The Hubs and I also wanted to eat some crepes before checking out Gastown. The crepes are tasty here, but the service took forever. I don’t understand why, it’s not like they’re serving steaks or complicated dishes. Good thing the crepes were really good!

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We also visited a Japanese restaurant that I honestly forgot the name of:

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Had Ramen one late night!

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Tried Vancouver’s best cheesecake:

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the famous Soft Peaks at Gastown!

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I kinda agree that this is one of the best cheesecake I’ve had!

Footo Croissant and Tim Hortons before coming home!

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Till Next time Vancouver!

What’s for Dinner?

Hello friends! It’s Tuesday evening ( almost midnight) but I can’t sleep because it’s so windy and it’s freaking me out! I decided to just post our meals for the last couple of weeks in the month of February. Can you believe it’s already March? Where did the time go?! Anyways, back to our meals. I didn’t go to the grocery store in the last week of February but I got some Smith brothers delivered. I’m under budget this month (not by much though), so this made me happy.  A little savings is always good!

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We’ve already consumed the clam chowder and chocolate milk!

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roast asparagus and steamed lobster

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Beef stroganoff and egg noodles

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grilled asparagus and salmon

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avocado with reduced balsamic vinegar

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Crispy pata (deep fried pork hocks) a Filipino recipe

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bacon,eggs,rice 

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Easy dinner! Spag and meatballs

we did a couple nights of take out these last two weeks (especially Friday and Saturday nights).  Chilling out with good food and watching some good T.V. / Netflix is one of our fave weekend things to do. We got a generous gift card from my In laws to one of our fave local sushi places so we used that. We also had Italian for dinner, courtesy of the In-laws. Thank you God for such a generous family!

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Pho

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Pho and walnut prawns

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sushi and yakisoba

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Mexican dinner 

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Phad Thai

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Vitos in Seattle! My In laws treated us!

Whats’s for Dinner?!

Hi Friends! How’s your day going? I hope it was a great one. Mine was awesome! I did my grocery shopping today, I usually do it after my Ladies Bible study on Tuesdays but it’s winter break this week at our local school (the church follows the school district schedule, so no study for us this week). I got some good deals at the grocery store but the cashier forgot to scan some of the coupons (I only noticed it when I got home) that were on the products.  $6 worth of savings 😦 I’m not really sure if it’s worth going back to the store tomorrow, we’ll see. Anyways, the first 2 pictures are of my grocery hauls last week, I’m thinking that I probably don’t need to go grocery shopping for the rest of the month because we’re pretty stocked up. Maybe I’ll just buy some fruit (we have frozen veggies that I really want to use) and we’re good. I’m excited because if I’m going to stick to my “plan” I will be under budget this month. It’s always a good thing when I’m under budget with my grocery money! Happy cooking, eating and savings friends!

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Safeway haul last week!

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Fred Meyer haul last week.

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Fred Meyer 

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Safeway

Meal Plans this week:

Tuesday/tonight: Lobster,asparagus

Wednesday: Roast salmon, veggie fried rice

Thursday: Beef stroganoff (and egg noodle)

Friday:Not sure (maybe Pizza or Take out)

Saturday: Not sure/out with friends

Sunday: meatballs and spaghetti

Meals/Dinners  last week:

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Clams in wine broth, grilled bread

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Crabs and we also have left overs

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Filipino breakfast (for dinner). Dried fish, eggs,rice

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eggplant omelet (we had this for lunch last week)

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sardines,rice (lunch yesterday)

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roast chicken (plenty of leftovers for lunch this week)

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chicken, rice, broccoli

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buffalo chicken wings 

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Vday dinner with family

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Pizza night with hubs last Sunday!

What’s for Dinner?!

Hi Friends! How’s your Friday night going? The Hubs and I are watching a Filipino show (On the Wings of Love), I’m so sad it’s going to end soon:(.  We’re also watching some NBA games, and maybe Netflix later! We are staying home because the weather is crappy tonight. Windy and raining and Riley is not loving it.

Anyways, I wanted to share my groceries this week. I’m really trying to save in this area because food is getting expensive and if I don’t monitor this it’s so easy to blow the budget in this area. So far our January food expenses have been under budget. I want to continue this trend in February.

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Our groceries this week! I also got some milk that I put in the fridge right away.

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Paid less than $100

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Bible study treats for my Ladies!

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sautéed Shrimps

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Oven Baked Ribs

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Ribs, broccoli,sweet potatoes

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roasted broccoli

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Tomato soup,grilled cheese and Pork belly with shrimp paste (Filipino dish)

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Home made version of Chicken bowl burrito

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My Hubs got me some Chick Fil-A

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LOVE their coffee!

Was out and about this week and I stopped at Ross and found these Skechers shoes.  I have a similar slip on pair like this gifted by my sister and it’s really comfortable. Once I tried them on the shoes had to go home with me! I’ve been wearing them nonstop!

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so comfy (it’s like you’re wearing flip flops made with a yoga mat!)

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Walmart candles!

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I got a new rug for our dining table from Overstock.com!

I’ve been watching the Gilmore Girls on Netflix this week. I’ve seen the first 2 seasons years ago (I was still in the Philippines). So far I’ve been enjoying it.

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Rory!

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Spoiling my Puss with belly rub!

Have a great weekend friends! Happy Superbowl weekend too! The Seahawks are out so I will be rooting for the Denver Broncos.

What’s for Dinner?!

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday:) This is what we ate lately for dinners this last week. I hope you get to eat and cook dishes that you’ve been wanting to eat! Have a wonderful Sunday evening, I’m about to watch a Korean drama with the hubs (we are watching Beating Again). It’s been a while since we’ve watched a KDrama here! HA!

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Spaghetti and meatballs (we also had a salad that I forgot to take a picture of)

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meatballs in the crockpot! easy peasy dinner!

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Chicken curry (I sort of followed Pioneer Woman’s recipe)

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Kare-Kare

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Left over kare-kare (cook once, eat twice, kind of dish!)

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Taco Night! we also had sweet potato fries with garlic aioli (homemade! it was delish)

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cheap and easy dinner!

We also ate out a few times over the weekends!

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We had Dim sum after church today!

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Red Robin last night for a casual saturdate with Hubs! used a giftcard for this dinner!

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Dinner at RAM (this place is just 4 minutes drive from our house!)

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Tacos and Carne Asada for the win!

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Friday Lunch date at chick fil-a! I LOVE their spicy chicken sandwich and iced coffee. The hubs likes their chicken nuggets and milkshakes! We’ve been there twice this last week!

 

 

 

 

 

Kare-Kare!

Hi Friends! Hope you’re having a great weekend:) I wanted to share a Filipino dish that I cooked early this week, Kare-Kare. It’s an oxtail dish with a thick peanut sauce. Now a days, in Filipino restaurants and homes they use beef, seafood, and other kinds of meat instead of oxtail (I personally like Oxtail). I rarely make this at home (I think this is my second time to make Kare-Kare (but I always order this if we’re in a Filipino restaurant). It’s a comfort food for me! I watched a couple of youtube videos (just searched for Kare-Kare recipes) and checked some kare-kare recipes online too for inspiration. I used my crockpot to tenderize/cooked my oxtail meat (just to save gas, instead of the stove). It was cooking for 7 hours then I finished it in the stove to make the peanut sauce. Traditionally, you mix all the veggies in at the end together with the sauce but I decided to plate them separately this time. I sautéed the eggplant and steamed the green beans and bok choy. The Hubs and I prefer it this way. Last year, when we visited Manila, I remember we had Kare-kare and the restaurant presented it this way too.

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Oxtail meat ( I got 4 lbs.)

 

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This is my new crockpot and I’ve been using it a lot lately!

I sautéed some minced garlic(3 cloves) and chopped onions(1 medium), then added the cooked oxtails and broth (approximately 6 cups).  You can add more broth for a thinner sauce;let it simmer. I added the peanut butter (1/2 a cup) and stirred until it dissolved. In a small bowl I added 1 teaspoon of achiote powder mixed with 1/2 cup broth,once the powder dissolved I added it to the sauce. The achiote is the ingredient that will give the dish that classic orange color. I then seasoned the sauce with salt and pepper. I didn’t use a lot of salt though because Kare-kare is always paired with shrimp paste when eaten.

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Almost there!

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Sautéed eggplant

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Yum!

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My kare-Kare (sprinkled with chopped peanuts).

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Extra sauce,rice, shrimp paste

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Happy Cooking and eating Friends!

 

What’s for Dinner?!

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I last posted here. Life got a little hectic. I’ve been wanting to share our dinners since last week but I wasn’t able to. Here’s our meals for the last 2 weeks or so.  I’ve been cooking most nights but on the weekends we go out or have take out. I hope you’re all having a good week and happy cooking!

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chicken wings adobo (my fave chicken part)

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chicken wings adobo with green beans

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grilled pork chop,roasted sweet potatoes,roasted jalapeno poppers,avocado

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take out food from our fave Indian resto

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crockpot chili

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my husbands messy chili!

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Banana blossom

My husband had banana blossom for the first time when we visited the Philippines last year. He really liked it and he’s been NAGGING me to try cooking it for him. We got the blossom at the Asian market and I found the recipe on youtube (panlasang pinoy). He liked it and said I’ll have to make it again(we’ll see!).

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Banana blossoms in coconut milk

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daing na bangus(milkfish),banana blossoms in coconut milk

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grilled salmon

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crispy potato with red bell pepper,onions,parmesan cheese

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crispy potato,eggs,avocado

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breakfast for dinner:scramble eggs,bacon,rice,coffee

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our homemade version of “chipotle” steal bowl

we also had take outs and dine outs for the last couple of weeks:

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My fave cheap pizza from papa johns

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Dinner at Big Fish (local resto) after watching Starwars

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Brunch at Lot No. 3 in Bellevue after Church with Julia (SIL)

Spaghetti with Truffle Butter

Hi friends! I wanted to share a very simple recipe from Ina Garten. I watched her show last month when she prepared this dish and it was so easy and looked good. So when my Dad InLaw went to Seattle during Christmas week we asked him to stop at Dilaurentis ( a specialty store in Pike place market) to get me some truffle butter. Truffle butter is so inexpensive compared to truffles themselves. This is a quick side dish and perfect for a busy weeknight dinner with family. Zach was raving about it! Happy cooking friends!

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Basic ingredients!

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We had a simple salad to go with the pasta.

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Tagliarelle with Truffle Butter  (Ina Garten from Foodnetwork online)

*I didn’t have the tagliarelle pasta that Ina used, I only have spaghetti so that’s what I used instead.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup heavy cream

kosher salt, ground pepper

3 ounces white truffle butter

1 (8.82 ounce) package Cipriani tagliarelle dried pasta or other egg fettuccine

3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

3 ounces Parmesan, shaved thin with a vegetable peeler

Directions:

Add 1 tablespoon salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large (12- inch) saute pan, heat the cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Add the truffle butter, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, lower the heat to a very low, and swirl the butter until it melts. Keep warm over ver low heat.

Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes, exactly. (If you’re not using Cipriani pasta, follow the directions on the package.) When the pasta is cooked, reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta. Add the drained pasta to the saute pan and toss it with the truffle-cream mixture. As the pasta absorbs the sauce, add as much of the reserve cooking water as necessary to keep the pasta very creamy.

Serve the pasta in shallow bowls and garnish each serving with a generous sprinkling of chives and shaved Parmesan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve at once.

 

What’s for dinner?!

Hi Friends! Happy Monday:) One of our “goals” this year is to really be intentional with our family budget. I’m responsible for budgeting, paying bills, getting groceries, and making meals while the hubs earns the money! We’ve already talked/made plans this past weekend about our financial goals for the year so I’m glad that is taken care of. Anyways, I wanted to share our dinners last week (after Christmas) and our menu plans for this week. I did the grocery shopping this week and came under budget (YES!). We have well stocked refrigerators right now and I plan to use what we already have for the coming weeks. Here’s to saving money and cooking at home!

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Pork and chicken adobo

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Beef caldereta ( filipino version of beef stew)

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Chopped pork belly

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Bittermelon with eggs,grilled pork belly

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Veggie fried rice,chicken shiomai,shrimp

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My plate!

Here’s our meal plans for the week:

M: Leftovers (we had beef caldereta; it’s a filipino version of beef stew)

T: Pasta with truffle butter (Ina Garten recipe),salads

w: Pork chop, rice, green beans

Th: Leftovers

F: Take out/Pizza

S: Chili

Sun: Salmon,veggies

*Our breakfast are usually :coffee and toast,yogurt,cereals,oatmeal then sandwiches and leftovers for lunch.

My groceries this week. The fridges are already stocked so I only bought produces that will be good this week, and I got some meat that was on sale that I can freeze for consumption in the coming weeks. Meat prices are getting ridiculous so I try to save money this way.

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This will be good for a week or more

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