Everything is expensive at the moment. We’re in the middle of a recession and prices/taxes/insurances are going up but salary doesn’t grow equally. Especially gas for my car is very expensive at the moment.
I’ve been thinking a lot how I can save money. I don’t really want to buy cheaper food but I can make some changes. I often throw away food, either because I made a bit too much (and I don’t eat it the next day) or I bought it and then don’t use it.
I’m organizing all my cook books in Excel sheets categorized on ingredients. If I make something with, for example, zucchini and I only need half of it, I can look in my zucchini file for another recipe. That way I won’t have to throw away the other half.
The other thing is that I printed a fruits and veggies calendar, sorted by month, with all the fruits and veggies that are available and cheap in that month. I never really thought about buying season products but am going to do that. Although I never buy strawberries in Autumn/Winter because that’s a Summer fruit and way too expensive outside the season.
Monday’s dinner was minced meat rolled in ham and cheese. I put that in an oven dish with on the bottom leek. I put some tomato sauce and cream on top and cooked it in the oven. It was a new recipe and we both liked it, which means it’s a keeper.
Tuesday we had minced meat and potatoes. Vegetables were Brussels sprouts. I cooked them for a few minutes and after that stir-fried them with leek, garlic, sesame seed and some soy sauce, it was delicious.
I’m going to experiment with the time I workout in the morning. Right now it’s a bit too early for me because getting up at 5 am means being in bed before 10 pm. Personally I find that too early, I hardly have an evening left that way. My job has flexible work hours, I can start between 7 am and 9.30 am. About 2 years ago I started working from 7.30 am till 4 pm because at that time I did my workouts after work. I’m not working out after work anymore and I can work a bit longer. What I’m trying first is that I will get up at 5.15 am for workouts/run longer than 45 minutes. Under 45 minutes I will get up at 5.30 am. Going to see if this works good for me.
Wednesday another new recipe: stir-fried rice with chicken and pineapple. It was okay but not something I’m going to make again.
Thursday was such a long day. I had to take notes at a meeting that was supposed to last from 9 am till 3 pm. It was 6 pm when we were finished and the last 3 hours took so long. When I got home I was tired and did nothing more than lay down on the couch with my feet up and watch TV. R. wasn’t home when I got home and I made an omelette with herbs for dinner. Didn’t want to cook.
Today the lovely miss Bella had a haircut. She’s too cute now, I love that dog.
Have a great weekend.