Although I try to include variety in my lunch and dinner menu when I plan the menu, most of my breakfast menu stayed the same. Since we are in such a rush in the mornings, I try to keep my breakfast east to make. I came across this recipe on Pinterest and did save in my Pinterest account for later use.
Husband brought free baguette’s from Jimmy Johns a couple of weeks ago. We love jimmy johns and go there just for the Baguette. So, I stored in the freezer and only during the weekend I remembered this Pinterest recipe.
So, I made this breakfast stuffed bread first thing in the morning. It came out so good guys. Even my picky eater son ate well. The recipe is so simple and it involves less than 5 minutes prep.
- Baguette – 1
- Egg – 5
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Milk – 2 tablespoon
- Parmesan cheese – 3/4 cup
- Vegetables such as spinach, cut bell pepper etc
- Set the oven to 350 degrees
- Mix all other ingredients except baguette
- Cut the inside of the baguette in boat shape
- Take out the bread within that boat shape and fill it with the mixer
- **You’ll have leftover mixer
- Cut the “tookout” bread into pieces and mix it with the egg mixture
- Bake all of it for 20-25 minutes
As I said, it’s super easy to make. When I shared my this week’s menu planning on the Indian menu planning support group, a lot of people asked for a recipe. So, here is my meatless breakfast stuffed bread.
Hang in there, folks. We are in the home stretch.
Here are my Week 3 findings of #frugalfebruary. Overall, it was a good week with very little spending.I managed to cook some delicious meals such as Breakfast stuffed bread with the ingredients I already had on hand. So, we didn’t feel the need to go out and eat.
- We ran out of cooking oil (i use groundnut oil for cooking). Instead of buying a new bottle, I decided to use coconut oil for all my cooking.
- I also made whole wheat cookies, breakfast stuffed bread, baked pasta and few other things at home. To be honest, my cooking entirely depends on my schedule. Some weeks, I don’t have to catch up work at night. So, I’d hit the bed early and wake up to make nice meals. Some weeks are more about survival. The focus would be to cook something to fill up the tummy. The last 7 days were good and I was able to relax and cook some good meals for the family.
- I didn’t buy coffee or snacks outside other than one pretzel for my little guy when we took him to a paid event (already budgeted)
- We ate out as a family on Thursday, hence decided to skip the weekend eating out.
I’m skipping the Fails as there are really no fails this week.
I’m learning a lot through this challenge. I’m already seeing some things that I want to continue to do even after February. However, my goal is not about living a frugal life without spending any money on the things we want. The goal is to earn, spend and invest wisely and enjoy spending money on the things that we love.
Although I like roasted brussels sprouts with honey and garlic, it’s not my favorite vegetable for Indian cooking. I just don’t like the smell of it.
I bought a big bag of Brussel recently and even after making the roasted brussels sprouts, I still had half of the bag left. So I decided to try an Indian recipe with it. It came out very well without the smell of Brussel Sprouts.
From this experience, I realized that the key to getting rid of the smell is to cut the Brussel Sprouts small and cook. I took an equal amount of Brussel Sprouts and Potato for this recipe.
Typically I don’t buy canned food, but this one was on sale (more than 50% off) and it made sense to stock some canned food for an emergency. I was completely out on tomatoes, hence used this one and didn’t include any chili as it already has chili in it.
- Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoon
- Brussel sprouts (small cut) – 1 cup
- Potatoes – 1 cup
- Tomatoes – 1
- Chili – little
- Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon
- Salt, Oil
- Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
- Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
- Heat the oil and add cumin seeds
- Add ginger garlic paste to it
- Once it’s cooked, add the rest of the ingredients
- Pressure cook or Instant Pot for 8 minutes
The recipe is really simple. I served it with roti. I wouldn’t say it’s an extraordinary dish with a unique taste. But it’s tastes good and goes well with Roti.
Happy valentine’s day to you! Feb 14 was also the day to share our #frugalfebruary Week 2 findings.
My week 2 started really well. However, when the week ended I spent more money on one category more than others.
- I am a mom who doesn’t eat kids leftovers. There I said it.. I just don’t like to eat the cold food. However, this past week, I ate my son’s leftover cereal. Success?
- I also didn’t buy coffee outside and only drank free coffee in the office and home
- I made yogurt after many many months
- On Friday night, I wanted to take Jeev for a treat. Instead of going to an expensive place, we decided to go to McDonalds for $1 ice cream cone. Jeev ended up getting $0.30 cookie while husband and I enjoyed the cone. Kids also played on the playscape and an hour of fun for $1.30 is not bad, right? The best part was, I paid using the McDonalds gift card I got from the discounted gift card place (let me know if you need more info. I wrote a post about it)
- Saturday we went to a jumping place as the weather was really cold and the kids needed to drain his energy. Sunday was a no-spend day
- For Jeev’s valentine’s day gift exchange, I hit the dollar store and got gifts for his classmates for just $4. Oh yeah!
- Rest of the week, I didn’t spend any money for my self or kids.
Now the FAILS:
The biggest fail is money spent on eat outs. Long story short, we ate out twice on weekends and Husband had to eat his lunch outside for 3 days. In my defense, we have lots going on personally and I’m spending lots of my time on the work. I’m also sleeping way too late and not able to wake up early to cook.
However, these are crucial work that needs to be finished on-time. I’m almost there and I should be able to cook lunch for him starting tomorrow before he leaves for work.
Besides eating out, we did well on the rest of the categories. It stings when I think about the money spent on eating out. But I’m going to forgive myself and focus on the work that needs to be done.
One thing I forgot to mention last week was, I groomed my own eyebrows. I’m only paying $3 for eyebrow threading and it’s probably not worth the money saved. But I wanted to be adventurous and try something different. Well, although it came out ok, it’s not even close to perfect. I’ll see if I can stretch till the end of February before going back to eyebrows threading.
Now your turn. How was your week 2? Do check out the Extra Income Projects facebook group for more responses from members on frugal February week 2.
So excited to share how the week 1 of Frugal February went for our family. We had both Wins as well as Fails. However, I’m happy to see that we got more wins than fails. After reaching a lot of your stories, I’m much more excited and pumped to make my week 2 a success.
Here are the rules of frugal February challenge. It’s not too late to join if you’re interested. Start your frugal journey from this week.
- When February started, I was still trying to get out of sickness and that lead to eating out on weekdays. Since we ate out once already even before the weekend started, I completely cut down weekend restaurant visits and Starbucks.
- We took the kids to a paid event on Saturday. It was not too expensive and the kids had a blast. Since this paid event was already in the budget, it’s still considered a win.
- Sunday, we had a gorgeous weather and decided to visit our local zoo. We have an annual membership, so the zoo visit was FREE.
- We keep our house temperature so high that we sometimes feel warm even during the winter. This week, I decided to reduce the thermostat 2 degrees lower than usual.
- Hubby tried to do laundry during non-peak hours this week.
- I love grabbing a coffee outside when we travel during the weekends. But this time, I decided to carry my own coffee from home. I actually didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. But hey, it saved me a few dollars.
- Husband had to leave one of the cars in the mechanic shop. Although I offered to pick him up, he had to take Uber due to some timing issue. Bummer!
- Until this evening, I didn’t spend on anything extra. But tonight we had to get some Costco shopping done and family decided to grab a couple of pizza slices during the visit. Not a lot of money, but I’d prefer to eat at home during weekdays. This also means we should let go off our weekend restaurant visits.
How was your first week of #frugalfebruary? A lot of folks shared their Frugal February week 1 successes on the Extra Income Project Facebook group.