Around the World in Seven Days

Pad Thai in Thai CashCrashSometimes you need a break from the ordinary. Now is that time.

The kids are out of school, my consulting gig is picking up, and we have had a few setbacks that I won’t even get into.  Why not add a few exciting meals to put a little levity and spice into the week?  So, as I racked my brain for an theme for this week, I hit upon the idea of “Around the World in Seven Days.”

This week’s menu items feature fun foods – some oldies and goodies like enchiladas, and some new, more adventurous fare like Bulgogi (Korean Beef).  Grab your slow cooker, check out the grocery list, and get ready for a vacation from the ordinary as we head to a different country each of the next seven nights.



Walmart: 2 16 oz. cans of refried beans (.85 ea.), 12 small corn tortillas ($1.48), 2 (10 ounce) cans red enchilada sauce ($1.38 ea), 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes ($1.24), dried apricots ($2.98), bow tie pasta ($1 ea), 1 (28 ounce) can Italian-style plum tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped ($1.68), heavy cream ($2.34),  pad thai noodles ($2.18), minced ginger ($3.98), garbanzo beans (.72 ea.),  yellow rice ($1.18), beef broth ($1.44), 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed and crumbled ($3.48), 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into 2 inch pieces (5lbs. $11.00), 2 pounds beef flank steak (14.48),  4 chicken leg quarters , 1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin steak, cut very thin using kitchen shears ($5.76 ), Mexican cheese shredded ($$7.97), cous cous ($1.98). TOTAL -$71.11 (MINUS $10 coupon at Walmart for referring customers!).

FARM STAND: 2 lemons, 3 fresh peaches, fresh cilantro, 1 green bell pepper, fresh green beans, parsley, AND (just because), bananas, watermelon, apriocots , mangos, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and a few assorted goodies to snack on– $49 Total

BJ’s: Olive Oil, onions

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