Day 21-23

May 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm 2 comments

I have had some really stressful days lately that have put me in some pretty yucky moods, and last night I was ready to have the Rice Dream Mud Pie in my freezer and a beer, and forget about the budget altogether.  I bought that mud pie the night before I started the dollar menu, with my first batch of groceries.  I had intended to eat it after dinner that night, but I forgot about it, and it’s been calling my name ever since.

I resisted the mud pie last night, but on Friday when I did my shopping, I kinda just let myself buy what I wanted and accepted the fact that I’d be a few dollars over budget.  I’ve already got a lot going on this week, and if I’m hungry on top of it, it’s not going to be pretty.  I didn’t actually calculate what I bought until this morning, and I’m not sure how I managed this, but I still came in under budget.  By 11 cents.

I shopped at Whole Foods this week.

  • firm tofu  $1.29
  • frozen broccoli  $2.50
  • almond milk  $2.00
  • black beans  $0.99
  • pinto beans  $0.99
  • garbanzo beans  $0.99
  • 1 cucumber  $1.50
  • 1 orange  $1.03
  • 1 kiwi  $0.69
  • 1 portabella mushroom  $1.14

Total:  $14.11
4 Week Total: $83.89

Day 21 – Friday, May 21
Morning:  Oatmeal.

Afternoon:  I had the gross rice I made for dinner on day 20.  It was still gross.  I didn’t finish it, but luckily I had also packed a salad and some rice cakes.

Evening:  I came home from work and started making tortillas.  I really wanted a burrito, but my tortillas were still coming out way too fat for that (see pictures on Day 3), no matter how thin I rolled them.  I decided to try putting together a black bean burrito with an uncooked tortilla, and then cooking the whole thing in a little olive oil.  I guess this is pretty close to a chimichanga, I’m not exactly sure what you would call it, but it was damn good.  I had a big one for dinner, and packed up two smaller ones for lunch.

Day 22 – Saturday, May 22
Morning:  Two blueberry muffins.

Afternoon:  I had the leftover chimichanga things, covered in free salsa and a few chips from my co-workers lunch.

Evening:  Scrambled tofu, and potatoes with green onion.

Day 23 – Sunday, May 23
Morning:  Blueberry muffin.

Afternoon:  Tortilla with black beans and more free salsa.

Evening:  I sat around for a while deciding what I wanted for dinner.  I ended up making a black bean patty (mashed black beans with sauteed green onion) and served it in between two tortilla halves, with a little ketchup, mustard, and relish.  I left flour out of the black bean mixture and the patty kind of fell apart, but it was still delicious!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Char  |  May 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I am SO glad I found your blog!!

  • 2. Day 24-27 « Vegan Dollar Menu  |  May 27, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    […] Fried rice with tofu and green onion.  Also, I ate the mudpie.  (See previous post.)  I was in super serious study mode over my political science exam, and I was kinda freaking […]


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