I do find that vegetarian meals with potatoes or carrots in them fill me but not for long before I feel like my stomach is literally eating itself. Which it probably has been because I've been LOSING weight this pregnancy. When I eat a meat meal, it lasts with me for hours and the baby seems happiest. I got to the point that we were eating so much takeout to supplement my hunger, that I decided to just up the food budget and gorge at the grocery store because that sure beats the cost of takeout a few times a week!
I've tried to fill my protein needs with beans as usual but that hasn't gone well either because I find that an hour later - my gastric juices are flowing and ready to eat. So.....this pregnancy, it seems like meat is here to stay and hubby doesn't mind us spending more on food, I guess it is just ME that cares that we are spending almost $250 more a month - but baby is worth it (right!?).
It has been so long since I've done meat daily that I'm just grabbing whatever my body is craving for recipes and then not worrying about the cost. I haven't bought a beef roast in YEARS and I was so shocked how expensive one was! I thought surely it doesn't cost $12 for 3 pounds but yep - it does. Thankfully, chicken is not too expensive, so I'm eating more of it.
My body is also craving vegetables, which is a good thing, so I'm consuming more of those as well. I have strong cravings for french fries from McD's - so since I can't seem to duplicate that at home, I will let those be a special treat occasionally. Baby loves him/her some fries!!
Here are the meals we are making this week in the crockpot and I'm making enough to last several meals, we will see how these end up tasting and then I will share the recipes:
- Crockpot Chicken Philly Sandwiches
- Crockpot Cheesy Beef & Potato Casserole
- Crockpot Broccoli Beef over rice
- Southwest Chicken & Potato Bake - we already tried this and it is GOOD but double the sauce.
The cost of meat for these was $35
3 pounds boneless chicken thighs - $8.45
3 pounds boneless chicken breasts - $8.56
3 pounds boneless beef sliced chuck roast - $11.34
1 pound grass fed organic ground beef - $5.98
It is hard for me to spend that on meat for a week but these meals may last longer than a week, so we will see how far each recipe really goes to calculate the costs properly. If I assume correctly, this $35 of meat will actually last us for 10 meals but only appetites will tell as these are new meals we are trying this week.
Hopefully, once my morning sickness dies down some (it has been pretty viscious and even happening at night waking me up in my sleep!), I can get frugally creative again but for now, just making do to have something on the table!!
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