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Hitting the Halfway Point

It’s the end of the second week and we’re coming into the third week.

To be honest, I fell off the wagon a bit because I had the first week without meat, except eggs and I was craving meat like mad! So I went to my freezer and pulled out potstickers, pizza, and orange chicken from Trader Joe’s and survived the second week. I’m not fit to be a complete vegetarian, so I need to switch up my menu plan a bit to make sure I add meat into my diet.

I have some food left but not much. I have oatmeal, 1 can of corn, coconut milk, half a bag of spinach (I froze it), some leftover roasted vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and barley) and a couple of eggs. Since I ate frozen food last week, I’m taking $10 off my current budget to account for the pulled reserves. That leaves me with $26.01 to last me two weeks. I’m pretty sure I can pull it off and eat some wild salmon! I’ll put up the list of what I purchased soon.

The  Dinner Menu Plan

  • Thai Green Curry – vegetarian style with coconut rice
  • Lemon Pepper Salmon with coconut milk infused roasted potatoes and black eyed peas
  • Salmon Teriyaki with sauteed spinach and rice

I only got to eat out once and it was at Mozza Pizzeria…you can read my review on Yelp.

Fried potatoes from Mozza Pizzeria

Btw, I finally got around to watching Food, Inc. and it’s very similar to Future of Food. It definitely makes me evaluate how I purchase my food and where it comes from. Also, I’ve been watching all the episodes from Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie and the rest of the world seems to have the right idea.

I gotta start buying less processed junk and better organic foods. It may not be the most efficient way to buy groceries or the cheapest, but it’s better for me and for the environment overall. When I talk to the farmers at the farmer’s market, at least I’ll know where the food comes from and how long it takes for them to harvest it and have it fully matured.

I never knew why tomatoes didn’t taste like how I remembered when I was young. But now I know that they’re picked when they’re green and artificially ripened with ethylene gas. So obviously, it doesn’t have that full-bodied tomato taste that you’d get from a naturally ripened tomato.

Just something to ponder.