Well, we've managed to eat quite well this week, with our ham and $35. Today is pay day and tomorrow we will be able to do some much needed shopping. We faired quite well, I think mostly because we had a well stocked pantry. I always hear people say, 'buy when it's on sale" and I agree whole heartedly. It helps tremendously when those moments happen and you are left with only dollars until pay day. Wednesday night, the kids requested eggs and toast for dinner. I threw in a can of fruit cocktail we had in the pantry and we called it dinner. Last night Hubby was home for dinner, so I wanted to make something heartier. We had tons of dried pasty in the pantry, so I decided to toss some pasta with some ham and broccoli.
It was a total hit. Queenie inhaled her dinner and she is usually the one we are encouraging to eat dinner. Mr. B gave it one thumb up and one thumb down, saying he would eat it again, but pizza still would be better, LOL. Hubby said it was really good and even ate the leftovers I had set aside in hopes of taking a good photo of it, this afternoon. So, thankfully I had saved a bit of broccoli. I ended up making a smaller portion today at lunch, to I could take some photos for you guys. Sometimes the most delicious meals are those that are the simplest.
I hope you enjoyed coming on my journey this week and I hope that I've given you hope and confidence that you can still eat well, on a small budget. It just takes planning and a good pantry. So, when you do have that extra $10 in your budget, buy more pantry items that are on sale and start building that emergency "what if " pantry, that will make it easier to still eat well, when times are tight.
Easy Ham and Broccoli Pasta
1 small onion, chopped
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1 head of broccoli, rinsed and cut into florets
2 C thick sliced ham, chopped
1 lb dried pasta of choice (the first night I used farfalle)
salt and pepper
1/4 C parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
Cook pasta in generously salted, boiling water; until al dente.
In a large skillet heat the oil, over medium heat. When it starts to ripple, add in the broccoli and toss to coat with the oil; let cook 3 minutes. Add in onion and garlic, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cook until onion becomes translucent; about 2-3 minutes. Stir in ham and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently.
Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water and drain pasta. Pour pasta water into the skillet with the broccoli and ham, stirring to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add in the drained pasta and Parmesan cheese and gently toss to combine and coat with the sauce. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese if desired.
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