My mom used to make stuffed peppers for dinner when I was a kid. They were green, stuffed with ground beef and simmered alongside huge meatballs in a huge pot of red pasta sauce for several hours.
I wasn’t a huge fan of them as a child, mostly because of the bell pepper part. I usually opted for a meatball instead, chopping it up over a bed of rice and smothering it with extra pasta sauce.
As an adult though, I’ve grown to enjoy bell peppers and missed the comfort of them being stuffed and served with homemade sauce.
Wouldn’t you know, the first time I tried to replicate her recipe was a complete and utter disaster. The stuffing came out of my peppers, my meatballs never cooked through and I had no clue how to even begin to eat this monstrous pot of seemingly random mixed up food.
Not too long after we got married, I proposed the idea of stuffed peppers to Mr. Crumbs. He’s not a big fan of ground meat, so stuffing them with ground beef was clearly out of the question. But not wanting to disappoint his eager-to-please-new-wife, he asked if I could do it with chicken instead.
Stuffed peppers with chicken?
Hmm… I guess I could do that. They wouldn’t be the same, but that doesn’t mean they would be bad.
It’s now nearly eight years later and the tradition of stuffed peppers has officially been passed on. Granted, my method is different, and my stuffing is different, but the deliciousness and comfort that comes from a hot homemade meal is still the same.
Each month I share our meal plan.
Each month I share my shopping trips for that meal plan.
But connecting the dots between the two is sometimes difficult… so I’ve decided to do one more meal planning “ISH” post at that describes what we REALLY ate the previous month.
To clarify – yes, we eat according to the meal plan that I post (for example, March’s meal plan is here). But sometimes things get shuffled around or I forgot to pick up an ingredient or simply put, we just don’t feel like spaghetti on spaghetti night so we eat soup instead. Usually Mr. Crumbs has a hankering for grilled cheese and couscous.
But you guys don’t see that.
The purpose of this post is so you can see EXACTLY how our meals happen in this house. I’m hoping it makes it easier to connect the dots on this whole eating real food on a budget idea.
I’m also hoping that you find encouragement in seeing real food and normal life in action together. Some days we get it all done. Most days we don’t. Even life in the Crumbs house isn’t perfect, because just like you, we do what we can with what we have.
So here’s how it works. You’ll see our original meal plan in bold. Then, underneath each meal you’ll see any changes I made, what specific veggies we ate and any thoughts about the meal.
Let me know if you like this idea or not. I’ll do this for a couple months and then continue it based on your feedback, so be sure to tell me what you think!!