A week in review – #recipes in our #menu

This we are really trying to get into the swing of our “Summer Electric Plan.” The goal of the “Summer Electric Plan” is to focus on cooking methods that don’t heat up the interior of the house. Primarily, using Grilling, Crock Pot, Quick Stove top, and Microwave cooked dishes.

In last weeks post I mentioned that the goal of this is to save money by not heating up the house because it costs so much to Air Condition  a house. Well, unfortunately we discovered some unfortunate budget impacting things this week that will undoubtedly negate our efforts. Both involved our A/C unit. One was some maintenance that needed to be done, we were low on refrigerant and needed to clean the filters. We also discovered that our thermostat is defective and have reported that to our electric company

That being said we probably won’t see our efforts to save our budget reflected in a lower electric bill for this week (I get a weekly summer of energy usage from them). However, there is no doubt that our efforts to save energy resulted in a better outcome regardless.


Here is what we did to save try and save our budget this week.

Quick Stove Top dishes

Strawberry and Snap Pea Salad (a quick blanching of the Sugar snap peas was all that was needed for this dish.)

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Organic Tomato soup, condensed

Crock pot dishes

Slow Cooker Meatball Sandwiches

Grilled dishes

Grilled Honey Garlic Pork Chops Grilled Summer Vegetables, and Chicken Black Bean and Avocado Salad (using grilled chicken)

Microwave dishes

Oriental Pea Pods And Carrots

No cook dishes

Cucumber Bagel sandwich, and Carrot and Celery Sticks





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