Hubby and I have been working on keeping a food budget. I’ve set a weekly budget as of last week, but we’ve been having trouble staying under. We’d like to try to stick to the budget so we can save money for home repairs and upgrades, so we’re working to stay closer to our budgets and carrying forward negative balances so we can even out.

Tonight, I decided to make lasagna because it’s cheap, easy, and lasts for more than 1 meal. We intended for this meal to carry us to the next budget, which is a good thing because we’re already $10 over (which is better than the $30 we were over last week!).

I decided to do a play on my usual TCL Easy Lasagna by adding some frozen, chopped spinach to make this more of a complete meal. Click here for recipe.

Here are some photos from tonight’s cooking:

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Here’s where the variation came into play: Follow the original recipe but mix up the ricotta with the frozen spinach (thaw and squeeze excess water our first) and an egg. Substitute egg mixture where I referenced just ricotta in the original recipe.

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Layering up.

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Side Salad: Earlier this week, I did a play on a Clean Eating Magazine recipe and made a quick side dish of chick peas, red pepper, heirloom tomato with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I topped tonight’s romaine salads with some of that chick pea side and it made for an excellent salad topping, indeed!

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I used up the rest of the foccacia from this past weekend. It keeps so well in the freezer and is a cinch to heat up in the oven with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkling of salt. Tastes like fresh-baked bread when you do it right.

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Three plates tonight because our realtor came over to talk business…and because she’s our friend. Surprisingly to me (prob not for you seasoned home buyers), we still have more negotiations on the house. Ugh, I just want the process to be over with! There are a couple things we found out that I don’t exactly love about the house, so I hope they don’t turn into dealbreakers, which they just may end up being. But, let’s hope not.

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Such a great meal…wonder why we didn’t eat lasagna more growing up? So glad I put spinach in this, too. I suppose you could count the salad as our “veggie”, but you can’t really have enough veggies, can you? I don’t think so.

Reader Question: Did you have a dealbreaker ever in a house buying/selling situation? What was it? What were the results of your situation?