Apr 5: Chicken Breast, Kumato on Panini Roll; Corned Beef, Cabbage and Carrots

Lunch

We took the remaining Chicken Breast and heated it while the Panini Rolls were finishing. Spread with Garlic Spread and paired with Kumato, it was a very tasty lunch.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c per serve
  • The Chicken Breast is 88c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

Fortunately the Chicken reheated without drying in a good sandwich for $2.61 per serve.

Dinner

It’s been a while since we last had Corned Beef Top Round, a.k.a. Silverside, so we pressure cooked one we’d put away, and finished with boiled Cabbage and Carrots.

  • The Corned Beef was $18.98 after all discounts, or $4.75 per serve
  • The cabbage was 38c, or 13c per serve
  • Carrots add 82c per serve
  • Half and Half is $1.99 and we used half or 50c per serve
  • Add 20c for flour and onion.

A really good meal for $6.40 per serve.

Apr 4: Spinach & Halloumi Frittata; Cottage Pie

Lunch

We had some spinach remaining, and – in the absence of Feta – some Halloumi which we fried up in a Frittata.

  • Pastured Eggs are 51c each or $1.02 per serve
  • Spinach adds 30c per serve
  • The Halloumi was $4.44 or $2.22 per serve.

Feta would have definitely bought more flavor, but it was still pretty good for $3.54 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we finished the Cottage Pie for $4.07 per serve, and as tasty as it was, it still didn’t photograph well!

Apr 3: Heuvos Rancheros; Korma Fish Curry with Sugar Snap Peas

Lunch

For today’s lunch we picked up Heuvos Rancheros from our La Fiesta nearby, for $10.00 per serve, with tax and tip.

Dinner

The heart of tonight’s meal was a frozen Fish Korma from Trader Joes for $3.69 per serve. It was flavorsome and certainly not bland with a definite spiced heat to it. We paired with Sugar Snap Peas for 44c extra, or $4.13 per serve.

Apr 2: BBQ Chicken, Kumato & Garlic Spread on Fresh Baguette; Heritage Pork Chop with Apple Endive Salad

Lunch

An essential shopping trip took us to Jon’s market where we always pick up a Baguette and Roast Chicken. Fortunately both were available this trip. Along with a Kumato and some Garlic Spread this is a great sandwich.

  • The Baguette is $2.99 and we shared half for lunch, or 75c per serve
  • The Chicken is $6.99 and we shared ¼ or 88c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

As always, simple, but great ingredients make a great sandwich for $2.83 per serve.

Dinner

Our Keller Crafted Meat Box last month included two 10oz, bone-in Heritage Pork Chops, which we sous vidé to a perfect medium rare, then fried off in Butter for a little crust. The Heritage Pork has a lot more fat marbling the meat.

  • The Pork Chops were about $9.70 per serve
  • The endive were $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • The Apple was 48c or 24c peer serve
  • Add 30c for dressing ingredients.

We’ve had this salad before, but always left out the Honey from the dressing recipe in the past. As we had some unfiltered Honey we decided to follow the recipe, added the Honey and it was a definite improvement to an already good salad.

We probably cannot rave enough about tonight’s Pork Chops. The Pork from Keller Crafted is usually pretty good, but tonight Chops were exceptional. They were well marbled with fat, which melted perfectly in the sous vidé process. The quick Butter fry gave us a little tasty crust and a hint of butter.

The Salad was the perfect, sharp balance to counter the fat, culminating in one of the best meals we’ve had in a long time. Definitely the best Pork ever, for $10.99 per serve.

Apr 1: Bahn Mi; Cottage Pie

Lunch

As much as we don’t want to be out of the house, we also want to support local restaurants so they stay in business. Today we picked up a Bahn Mi from Pho Saigon 1, for $10.00 with tax and tip.

Dinner

A Cottage Pie – the beef version of a Shepherd’s Pie – is a warm, filling dish, but it sure makes a lot of dirty dishes! We get four serves from the ‘pie.’

  • The ground beef is $10.16 or $2.54 per serve
  • The potatoes were $2.20 or 55c per serve
  • Add 35c for carrot, onion and celery
  • Beef stock is $1.99 but we used ¼ or 13c per serve
  • Add 20c per serve for butter
  • Add 30c per serve for flour and seasonings.

It was definitely warming and filling for $4.07 per serve. Image coming at the second serving, because they present better!

March 2020 Summary and Review

During March we not only continued the home renovation, although without having to leave home, had Foodie Greg’s niece stay with us for a week, just as Los Angeles County headed into lockdown due to the Vovid-19 virus.

Instead of dining in at our favorite local restaurants, she got to experience them as take away. It’s also pretty clear that there are some meals that are best eaten quickly after being prepared.

Also due to the lockdown there were no meetings this month, but we did eat down near LAX when collecting said niece. The other “not prepared at home” meals not prepared at home were left over Gyros we’d over ordered at lunch.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.45 ($2.43 in February)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $9.13 ($11.36)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.83 ($6.55)
  • Dinner eaten out: $15.87 ($10.00).

Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month’s average is almost exactly the same as last mont.

We ate 12 of the 64 meals in the month that were prepared outside the home (all but two were lunch).

Our most expensive meal for the month was lunch from The Country Deli (take out) at $22.16 per serve.

Our most expensive (and only) meal out was at Truxton’s, where the Foodies had some very good Poke and the meal averaged $24.24 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 27% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Dinners at home cost 37% of those prepared outside the home, although the true number should be 24% if we exclude the Gyros.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $283.03 per person in January. We actually spent $46.55 for lunches at home plus $109.57 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $156.12 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $491.97 per person. We actually spent $169.13 for dinners at home and $31.74 for dinners out, or $200.87 in total.

This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is $424.01 and we had a lot more control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 22 different recipes for evening meals.

Mar 31: Avocado & Turkey, Hummus & Sprouts; Spanish “Tapas” Tray

Lunch

Our shared sandwiches today were an Avocado & Turkey Breast & a Hummus & Sprouts.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 77c per serve
  • The Smoked Turkey Breast is 58c per serve
  • The avocado was four for $2.99 and we shared one, or 38c per serve
  • Sprouts add 30c per serve
  • Garlic Spread adds 40c per serve.

Decent sandwiches for $2.43 per serve.

Dinner

We took a Spanish Tapas Tray from Aldi with Salami, Chorizo, Manchego and Olives, added some Almonds, Pickled Onions and Grapes and had a meal.

  • The Tapas Tray was $9.99 or $5.00 per serve
  • Almonds cost $5.99, but we only used about 1/8th the pack, or 38c per serve
  • A large bunch of Grapes was $3.92 and we shared about ¼, or 50c per serve
  • Pickled onion adds about 10c per serve.

There is a lot of food in that Tapas Tray from Aldi. There was about twice the food of a Whole Foods tray for the same price at Christmas!

We took a walk between starting on the tray outside, and continuing the meal inside. A deliciousness and filling meal for $5.98 per serve.

Mar 30: Egg Salad & Sprouts, Smoked Turkey, Kumato & Swiss; Soy Chorizo Chili

Lunch

Today’s shared sandwiches were Egg Salad & Sprouts on one, Smoked Turkey, Kumato & Swiss on the other.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 77c per serve
  • Swiss adds 34c per slice or 17c per serve
  • The Smoked Turkey Breast is 58c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • Sprouts add 30c per serve
  • Garlic Spread adds 50c per serve.

Decent sandwiches for $2.67 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we repeated the Creamy Corn and Soy Chorizo. We substituted Beans for the Potato, because it’s a Chili, not a Chowder!

The recipe make3 six serves.

  • Soy Chorizo is $2.29 or 58c per serve
  • We used two cans of beans at 99c each, or 33c per serve
  • Bone Broth is $2.99 or 50c per serve
  • Onion adds 10c per serve
  • Celery adds 10c per serve
  • Carrot adds 13c per serve
  • Other ingredients add 10c per serve
  • Avocado and Greek Yogurt add 50c per serve.

Once gain we were pleasantly surprised at how good this was. It had a good depth of flavor, with a little spice from the Chorizo.. Not just a good meatless meal, but a good Chili for $2.24 per serve.

Mar 29: Roasted Potato with Peppers Frittata; Bavarian Bratwurst with Choucroute

Lunch

Being Sunday lunch we took a little more time and cooked (reheated) some frozen Roasted Potato with Peppers, then added Eggs to make a Frittata.

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  • The Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions is $2.99 for the pack, but we used half, or 75c per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c each or $1.02 per serve.

We ate two quarters each, it was that good, for $1.77 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we prepared a simple Choucroute to serve with our Bavarian Bratwurst.

  • The Bratwurst were $4.49 or $2.25 per serve
  • Baby carrots add 45c per serve
  • The Sauerkraut was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Add 50c for Rose
  • Add 40c for other ingredients.

A very enjoyable meal with a good balance of flavors for $4.60 per serve.

Mar 28: Tuna, Avocado & Sprouts on an Onion Bagel; Pork and Mushroom Stir Fry

Lunch

We almost repeated yesterday’s sandwich but substituted a Tuna pack instead.

  • Five Bagels were $2.89 or 58c per serve
  • The avocado was four for $2.99 and we shared one, or 38c per serve
  • Tuna pouches are 99c per serve
  • The Sprouts are $2.99 and we use ¼ per sandwich, or 38c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

Another decent sandwich for $2.73 per serve. Foodie Philip had the Sweet & Spicy Tuna, while Foodie Greg was less impressed with plain Tuna.

Dinner

Tonight we had simple stir-fry using the Pork from our meat box.

Always looking for ways to use Ground Pork or Ground Beef, we settled on a new recipe: Pork with Caramelized Mushrooms and Peas. We substituted edamame for snow peas tonight.

  • The pork came from our meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cost $8.31 or $4.16 per serve
  • The Mushrooms were $2.49, or $1.25 per serve
  • The Sprouts are $2.99 and we used half, or 75c per serve
  • Add 40c for other ingredients
  • Shelled edamame was $1.29 or 33c per serve.

This was a pretty tasty stir fry for $6.89 per serve.