May 21: Smoked salmon on an onion bagel; Meatloaf with cauliflower mash and brown gravy


Wild caught smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers on an onion bagel. What’s not to like?

  • Smoked salmon is normally $5.99 for the 4oz pack, but today it was on special at $1 off, with another $1 coupon, or $2 a serve
  • The pack of six onion bagels is $1.99 or 33c per serve
  • The avocado was a bargain at 39c or 20c per serve
  • Add 5c for capers.

Lunch today cost $2.58 per serve.


Two pounds of Prather Ranch dry-aged ground beef in the freezer was calling to us and a beef meatloaf answered. Paired with mashed cauliflower and brown gravy it makes a great diner-esque meal.

We chose Barefoot Contessa’s classic recipe with 2 lb of beef. Because we get a direct-from-farmer meat delivery, the dry-aged ground beef was around $8 a pound.

The secret to successful cauliflower mash is to let it steam off moisture after the boiling/pressure cooking. Otherwise the mash ends up too sloppy. Mash the cauliflower and parsnip or use a Cuisinart like we do, with some butter, lemon, garlic and sea salt to taste.  (But a quick search will find many interesting variations on the basic recipe.)

  • 2 lb of grass fed, dry-aged beef cost $8.00 per lb or $2.00 per serve.
  • A small organic cauliflower cost $2.97 and was shared among two, or $1.43 per serve per serve
  • Onions add another 15c per serve
  • As an alternative to chicken stock plus tomato paste, we used tomato juice for 12c per serve
  • Eggs add 25c per serve
  • Add in another 27c for seasonings, Worcestershire sauce and bread crumbs
  • 8 oz Panko breadcrumbs are $2.99 and we used half, or 38c per serve
  • The prepared brown gravy is $2.00 per pack, or 67c per serve.

The meatloaf had great texture and flavor, and cost $5.27 per serve.


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