May 20: Chicken, Avocado and Blue Cheese Wrap; Braised Beef and Mushrooms with Cheesy Grits and Asparagus


The chicken, avocado, blue cheese and bacon wrap was so good, we repeated it, but without bacon because we ran out!

  • The flatbread is 50c per serve
  • The roast chicken is $9.99 for the bird, but we used 1/2 one breast, or 63c per serve
  • The avocado was $1.50 or 75c per serve
  • Blue cheese crumbles are $3.49 for the pack but we used only a fraction or 12c per serve.

Lunch today cost $2.00 per serve and was still a great wrap without the bacon.


Greg has been wanting to try this Braised Beef and Mushroom recipe for more than a week, from back when the weather was more suitable for stews, unlike today’s hot temperature.

The original recipe uses four pounds of beef, while we had about 3/4 pound. Mushrooms were also reduced, but other elements stayed the same for a flavor packed meal. Served with cheesy grits and asparagus spears.

Counter-intuitively asparagus is more tender when the spears are thick and these were excellent, simply steamed.

  • The cross rib steak cost $6.64, or $3.32 per serve
  • Shitake mushrooms are $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • The carton of beef broth was $2.49 and we used half, or 63c per serve
  • Add 50c for onion, garlic and seasonings
  • The asparagus was $4.07 but we used half, or $1.02 per serve
  • The 10 grain ‘hot cereal’ is $5.99 for a 25oz pack, but we used about 1/4 or 75c per serve.

Dinner tonight cost $7.72 and was delicious. The cereal alternative to grits isn’t as sweet, which we prefer. The asparagus was steamed to perfection with great flavor and exactly the right texture.

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