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

Lunch

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.

Dinner

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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