Aug 3: Avocado and Sardine Sandwiches; Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce, Vietnamese Slaw and Rice Noodles


You can’t make just one sardine and avocado sandwich, so we each had one.

  • An avocado is $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • Lightly smoked sardines in olive oil are $1.69 per can, or 85c per serve
  • Two slices of bread are 39c.

Lunch today was pretty good – it’s an Alton Brown favorite – for $1.99 per serve.


Yesterday we took a pack of Cross Rib Steak (from Prather Ranch) and marinated it over night and through the day. It was then cut, speared on skewers and perfectly grilled.

Served with a spicy Thai peanut sauce, Vietnamese Salad and rice noodles, it turned out to be a really good combination.

  • The cross rib steak was $6.02 or $3.01 per serve
  • The shredded green cabbage was 42c for the pack, or 14c per serve
  • The ingredients for the sauce add another 35c per serve
  • Mint cost 50c and we used half, or 8c per serve
  • The bunch of carrots was 89c but we used half in this dish, or 15c per serve
  • The limes for the dressing were 19c each (bargain) and we used four, but only about half the juice was used – 13c per serve
  • The peanut butter was $3.99 and we used about 1/4 in the recipe or 50c a serve
  • Add 40c for the spices in the sauce per serve
  • Rice noodles are $3.56 per 14oz box, we used about 1/2 of the box, or 90c per serve.

The peanut sauce oozed down into the noodles to make a tasty mouthful. The spiciness of the peanut sauce was a great complement to the beef, while the crisp, wet salad helped keep all in balance for $5.66 per serve.

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