Apr 27: Chicken, Avocado, Tomato & Garlic Sandwich; Smothered Pork Chops with Brown Rice

Lunch

With the baguette gone, it was back to toasted sandwiches. Today we used the other chicken breast, an avocado and kumato with the garlic spread and it was really good!

  • The chicken is $6.99 and we shared a breast, or 88c per serve
  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • Five kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 35c per serve
  • The garlic spread is $2.99 for the container and we used about 1/10 or 15c per serve
  • The avocado was 44c per serve.

A really tasty sandwich for $2.14 per serve.

Dinner

We’re always looking for new ways to cook the meat we get from (now) Keller Crafted meats and tonight we though our thin cut pork chops would be good smothered with brown rice. The sauce makes four serves, so there was leftover.

  • The pork chops were $10.95 or $5.47 per serve
  • Organic bell pepper was $1.99 or 50c per serve
  • Chicken broth was $4.38 or 55c per serve
  • Add 40c for onion, celery and garlic
  • Heavy cream is $3.29 per pint, but we used only 1/8 or 12c per serve
  • Add 20c for other ingredients.

We felt the sauce was a little lacking in depth, despite the hot sauce, but was tasty enough. We cooked our thin cut pork chops way less than recommended for the thick cut of the recipe, so they were not overcooked. A good meal for $7.24 per serve.

Apr 26: BBQ Chicken, Tomato on a Baguette; NY Strip Steak with Cauliflower Gnocchi in a Blue Cheese Sauce

Lunch

Today were were able to get to Jon’s and pick up a BBQ chicken and baguette. Instead of mayonnaise we used the garlic spread we’ve been enamored of lately. We also substituted the moon touched (semi-dried) tomatoes for more intense flavor.

  • The chicken is $6.99 and we shared a breast, or 88c per serve
  • The baguette is $2.79 and we shared half for lunch, or 70c per serve
  • Tomatoes were $2.79 and we used ¼ today, or 35c per serve
  • Add 30c for garlic spread.

The garlic spread really elevates this simple roll, for $2.23 per serve.

Dinner

Thursday night is traditionally our ‘steak night’ and tonight we followed tradition with NY Strip Steak, paired with a creamy blue cheese gnocchi. The  gnocchi was made from cauliflower, but you’d never know.

  • The steak was $18.62 or $9.31 per serve
  • The gnocchi was $2.69 or $1.35 per serve
  • Blue cheese crumbles were $3.49 and we used half or 87c per serve
  • Heavy cream is $3.29 per pint, but we used only ¼ or 42c per serve
  • Organic frozen peas were $1.99 per pack or 50c per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients
  • Brown rice adds 33c per serve.

You would never know you were eating cauliflower, as the gnocchi and sauce were very tasty and balanced well with the steak. An expensive meal at $13.08 per serve, but mostly because of the excellent, dry aged beef we get from Prather Ranch (rebranding to Keller Crafted Meats).

Apr 25: Spinach, Feta & Garlic Spread Toasted Sandwich; Pizza

Lunch

Even thought the weather is warming, we still prefer our lunch sandwiches toasted. This worked well today as toasting the sandwich softened the feta. This was a really good combination.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The feta is $6.49 and we used half, or $1.63 per serve
  • The pack of spinach was $2.50 and we used about ⅛ on the sandwiches, or 16c per serve
  • The garlic spread is $2.99 for the container and we used about 1/10 or 15c per serve.

We’re finding the Trader Joe’s Garlic Spread/Dip to be a great substitute for mayonnaise on our lunch sandwiches. Today’s was particularly good for $2.26 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight was LACPUG night, so dinner is pizza afterward where we now contribute $10 per person.

Apr 24: Sushi; Vegetable Gyoza Potstickers

Lunch

The Foodies were at an on-site software demonstration and the host invited us to lunch, so we ended up having some rather good sushi.

Dinner

We decided on a very simple meal of the Thai Vegetable Gyoza from Trader Joe’s done potsticker style. We served with a dip created from sweet chili sauce, lime juice and fish sauce.

  • The gyoza were $3.99, or $2.00 per serve
  • Add 30c for dip ingredients.

Dinner tonight was actually pretty good for $2.30 per serve.

Apr 23: Ham, Kumato & Garlic Spread/Dip; Yard House

Lunch

Another direct repeat of the  tomato and garlic spread, but today we added more garlic spread, and some shaved ham.

  • Baked ham is 63c per serve and we shared half a serve, or 16c
  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • Five kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 35c per serve
  • The garlic spread is $2.99 for the container and we used about 1/10 or 15c per serve.

Two tasty sandwiches for 98c per serve.

Dinner

As a variation on Gordon Biersch for our monthly developer get together we decided on the new Yard House in Burbank after our positive experience in Las Vegas.

Foodie Philip once again ordered the Spicy Jambalaya he’d enjoyed during NAB week, and Foodie Greg had a Cuban Pork Dip.

The meals cost an average of $21.65 with tax and tip.

The Jambalaya, which is a somewhat deconstructed interpretation of the classic stew, was excellent again. Foodie Greg’s Cuban was “okay.”

Apr 22: Ham, Tomato & Garlic Spread Sandwich; Seared Sea Scallops with Avocado and Mango Salad

Lunch

We had to repeat yesterday’s tomato and garlic spread, but today we added more garlic spread, and some shaved ham.

  • Baked ham is 63c per serve and we shared half a serve, or 16c
  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • Five kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 35c per serve
  • The garlic spread is $2.99 for the container and we used about 1/10 or 15c per serve.

Two tasty sandwiches for 98c per serve.

Dinner

A return to a favorite meal: Seared Sea Scallops with an Avocado Mango salad.

Foodie Greg prepared the scallops by defrosting then salting and drying between two sheets of paper toweling to reduce moisture on the scallops, which helps the sear.

We had a different mango – a honey mango – that we preferred because this variety, while small, is less sweet than the more common Haden (from Mexico) that we get around here.

  • Frozen wild caught seas scallops were $14.99 or $7.50 per serve
  • Baby spinach was $2.50 and we used half, or 63c per serve
  • Three honey mangos were 99c or 50c per serve
  • The avocado was $2.99 for a bag of five or 60c per serve
  • Add 20c for dressing.

The scallops were seared and translucent and the honey mangos in the salad elevated it. All in all a good meal for $9.43 per serve.

Apr 21: Tomato & Garlic Spread Toasted Sandwich; Ham and Semi-dried Tomato “Cobb”

Lunch

We have discovered Trader Joe’s Garlic Spread/Dip and it goes very well with tomatoes in a toasted sandwich. Very well.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • Five kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 35c per serve
  • The garlic spread is $2.99 for the container and we used about 1/10 or 15c per serve.

Two tasty sandwiches for 82c per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we created another Cobb Salad variation using ham and moon kissed (semi-dried) tomatoes, along with avocado, egg and burrata on a bed of dress spinach.

  • The bake ham is 63c per serve and we had 1/2 serve each, or 32c per serve.
  • A pastured egg is 50c
  • We substituted semi-dried tomatoes – about ⅓ each of the $2.79 of tomatoes we dehydrated, or 93c per serve
  • Spinach is $1.99 and we used 1/8 or 13c per serve
  • The avocado was $2.99 for a bag of five or 60c per serve
  • The burrata was $4.99 for two, or $2.50 per serve.

Tonight’s Cobb Salad was a good variation for $4.98 per serve.

Apr 20: Afghani Pita Pockets; Tostadas with Avocado, Cuban Black Beans, Fried Egg and Salsa

Lunch

It’s been a while since we had the pita pockets from Skewers Halal, who’s servings are huge for $9.80 per serve, including tax., The chicken and beef were as good as they always have been.

Dinner

After such a large lunch we opted for something simpler and smaller for dinner, settling on tostadas smeared with avocado, onto which were piled Cuban style black beans, topped with a fried egg and garnished with salsa and cotija.

  • The tostadas are 22 for $2.29 or 21c per serve
  • Pastured eggs are 50c each, or $1.00 per serve
  • The beans are $1.00 per can or 50c per serve
  • The avocados are $2.99 for five, or 30c per serve
  • Add 40c for salsa and a dusting of cotija cheese.

Dinner was very tasty and a lot more filling than you’d think. A good meal for $2.41 per serve.

Apr 19: Ham, Avocado & Shallot; Bone In Pork Chop with Apple & Endive Salad

Lunch

We repeated the ham and avocado sandwich from yesterday, but added thinly sliced shallot and toasted the sandwich. It was a big improvement on yesterdays’.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The bake ham is 63c per serve and we had ⅛ serve each, or 8c per serve.
  • The avocados are $2.99 for five, or 30c per serve
  • Add 25c for mustard aioli and shallot.

Today’s sandwich was a big improvement on yesterday’s. The shallot provided a little crunch for textual variation and created an almost Asian flavor overtone that was quite interesting for 95c per serve.

Dinner

A favorite, and huge meat blowout, are the bone in pork chops from Prather Ranch. Like all Prather Ranch meat these are dry aged and very tender when sous vidé to the perfect temperature and then fried off in butter!

The Apple and Endive salad was a perfect accompaniment providing crisp tartness and a little bitterness.

  • The pork chops were $11.08 per serve
  • The Opal apple was $1.29 or 65c per serve
  • The three pack of Belgian Endive was $2.69 but we only used two, or 45c per serve
  • Add 50c for dressing ingredients.

While expensive at $12.68, this was an excellent meal that would have been 4-5 times more expensive at a restaurant.

 

Apr 18: Ham & Avocado Sandwiches; Black Pepper Beef with Brown Rice

Lunch

For the first time in months we didn’t toast our sandwich! Today’s ham, avocado and mustard sandwiches were enjoyed outside.

  • Two slices of bread are 32c per serve
  • The bake ham is 63c per serve and we had ⅛ serve each, or 8c per serve.
  • The avocados are $2.99 for five, or 30c per serve
  • Add 20c for mustard aioli.

Today’s sandwich needed a little crunch but was otherwise okay for 90c per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we returned to a favorite: black pepper beef with brown rice.

  • Just over a pound of “beef for fajita” from our Prather Ranch delivery was $14.13 or $7.06 per serve
  • The pack of bell peppers was $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
  • Onion and garlic add 25c per serve
  • Add 50c for the other ingredients
  • Add 33c for brown rice.

Dinner tonight was very acceptable: tasty and filling without being amazing! Not bad for $9.39 per serve