Feb 26: Sweet & Spicy Tuna; Pizza

Lunch

With the sudden change in plans we were home with limited lunch options, so a simple sandwich of Sweet & Spicy Tuna had to suffice.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 77c per serve
  • The Sweet & Spicy Tuna is 99c per serve.

A decent enough sandwich for $1.76 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight was our monthly User Group followed by Pizza where we each contribute $10.00.

Feb 24: Guacamole with Sweet & Spicy Tuna; Beef Stew with Red Wine, Mushrooms and Bacon with Farro

Lunch

We both had the same sandwich today in order to use up the Guacamole as we expected to be away for four nights. (It didn’t happen that way, but that’s another story.) Paired with Sweet & Spicy Tuna, Garlic Spread and Capers it was pretty good.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 77c per serve
  • Guacamole is $1.10 per serve
  • Sweet & Spicy Tuna is 99c per serve
  • Add 30c for Capers and Garlic Spread.

A surprisingly good combination for $3.16 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we finished the Beef Stew with Red Wine, Mushrooms and Bacon with Farro for $4.48 per serve.

Feb 23: Frittata; Sous Vidé Pork Loin Chops with Apple Endive Salad

Lunch

Today we cooked up half a pack of Trader Joe’s Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions, and topped with beaten eggs and cooked as a Frittata.

  • The Roasted Potatoes with Peppers and Onions is $2.99 for the pack, but we used half, or 75c per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c each or $1.02 per serve.

We ate two quarters each, it was that good, for $1.77 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we had a repeat of our Sous Vidé Pork Chops with Apple Endive Salad.

  • The Pork Chops were $13.34 or $6.67 per serve
  • Pink Lady Apple was 79c or 40c per serve
  • The Belgian Endive is $2.69 or $1.35 per serve
  • Add 40c for Coffee Rub, Apple Cider Vinegar and Oil.

The Coffee Rub was a great addition, with the subtle coffee flavor in every bite. They were cooked to perfection and the Apple Endive Salad was a perfect balance. A very good meal for $8.82 per serve.

Feb 22: Gyro; Beef Stew with Red Wine, Mushrooms and Bacon with Farro

Lunch

I’m not sure if we used going to Home Depot or Lowes just because they’re near the New York Chicken and Gyro, but is a pattern, and once again we had a Lamb Gyro for $8.17 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

While technically we can’t call it Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew with Red Wine, Mushrooms and Bacon)but it is a classic French recipe that we served with Farro. We will get four serves from this meal.

  • The beef was around $3.12 per serve
  • Carrots were $1.00 or 25c per serve
  • A onion was 50c or 13c per serve
  • The wine is $1.50 for 1.5 cups or 38c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for seasoning, gelatin, garlic and oils
  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve.

We really enjoyed this. The gelatin substitutes for slow cooked connective tissue for an unctuous mouth feel, and the slow cook released a lot of flavor. The farro balanced the meat dish perfectly for $4.48 per serve.

Feb 21: Turmeric-Coconut Curry with Panini Roll; Thai-Style Cod à la Nage with Edamame

Lunch

For lunch we had the remaining serves of the Turmeric-Coconut Curry with a hot Panini Roll.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Curry is $3.91 per serve.

An enjoyable lunch for $4.54 per serve.

Dinner

For this week’s Fishy Friday, we returned to Thai-Style Cod à la Nage with Edamame.

  • The cod fillets were six for $12.99 or $2.17 per serve
  • Coconut milk was $1.89 or 95c per serve
  • Limes were 68c or 34c per serve
  • A Red Onion works out at 21c per serve
  • Add 55c per serve for fish sauce, garlic, chili, ginger and seasoning

The poached cod was tender and flakey, with a very flavorsome broth that wasn’t overly spicy for $4.12 per serve.

Feb 20: Smoked Turkey Breast & Swiss, Lemon Pepper Tuna & Swiss; Grilled Eggplant with Peanut Sauce and Peanut Crispy Noodle Salad

Today we decided on a couple of toasted sandwiches to share: Smoked Turkey Breast & Swiss, Lemon Pepper Tuna & Swiss. Both featured Garlic Spread on the bread.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 77c a serve
  • Swiss is 34c a serve
  • Lemon Pepper Tuna is 99c a pouch, or 50c per serve
  • The Smoked Turkey Breast is 58c per serve
  • Add 30c for Garlic Spread.

The Lemon Pepper Tuna worked well with the Garlic Spread and was definitely the most successful of the two sandwiches. Satisfying at $2.59 per serve.

Dinner

Although Thursday night has evolved from Steak Night Thursday Night, to more of “protein featured” Thursday night (mostly) grilled outdoor. Since we had a left over Eggplant we decided to grill it and top with Peanut Sauce.

The challenge with grilling Eggplant is that the flesh side sticks when it comes in contact with the grill bars, but if you don’t turn it – as we did tonight – the bitter liquid pools in the Eggplant in an unpleasant way. We’ve concluded that the best option is sliced rounds in the oven.

  • The Eggplant was $2.98, but we only used one, or 75c per serve
  • Add 25c for dressing ingredients
  • The peanut butter was $1.99 and we used about 1/2,  or 25c a serve
  • Other seasonings in the Peanut Sauce add 35c per serve
  • Add 50c for marinade ingredients
  • The Salad was $1.25 per serve.

Most of the Salad was left uneaten as we felt it wasn’t that good. Overall, this was rather an unsuccessful meal. As well as the Salad, the Eggplant had retained the bitter liquid that should have been driven off, and was much less enjoyable than we’ve had in the past. A largely uneaten meal for $3.35 per serve.

Feb 19: Baked Beans and Egg on Toast; Tumeric-Coconut Curry

Lunch

For lunch we toasted some Dave’s Killer Bread, layered on some Trader Joe’s Giant Baked Beans and topped with a fried egg.

A nice change from sandwiches for $1.90 per serve.

Dinner

Since we get a pound of ground pork in every month’s meat delivery, we turned to Turmeric Coconut Curry with Pork again.

We substituted a salad mix for the cabbage because we have it (and it tastes better).

  • The pork came from our meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cost $8.31 or $$2.08 per serve
  • Add 45c for onion, ginger and turmeric
  • Coconut milk was $1.89 or 48c per serve
  • Bok Choy was $1.29 and we used half, or 65c per serve
  • Almond flakes were $2.49 but we used only 1/5 or 25c per serve
  • Add 33c per serve for brown rice
  • Add 30c for the salad greens.

Dinner tonight had a good balance of heat. The bok choy provided a nice textural alternative to the pork and rice. A decent meal for $4.54 per serve. We felt the Greek Yoghurt added nothing and we took it off.

Feb 18: Turkey, Swiss & Kumato; Black Pepper Beef

Lunch

We repeated yesterday’s lunch of toasted Smoked Turkey Breast, Swiss and Kumato toasted sandwiches.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 77c per serve
  • Swiss is 34c per slice
  • The Smoked Turkey Breast is 58c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Add 30c for Garlic Spread.

A decent sandwich for $2.69 per serve.

Dinner

We once again had some odd “ends” of Fillet so we diced it and prepared it in a Black Pepper Beef with Black Rice.

  • Keller Crafted no longer put pricing not he package, so we estimate the Fillet to be about $5.40 per serve
  • Bell Peppers were 95c or 48c per serve
  • Chipotle powder adds 10c per serve
  • Onion and garlic add 25c per serve
  • Brown Rice adds 33c per serve
  • Add 50c for the other ingredients.

This was definitely better with the Fillet and very enjoyable for $7.36 per serve.

Feb 17: Turkey, Swiss & Kumato; Stir-fried Eggplant with Tempeh Crumbles

Lunch

A simple toasted sandwich of Smoked Turkey Breast, Swiss and Kumato.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 77c per serve
  • Swiss is 34c per slice
  • The Smoked Turkey Breast is 58c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Add 30c for Garlic Spread.

A decent sandwich for $2.69 per serve.

Dinner

A new recipe Stir-fried Eggplant with Tempeh Crumbles for our Meatless Monday.

  • The three grain tempeh is $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The Eggplant was $2.98, but we only used one, or 75c per serve
  • Add 50c for the other ingredients.

A decent meal for $2.25 per serve, but we felt the Tempeh could have used more toasting in the pan.