May 30: Smoked Trout & Avocado Sandwich; Stir-fry Pork with Green Beans and Brown Rice

Lunch

Today we experimented with an Aldi 12 Grain Bread around an Avocado and Smoked Trout Sandwich.

  • The Avocado was 31c or 16c per serve
  • We shared a $3.49 can of Smoked Trout, or $1.75 per serve
  • Aldi 12 Grain Bread is 22c per slice
  • Garlic Spread adds 50c per serve.

Unfortunately the Aldi Bread was pretty boring, but the 31c Avocado from there was good! A decent sandwich for $2.63c per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we experimented with a new recipe: Easy Stir-Fried Pork With String Beans, although we substituted Green Beans.

  • The Green Beans were $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • The pork was $8.99 or $4.50 per serve
  • Add 35c for other ingredients
  • Add 33c for Brown Rice.

This was rather a disappointing recipe as it lacked flavor and seasoning, for $6.68.

May 29: Bacon, Baked Beans & Fried Egg on Toast; Wild Caught Salmon on Soyccotash

Lunch

While apparently not truly an “English Breakfast” we grew up thinking Bacon, Baked Beans and Eggs on Toast was British in origin.

  • Bacon was $4.99 and we used four of 10 slices, or 50c per serve
  • Aldi 12 Grain Bread is 22c per slice
  • Trader Joes Giant Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce cost $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • A Free Range Large Egg is 21c per serve.

While the Free Range Egg isn’t similar to our preferred Pastured Eggs, it was still a good meal for $1.92 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight’s simple Fishy Friday meal was a Salmon Filet on Soyccotash, which is Succotash with Edamame.

  • The Salmon Fillets were $7.80 for two or $3.90 per serve
  • The Soyccotash was $2.29 and we used half, or 58c per serve.

This is a very simple, quick and tasty meal for $4.48 per serve.

May 28: Rissole, Tomato & Smoked Cheddar Roll; Rib Eye with Steak Fries, Side Salad and Blue Cheese Butter

Lunch

For lunch we heated a Rissole each and put it in a hot Panini Roll with Smoked Cheddar and Tomato.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • Rissole is $1.02 per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar is 36c per serve
  • Tomato adds 65c per serve
  • Add 30c for Garlic Spread.

A tasty roll for $2.96 per serve.

Dinner

Thursday night’s steak was a Rib Eye served with Garden Salad and Steak Fries.

  • The Rib Eye from our Keller Crafted meat box is around $8.41 per serve
  • The Steak Fries were $1.65 and we used about half, or 42c per serve
  • Spinach adds 35c per serve
  • The cherry tomatoes were $2.99 and we used 1/4 or 38c per serve
  • Add 15c for dressing ingredients.

A tasty meal for $9.71 per serve.

May 27: Ham & Smokey Cheddar Bagel; Bratwurst with Apple Bacon Slaw

Lunch

For variety we did a Smokey Cheddar and Deli Ham Bagel with Tomato.

  • The Brioche Bagels are $2.89 for five, or 58c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar adds 36c per serve
  • The Ham is $3.29 per pack and we used 1/6 per Bagel, or 55c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

The Brioche Bagels make a decent sandwich for $2.59 per serve.

Dinner

After enjoying the Aldi Beer Bratwurst recently we decided to try their regular version, again with Apple Bacon Slaw.

  • Bratwurst were $4.49 or $2.25 per serve
  • Bacon was $4.99 and we used four of 10 slices, or 50c per serve
  • The Endive was $2.69, or $1.35 per serve
  • The Apple was $1.38 or 35c per serve
  • Add 20c for apple cider vinegar and seasoning.

We decided we preferred the Beer Bratwurst as there’s an element in the regular Bratwurst spicing that we didn’t particularly like. The Endive brings more flavor, and bitterness, than the Nappa Cabbage. Still a good meal for $4.65 per serve.

May 26: Gyro; Rissoles with Beets, Tomatoes and Caramelized Onion Cheddar

Lunch

A shopping trip had us near our favorite Gyro outlet New York Chicken and Gyro where we picked our Gyros for $8.17 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

While we loved our regular Rissole recipe, tonight we decided to try a version that had cooked rice instead of breadcrumbs as the primary binder.

  • Dry aged 85/15 ground beef $8.57 or $2.86 per serve
  • A cup of cooked rice is 34c or 11c per serve
  • A large egg is 23c or 7c per serve
  • The onion is 4c per serve
  • Spinach was $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • The cherry tomatoes were $2.99 and we used half or 75c per serve
  • Pickled beets in vinaigrette are $1.69, of which we used about ⅓ or 28c per serve
  • We used about ⅓ of the $5.75 Caramelized Onion Cheddar, or 96c per serve
  • Add 10c for Carolina BBQ sauce.

The Rice was a failure as a binder, but the Rissoles were tasty enough. A good meal for $5.55 per serve.

May 25: Smokey Cheddar & Tomato, Smoked Tuna & Capers; Crispy Rice Bowl with Spring Vegetables and a Fried Egg

Lunch

Two simple sandwiches for lunch today: Smokey Cheddar & Tomato on one, Smoked Tuna and Capers on the other.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar is 43c per slice
  • Smoked Tuna is 99c or 50c per serve
  • Tomatoes add 35c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for Capers and Garlic Spread.

Decent sandwiches for $2.52 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we tried something different for our Meatless Monday: Crispy Rice Bowl with Spring Vegetables.

  • Brown Rice is 33c per serve
  • A Large Egg is 21c per serve
  • Peppers were 24c per serve
  • Add 45c for other vegetables.

A quite tasty dinner for $1.23 per serve.

May 24: Egg in a Bagel; Black Pepper Beef

Lunch

We repeated our Egg in a Bagel Hole, but today with an Everything Bagel from Aldi.

  • The Everything Bagels are $1.99 for six, or 33c per serve
  • Large Eggs are 21c each, or an average of 42c per serve
  • A small Tomato adds 31c per serve.

The combination worked well with the Bagel toasted first. Not bad for $1.06 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we returned to the Black Pepper Beef Stir Fry and served with Brown Rice.

  • The top sirloin was $3.52 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.

A very enjoyable stir-fry for $5.18 per serve.

May 22: Mushroom Pot Roast in Panini Roll; Cod à la Nage

Lunch

We repeated the Mushroom Pot Roast in a hot Panini Roll.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Pot Roast is $3.68 per half serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

A really good sandwich for $4.81 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 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.

May 21: Cheddar & Kumato, Avocado & Lemon Pepper Tuna; Lamb Loin Chops with Raspberry Feta Salad

Lunch

Today we turned to sandwiches for lunch. We shared a Cheddar & Kumato sandwich, and an Avocado & Lemon Pepper Tuna sandwich.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Lemon Pepper Tuna is 99c per pouch or 50c per serve
  • The Avocado was 31c or 16c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Old Crock Smokey Cheddar was $5.95 or 75c per serve
  • Add 70c for Capers and Garlic Spread.

A pair of quite good sandwiches for $3.20 per serve.

Dinner

Although it’s Thursday Night Steak Night, we did Lamb Loin Chops and served with a Raspberry and Feta Salad.

  • The Lamb Loin Chops were $11.95 or $5.98 per serve
  • Raspberries were $1.69 and we used ⅔ or the punnet, or 57c per serve
  • The French (Valbreso) Feta was $10.99 but we used 1/6 or 92c per serve
  • Add 20c for Mixed Greens
  • Add 15c for Dressing ingredients.

Tonight the Loin Chops were perfectly cooked and the Raspberry Salad was a great side. A really good meal for $7.82 per serve.