Jun 29: Shin Bowl; Eggs in Purgatory

Lunch

A slightly cooler day had us turning to a Shin Noodle Bowl. A pack of four was $3.69 or 93c per serve, which proved to be quite generous and a satisfying – if spicy hot – meal. We do, however, only use one of the two flavor pouches.

Dinner

For today’s Meatless Monday we did a simple Eggs in Purgatory.

  • The Rao’s Marinara Sauce was on special for $5.99 or $3.00 per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c or $1.02 per serve
  • The Panini Roll is 63c.

A simple, but good meal for $4.65 per serve. When we first had the Marinara Sauce, it blew our socks off with flavor. After an apparent reworking of the recipe, it was good, but no longer outstanding.

Jun 28: Bacon, Eggs & Jumbo Beans on Toast; Beef Massaman

Lunch

Since it was Sunday and very cloudy and overcast, we decided on Bacon, Eggs & Jumbo Beans on Toast.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 37c per serve
  • Eggs are 51c each or an average of 77c per serve
  • Trader Joes Giant Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce cost $1.99 or $1.00 per serve.

A good meal for $2.14 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we chopped up a Chuck Roast into chunks and cooked as a Beef Massaman Curry. We served with Brown Rice.

We will have meat left over.

  • The beef was $8.84, or $4.42 per serve
  • The curry is $3.38 per can or $1.69 per serve
  • Coconut milk is $1.69 per can or 85c per serve
  • Peanuts were $2.99 but we only used half, or 75c per serve
  • Carrots add 37c per serve
  • Peal onion adds 20c per serve
  • Brown Rice adds 34c per serve.

We should have added the Peanuts, Carrots and Pearl Onions later in the cook, so the retained more structure, but it was a great curry for $8.62 per serve.

Jun 27: Smoked Salmon Bagel; Lamb Loin Chops with Feta, Mint and Raspberry Salad

Lunch

Since we had some Smoked Salmon left over from last night, we did a Brioche Bagel and served with Shallot, Neufchatel, Capers and some Spinach for crunch.

  • The Brioche Bagels are $2.89 for five, or 58c per serve
  • Smoked Salmon is $1.03 per serve
  • One ounce of Neufchatel went on each bagel, or 13c per serve
  • Add 15c for Shallot and Capers.

A pretty good sandwich for $1.89 per serve. Who cares if the Smoked Salmon inside the Bagel is pieces!

Dinner

Once again we had grilled Lamb Loin Chops with Feta, Mint and Raspberry, because it tastes so good.

  • The Lamb Loin Chops were $7.86or $3.93 per serve
  • Raspberries were $2.70 and we used ½ of the punnet, or 67c per serve
  • The Mixed Greens were $1.49 and we used half, or 38c each
  • Mint was from our garden
  • The French (Valbreso) Feta was $10.99 but we used 1/6 or 92c per serve
  • Add 30c for Mixed Greens
  • Add 15c for Dressing ingredients.

Constant experimentation has lead to the best combination of time and temperature for perfect Lamb Loin Chops. The Raspberry Feta Salad rounded out the meal for $6.35 per serve.

Jun 26: Avocado & Sardines; Smoked Salmon Pizza

Lunch

When we open a can of Sardines, we both get a full sandwich with Sardines. Today with Avocado and Garlic Spread.

  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Skinless, boneless sardines in water are $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The Avocado was 51c or 26c per serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

These Sardines were fairly mild and blended well into the sandwich, for $2.50 per serve.

Dinner

The Foodies decided to try cooking a pizza on the grill – a new experience and a bit of an experiment. We were going to put a mix of Cod and Smoked Salmon, but Foodie Greg found a great deal in Smoked Salmon trimmings, that we dropped the Cod.

  • The Smoked Salmon was $5.49 for 8oz, and we used six, or $2.06 per serve
  • The Pizza Dough was $1.29, or 65c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used one each, or 70c per serve
  • About two ounces of Neufchatel went on each Pizza, or 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for Capers and Shallot.

These worked particularly well for first try. We slightly underbred to dough, but not terribly. The flavor profile was excellent and we were both stuffed with an 8″ Pizza each, for $3.86 per serve. We’ll definitely be doing this again.

Jun 25: Deli Ham, Smokey Cheddar, Kumato & Spinach on an Everything Bagel; Sous Vidé Rib Eye with Cuban Black Bean Salad

Lunch

For variety we stacked our Deli Ham, Smokey Cheddar, Kumato & Spinach on an Everything Bagel.

  • The Everything Bagels are $1.99 for six, or 33c per serve
  • The Smokey Cheddar is 38c per serve
  • Spinach adds 30c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used two, or 70c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 55c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

The Smokey Cheddar was probably unnecessary, but it was a good sandwich for $2.66 per serve.

Dinner

Tonights Rib Eye was sous vidé in a Chimichurri marinade to exactly the way we like it, and then quickly seared to give it color.

We served with a Cuban Black Bean Salad of Black Beans, Corn and Tomato, with a Chimichurri inspired dressing. The Salad made four serves.

  • The Rib Eye from our Keller Crafted meat box is around $8.41 per serve
  • The fire roasted Corn is $2.49 per pound but we used half, or 32c per serve
  • The Baby Bell Peppers are 16c each, or 16c per serve
  • The Cherry Tomatoes were $2.99 and we used half or 38c per serve
  • Canned black beans, Cuban style, are 99c or 33c per serve
  • Add 40c for Marinade and Dressing ingredients.

The marinade gave the steak a tang from the Chimichurri Marinade during the sous vidé cook. It married well with echos of the same flavor profile in the Cuban Style Black Bean Salad. A pretty good meal for $10.00 per serve.

Jun 24: Egg Salad & Sprouts, Tuna, Capers & Shallot; Beer Bratwurst with Apple Endive Salad

Lunch

A couple of last minute sandwiches: Egg Salad & Sprouts, on one, and Tuna, Capers & Shallot on the other.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Egg Salad is $3.69 and we use about ¼ for each sandwich, or 46c per serve
  • Sprouts add 30c per serve
  • The Tuna was a “Wild Skipjack” pouch from Trader Joes for $1.79 or 90c per serve
  • Add 20c for Capers and Shallot
  • Garlic Spread adds 50c per serve.

A shared pair of decent sandwiches for $3.10 per serve.

Dinner

We returned to a simple meal: Beer Bratwurst and Apple Endive Salad.

  • Beer Bratwurst were $4.49 or $2.25 per serve
  • The endive were $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • The Apple was 48c or 24c peer serve
  • Add 30c for dressing ingredients.

A simple but good meal for $3.54 per serve.

Jun 22: Avocado & Smoked Trout; Udon Soup with Chard and a Poached Egg

Lunch

For lunch we shared a can of Smoked Trout across two sandwiches, paired with half an Avocado each.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • We shared a $3.49 can of Smoked Trout, or $1.75 per serve
  • The Avocado was 51c or 26c per serve
  • Garlic Spread adds 50c per serve.

We definitely prefer the Smoked Trout to Sardines. A decent sandwich for $3.29 per serve.

Dinner

Udon Soup with Chard and a Poached Egg is a great meal for a Meatless Monday.

  • The udon noodles were $3.89 but we used 1/2 or 98c per serve
  • Chicken Stock adds $1.00 per serve
  • The Chard was included in another meal
  • A Pastured Egg is 51c.

An excellent soup for $2.49 per serve.

Jun 21: BLTA; Lamb Loin Chops with Feta and Raspberry Salad

Lunch

While we didn’t have the homemade Sourdough we enjoyed last time, we decided to make a Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato & Avocado Sandwich.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Mixed Greens add 30c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used two, or 70c per serve
  • Bacon was $4.99 and we used four of 10 slices, or 50c per serve
  • Half a 61c Avocado adds 31c per serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

A very tasty sandwich for $3.05 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we repeated our Lamb Loin Chop with Feta and Raspberry Salad.

  • The Lamb Loin Chops were $7.91 or $3.96 per serve
  • Raspberries were $2.70 and we used ½ of the punnet, or 67c per serve
  • The Radicchio was $3.49 and we used half, or 87c each
  • Mint was from our garden
  • The French (Valbreso) Feta was $10.99 but we used 1/6 or 92c per serve
  • Add 30c for Mixed Greens
  • Add 15c for Dressing ingredients.

While it seemed like the Salad was “a lot” every ingredient contributed to the flavor. It paired very well with the Lamb Loin chops for $6.87 per serve.

Jun 20: Avocado & Sardines; Chorizo and Gigante Bean Cassoulet

Lunch

We keep trying to find a Sardine the Foodie Greg likes. Today was not the day.

  • The Avocado was 51c or 26c per serve
  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Sardines were $2.47 or $1.24 per serve
  • Garlic Spread adds 50c per serve.

Avocado and Sardines may be a decent sandwich, and credited by Alton Brown for his earlier weight loss, but they are not a favorite of Foodie Greg. A decent sandwich for $2.74 per serve.

Dinner

A new recipe for us – Chorizo and Giant Bean Cassoulet – has a lot of steps to prepare, but it does have good flavor. We will get at least four serves.

  • We substituted Smoked Bratwurst for the Chorizo for $5.99, or $1.50 per serve
  • Giant Beans were $14.85 for one pound, and we used half, or $1.85 per serve
  • Canned Tomatoes were 49c or 12c per serve
  • Anchovies are $1.59 and three went in, or 13c per serve
  • Add 30c per serve for other ingredients.

This was more flavorsome than expected, and quite a good meal for $3.90 per serve.