We defrosted a serve of Mushroom and Red Wine Meatloaf and sandwiched it in a hot French Roll with Lettuce and Blue Cheese Mustard.
- The Sandwich Rolls are 89c per serve
- The Meatloaf is $1.54 per serve
- Lettuce adds 10c per serve
- Blue Cheese Mustard adds 30c per serve.
A tasty roll for $2.83 per serve.
Although Summer isn’t over yet, a cool spell made 13 Bean Soup very attractive, particularly when made on home-made Ham Stock.
- The Ham Bone was free so the Stock had no cost
- Add 25c per serve for Bay Leaf, Carrot & Onion
- The 13 Bean Mix was $5.49 and we used half, or 69c per serve
- Add 22c per serve for Italian Bread
- Add 50c per serve for Garlic Spread.
While it doesn’t photograph particularly well, the soup is very flavorsome, particularly since we made the Ham Stock with just the amount of water we needed for the soup, thus amping up the Ham flavor. A good hearty soup for $1.66 per serve.
For lunch we shared a Quick Lorraine from Trader Joes got $5.49 or $2.75 per serve.
It hardly seems like we finished the left overs from the last Turkey, Bacon, Chipotle Meatloaf and here we are again, with Cuban Beans and Coleslaw.
- Ground turkey cost $6.39 or $1.60 per serve
- Bacon was $5.99 and we used ⅓, or 50c per serve
- A can of chipotle is $1.50 and we used half, or 38c per serve
- Add 65c for onion, breadcrumbs and seasonings
- The Cuban Black Beans are 50c per serve
- The Coleslaw Mix was $1.99 and we used half, or 50c per serve
- We made our own Dressing from Mayonnaise, Chipotle and Apple Cider Vinegar for 40c per serve.
A tasty and well balanced meal for $4.53 per serve.
As it was a gray day, the Aldi Potato Soup for $1.00 per serve was a perfect fit.
To simplify Meatless Monday we reheated frozen Vegetable Biryani from Trader Joe’s for $2.69 per serve. While it has decent flavor, we both tired of the sameness and each only finished half.
While we can’t get to the Netherlands at the moment, we decided to try an Uitsmijer: a Ham, Cheese and Fried Egg open faced sandwich. While the recipe calls for buttering the toast, we swapped in Dijon Mustard.
- Italian Bread is 22c per serve
- Gouda is 75c per serve
- Hame is 96c per serve
- Eggs average 57c per serve
- Dijon adds 24c per serve.
Like a lot of Dutch food, the basic Uitsmijer was kind of boring. The mustard was the best part! Satisfying but dull for $2.73 per serve.
We heated the left overs from our recent Red Wine and Mushroom Meatloaf with Cauliflower Gnocchi in a Blue Cheese Sauce for $5.27 per serve.
We experimented with a Smoked Trout Bagel in the style of a Smoke Salmon Bagel, with Cream Cheese, Capers, Semi-dried Tomatoes & Shallots on a Brioche Bagel.
- The Brioche Bagel is 58c
- We shared a $3.49 can of Smoked Trout, or $1.75 per serve
- Add 20c for Neufchatel
- Add 40c for Shallot and Capers
- Add 30c for Semi-dried Tomato.
We felt this worked as an alternative to Smoked Salmon for $3.28 per serve.
We enjoyed the Spanish Mussels with Chorizo and Tomato-Wine Sauce so we had it again, without the Heavy Cream. We served with toasted Italian Bread liberally spread with Garlic Spread for an amped up Garlic Toast.
- The pre-cooked Mussels were $2.29 or $1.15 per serve
- Sherry adds 58c per serve
- The Chorizo was $5.11 after all discounts and we used half, or $1.28 per serve
- Add 85c for other ingredients
- The Italian Bread is 22c per serve
- The Garlic Spread adds 60c per serve.
We substituted Sherry for White Wine, which added a pleasant, but subtle, sweetness to the dish. As last time, very tasty for $4.68 per serve. The Garlic Toast was an excellent sop for the flavorsome broth.
After a very long two week break between Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches from Skewers, we enjoyed them again with a side of fries, for $8.75 per serve.
A simple Fishy Friday Cod Madras Curry, with a pretty good simmer sauce from Aldi that included chunky Tomatoes, augmented with some Broccolini and served with Brown Rice.
- The Madras Curry Simmer Sauce was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
- Cod Fillets are $2.17 per serve
- The Broccolini was $2.79 and we served about ⅔ or 93c per serve
- Brown Rice adds 34c per serve.
Although the simmer sauce was described as “mild” we found it quite “hot!” Still, very tasty for $4.44 per serve. The Foodies have decided that we pleased to be done with Cod. We can buy Ahi Tuna for less (at Aldi), so the only good Cod is a Smoked Cod.
The par-baked Panini Rolls we have enjoyed for years have disappeared from Trader Joe’s shelves, so we experimented with par-baked French Sandwich Rolls from La Brea Bakery (via Ralph’s). We filled them with Turkey Chipotle Meatloaf, Coleslaw and a Chipotle Mayo.
- The Sandwich Rolls are 89c per serve
- The Meatloaf is $2.53 per full serve, or $1.27 per lunch serve
- The Coleslaw Mix was $1.99 and we used 1/4, or 25c per serve
- We made our own Dressing from Mayonnaise, and Chipotle Hot Sauce for 30c per serve.
The French Sandwich Rolls got our approval and the sandwich was very tasty for $2.71 per serve.
We added an extra Bento Box plus Ahi Tuna Tataki because the Foodies were celebrating the completion of another yard project. It was enjoyed with French Champagne to celebrate for $20.95 per serve.
The Bento Box was $18.38 per serve with tax and tip, while 12 oz of Tuna was $5.19, or $2.60 per serve.
What could be better than Delice de Boougogne on toasted Italian Bread with crisp, fresh Apple? Nothing, which is why we did it again!
- The Delice de Bourgogne was $5.38 and we shared ½, or $1.35 per serve
- The Italian Bread was 22c per serve
- Apple adds 20c per serve.
A very tasty meal for $1.77 per serve.
A simple meal of Smoked Bratwurst (from Aldi) with Apple Slaw. We decided we didn’t need the Bacon as there was enough Pork in the Brats.
- The Smoked Bratwurst were $2.69 for five, and we shared four, or $1.08 per serve
- Apple adds 44c per serve
- Coleslaw Mix adds 60c per serve
- Add 50c for Dressing ingredients.
Unfortunately the Smoked Bratwurst, like the Knackwurst, taste like Hot Dog Franks, unlike the imported Beer Bratwurst. Still, a decent meal (for a ball park) for $2.62 per serve.
We opted for a simple meal of Shin Ramen Noodles, removed from the broth they were cooked in, along with a generous amount of Coleslaw mix, and finished with a little Butter stirred through.
- A pack of four Shin Noodle Bowl was $3.69 or 93c per serve
- Coleslaw Mix adds 30c per serve
- Butter adds 40c per serve.
The Coleslaw Mix adds fiber and some variety. A decent meal for $1.63 per serve.
It was time to use the remaining Cuban Roast Pork in the form of a Cubano sandwich, served with Jerk Plantain Chips.
- The Cuban Roast Pork is $2.23 per serve
- Deli Ham is 92c per serve
- Swiss is 41c per serve
- Bread and Butter Pickles are $4.69 for the jar, but we used less than 10%, or 23c per serve
- The Brioche Roll is 53c per serve
- Plantain Chips were $1.70 and we used half, or 43c per serve.
The sandwich had everything in balance and well cooked through and the Plantain Chips made a nice contrast. An enjoyable and tasty meal for $4.75 per serve.
We prepared a Rachel – a Reuben with Smoked Turkey Breast – on a Brioche Bagel, just to completely mash cultures.
- The Brioche Bagel is 58c per serve
- Sliced Gouda is 34c per serve
- The Artisanal Kraut was $3.29 or 42c per serve
- The smoked turkey was $2.99 for 7oz and we used about half or 75c per serve
- Add 40c for Mayonnaise & Cocktail Sauce for the dressing.
A very tasty lunch for $2.49 per serve.
A simple Meatless Monday meal of Japanese Fried Rice topped with one or two Fried Eggs.
- Japanese Style Fried rice comes from Trader Joe’s and is $3.29 or $1.65 per very generous serve
- Pastured Eggs average 57c per serve.
A decent meal for $2.22 per serve.