Mar 27: Smoked Trout, Sprouts & Avocado Bagel; Cod à la Nage

Lunch

The Foodies are currently enjoying a Bagel Binge! Today we put Garlic Spread, Sprouts, Avocado and Smoked Trout on a Bagel.

  • Five Bagels were $2.89 or 58c per serve
  • The avocado was four for $2.99 and we shared one, or 38c per serve
  • We shared a $3.49 can of Smoked Trout, or $1.75 per serve
  • The Sprouts are $2.99 and we use ¼ per sandwich, or 38c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

A good combination and a decent sandwich for $3.49 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.

Mar 26: Chicken & Avocado in a Panini Roll; NY Strip Steak with Garlic Butter Mushrooms and Sugar Snap Peas

Lunch

The final meal from our Roast Chicken used the breast in a hot Panini Roll with Avocado and Garlic Spread.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c per serve
  • The Breast is $1.75 or 88c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one one each, or 35c per serve
  • The avocado was four for $2.99 and we shared one, or 38c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

A decent sandwich for $2.64 per serve.

Dinner

Being Thursday night we had New York Strip Steak that we sous vidé to perfect medium rare, then seared it in a skillet briefly. The Garlic Butter Mushrooms are simple, but very tasty and the Sugar Snap Peas provide a fresh, crunchy note to the meal.

  • The NY Strip Steak was $20.18 or $10.09 per serve
  • The Sugar Snap Peas were $2.49 and we used half, or 63c per serve
  • The Baby Bella Mushrooms were $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • Add 50c for Butter and Capers.

A great steak, perfectly cooked, and flavorsome sides for $11.97 per serve.

Mar 25: The Country Deli; Roast Chicken Leg on Chicken Vegetable Velouté

Lunch

Since we had a drop off to do nearby, we combined that with an opportunity to support our local businesses, so we had take out from The Country Deli. Foodie Philip had The Magnificent Sandwich (the same Skirt Steak as the breakfast version, but on a roll with onion, peppers and mushrooms). Foodie Greg had a Pastrami on Rye. Lunch at the Deli averaged $22.16 with tax and tip.

Dinner

We decided to finish the Chicken Legs from our Roast Chicken so we served them on top of a Chicken Vegetable Velouté, which is basically the filling from a Chicken Pot Pie, without the Chicken.

  • The Chicken Leg is $1.75 per serve
  • The English Peas were $3.49 and we served half, or 88c per serve
  • Carrots were 95c or 48c per serve
  • Celery and Onion add 45c per serve
  • Chicken Stock adds $1.00 per serve.

A truly deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie, which turned out really well for $4.56 per serve.

Mar 24: Roast Chicken Breast & Kumato Baguette; Lamb Vindaloo

Lunch

An essential shopping trip took us to Jon’s market where we always pick up a Baguette and Roast Chicken. Fortunately both were available this trip. Along with a Kumato and some Garlic Spread this is a great sandwich.

  • The Baguette is $2.99 and we shared half for lunch, or 75c per serve
  • The Chicken is $6.99 and we shared ¼ or 88c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

As always, simple, but great ingredients make a great sandwich for $2.83 per serve.

Dinner

We took the easy path tonight and heated some Lamb Vindaloo with Rice meals and served with some Buttered Spinach.

  • The Lamb Vindaloo was $4.49 per serve
  • The Spinach was $1.49 and we served half, or 38c per serve
  • Add 30c for Butter.

The Vindaloo was pretty good for frozen, and overall the meal was successful for $5.17 per serve.

Mar 23: Baked Beans & Swiss Toasted Sandwich; Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas

Lunch

Today we opened a can of Giant Baked Beans, added a slice of Swiss & toasted until delicious.

  • Trader Joes Giant Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce cost $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve.

A classic sandwich for $2.00 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight was our first time preparing Enchiladas. Because it’s Meatless Monday we filled them with Black Bean, Corn and Onion, and covered with Enchilada Sauce.

  • The Black Beans were 49c or 25c per serve
  • The Tortillas were free with our Heuvos Rancheros last Friday
  • The Enchilada Sauce was $1.56 or 78c per serve
  • Add 50c for cheese
  • Add 55c for Avocado and Yoghurt.

The Enchiladas were tasty enough without being exciting. We found them very filling! We had prepared seven Enchiladas, but Foodie Greg ate only one; Foodie Philip Two. Even wasting over half the servings, it was still only $2.08 per serve. (If we’d served it all, it would have been $1.30 per serve.)

Mar 22: Côte d’Azur with Panini Roll; Pan Seared Meatloaf with Spaghetti Squash and Sugar Snap Peas

Lunch

We shared the final serve of Côte d’Azur (Cure All) Soup with a hot Panini Roll.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • We shared a $4.98 serve of soupier $2.49.

A warming lunch for $3.12 per serve.

Dinner

The pan seared Meatloaf takes on a great crust, and the Spaghetti Squash and Sugar Snap Peas were a great accompaniment for $5.20 per serve.

  • The Meatloaf was $3.48 per half serve
  • The Spaghetti Squash was $1.38 or 69c per serve
  • The Sugar Snap Peas were $2.49 and we used half, or 63c per serve
  • Add 40c for Butter and other ingredients.

Meatloaf is always better seared the second time around. It makes a tasty meal for $5.20 per serve.

Mar 21: Bagel with Avocado/Neufchâtel; Jambalaya

Lunch

A simple toasted Everything Bagel with Avocado & Garlic Spread on one half, and Neufchâtel on the other.

  • Five Bagels were $2.89 or 58c per serve
  • Neufchâtel is 95c or 12c per serve
  • The avocado was four for $2.99 and we shared one, or 38c per serve.

A tasty lunch for $1.08 per serve.

Dinner

We finished the Jambalaya for $6.31 per serve.

Mar 20: Heuvos Rancheros; Salt & Pepper Calamari with Stir-fry Noodles & Cabbage

Lunch

At lunch we supported our local Mexican restaurant by getting take-out Heuvos Rancheros for $10.00 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

Tonight we experimented with some prepared Salt & Pepper Calamari, which we served with a “clean out the refrigerator” stir-fry with Cabbage, Noodles and Snow Peas.

  • The Salt & Pepper Calamari was $13.98 for two boxes or $4.66 per serve
  • The Udon Noodles were $3.29, but we used ⅓ or 55c per serve
  • The cabbage was 38c, or 13c per serve
  • Add 40c for other ingredients.

The Salt & Pepper Calamari (Whole Foods) was tasty and very tender. Overall it was very successful, although we had more than a generous serve. The stir-fry gave some balance to the meal for $5.74 per serve.

Mar 19: In and Out Burger; Red Wine and Mushroom Meatloaf with Blue Cheese Cauliflower Gnocchi

Lunch

The Foodies and Niece went to In and Out Burger for $4.87 per serve with tax.

Dinner

The American eating experience has to include a meatloaf, so Foodie Greg made our favorite Red Wine and Mushroom Meatloaf, and served with another favorite: Blue Cheese Gnocchi, with Cauliflower Gnocchi.

  • The dry aged ground beef was $20.16 or $5.04 per serve
  • Sliced portobello mushrooms were $2.49 or 63 per serve
  • Onions and garlic add 20c per serve
  • Two large eggs are $1.02 or 25c per serve
  • The butter is $3.99 per block, and we used about 3/8 for four serves, or 38c per serve
  • Red wine adds $1.00 or 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for Worcestershire sauce and other spices per serve
  • The English Peas were $3.49 and we served half, or 88c per serve
  • The gnocchi was $2.69 or 67c per serve
  • Blue cheese crumbles were $3.49 and we used half or 44c per serve
  • Heavy cream is $3.29 per pint, but we used only ¼ or 21c per serve.

As always a great Meatloaf and side for $9.15 per serve.

Mar 18: Gyro; Sous-Vide Duck with Crash Hot Potatoes and Wilted Chard

Lunch

After shopping both home renovation stores we headed a little further and picked up a Lamb Yeros from New York Chicken and Gyro for $8.17 with tax and tip.

Dinner

Now that we have our Duck technique down – sous vidé to medium rare, then sear the fat side – we were able to prepare a near perfect Duck breast for our niece.

  • The Duck was $13.11 or $4.37 per serve
  • The Potato Medley was $3.49 and we used half, or 88c per serve
  • The Green Chard was $1.99 or 67c per serve.

The verdict was “best duck ever” so we did well for $5.92 per serve.