Nov 4: Tomato & Cheddar; Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo

Lunch

Keeping with the theme of simple sandwiches with great ingredients with made sandwiches with Old Croc Cheddar and a Heirloom Tomato.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • The Tomato was $1.33 or 33c per serve
  • The Old Croc is $4.99 and we used half, or $1.25 per serve
  • Add 20c for Garlic Spread.

Another simple-but-great sandwich for $2.44 per serve.

Dinner

A new recipe for Meatless Monday Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Orzo.

  • Mushrooms were $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
  • The Orzo was $1.75 or 44c per serve
  • The Spinach was $1.99 and we used half, or 50 per serve
  • Half and Half is $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • Parmesan cost $5.49 and we used half , or 90c per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients.

We quite enjoyed this meal, although it was quite filling and neither of us finished the meal. Good for $3.77 per serve.

Nov 3: Bacon, Sprouts & Tomato; BBQ Chicken Leg with Salad

Lunch

We loved the BLT so much we made another, but with sprouts instead of lettuce.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Two slices of bacon are $1.37 per serve
  • The Tomato was $1.33 or 33c per serve
  • The sprouts add 15c
  • Add 20c for Garlic Spread.

Still a great sandwich for $2.71 per serve.

Dinner

As Foodie Philip was arriving home late, we decided on a simple meal of reheated Chicken Legs with a prepared Salad. Unfortunately the salad had a heavy hit of Cilantro and was unsuitable for the Foodies.

  • The Chicken leg was $1.75.

Nov 2: Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich; Smoked Pork Chops with Apple Endive Salad

Lunch

There’s nothing better than a well prepared, simple sandwich from quality ingredients, so today we had a basic BLT!

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Two slices of bacon are $1.37 per serve
  • The Tomato was $1.33 or 33c per serve
  • The green mix adds 25c
  • Add 20c for Garlic Spread.

A great sandwich for $2.81 per serve.

Dinner

We had success with smoking the thin cut Pork Chops in the past, so we repeated it tonight. First smoke the Pork Chops and then pan fry the to finish cooking. Served with an Apple Endive Salad it made for a great meal.

  • The pork chops are $10.30 or $5.15 per serve
  • The endive were $1.49 or 75c per serve
  • The Envy apple was 48c or 24c peer serve
  • Add 20c for dressing ingredients.

The smokiness really enhances the Pork Chops and the salad is a perfect accompaniment for $6.34.

Nov 1: French Onion Soup with Toasted Cheddar Sandwich; Coconut Curry Mussels

Lunch

The French onion soup has already been accounted for because I thought we’d get four serves, and we have more than eight!

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 32c per serve.

A great lunch for 92c per serve.

Dinner

For tonight’s “Fishy Friday” we decided on Coconut Curry Mussels. The precooked Mussels make it easy.

  • The pre-cooked Mussels were on special for $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • We chose the more expensive Coconut Cream for $4.99 per can, or $2.50 per serve
  • The Bell Pepper was $1.49, or 75c per serve
  • Ginger was 24c, or 12c per serve
  • Add 75c per serve for the other ingredients.

We were very glad we opted for the Coconut Cream. The thicker, richer texture and flavor definitely elevated this curry. The Mussels are a good, inexpensive protein that gets the dish on the table quickly. We really enjoyed it for $5.62 per serve.

October 2019: Summary and Observations

It seemed like we were hardly back from Amsterdam and then off again to Colorado for a little more snow than the Foodies enjoyed. That also means a few more meals eaten out of the home than typical.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.46 ($2.88 in September)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $15.53 ($10.39)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.93 ($5.65)
  • Dinner eaten out: $13.29 ($26.50).

Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents per serve down from last month.

We ate nineteen meals prepared outside the home (mostly because we were traveling). Our most expensive meal for the month was French Onion Soup in Keystone for $25.52.

Our most expensive at home meal was the New York Strip Steak with Tomato and Avocado Salat at $12.44 per serve.

This month, lunches at home cost 16% of the cost of eating lunches prepared outside the home. Dinners at home cost 45% of those prepared outside the home.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $484.53 per person in October. We actually spent $46.69 for lunches at home plus $155.25 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $183.20 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $411.99 per person. We actually spent $130.50 for dinners at home and $119.65 for dinners out, or $301.94 in total.

This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is $411.38 and we had a lot more control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 13 different recipes for evening meals, but also ate some amazing food at de Kas, de Curtis, DOS, Jun and Sha-Jahan.

Oct 31: BBQ Chicken Breast & Tomato Sandwich; Carnitas

Lunch

We decided to use the other Chicken Breast and do Sandwiches with Garlic Spread and Tomato.

  • The Chicken is $6.99 and we shared a breast or 88c per serve
  • The Tomato was $1.33 or 33c per serve
  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Add 20c per serve for Garlic Spread.

While you can’t beat a fresh Baguette, this ended up being a pretty decent sandwich for $2.07 per serve.

Dinner

The Foodies were restricting power as there was no knowing how long our reserves had to last, so we picked up Carnitas from Viva La Fiesta for $8.97 per serve with tax and tip.

Oct 30: BBQ Chicken & Tomato on a Baguette; “Grazing Dinner”

Lunch

For lunch we ventured to Jon’s and picked up a warm Baguette, a freshly BBQ’d Chicken and a Beefsteak Tomato. Along with some Garlic Spread it makes a delicious Baguette.

  • The Chicken is $6.99 and we shared a breast or 88c per serve
  • The Tomato was $1.33 or 33c per serve
  • The Baguette was $2.79, but we shared half for lunch, or 70c per serve
  • Add 20c per serve for Garlic Spread.

A truly great combination, because of the quality of ingredients, for $2.11 per serve.

Dinner

As we were without power, again, we decided to supplement the remaining “Grazing” elements and redo that meal. We added a soft Brie spread to the remaining Sugar Snap Peas, Hummus, Corn Chips, Almonds and Grapes.

  • Tortilla Chips were $2.99 or 50c a serve
  • Seedless Grapes were $4.99 or 40c per serve
  • Sugar Snap Peas were $3.49 and we used half, or 88c per serve
  • Hummus was $3.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Almonds with Rosemary were $5.99 or 80c per serve
  • The Brie Spread was acceptable for $4.49 or $2.25 per serve.

A great way to enjoy a variety of flavors for $5.83 per serve.

Oct 29: Food Truck Breakfast; French Onion Soup with Panini Roll and Brie

Breakfast

Our local developer hosted another of their regular food trucks with Foodie Philip having a Ham, Cheese & Egg Croissant while Foodie Greg had a Breakfast Bagel. We enjoyed both.

Dinner

With the cold winds around the Foodies decided it was soup weather, and what better way to start than with the classic French Onion Soup. This recipe makes at least four serves.

  • Onions were $2.49 or 63c per serve
  • Organic Stock was $4.98 or $1.25 per serve
  • A cup of wine is 80c or 20c per serve
  • The Panini Roll is 63c each
  • The French Brie was $6.20 or $1.55 per serve.

A flavorsome, warming Soup that was enhanced by the Panini Roll and Brie, for $4.26 per serve.

Oct 28: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; “Grazing” Meal

Lunch

As we were without power again, and living off our batteries, we planned take out for lunch and a no-cook dinner. Lunch was from Popeye’s.

  • The Chicken works out to $1.58 per piece, or $3.16 per serve
  • The Red Beans and Rice were $2.18 per serve.

An enjoyable lunch for $5.34 per serve.

Dinner

Since we had limited power we decided on a no-cook meal of Brie, Sugar Snap Peas, Hummus, Corn Chips, Almonds and Grapes.

  • Tortilla Chips were $2.99 or 50c a serve
  • Seedless Grapes were $4.99 or 40c per serve
  • Sugar Snap Peas were $3.49 and we used half, or 88c per serve
  • Hummus was $3.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Almonds with Rosemary were $5.99 or 80c per serve
  • The French Brie was perfectly ripe for $6.20 or $1.55 per serve.

A great way to enjoy a variety of flavors for $6.13 per serve.

Oct 27: Potato & Peppers Frittata; Sous Vidé Pork Sirloin with Peppers and Sprouts

Lunch

In a short break while we had power, 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

We Sous Vidé a Pork Sirloin to a perfect medium rare and served with Stir-fried Bell Peppers and Bean Sprouts.

  • The Pork Sirloin was about $10.00 and we served about 2/3 putting aside the rest for a sandwich or roll later, or $3.33 per serve
  • Mung Bean Sprouts were $1.59 or 80c per serve
  • Red Bell Pepper was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve.

The Pork Sirloin was perfectly tender and the Bean and Peppers Stir-fry was a good accompaniment for $5.13 per serve.