Feb 20: Panini Roll with Egg Salad; Greek Meatloaf with Dolma and Tabouli

Lunch

For lunch we stuffed a heated panini roll with egg salad and watercress.

  • The panini roll is 63c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 92c per serve
  • The watercress cost $1.96 and we shared about 1/8 or 13c per serve.

We enjoyed this roll a lot for $1.68 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we sliced the other half of the Greek Style with Spinach and Feta meatloaf and fried them to give them a nice crust and to reheat. We served with tabouli and dolmas.

The meal was equally enjoyable for $8.89 per serve.

Feb 19: White Chili Roll; Grilled Eggplant with Peanut Satay Sauce and Vietnamese Inspired Salad

Lunch

With a little of the white bean chili left over, we opted to stuff a rustic panini roll fresh from the oven with the chili as a “sloppy Joe.”

  • We shared a served of the chili for $2.07
  • The panini roll is 63c.

Definitely a sloppy sandwich, but tasty for $2.70 per serve.

Dinner

Our guests tonight had some dietary restrictions so we went vegetarian with grilled eggplant, peanut satay sauce and a very inauthentic Vietnamese inspired salad.

  • Eggplant was $6.78 but we will get seven serves or 97c per serve
  • The peanut butter was $1.99 and we used about 1/2,  or 25c a serve
  • Other seasonings in the satay sauce add 35c per serve
  • Add 50c for marinade ingredients
  • Carrot adds 10c per serve
  • Mint came from our garden
  • The lettuce was – ironically – a gift from one of our guests a couple of days earlier.

It was worth braving the cold weather to grill outdoors because this is a great meal for $2.17 per serve.

Feb 18: Pulled Pork Roll; Mushroom and Farro Soup

Lunch

Today was a repeat of Saturday! For lunch we heated some par baked rustic panini rolls and stuffed them with reheated pulled pork.

  • The pulled pork is $4.18 per serve and we shared a serve, or $2.09 per serve
  • The roll is 63c.

The pulled pork in a hot, crunchy roll makes a perfect cold weather lunch for $2.72 per serve.

Dinner

Since it has about ¾ ounce of meat per serve, the Mushroom and Farro Soup from Saturday is close to “meatless Monday.” A little of the freshness of the sherry had softened but it was still very good for $3.17 per serve.

Feb 17: Turkey & Swiss, Lemon Pepper Tuna & Swiss; Greek Meatloaf with Spinach and Feta

Lunch

We were uninspired at lunch, so we reverted to toasted sandwiches. One with sliced turkey breast, sun dried tomato spread and Swiss, the other with Lemon Pepper Tuna, capers and Swiss.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The tuna pouch was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 40c for butter, and sun dried tomato spread.

Lunch was pretty decent for $2.06 per serve.

Dinner

While we have our favorite meatloaf recipes, this Greek Style with Spinach and Feta, was definitely interesting enough to try. We will get four very generous serves from this meatloaf.

We served with prepared dolmas and tabouli.

  • Two pounds of lean ground beef from our Keller Crafted meat box cost $20.05 or $5.01 per serve
  • The feta was $6.49 and we used half or 82c per serve
  • Spinach was $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • Eggs are 51c each or 27c per serve
  • 16 oz Panko breadcrumbs are $2.99 and we used 8oz or 38c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for parsley, seasoning and pomegranate molasses
  • Dolmas were $2.49 and we shared half, or 63c per serve
  • Tabouli was $2.69 and we used about ⅔ or 90c per serve.

This was a really good meatloaf. The lemon permeated it without dominating and the feta bought texture variation and salt. We’ll do this one again at $8.89 per serve.

Feb 16: Pulled Pork Roll; Wild Mushroom and Farro Soup

Lunch

For lunch we heated some par baked rustic panini rolls and stuffed them with reheated pulled pork.

  • The pulled pork is $4.18 per serve and we shared a serve, or $2.09 per serve
  • The roll is 63c.

The pulled pork in a hot, crunchy roll makes a perfect cold weather lunch for $2.72 per serve.

Dinner

The only real positive about Winter are soups and stews! Foodie Greg found a new ‘creamy’ mushroom soup that seemed interesting, particularly since we still had farro on hand. The recipe makes six serves.

We had to substitute crimini mushrooms for wild, and our pancetta was more finely diced than the recipe called for, which turned out to be a positive. As it was the same size as the farro, which has a similar texture, the two became indistinguishable, giving the effect of a lot more meat.

  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve
  • The pancetta was $3.29 or 55c per serve
  • The mushrooms were 42c per serve
  • Bone broth was $5.99 for two cartons, or $1.00 per serve
  • Cream fraich was $3.79 and we used half, or 32c per serve
  • Add 15c for onions and garlic
  • Add 15c for celery and carrots
  • Add 10c for sweet sherry
  • Add 10c for butter
  • Add 20c per serve for other seasonings.

This is a very good mushroom soup. The addition of the sherry/marsala (which would be better) at the end elevates the whole dish. The butter and cream fraiche brings the creamy texture without a lot of dairy. We were surprised how meaty this was, because of the interchangeability of the pancetta and farro. A really good soup for $3.17 per serve.

Feb 15: Meat Pies; Hot Smoked Cod with Brown Rice Kedgeree

Lunch

A cold miserable day calls for a nice meat pie. Probably calls to Aussies stronger than Americans, but we do like a pie! Foodie Greg had Trader Joe’s Chicken Balti, while Foodie Philip had the Steak and Stout.

  • Trader Joe’s pies are $6.49 for two or $3.25 per serve.

Dinner

Since our hot smoked salmon was so successful last week, we smoked cod (frozen fillets) and served them with a brown rice kedgeree. This is a more traditional kedgeree rice and is served with the cod.

  • The cod fillets were six for $12.99 or $2.17 per serve
  • Eggs are 51c per serve
  • Brown rice adds 33c per serve
  • The chili was 15c or 8c per serve
  • Limes were 40c or 20c per serve
  • Tomatoes add 85c per serve
  • Add 55c per serve for ginger, onion, curry powder, ghee and seasoning.

While the kedgeree had more heat than our normal recipe, it was a good variation with more intense flavors. The hot smoked cod was perfectly cooked and took up good smoke flavor and color. Another good meal for $4.69 per serve.

Feb 14: Split Pea Soup, Rustic Roll with Fromage; Beef Massaman Curry

Lunch

For lunch we heated the remaining Split Pea Soup, finished a par baked panini and stuffed the panini with a soft French “Fromage” (i.e. cheese).

  • The soup cost 43c per serve
  • The roll is 63c
  • The Fromage is $4.99 for six slices, or 83c per serve.

A great warming meal for $1.89 per serve.

Dinner

With stew beef in our Keller Crafted meat box, and cold weather, we naturally went for Beef Massaman.

  • 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
  • Peal onion adds 20c per serve
  • Black rice adds 44c per serve,

As always this is a warming, tasty meal for $8.35 per serve.

Feb 13: Pulled Pork Roll; White Pork Chili

Lunch

For lunch we finished some par baked rustic panini rolls and stuffed them with reheated pulled pork.

  • The pulled pork is $4.18 per serve and we shared a serve, or $2.09 per serve
  • The roll is 63c.

The pulled pork in a hot, crunchy roll makes a perfect cold weather lunch for $2.72 per serve.

Dinner

We finished the white (pork) chili recipe from last night. It had thickened slightly but was still a very loose chili. Good for $4.14 per serve.

Feb 12: Breakfast; White (Pork) Chili

Breakfast

The Foodies don’t generally eat breakfast, preferring an early lunch and keeping food intake time slightly restricted, but about once a month we attend a hosted community breakfast, where we enjoyed a bacon and egg brioche.

Dinner

Foodie Greg like to find different ways to use our monthly delivery of ground pork. Tonight he adapted a chicken chili to ground pork (the other white meat) and it was pretty good. The recipe makes four good serves.

  • The ground pork was $8.35 or $2.09 per serve
  • Chicken broth is $1.99 or 50c per serve
  • White beans are 99c a can or 50c per serve
  • The jalapeño chili was 15c or 4c per serve
  • Add 10c per serve for onion and garlic
  • Frozen corn was $1.29 and we used half, or 16c per serve
  • Add 55c for seasoning, lime juice, labné and crushed tostadas.

Despite expecting the recipe to thicken with the blended beans, this was a very loose chili, with a texture more like soup! It has a fairly mild flavor, probably because we could only get one jalapeño and no poblano peppers. Quite enjoyable for $4.14 per serve.

Feb 11: Turkey, Swiss & Sun Dried Tomato Paste, Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss; Vegetable Gyoza in Ginger Miso Broth

Lunch

While our lunches over all are quite varied, sometimes we end up repeating the same sandwiches, like today’s two. One with turkey breast, Swiss and sun dried tomato paste and the other with Sweet & Spicy Tuna and Swiss.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The tuna pouch was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 40c for butter, and sun dried tomato spread.

Lunch was pretty decent for $2.06 per serve.

Dinner

Being Meatless Monday and without much time to plan, we returned to our staple: Vegetable Gyoza and Ginger Miso Broth

  • The Miso Ginger broth was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The gyoza were $3.99, or $2.00 per serve
  • Add 20c for seasonings.
  • A pastured egg is 51c.

A great tasting, simple and quick meal for $3.71 per serve.