Aug 11: Supermarket Sushi; Traditional Mexican Tostadas

Lunch

Foodie Greg was early at Whole Foods, so there was no Rice-based Sushi available, so we got our usual Albacore Tuna Sashimi with some delightful fresh vegetable rolls with a good Peanut Sauce, for $11.49 per serve.

Dinner

We repeated our Traditional Mexican Tostadas from a few nights ago, for $4.19 per serve.

Aug 10: Brioche Bagel with Cream Cheese & Sweet Chili Sauce, Avocado; Miso Mushroom Soba Soup

Lunch

We decided to treat the Bagel as a Bagel and smear stuff on top! Half we covered with Neufchatel and Sweet Chili Sauce, the other half we covered with Avocado liberally sprinkled with Balsamic Vinegar and a generous grind of Black Pepper.

  • The Brioche Bagels are $2.89 for five, or 58c per serve
  • Neufchatel adds 15c per serve
  • Add 30c for Sweet Chili Sauce
  • An Avocado is 49c or 25c per serve
  • Add 25c for Balsamic Vinegar & Black Pepper.

The Neufchatel and Sweet Chili Sauce was our favorite, but both were good for $1.53 per serve.

Dinner

Take some intensely flavored Miso Mushrooms and add them to a flavorsome broth and you have a very good Meatless Monday.

  • The Noodles were $1.69 or 85c per serve
  • Mushrooms were $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
  • Chicken Broth adds 50c per serve
  • Pastured Eggs are 51c each
  • Shelled edamame was $1.29 or 33c per serve.
  • Add 50c for Miso and other ingredients.

While the Mushrooms by themselves were a little intense, they balanced perfectly in the broth. A good Meatless Monday for $4.03 per serve.

Aug 9: Ham, Apple Sauerkraut Salad & Swiss on a Brioche Bagel; Pork Shoulder and Mushroom Stew in Red Wine, with Brown Rice and Peas

Lunch

The Apple Sauerkraut & Ham on a Brioche Bagel was so good we decided to do it again.

  • The Brioche Bagels are $2.89 for five, or 58c per serve
  • Swiss adds 34c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 55c per serve
  • A serve of the Apple Sauerkraut Salad is 80c or 40c per serve.
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

This was still really good for $2.27 per serve.

Dinner

A recipe we’d like before – Greek Drunken Pork Stew -definitely feels like a cultural mashup when served with Rice and Beans!

  • The pork was $8.99 or $3.00 per serve
  • Red wine adds 50c or 17c per serve
  • Diced Tomatoes are 49c, or 16c per serve
  • Sliced Crimini Mushrooms were $2.49, or 83c per serve
  • Add 40c for the other ingredients
  • Brown rice adds 33c per serve
  • The English Peas were $3.49 and we served half, or 88c per serve.

The stew was excellent and the Rice and Peas made a good accompaniment for $5.77 per serve.

Aug 8: Avocado & Smoke Trout; Traditional Mexican Tostadas

Lunch

We shared an Avocado, a can of Smoked Trout and some Alfalfa sprouts, on two identical sandwiches.

  • 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 49c or 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for Spinach
  • Garlic Spread adds 40c per serve.

The key to this sandwich is the Garlic Spread and Sprouts, otherwise it would be a little boring, for $3.34 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we tried a recipe for Traditional Mexican Tostadas.

  • Tostados were $1.39 for 21, or 13c per serve
  • Dry aged 85/15 ground beef is $8.57 or $2.15 per serve
  • Seasoning adds 20c per serve
  • Guacamole is $1.10 per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we used one, or 35c per serve
  • Refried Beans are 49c per can at Aldi, and we used half a can, or 13c per serve
  • Tomato and Chilli canned was 49c or 13c per serve
  • Add 30c for Salsa..

These turned out to be very tasty, although a little tricky to eat, for $4.19 per serve.

Aug 7: Ham, Apple Sauerkraut Salad & Swiss on a Brioche Bagel; Start Ahi Tuna on Udon Noodles

Lunch

The Apple Sauerkraut Salad was so good we decided to add Ham and Swiss and serve on a Brioche Bagel.

  • The Brioche Bagels are $2.89 for five, or 58c per serve
  • Swiss adds 34c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 55c per serve
  • A serve of the Apple Sauerkraut Salad is 80c or 40c per serve.
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

This combination worked very well for $2.27 per serve.

Dinner

Fishy Friday rolls around again and tonight we took our Seared Ahi Tuna and placed it on top of a Udon Noodle Salad.

  • 12 oz Tuna was $5.19, or $2.60 per serve
  • The Udon Noodles were from Aldi, and cost $1.69 or 85c per serve
  • Avocados are 49c at Aldi and we shared one for 25c per serve
  • Cucumber adds 20c per serve
  • Add 20c for Nori.

As always the Tuna was excellent and the deconstructed noodle bowl was successful for $4.10 per serve.

Aug 6: Ham, Swiss & Semi Dried Tomato, Tuna & Swiss; Beer Bratwurst and Apple Sauerkraut Salad

Lunch

Todays shared sandwiches were a Ham, Swiss and Semi-dried Tomato on one, and Tuna & Swiss on the other.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Swiss adds 34c
  • Tuna adds 50c per serve
  • Semi-dried tomatoes add 20c per serve
  • Black Forest Ham is $3.29 per pack, or 55c per serve
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

Decent sandwiches for $2.73 per serve.

Dinner

A return to our Aldi Beer Bratwurst, but tonight we experimented with an Apple Sauerkraut Salad as the accompaniment. We got four full serves from the Salad.

  • Beer Bratwurst were $4.49 or $2.25 per serve
  • The Apple was 79c or 10c per serve
  • The Artisanal Kraut was $3.29 or 42c per serve
  • Add 30c for Dressing ingredients.

The Apple and Sauerkraut Salad was really good and we will repeat it. Overall a good meal for $3.07 per serve.

Aug 5: Lamb Rissoles in a Panini Roll; Grazing Dinner

Lunch

For lunch we warmed a serve of Lamb Rissoles and a Panini Roll. The Rissole went in the Roll, with Garlic Spread, Spinach & Semi-dried Tomatoes.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • We split a $2.49 serve of Lamb Rissoles, or $1.24 per serve
  • Add 20c for Baby Spinach
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread
  • Add 30c for the Semi-dried Tomatoes.

An excellent lunch for $2.77 per serve.

Dinner

We had planned a grazing dinner on Saturday night, but with a change of plans, we enjoyed it tonight.

  • Endive was $2.99, but we shared about ⅓, or 50c per serve
  • Chicken and Black Truffle Pate was $5.49 and we had ⅔ or 92c per serve
  • The Caramelized Onion Dip was $2.99 and had about 80%, or $1.20 per serve
  • Marcona Almonds were $5.99 and we had ⅓ or $1.00 per serve
  • Blue Cambozola was $5.75 or $2.88 per serve
  • Olives add about 90c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar adds $1.00 per serve
  • Bell Peppers add 48c per serve
  • Neufchatel adds 20c per serve
  • Champagne Grapes add 20c per serve
  • Dave’s Killer Bread adds 74c per serve.

We paired it with a rather good domestic sparkling White Wine from Aldi (for just $5.00) and over indulged, but enjoyed it a lot, for $10.02 per serve.

Aug 4: Bahn Mi; Fried Halloumi and Mango Salsa Tacos

Lunch

Today we picked up a Bahn Mi from Pho Saigon 1, for $10.00 with tax and tip.

Dinner

Tonight became our meatless meal, with pan seared Halloumi and a Mango Salsa in a Taco with some Baby Spinach.

  • Low Carb Tortilla’s were $3.69 for eight, and each had two, or 93c per serve
  • The Halloumi was $3.49 or $1.75 per serve
  • The Mango was 45c, or 23c per serve
  • Add 30c for Shallot and Greens.

Flavor came mostly from the excellent Mango Salsa, with the Halloumi providing a firmer “eat” not unlike meat. A very good meal for $3.21 per serve.

Aug 3: BLT on Homemade Sourdough; Shredded Beef Tostadas with Bell Peppers and Guacamole

Lunch

Once again my good neighbor activities paid and we scored more of the homemade Sourdough we enjoyed a little while back, this time with a hint of Rosemary. We decided to make a BLT again.

  • The bread came free
  • 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
  • Add 40c for Garlic Spread.

This bread is really good and makes a great sandwich for $1.90 per serve.

Dinner

Although today should be our Meatless Monday, we decided to finish the Shredded Beef on Tostadas.

  • The beef was $3.46 per serve
  • Tostados were $1.39 for 21, or 13c per serve
  • Guacamole is $1.10 per serve
  • Bell Peppers are 32c per serve
  • Add 30c for the dusting of Cotija.

These were very tasty and the Bell Peppers and Guacamole complemented the Beef well for $5.31 per serve.

Aug 2: Bacon, Black Bean & Egg Tacos; Jambalaya

Lunch

Because we try and do something different for Sunday lunch, we fried some Bacon, scrambled some Eggs, added Black Beans and served on a Taco.

  • Low Carb Tortilla’s were $3.69 for eight, and each had two, or 93c per serve
  • Bacon was $4.99 and we used two of 10 slices, or 25c per serve
  • An Egg per serve is 51c
  • Black Beans are 49c a can (Aldi) or 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for Salsa.

We would probably cut back on the Beans a little if we do this again, but overall it was tasty for $2.14 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we repeated the Chorizo Jambalaya with Shrimp for $4.37 per serve.