May 26: Gyro; Rissoles with Beets, Tomatoes and Caramelized Onion Cheddar

Lunch

A shopping trip had us near our favorite Gyro outlet New York Chicken and Gyro where we picked our Gyros for $8.17 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

While we loved our regular Rissole recipe, tonight we decided to try a version that had cooked rice instead of breadcrumbs as the primary binder.

  • Dry aged 85/15 ground beef $8.57 or $2.86 per serve
  • A cup of cooked rice is 34c or 11c per serve
  • A large egg is 23c or 7c per serve
  • The onion is 4c per serve
  • Spinach was $1.49 or 38c per serve
  • The cherry tomatoes were $2.99 and we used half or 75c per serve
  • Pickled beets in vinaigrette are $1.69, of which we used about ⅓ or 28c per serve
  • We used about ⅓ of the $5.75 Caramelized Onion Cheddar, or 96c per serve
  • Add 10c for Carolina BBQ sauce.

The Rice was a failure as a binder, but the Rissoles were tasty enough. A good meal for $5.55 per serve.

May 25: Smokey Cheddar & Tomato, Smoked Tuna & Capers; Crispy Rice Bowl with Spring Vegetables and a Fried Egg

Lunch

Two simple sandwiches for lunch today: Smokey Cheddar & Tomato on one, Smoked Tuna and Capers on the other.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Smokey Cheddar is 43c per slice
  • Smoked Tuna is 99c or 50c per serve
  • Tomatoes add 35c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for Capers and Garlic Spread.

Decent sandwiches for $2.52 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we tried something different for our Meatless Monday: Crispy Rice Bowl with Spring Vegetables.

  • Brown Rice is 33c per serve
  • A Large Egg is 21c per serve
  • Peppers were 24c per serve
  • Add 45c for other vegetables.

A quite tasty dinner for $1.23 per serve.

May 24: Egg in a Bagel; Black Pepper Beef

Lunch

We repeated our Egg in a Bagel Hole, but today with an Everything Bagel from Aldi.

  • The Everything Bagels are $1.99 for six, or 33c per serve
  • Large Eggs are 21c each, or an average of 42c per serve
  • A small Tomato adds 31c per serve.

The combination worked well with the Bagel toasted first. Not bad for $1.06 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we returned to the Black Pepper Beef Stir Fry and served with Brown Rice.

  • The top sirloin was $3.52 per serve
  • Bell Peppers were 95c or 48c per serve
  • Chipotle powder adds 10c per serve
  • Onion and garlic add 25c per serve
  • Brown Rice adds 33c per serve
  • Add 50c for the other ingredients.

A very enjoyable stir-fry for $5.18 per serve.

May 22: Mushroom Pot Roast in Panini Roll; Cod à la Nage

Lunch

We repeated the Mushroom Pot Roast in a hot Panini Roll.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Pot Roast is $3.68 per half serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

A really good sandwich for $4.81 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.

May 21: Cheddar & Kumato, Avocado & Lemon Pepper Tuna; Lamb Loin Chops with Raspberry Feta Salad

Lunch

Today we turned to sandwiches for lunch. We shared a Cheddar & Kumato sandwich, and an Avocado & Lemon Pepper Tuna sandwich.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • The Lemon Pepper Tuna is 99c per pouch or 50c per serve
  • The Avocado was 31c or 16c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Old Crock Smokey Cheddar was $5.95 or 75c per serve
  • Add 70c for Capers and Garlic Spread.

A pair of quite good sandwiches for $3.20 per serve.

Dinner

Although it’s Thursday Night Steak Night, we did Lamb Loin Chops and served with a Raspberry and Feta Salad.

  • The Lamb Loin Chops were $11.95 or $5.98 per serve
  • Raspberries were $1.69 and we used ⅔ or the punnet, or 57c per serve
  • The French (Valbreso) Feta was $10.99 but we used 1/6 or 92c per serve
  • Add 20c for Mixed Greens
  • Add 15c for Dressing ingredients.

Tonight the Loin Chops were perfectly cooked and the Raspberry Salad was a great side. A really good meal for $7.82 per serve.

May 20: Mushroom Pot Roast in a Panini Roll; Creole Style Jambalaya

Lunch

For lunch we reheated one serve of the Mushroom Pot Roast and served in a hot Panini Roll.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • The Pot Roast is $3.68 per half serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

A really good sandwich for $4.81 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we returned to Creole Style Jambalaya, although we consistently leave out the chicken.

  • Real pork andouille sausage from our local Ralph’s supermarket is $5.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • 10 oz of shrimp is $6.49,  or $1.63 per serve
  • Canned fire roasted tomatoes cost $1.69 or 34c per serve
  • Bell pepper was 69c or 15c per serve
  • Scallions, onion, garlic  and herbs adds 30c per serve
  • Tomato paste adds 12c per serve
  • Rice adds 33c per serve.

Tasty and filling as always for $4.37 per serve.

May 19: Smoked Trout & Neufchatel Sandwich; Mushroom Pot Roast with Farro

Lunch

When we open a can of Smoked Trout, we end up with two sandwiches the same, as we did today. We paired the Trout with Neufchatel and Garlic Spread.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • We shared a $3.49 can of Smoked Trout, or $1.75 per serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread
  • Add 25c for Neufchatel Cheese.

A very tasty sandwich for $3.24 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight we prepared Slow Cooked Mushroom Pot Roast. We will get four serves from this even though our roast is smaller and we skipped the potatoes.

  • The roast was $21.76 or $5.44 per serve
  • The mushrooms were $2.49 per pack, or 63c per serve
  • Carrots were $3.99 and we used half or 50c per serve
  • We used beef bone broth that cost $2.99 for the pack, but we used only ¼ or 19c per serve
  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve
  • Add 10c per serve for onion and garlic
  • Add 50c per serve for seasonings.

This turned out really well. The beef was fall apart tender and meaty beefy flavor enhanced the broth. A great pot roast for $7.46 per serve.

May 18: Shin Bowl; Egg Drop Soup

Lunch

A slightly cooler day made Shin Noodle Bowls an attractive proposition. A pack of four was $3.69 or 93c per serve, which proved to be quite generous and a satisfying – if spicy hot – meal.

Dinner

Being Meatless Monday we were going to do a noodle dish, but having noodles for lunch, we changed to Egg Drop Soup.

Egg Drop Soup is an easy Meatless Monday meal, although new to the Foodies. 

  • Two Large Eggs are 21c per serve
  • Chicken Bone Broth is $1.00 per serve
  • The Mushrooms were $1.99, but shared about half, or $1.00 per serve
  • Add 30c for other ingredients.

This was simple and surprisingly good for $2.51 per serve.

May 17: Ham, Camembert & Chives; Duck Breast with Garlic Bok Choy and Yakisoba Noodles

Lunch

A long time ago, in a Country far away, we used to enjoy a Ham, Camembert and Chives on Walnut Bread from The Junction Gourmet Kitchen (Newcastle). Since we had Ham and Camembert we decided to give it a go.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 74c per serve
  • Camembert was $1.71 and we finished half, or 24c per serve
  • We shared a serve of ham for 14c per sandwich
  • Chives were $2.49 and we used ¼, or 31c per serve.

Toasting the sandwich softened the Camembert and released a lot more flavor than we experience last Monday. While not quite as good as the original, this was an enjoyable sandwich for $1.44 per serve.

Dinner

Now that we have perfected the Duck Breast, and there is a moderately reliable supply at Whole Foods, we have made it a “monthly” experience, as the price is comparable to our other premium proteins.

  • The Duck was $13.75 or $6.88 per serve
  • The noodles are $3.19 for the pack, or $1.60 per serve
  • The Bok Choy was $1.73 or 87c per serve.

As always, the Duck is perfectly cooked, and the sides a great balance. An excellent meal for $9.35 per serve.