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.

Feb 10: Sausages, Baked Beans & Fried Egg; Pulled Pork, Cumin Roasted Carrots and Balsamic Roasted Pearl Onions

Lunch

We often put more effort into a weekend lunch, so today we did a full on “English” breakfast of Turkey, Spinach and Feta sausages – from Keller Crafted – with Giant Baked Beans, fry toast and a fried egg.

  • The sausages were $5.00 for the pack or $2.50 per serve
  • The baked beans are $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 16c per serve
  • A pastured egg is 51c per serve
  • Add 20c for butter and seasoning.

We greatly enjoyed lunch, which was $4.37 per serve

Dinner

In every Keller Crafted box is a shoulder, butt or other slow roast meat. Slow roasting or braising these working muscles releases flavor and turns the meat into something tender and unctuous. We did a slow braise in stock with onions and pulled the results before serving.

  • The pork was $21.15 and we will get six good size serves, or $3.53 per serve
  • Onion and garlic add 25c per serve
  • Chicken stock adds $2.00 or 40c per serve
  • The missed color carrots were $3.99 but we only roasted half, or $1.00 per serve
  • Frozen pearl onions are $1.69 but we only used ¼ of the pack, or 43c per serve
  • Add 35c for cumin and balsamic vinegar.

We love pulled pork, and this was a great meal for $5.96 per serve.

Feb 9: Split Pea Soup & Roll; Cottage Pie

Lunch

For lunch we had another serve of the split pea soup and again paired it with a par baked rustic panini roll.

The soup cost 43c per serve, and with the roll, $1.06 per serve.

Dinner

On a day of do-overs we finished the Cottage Pie from a few nights ago.

  • The ground beef is $10.16 or $2.54 per serve
  • The potatoes were $2.20 or 55c per serve
  • Add 35c for carrot, onion and celery
  • Beef stock is $1.99 but we used ¼ or 13c per serve
  • Add 20c per serve for butter
  • Add 30c per serve for flour and seasonings.

It was definitely warming and filling for $4.07 per serve.

Feb 8: Turkey, Swiss & Sun Dried Tomato Paste, Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss; Smoked Salmon with Pepper Roasted Cauliflower

Lunch

For lunch we shared two sandwiches. 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

We decided to pull our stove top smoker out of semi-retirement to smoke some wild caught salmon that we got (frozen) from Trader Joe’s. We paired it with some Pepper Roasted Cauliflower.

We got much better results this time because we moved the smoker from the induction cooktop to our regular range.

  • The salmon fillets were $10.31 or $5.16 per serve
  • The green cauliflower was $3.22 or $1.71 per serve
  • Add 20c for pepper and soy sauce.

The salmon turned out perfectly, with great smoke taste. The cauliflower was a little undercooked at the recommended time, but still tasty. A good “fishy Friday” for $7.07 per serve.

Feb 7: Chili & Swiss in a Rustic Roll; Souse Vidé Pork Chop with Apple Stew

Lunch

For lunch we finished baking two panini roll, stuffed in some Swiss cheese and filled with hot Bacon and Black Bean Chili, finally finishing the chili!

  • The roll is 63c
  • The chili has been accounted for in other meals
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve.

While a little messy, this was really tasty for 97c per serve.

Dinner

One of our favorite items in the Keller Crafted meat box are the dry aged, bone in pork chops. Tonight we souse vidé them to 135 degrees and then pan seared them for color. That’s a little lower than normally recommended for medium, but with the pan sear, it turned out perfectly.

The Apple stew was left over from two nights ago.

  • The apple stew was $5.70 per serve
  • The pork chop was $12.20 per serve
  • Add 20c for butter.

The pork chop was perfect. Juicy, but cooked to a perfect medium rare, we both thought it was the best pork chop we’ve ever had. The Apple stew, with some remaining pork flavor, was a perfect side. An expensive home cooked meal, but one worth every penny at $18.10 per serve.

Feb 6: Split Pea Soup with Panini Roll; Cottage Pie

Lunch

February is soup and stew weather, as you can probably tell. As it was particularly cold today (for Souther California) we heated some of the remaining split pea soup, and served with a baked rustic panini roll.

The soup cost 43c per serve, and with the roll, $1.06 per serve.

Dinner

A Cottage Pie – the beef version of a Shepherd’s Pie – is a warm, filling dish, but it sure makes a lot of dirty dishes! We get four serves from the ‘pie.’

  • The ground beef is $10.16 or $2.54 per serve
  • The potatoes were $2.20 or 55c per serve
  • Add 35c for carrot, onion and celery
  • Beef stock is $1.99 but we used ¼ or 13c per serve
  • Add 20c per serve for butter
  • Add 30c per serve for flour and seasonings.

It was definitely warming and filling for $4.07 per serve.

Feb 5: Chili with Swiss in a Baked Roll; Chunky Pork and Apple Stew

Lunch

For lunch we finished baking two panini roll, stuffed in some Swiss cheese and filled with hot Bacon and Black Bean Chili.

  • The roll is 63c
  • The chili has been accounted for in other meals
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve.

While a little messy, this was really tasty for 97c per serve.

Dinner

We often get cubed pork in our Keller Crafted meat box, and it’s a challenge to find something interesting to do with it, so tonight we tried a new recipe: Chunky Pork and Apple Stew. There will be four serves.

  • The pork was $8.99 or $2.25 per serve
  • A can of coconut milk was $1.69 or 43c per serve
  • Bacon is $4.99 for the pack and we used 40%, or 50c per serve
  • The sweet potato was $1.97 or 49c per serve
  • The Apples were $5.31 or $1.33 per serve
  • Chicken Broth is $1.99 or 50c per serve
  • We substituted hard cider with sherry and apple cider vinegar for 20c per serve
  • Add 50c per serve for seasoning, onion and mustard.

We chose to serve without any filler. This was pretty good for $5.70 per serve.


Feb 4: Tuna & Swiss; Split Pea Soup

Lunch

For lunch we had a toasted Lemon Pepper Tuna with Swiss sandwich.

  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The tuna was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 50c for butter, garlic spread and capers.

A serviceable lunch for $2.16 per serve.

Dinner

Split pea soup based on a home made ham stock isn’t totally meatless, but there’s no meat left in the final result, so we though it would count as “meatless Monday.”

The recipe makes eight serves.

  • The stock has no real cost
  • The pack of split peas was $1.59 or 27c per serve
  • The frozen peas is 99c a pack, or 16c per serve
  • A bread roll is 63c.

For dinner tonight the soup cost 43c per serve, and with the roll, $1.06 per serve.

Feb 3: Avocado & Turkey Breast; Super Bowl Party

Lunch

We had a simple Avocado and Sliced Turkey Breast sandwich before heading for the Super Bowl party.

  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The turkey breast is $2.99 for 8 oz and two went on the sandwich, or 76c per serve
  • Two avocados were $1.98 but we shared one, or 50c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter.

A not-to-filling sandwich for $1.88 per serve

Dinner

The afternoon and early evening was spent at a Super Bowl party hosted by friends, who supplied a vast array of tasty feed, featuring Trip Tip smoked just before serving along with sausages, salads, and caramelized onion with bell peppers.

A great meal that we both enjoyed. We went back for seconds on the tri tip and sausages!

Feb 2: Baked Eggs & Toast; Bacon and Black Bean Chili

Lunch

For lunch we tried a baked egg recipe. We took some small ramekins and covered the bottom with a little of our (still) left over Pinto Bean and Andouille sausage stew, dropped in two eggs, covered with some grated cheese and baked in a water bath until the eggs were set.

We served it with “fry bread,” which is toast made in the panini press!

  • A slice of rye bread is 16c
  • Pastured eggs are 51c each, or 1.02 per serve
  • Add 20c for grated cheese
  • Add 20c for the stew.

We discovered that two eggs do not work in this configuration. A single egg would have the yolk to the center, so the outside white could cook without overcooking the yolk. Although we had very uneven cooking we enjoyed this for $1.58 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we thought we would finish the final two serves of Bacon and Black Bean Chili, but we still have left overs!

The chili, with avocado and labné was $4.99 per serve. Tonight we tried spicy labné, which worked really well.