Jun 12: Kumato & Cheddar, Egg Salad & Sprouts Sandwiches; Top Sirloin with Thai Inspired Salad

Lunch

We repeated the Kumato and Cheddar sandwich and paired it with an Egg Salad sandwich, and shared both.

  • Trader Joe’s Multigrain bread is 33c per serve
  • The egg salad is $3.69 for 10 oz and we used 2 oz per serve, or 37c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 51c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

While the Egg Salad sandwich is good, we like the Kumato and Cheddar better. Both good for $1.76 per serve.

Dinner

Since we had Top Sirloin from our Keller Crafted delivery, we decided to grill and serve with a Thai Inspired Salad

  • The top sirloin from the Prather Ranch delivery was $12.36 or $6.18 per serve
  • The red pepper was $1.99 but we shared half, or 50c per serve
  • The peas were $3.99 but we only used ¼ or 50c per serve
  • A Nappa Cabbage was $2.39 but we split half between lunch and dinner tomorrow night, or 30c per serve
  • We used about 1/4 of the $6.99 pack of Chili Lime Cashews, or $1.17 per serve
  • Thai Basil was $1.99 and we shared ¼ or 25c per serve.
  • Add 70c for dressing and marinade ingredients.

The steak had great flavor from the marinade and was cooked perfectly. The Thai inspired salad was a nice complement, although Foodie Philip picked out the Thai Basil from his serve. Overall a good meal for $8.60 per serve.

Jun 11: Turkey & Avocado, Kumato & Cheddar; Caramelized Beef with Soba Noodles and Vietnamese Salad

Lunch

We shared a Turkey Breast and Avocado and a Kumato and Cheddar sandwich.

  • Trader Joe’s Multigrain bread is 33c per serve
  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ⅓ or 58c per serve
  • The avocado was $1.25 and we shared half, or 32c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or 51c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

Both sandwiches were good but we preferred the Kumato and Cheddar. Not bad for $2.29 per serve.

Dinner

We used some ground beef instead of pork in a meal loosely based on the Vietnamese Pork Bowl recipe, but with soba noodles.

  • The ground beef was $8.45 and we’ll got four serves from that, or $2.11 per serve
  • Soba noodles add 40c per serve
  • A Nappa Cabbage was $2.39 but we split half between lunch and dinner tomorrow night, or 30c per serve
  • Add 45c for carrot, cucumber and dressing ingredients.

A decent meal for $3.26 per serve.

Jun 10: Egg Salad Sandwich; Southwestern Salad with Corn and Black Beans topped with Cotija

Lunch

Today we made a Egg Salad sandwich with sprouts.

  • The Trader Joe’s Multigrain bread is 33c3 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 $1.99 and we shared about 1/8 or 12c per serve.

We still enjoyed this roll a lot for $1.67 per serve.

Dinner

We took the remaining Southwest Salad and added frozen corn and a can of black beans before topping with a powdery layer of Cotija.

  • The salad was $2.99 and we used half, or 75c per serve.
  • The beans are 99c a can or 50c per serve
  • Corn adds 25c per serve
  • Add 40c for Cotija.

A pretty decent salad for $1.90 per serve.

Jun 9: Turkey, Tomato & Swiss; Popeye’s Fried Chicken with Southwestern Chopped Salad

Lunch

A return to basic sandwiches with Turkey Breast, Kumato and Swiss.

  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ⅓ or 58c per serve
  • Trader Joe’s Multigrain Bread is $2.99 for 18 slices or 33c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

A pretty decent sandwich for $1.80 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner we finished the Popeye’s Fried Chicken and served with a Trader Joe’s salad kit: Southwestern Chopped Salad, which was pretty good.

  • 11 Piece Special is $16.41 with tax – $1.49 per chicken piece – or $2.98 per serve
  • The salad was $2.99 and we used half, or 75c per serve.

A decent meal for $3.73 per serve.

Jun 8: Skewers Naan Bread Sandwich; Pizza

Lunch

We decided to return to Skewers for a repeat of the Naan Bread sandwiches. Foodie Greg had the Falafel while Foodie Philip tried the Gyro meat version. While good, the regular beef version is better.

A little less because of the Gyro meat, at $9.00 per serve with tax and tip.

Dinner

After a wrap (end of show) party we ended up having pizza with friends, where we each contributed $10.00 to cover costs.

Jun 7: Cheddar & Tomato Sandwich; Hot smoke Cod with Endive and Pickled Onion on Black Rice

Lunch

Back to basic sandwiches today, but with great cheddar and a good kumato, the basics can still taste very good.

  • Trader Joe’s Multigrain Bread is $2.99 for 18 slices or 33c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • The Old Crock cheddar was $5.45 or $1.02 per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic spread.

Classics are classic for a reason: when done well they are great. This one was a great sandwich for $1.90 per serve.

Dinner

For Fishy Friday this week we hot smoked some defrosted cod, chopped some endive topped with pickled onion, and served on a bed of black rice.

  • The cod fillets were six for $12.99 or $2.17 per serve
  • The endive were three for $2.89 and we used one each, or 97c per serve
  • Pickled onion adds 10c per serve
  • Black rice adds 44c per serve.

The cod took up a good amount of smoke flavor during cooking, which contrasted nicely with the somewhat bitter endive. In turn that bitterness was balanced by the pickled onion to create a well rounded dish for $3.68 per serve.

Jun 6: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; Lamb Loin Chops with Farro Tabbouleh

Lunch

As Foodie Philip was traveling near a Popeye’s at an appropriate moment of the day we had Dark Meat Spicy with Red Beans and Rice.

  • 11 Piece Special is $16.41 with tax – $1.49 per chicken piece – or $2.98 per serve
  • Red Beans and Rice is $4.36 with tax or $2.18 per serve.

We like fried chicken for $5.16 per serve.

Dinner

Uncertain whether our meat box would arrive on time, we had Lamb Loin Chops as backup, and backup is what we needed! Served with a Farro Tabbouleh it’s a good combination.

  • Lamb Loin Chops were $14.25 or $7.13 per serve
  • Persian Cucumbers were $2.29 for five, and we shared one in the tabbouleh, or 23c per serve
  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve
  • Tomatoes were $3.49 for five but we shared one, or 35c per serve
  • Mint came from our garden.

The Lamb Loin Chops got great grill flavor and paired perfectly with the Farro Tabbouleh for $7.81 per serve.

Jun 5: Avocado & Sardine Sandwiches; Bacon and Black Bean Chili with Avocado and Labné

Lunch

The avocado we purchased for tonight’s chili, was huge so we decided half would go to lunch. We paired with some Boneless, Skinless Sardines in water (the blandest kind of sardine possible) and some garlic spread.

  • Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per sandwich
  • The avocado was $1.25 and we shared half, or 32c per serve
  • Skinless, boneless sardines in water are $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Add 30c for garlic spread.

An enjoyable sandwich for $2.28 per serve.

Dinner

We’re moving out of Chili season, but tonight we defrosted the last of our Bacon and Black Bean Chili recipe.

  • The chili is $2.94 per serve
  • The avocado was $1.25 and we shared half, or 32c per serve
  • Add 20c for Labné.

Enjoyable as ever for $3.46 per serve.

Jun 4: Pork Sirloin Panini Rolls; Marinated Cauliflower Antipasto Salad

Lunch

For lunch we finished the final 1/5 of the pork sirloin by stuffing it in a Panini Roll spread with Carolina BBQ sauce and topped with pickled onion.

  • The panini roll is 63c
  • The pork sirloin is $1.00 per serve
  • Add 25c for BBQ sauce and pickled onion.

The pork flavor came through and was nicely balanced by the crispness of the pickled onion, all of which was complemented by the BBQ sauce. Nothing dominated this sandwich. Just $1.88 per serve.

Dinner

We’ve had various Antipasto style salads – heavy on the meats – in the past, but this variation with Marinated Cauliflower seemed interesting.

  • Cauliflower florets were $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
  • Kalamata Olive were $2.99, but we shared ¼, or 38c per serve
  • Fire Roasted Yellow and Red Peppers were $1.99 and we shared ¼ or 25c per serve
  • Sliced Salami was $4.49 for the tray, and half went into this meal, or $1.25 per serve
  • Add 75c per serve for marinade ingredients and capers.

We found this surprisingly tasty and enjoyable. The steamed cauliflower had the perfect amount of texture and had taken the marinade well. The salty balance of the olives and salami were balanced by the lemon juice in the marinade. An enjoyable meal for $3.83 per serve.

Jun 3: Gyro Slices & Cucumber Sandwiches; Breakfast Taco with Crispy Potato, Soy Chorizo and Fried Egg

Lunch

We cooked off some sliced gyro meat and placed that on top of cucumber over tabouli.

  • Tabouli was $2.69 and we used about ½ or 67c per serve
  • The fully cooked sliced gyro/yeros meat is $3.99 per 10 oz pack. There are really four serves, so $1.00 per serve
  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Add 20c for garlic dressing.

A great balance between the meat, spices and crunchy fresh bit from the cucumber. A pretty good sandwich for $3.53 per serve.

Dinner

One of the more successful meat substitutes we’ve auditioned has been the Soy Chorizo, so tonight we used it in a Breakfast Taco with some left over Potato and Pepper mix we had frozen. Served on a Corn and Wheat Tortilla and topped with a fried egg and salsa, it sure looked good.

  • Tortillas were $3.99 for the pack and we used four of 12, or 67c per serve
  • The soy chorizo is $2.29 at Trader Joe’s and we used it all for $1.15 per serve
  • Pastured eggs are 51c each or $1.02 per serve
  • The roast potato mix was $2.99 or 75c per serve
  • Add 40c for salsa
  • Add 20c for seasoning.

The meal was very spicy, which we mostly enjoyed. The tortilla’s we didn’t really enjoy that much, and we’ll be sticking to all wheat from now. The yolk drizzled down into the chorizo vegetable mix and created a great combination in a decent meal for $4.19 per serve.