February 2019 Summary and Observations

A full month at home and only one evening meal eaten outside the home. Because it is Winter, we cooked a lot of stews and soups.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.17 ($2.24 in January)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $3.87 ($9.24)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $5.95 ($5.29)
  • Dinner eaten out: $10.10 ($21.00).

Our lunches at home average in a fairly narrow band and this month is only a few cents per serve up from last month. Lunches prepared outside the home are down quite significantly because we didn’t eat in anywhere for lunch.

Our only meal out this month was our user group pizza where we all contribute $10.00 each.

Our most expensive at home meal was a bone in heritage breed pork chop at $18.10

This month, lunches at home cost 56% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home also cost 56% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $108.36 per person in January. We actually spent $52.16 for lunches at home plus $11.60 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $63.76 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $280.00 per person. We actually spent $154.75 for dinners at home and $10.00 for dinners out: $164.75  in total.

This month’s savings from preparing most of our food at home is a low $159.85 although we still had a lot more control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 20 different recipes for evening meals.

Feb 28: Turkey Breast & Swiss, Baked Beans & Swiss; Tom Kha Moo; Lamb Loin Chops with Farro, Beets and Feta Salad

Lunch

We pretty much repeated Tuesday’s lunch: turkey breast with sun dried tomato spread and Swiss; Giant Baked Beans and Swiss.

  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ⅓ or 58c per serve
  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The Giant Baked Beans are $1.99 per can and we shared ⅓ or 33c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 40c for butter, garlic spread, and sun dried tomato spread.

Toasted baked beans with melted cheese is particularly good. A pair of decent sandwiches for $1.97 per serve.

Dinner

Although Thursday night is “steak night” we interpret it more as our carnivore night! Tonight we grilled lamb loin chops and served them with a farrow, beet and feta salad.

  • The lamb loin chops were $22.99 or $11.40 per serve
  • The feta was $6.49 but we used ¼ or 82c per serve
  • Pickled beets in vinaigrette are $1.69, of which we used about ⅓ or 28c per serve
  • The farro was $1.79 for the pack, but we shared ⅓ or 10c per serve
  • Add 10c for Apple Cider Vinegar on the salad.

The lamb chops were perfectly grilled and moist inside, while the salad was a great accompaniment in a great meal for $12.70 per serve.

Feb 27: Turkey Breast, Hummus & Tabouli in a Baked Panini Roll; Pizza

Lunch

Today we stuffed a baked rustic panini roll with slice turkey breast, hummus and tabouli.

  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ⅓ or 58c per serve
  • The roll is 63c
  • Hummus is about 30c per serve
  • Tabouli was $2.69 and we used about ⅓ or 45c per serve.

The hot roll was good on a cool day, and the filling tasty. A good choice for $1.96 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight is our monthly user group meeting where we contribute $10 each to cover the cost of pizza.

Feb 26: Turkey Breast & Swiss, Baked Beans & Swiss; Tom Kha Moo

Lunch

Today it was toasted sandwiches: turkey breast with sun dried tomato spread and Swiss; Giant Baked Beans and Swiss.

  • The turkey is $3.49 and we shared ⅓ or 58c per serve
  • Sprouted rye bread is 32c per serve
  • The Giant Baked Beans are $1.99 per can and we shared ⅓ or 33c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 40c for butter, garlic spread, and sun dried tomato spread.

Toasted baked beans with melted cheese is particularly good. A pair of decent sandwiches for $1.97 per serve.

Dinner

Because we have ground pork in every Keller Crafted meat box, we return to the same recipes to use it. Because we served with rice, we’ll get six serves from this recipe.

  • The ground pork came from our Keller Crafted meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cost $8.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • A can of coconut milk is $1.49 or 25c per serve
  • Two packs of mushrooms were 89c each, or 30c  per serve
  • Chicken bone broth is $3.49 or 58c per serve
  • Lemon grass was 12c or 2c per serve
  • Limes were 49c or 8c per serve
  • Add 5c per serve for the pepper on top
  • Add 25c for seasonings
  • Brown rice adds 33c per serve.

Dinner tonight might not look pretty but it tasted good for $3.36 per serve.

Feb 25: Wild Mushroom & Farro Soup; Mushroom and Bok Choy Savory Oatmeal

Lunch

For lunch we finished the Wild Mushroom and Farro soup with a rustic panini roll.

  • The roll is 63c
  • The soup is $3.17 per serve.

Lunch today was enjoyable for $3.80 per serve.

Dinner

Today’s Meatless Monday is Savory Oatmeal with mushrooms and bok choy.

  • Mushrooms were $3.99 or $2.00 per serve
  • The steel cut oats are $3.49 for 24oz, and we used 8oz or 58c per serve
  • The bok choy was $1.99 for four, or 50c per serve
  • Add 30c for oatmeal seasonings.

A tasty dish without being terribly exciting for $3.38 per serve.

Feb 24: Popeye’s Fried Chicken with Avocado Ranch Salad; Italian Sausages with Lentils

Lunch

While reheated fried chicken isn’t quite as good as freshly fried, it’s still pretty good. We served with a Taylor Farms Avocado Ranch Salad kit.

  • A 10 piece special was $13.98 and we had two piece each, or $2.80 per serve
  • The salad kit was $3.00, but we’ll get four serves, or 75c per serve.

Not a bad lunch for $3.55 per serve.

Dinner

For dinner Foodie Greg tried a new recipe: Sausages with Lentils. We used the Feta, Spinach Turkey sausages from our Keller Crafted box, and French lentils.

  • The sausages were $5.00 for the pack or $2.50 per serve
  • Du Puy Lentils (black lentils) are $2.99 for a 500g (about 1lb) and we used half or 75c per serve
  • Add 30c per serve for red wine
  • Add 35c for the other ingredients.

This wasn’t Foodie Philip’s favorite. While the sauce alone was a little salty, combined with the somewhat bland lentils, it was reasonably balanced for $3.90 per serve.

Feb 23: Tuna & Swiss, Turkey Breast & Swiss; Pork Chop with Stir Fried Peppers and Bean Sprouts

Lunch

We were holding the remaining Popeye’s for Sunday lunch, so today we reverted to toasted sandwiches. One with sliced turkey breast, sun dried tomato spread and Swiss, the other with Sweet & Spicy 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

We souse vidé two dry aged pork chops to just short of the recommended temperature, and the did a quick sear in the high tech, non-stick wok. They turned out as well as they did last time – great!

We served with stir fry bell peppers and bean sprouts.

  • The pork chop was $12.20 per serve
  • Add 20c for avocado oil
  • Bean sprouts add 38c per serve
  • Carrot adds 10c per serve
  • Add 25c for dressing ingredients.

A very good meal for $13.33 per serve.

Feb 22: Avocado & Smoked Tuna; Eggplant Satay with Carrot and Sprout Salad

Lunch

As we’re having vegetarian tonight, we went “fishy” at lunch with canned smoked tuna.

  • The smoked trout is $3.49 per can or $1.75 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Two avocados were $1.98 but we shared one, or 50c per serve
  • Add 30c for butter.

A good sandwich for $2.87 per serve.

Dinner

We over-catered with the grilled eggplant, so we had leftover. Add some more peanut satay sauce and a very inauthentic Vietnamese inspired salad.

  • Eggplant was $6.78 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
  • The bean sprouts were $1.49 and we used half, or 38c per serve.

It was worth braving the cold weather to grill outdoors because this is a great meal for $2.55 per serve, although we have learnt that reheating slightly enhances the texture, so perhaps next time we’ll grill in the day when it’s warmer and reheat for the meal.

Feb 21: Popeye’s Fried Chicken; Dry Aged Rib Eye with Home Made Caesar Salad

Lunch

Foodie Philip was passing Popeye’s on the way home, so why not pop in and pick up some dark and spicy fried chicken.

  • A 10 piece special was $13.98 and we had two piece each, or $2.80 per serve
  • The red beans and rice is $3.99 or $2.00 per serve.

We enjoy Popeyes from time to time, for $4.80 per serve.

Dinner

Thursday night is traditionally our steak night, so tonight we defrosted a 10 oz rib eye from Keller Crafted and prepared it in our (new) high tech, non-stick wok. On the induction cooktop we can directly set the temperature, and we get a really good, quick sear on the outside.

We served with a home made Caesar Salad with home made dressing.

  • At 10 oz the rib eye is $8.10 per serve
  • The cos lettuce was the remainder of our gift
  • An egg is 51c or 26c per serve
  • Add 15c for the other dressing ingredients
  • Baked cheese bites (substituting for croutons) are $2.69 for a pack and we shared half, or 67c per serve.

A fairly simple meal, but when everything is of high quality, the meal becomes something special for $9.18 per serve.

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.