Mar 24: Roast Chicken Breast & Kumato Baguette; Lamb Vindaloo


An essential shopping trip took us to Jon’s market where we always pick up a Baguette and Roast Chicken. Fortunately both were available this trip. Along with a Kumato and some Garlic Spread this is a great sandwich.

  • The Baguette is $2.99 and we shared half for lunch, or 75c per serve
  • The Chicken is $6.99 and we shared ¼ or 88c per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Add 50c for Garlic Spread.

As always, simple, but great ingredients make a great sandwich for $2.83 per serve.


We took the easy path tonight and heated some Lamb Vindaloo with Rice meals and served with some Buttered Spinach.

  • The Lamb Vindaloo was $4.49 per serve
  • The Spinach was $1.49 and we served half, or 38c per serve
  • Add 30c for Butter.

The Vindaloo was pretty good for frozen, and overall the meal was successful for $5.17 per serve.

Mar 23: Baked Beans & Swiss Toasted Sandwich; Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas


Today we opened a can of Giant Baked Beans, added a slice of Swiss & toasted until delicious.

  • Trader Joes Giant Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce cost $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • The Dave’s Killer Bread is 66c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve.

A classic sandwich for $2.00 per serve.


Tonight was our first time preparing Enchiladas. Because it’s Meatless Monday we filled them with Black Bean, Corn and Onion, and covered with Enchilada Sauce.

  • The Black Beans were 49c or 25c per serve
  • The Tortillas were free with our Heuvos Rancheros last Friday
  • The Enchilada Sauce was $1.56 or 78c per serve
  • Add 50c for cheese
  • Add 55c for Avocado and Yoghurt.

The Enchiladas were tasty enough without being exciting. We found them very filling! We had prepared seven Enchiladas, but Foodie Greg ate only one; Foodie Philip Two. Even wasting over half the servings, it was still only $2.08 per serve. (If we’d served it all, it would have been $1.30 per serve.)

Mar 22: Côte d’Azur with Panini Roll; Pan Seared Meatloaf with Spaghetti Squash and Sugar Snap Peas


We shared the final serve of Côte d’Azur (Cure All) Soup with a hot Panini Roll.

  • The Panini Roll is 63c
  • We shared a $4.98 serve of soupier $2.49.

A warming lunch for $3.12 per serve.


The pan seared Meatloaf takes on a great crust, and the Spaghetti Squash and Sugar Snap Peas were a great accompaniment for $5.20 per serve.

  • The Meatloaf was $3.48 per half serve
  • The Spaghetti Squash was $1.38 or 69c per serve
  • The Sugar Snap Peas were $2.49 and we used half, or 63c per serve
  • Add 40c for Butter and other ingredients.

Meatloaf is always better seared the second time around. It makes a tasty meal for $5.20 per serve.

Mar 21: Bagel with Avocado/Neufchâtel; Jambalaya


A simple toasted Everything Bagel with Avocado & Garlic Spread on one half, and Neufchâtel on the other.

  • Five Bagels were $2.89 or 58c per serve
  • Neufchâtel is 95c or 12c per serve
  • The avocado was four for $2.99 and we shared one, or 38c per serve.

A tasty lunch for $1.08 per serve.


We finished the Jambalaya for $6.31 per serve.

Mar 20: Heuvos Rancheros; Salt & Pepper Calamari with Stir-fry Noodles & Cabbage


At lunch we supported our local Mexican restaurant by getting take-out Heuvos Rancheros for $10.00 per serve with tax and tip.


Tonight we experimented with some prepared Salt & Pepper Calamari, which we served with a “clean out the refrigerator” stir-fry with Cabbage, Noodles and Snow Peas.

  • The Salt & Pepper Calamari was $13.98 for two boxes or $4.66 per serve
  • The Udon Noodles were $3.29, but we used ⅓ or 55c per serve
  • The cabbage was 38c, or 13c per serve
  • Add 40c for other ingredients.

The Salt & Pepper Calamari (Whole Foods) was tasty and very tender. Overall it was very successful, although we had more than a generous serve. The stir-fry gave some balance to the meal for $5.74 per serve.

Mar 19: In and Out Burger; Red Wine and Mushroom Meatloaf with Blue Cheese Cauliflower Gnocchi


The Foodies and Niece went to In and Out Burger for $4.87 per serve with tax.


The American eating experience has to include a meatloaf, so Foodie Greg made our favorite Red Wine and Mushroom Meatloaf, and served with another favorite: Blue Cheese Gnocchi, with Cauliflower Gnocchi.

  • The dry aged ground beef was $20.16 or $5.04 per serve
  • Sliced portobello mushrooms were $2.49 or 63 per serve
  • Onions and garlic add 20c per serve
  • Two large eggs are $1.02 or 25c per serve
  • The butter is $3.99 per block, and we used about 3/8 for four serves, or 38c per serve
  • Red wine adds $1.00 or 25c per serve
  • Add 20c for Worcestershire sauce and other spices per serve
  • The English Peas were $3.49 and we served half, or 88c per serve
  • The gnocchi was $2.69 or 67c per serve
  • Blue cheese crumbles were $3.49 and we used half or 44c per serve
  • Heavy cream is $3.29 per pint, but we used only ¼ or 21c per serve.

As always a great Meatloaf and side for $9.15 per serve.

Mar 18: Gyro; Sous-Vide Duck with Crash Hot Potatoes and Wilted Chard


After shopping both home renovation stores we headed a little further and picked up a Lamb Yeros from New York Chicken and Gyro for $8.17 with tax and tip.


Now that we have our Duck technique down – sous vidé to medium rare, then sear the fat side – we were able to prepare a near perfect Duck breast for our niece.

  • The Duck was $13.11 or $4.37 per serve
  • The Potato Medley was $3.49 and we used half, or 88c per serve
  • The Green Chard was $1.99 or 67c per serve.

The verdict was “best duck ever” so we did well for $5.92 per serve.

Mar 17: Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese Bagel; Creole-style red Jambalaya


Just because we’re “social distancing” it doesn’t mean we have to eat badly. Today we had Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese & Kumato on an Everything Bagel.

  • Six Bagels were $5.49 or 92c per serve
  • Smoked Salmon was $7.99 or $2.67 per serve
  • Five Kumato were $3.49 and we had one each, or 70c per serve
  • Whipped Cream Cheese is $1.99 or 33c per serve.

A little luxury at home for $4.62 per serve.


Tonight we cooked a very Shrimp heavy Jambalaya.

  • Real pork andouille sausage from our local Ralph’s supermarket is $6.99 or $1.40 per serve
  • 1 lb of shrimp is $10.99,  or $3.67 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.

As always a very tasty meal for $6.31 per serve.

Mar 16: The Country Deli; Côte d’Azur Cure-All Soup


We had planned to take our niece to The Country Deli for lunch, but Coronavirus restrictions meant we got take-out instead. Foodie Philip went for the sandwich version of the Marinated Skirt Steak, while Foodie Greg and niece shared a Turkey Ruben. Lunch at the Deli averaged $22.16 with tax and tip.


Since Côte d’Azur (Cure-All Soup) is basically stock, eggs and cheese, it definitely qualifies as a Meatless Monday meal.

  • Six pastured brown eggs are $3.06 or $1.53 per serve
  • A whole head of garlic went into the soup: 50c  or 25c per serve
  • Organic chicken stock was $1.99 or $1.00 per serve
  • Parmesan cost $5.49 and we used it all, or $1.80 per serve.
  • Add 40c for herbs, oil  and seasonings.

Whether you’re sick or not this is a great soup for $4.98 per serve.

Mar 15: Bahn Mi; Cuban Style Roast Pork with Cuban Black Beans


For lunch we enjoyed a Bahn Mi for $9.27 per serve with tax and tip.


Since we received another Pork Shoulder we revisited the Cuban-Style Roast Pork with Mojo Sauce.

  • The Pork Butt was around $18.50 or $6.17 per serve
  • Navel Oranges were $3.83 or $1.28 per serve
  • Limes were $2.45 or 82c per serve
  • Add 50c for the canned Cuban Beans.

This is now officially our favorite way to use our Pork Butt. A great meal for $8.77 per serve.