Dec 5: Curry Pot Roast in Panini Rust Rolls; French Onion Soup

Lunch

We still had some of the chuck roast so we used the last of it in another par baked roll we finished in the oven, smeared with horseradish aioli, and stuffed with the chuck roast of a few nights ago, and tabouli.

  • Tabouli was $2.69 but we used half, or 43c per serve
  • The beef roast $4.42 per serve, and we shared one, or $1.21 per serve
  • Add 20c for the horseradish aioli
  • Add 63c for the roll.

A really good roll for $2.47 per serve.

Dinner

In cold weather there’s nothing better than a steamy hot soup and French Onion is a favorite. We used half the onion in the French Onion soup and kept the remainder for sandwiches, etc.

  • Five onions were $1.00 or 20c per serve
  • Beef broth is $1.99 or 68c per serve
  • A cup of red wine adds 40c per serve
  • Butter adds 25c per serve
  • Half a panini roll is 32c
  • The gruyere was $8.99 and we used half, or $2.25 per serve.

The soup and roll comes to $1.85 and then the cheese adds another $2.25 to bring the total to $4.10 and worth every penny.

Dec 4: Popeye’s Fried Chicken with Pinto Bean & Andouille Stew; Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Eggplant with Tomato

Lunch

For lunch we decided to finish the Popeye’s Fried Chicken and paired it with some of the Pinto Bean and Andouille Sausage Stew.

  • 9 Pieces of chicken were $8.99 on a new special, or $2.19 per serve with tax
  • A half serve of the stew is $1.22.

An enjoyable lunch for $3.41 per serve.

Dinner

We had planned on French Onion Soup, but did not start early enough to have it ready for tonight, so we chose scrambled eggs, bacon, and Grecian Style Eggplant with Tomatoes and Onions (Trader Joe’s), which is really good.

  • The eggplant, tomato and onion is $2.49 or $1.25 per serve
  • Two pastured eggs are $1.00 per serve
  • Four slices of bacon are $2.74 or $1.37 per serve
  • Toast is 16c per slice
  • Butter adds 35c.

A great fall-back meal for $4.13 per serve.

Dec 3: Tuna Pouch & Swiss; Gyoza with Ginger Miso Broth and Poached Egg

Lunch

A split lunch schedule had Foodie Philip eating alone a little later than usual.

  • The tuna was $2.00 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Add 50c for butter, garlic spread and capers.

A good sandwich for $3.16 per serve.

Dinner

A no-think meatless Monday requires a return  to our stand-by favorite: Vegetable Gyoza in a 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 50c.

A great tasting, simple and quick meal for $3.70 per serve.

Dec 2: Curry Pot Roast in Panini Rust Rolls; Pinto Bean & Andouille Sausage Stew

Lunch

For lunch we finished the par-baked rolls in the oven, smeared with horseradish aioli, and stuffed with the chuck roast of a few nights ago, and tabouli.

  • Tabouli was $2.69 but we used half, or 43c per serve
  • The beef roast $4.42 per serve, and we shared one, or $1.21 per serve
  • Add 20c for the horseradish aioli
  • Add 63c for the roll.

A really good roll for $2.47 per serve.

Dinner

When we first tried this Pinto Bean & Andouille Sausage Stew, which is likely an ancestor to the Southwest Beans and Rice.

We followed the recipe fairly closely although we substituted a can of fire roasted tomatoes for the fresh in the recipe. We kept it moderately spicy. The recipe makes at least eight serves.

  • The pinto beans were $1.19 or 15c per serve
  • The pepper was $1.12 or 14c per serve
  • The Bell pepper was 99c or 12c per serve
  • The fire roasted tomatoes were $1.29 or 16c per serve
  • The bacon was $7.99 but we used ⅜ or 38c per serve
  • The sausage was $8.99 or $1.25 per serve
  • Add 15c per serve for spices and seasoning
  • Add 10c for labne.

This dish spans the space between a stew and a chili; served with rice, but dressed like a chili. Despite only half a sausage in each serve (and less bacon) it has a great meaty taste for $2.45 per serve.

 

Dec 1: Bahn Mi; Turmeric-Coconut Curry with Pork and Brown Rice

Lunch

We’d been craving a Bahn Mi all week, so we finally got it today for $8.95 per serve with tax & tip.

Dinner

Tonight’s dinner made three very generous serves of the Turmeric Coconut Curry with Pork. The third was eaten as a snack! We added bean sprouts for a wet crunch

  • The pork came from our Prather Ranch meat delivery – 1 lb of ground pork cost $8.31 or $$2.77 per serve
  • Add 45c for onion, ginger and turmeric’
  • Coconut milk was $1.89 or 63c per serve
  • Almond flakes were $2.49 but we used only 1/5 or 17c per serve
  • Brown rice is 33c per serve
  • Bean sprouts were $1.49 but we used only 1/3 or 25c per serve.

Dinner tonight had a good level of heat offset by the coconut. The bok choy provided a nice textural alternative to the pork and rice. A decent meal for $4.60 per serve

November 2018: Summary and Observations

While we spent most of the month at home, there was a weekend away for a conference in Cupertino, CA.

We had a lot of good food this month, including some excellent Hunanese style Chinese food at Sizzling Gourmet in Cupertino.

The averages for this month:

  • Lunch prepared at home $2.71 ($2.25 in October)
  • Lunch eaten or purchased outside the home: $11.62 ($10.70)
  • Dinner eaten at home: $6.63 ($5.76)
  • Dinner eaten out: $22.13 ($21.99).

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 also lower.

Our most expensive meal was at Cafe Torre in Cupertino at $34.34 per serve for good, but not great, Italian.

Our most expensive at home meal was our Australian Style Cobb Salad with the the dry aged rib eye  at $11.97 per serve. This month’s meals at home are slightly over our long term averages.

Lunches at home cost 23% of the cost of eating food prepared outside the home, while dinners at home cost 30% the average of dinner out this month.

Had we purchased every lunch and prepared none it would have cost us $348.60 per person in September. We actually spent $48.83 for lunches at home plus $127.84 for lunches purchased or eaten out:  $176.67 in total.

Had we purchased every evening meal out and prepared none at home, it would have cost us $663.90 per person. We actually spent $145.82 for dinners at home and $132.79 for dinners out: $278.61  in total.

We saved $557.22 by preparing and eating most meals at home, plus we have better control over what we eat.

Over the month we prepared 18 different recipes for evening meals.

Nov 30: Popeyes Fried Chicken; Sussex Smokey

Lunch

Since Foodie Philip was near a Popeyes, it was time for fried chicken with red beans and rice for lunch.

  • 9 Pieces of chicken were $8.99 on a new special, or $2.19 per serve with tax
  • Red beans were $3.99 or $2.19 with tax.

An enjoyable lunch for $4.38 per serve.

Dinner

Another Friday, another fish recipe and this time we returned to our  version of a Sussex Smokey. I simple dish largely consisting of leeks, smoked fish (haddock in the recipe, smoked trout in our version), and a roux with some seasoning.

  • The smoked trout was $7.49 or $3.75 per serve
  • Heavy cream is $3.49 but we used ⅛ or 22c per serve
  • The leeks were $2.99 or $1.50 per serve
  • A pint of organic Half and Half is $1.99 and we used ½ or 50c per serve
  • Add 40c for breadcrumbs
  • Add 30c for butter
  • Add 30c for seasoning
  • Sugar snap peas were $4.99 and we shared ⅓, or 83c per serve .

A very enjoyable meal for $7.80 per serve.

Nov 29: Tuna & Swiss, Chicken Breast & Swiss; Massaman Beef Pot Roast

Lunch

For lunch we share two toasted sandwiches: Sweet & Spicy Tuna with Swiss Cheese and capers, and Sliced Chicken Breast with Swiss.

  • The tuna was $1.00 per serve
  • Sprouted Rye bread is 32c per serve
  • Swiss slices are 12 for $3.99 or 34c per serve
  • Sliced peppered chicken breast is $7.99 for 8 oz and we shared 2 oz or $1.00 per serve
  • Add 50c for butter, garlic spread and capers.

A pretty standard lunch for us for $3.16 per serve.

Dinner

We had a chuck roast in our Keller Crafted meat box and decided to do a pot roast, but with Massaman flavors. We served half the pot roast with curry liquid and rice tonight, and kept the rest of the meat for sandwiches.

  • The beef was $17.68 but we’ll get four serves, or $4.42 per serve
  • The curry is $3.38 per can or $1.69 per serve
  • Coconut milk is $1.69 per can or 85c per serve
  • Peanuts were $2.99 but we only used half, or 75c per serve
  • Peal onion adds 20c per serve
  • Add 33c for brown rice.

The curry was very good, and the beef incredibly tender. A really good meal for $8.42 per serve.

Nov 28: Chicken & Wild Rice Soup; Pizza

Lunch

On a cool day a hot, warming soup hits the spot, so we each had a pack of Chicken and Wild Rice soup with a slice of “fry bread.”

  • The soup is $2.49 per serve
  • The bread is 16c per serve
  • Add 20c for butter.

A warming and tasty soup for $2.85 per serve.

Dinner

Tonight was our user group night, where everyone contributes $10.00 toward the cost of pizza.

Nov 27: The Country Deli; Lamb Loin Chops with Crispy Sheet Pan Gnocchi and Veggies

Lunch

Circumstances had us in the vicinity of The Country Deli so we stopped their for lunch for an average of $22.34 per serve.

Dinner

Since we still had some of last night’s Gnocchi and vegetables, we grilled lamb loin chops and served with the reheated gnocchi, although we forgot the parmesan tonight.

  • Lamb loin chops were $13.10 or $6.55 per serve
  • The gnocchi and vegetables, without parmesan is $2.60 per serve.

While the gnocchi and vegetable bake was good, it was better with lamb loin chops. A good meal for $9.15 per serve.