Sunday, November 11, 2012
I'll be glad when this month is over and I can get back to eating what's in the fridge! My plan at this point is to continue to price out each day's food, but not to worry about whether I can buy it with the month's budget. So I'll eat the feta and parmesan and beef and stuff like that that I already have that I haven't been able to fit into this month's budget. But I'm still going to try to keep it under $4.30 per day or $130 for the month.
Saturday's food -
B - eggs scrambled in chicken fat
L - Peanut Butter Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Snack - macadamia nuts
S - tuna casserole, roasted green beans with bacon grease
T - tea with splenda
The macadamia nuts were an unnecessary splurge. Unnecessary because I didn't need them but especially because I don't even particularly like macadamia nuts! I was at the health food store getting some sliced almonds for Thanksgiving, saw the macadamias, and decided to get some. I should have gotten pecans, instead. Not only are they a lot cheaper, I like them a lot better, too. If you're going to splurge, make it count!
Estimated cost of the food eaten, including the macadamia nuts - $5.56
Saturday, November 10, 2012
B - soup of eggs, broth, and Veggie Veggie Stuff
L - salad of chicken, celery, tomatoes, mayo and sunflower seeds
S - Spaghetti Squash and Chicken Casserole
T - tea with cream and gelatin
Estimated cost of food eaten on Friday - $4.00
Friday, November 09, 2012
You may have noticed, hidden in among the Christmas stuff that's been in the stores since before Halloween, some hints that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Two weeks from yesterday, to be precise. What are your plans for Thanksgiving this year? Will you be going low carb or traditional high carb? Budget or traditional excessive and expensive?
I will be having Thanksgiving dinner at my house. So far, I know it will be me, two students from China, and the mother of one of the students who happens to be here visiting. I hope that I'll have a bunch more students. I told them at the organization that matched me with my students that I'd have room for at least 4 more.
I have done low carb Thanksgivings the past few years, but I've never really thought about making it budget, too. While budget is not going to be the first thing I'll be looking at, I thought I'd play around with some ideas for reducing the cost while not reducing the flavor or the traditionalness of it. (One advantage to having foreign guests is that they have limited expectations about what it's supposed to be like!)
So, do you have any suggestions or plans or recipes or tips to reduce the cost of Thanksgiving dinner? Other than managing to get yourself invited to someone else's house, that is!
Friday, November 09, 2012
B - eggs scrambled with mushrooms, tomatoes and onion in lard and chicken fat
L - Peanut Butter Chicken Veggie Soup
Snack - tea with splenda and cream
S - Tuna Casserole III (from Linda's website - basically a tuna/rice casserole with caulirice), butter broccoli and carrots
Estimated cost of food eaten Thursday - $3.89
Kadysmom, thanks for reminding me about recipes! As I said, I have thousands of recipes. Tens of thousands of recipes. But for some reason I wasn't using them. It even took me a few days after reading and responding to your comment to realize that I wasn't using them. So I made the tuna casserole last night, and plan to make a spaghetti squash and chicken casserole for supper tonight, and a quiche for lunch tomorrow and a few days beyond that. I have plenty of food - including meat - to get me through the end of the "month" (which ends next Thursday) with lots of variety. Thanks again!
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Cabbage, carrots and onions are available year round, are usually pretty cheap, keep very well, are extremely versatile, are pretty nutritious and fairly low carb. And, depending of course on how they're cooked, taste pretty good, too.
A cup of shredded cabbage, half a cup of shredded carrots, and a fourth of a cup of chopped onion costs about 35 cents around here, at regular (not sale) prices. It has 55 calories, 13 total carbs with 4 grams of fiber for 9 net carbs, no fat, and just 2 grams of protein. It has more than a day's worth of Vitamin A, about half a day's Vitamin C, a good chunk of the day's potassium, and smaller amounts of other stuff.
What to do with them?
Coleslaw, of course. It can be as simple as adding some mayo (full fat of course!), or you can jazz it up with celery seeds and other seasonings. I like to make a full meal out of coleslaw by adding some cheese and/or hard-boiled egg and/or ham or hotdog or sausage, plus some splenda and lemon juice. A cup of cabbage, a fourth of a cup of onion, 2 T mayo, part of a packet of splenda, some lemon juice, 2 oz diced cheddar (I like the chunks so grating it doesn't work for me), and 2 hardboiled eggs makes a very filling meal for about a dollar. It has 699 calories, 15 total carbs with 4 grams of fiber for a net of 11 carbs, 59 grams of fat, 29 grams of protein, half of the day's calcium, about a quarter of the day's folate, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin B-6, and Vitamin D, and more than a third of the day's Riboflavin, plus of course the Vitamin A, Vitamin C and the Potassium. BarS franks are frequently about a dollar a pound, which makes a hot dog about the same price as either an ounce of cheddar or an egg. Delicious.
Soup is another natural. Cabbage, carrots, onion, celery, canned tomatoes, and canned green beans, plus some hamburger and seasonings, makes a very filling, cheap and nutritious soup. Or put the carrots and onion in some chili. They go well in lots of other soups, too.
They're also great in stir-frys (or should it be stir-fries?). Saute some cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, and whatever other veggies you happen to have on hand that sound good or that need to be used up. Add some meat (leftover is fine) and/or an egg or two. Some soy sauce if you happen to have it, maybe some grated ginger (which is also amazingly cheap when you consider how little of it you use). Or use other seasonings if you don't feel like Chinese. While I'm not one of those who says that you can serve the same thing every day but use different seasonings and you'll never know you're eating the same thing, different seasonings do help mix it up a bit.
So pick up some cabbage, onions and carrots the next time you're at the grocery store, and stock up on extras when they go on sale. With these three on hand (and they keep for months in the fridge), you'll always have something to eat!
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