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Meatloaf crusted pie

Friday, February 15, 2013

I was looking through an old cookbook to see whether I want to keep it or if there were any recipes worth copying before I take it to the library for their booksale, and found a recipe for a meatloaf crusted vegetable pie. You start by making a meatloaf sort of thing (with no bread!) and line a deep casserole dish with that. Then you make a vegetable filling (eggplant in this case) and put that in the crust. Then top it with some more of the meatloaf mixture and seal the edges like you would with a regular pie crust, and bake.

While I didn't think the filling looked very good, the idea has definite possibilities. Sort of a Meatza sort of thing, I guess.

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ALICIA214 2/15/2013 1:25PM


Sounds different !!! emoticon

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Eating Out

Friday, February 15, 2013

A few days ago, JohnMartinMiles left a comment to the effect that he could easily spend as much on one lunch eaten out as I spend in a week for eating in. At the time I didn't think much about it, other than to agree with him that eating out is expensive. But I guess it's been working around in the back of my head, because it finally dawned on me that eating out is expensive! I knew it, of course, but only in a sort of theoretical way.

This week I went out to lunch after church on Sunday and to breakfast after a volunteer shift Monday morning. We didn't go any place special either time, and while I didn't try to eat cheaply, I certainly didn't get anything fancy or expensive. The two meals still came to about $25, or about what I spend on food for a week. Yikes!

So now I'm rethinking going out to eat. On the one hand, eating out is a social event for me, and the only time I have to sit around and chat with these particular friends. On the other hand, it's expensive. And probably not nearly as good for me as my own food. So I'll have to weigh the two sides and see what I come up with. I'll probably go out less after church, but not cut it out entirely. I'll definitely give more it more thought before suggesting or agreeing to eat out.

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DIET_FRIEND 2/15/2013 8:28PM

    It might be expensive to eat out, but we all need a treat now and then. I am economizing and cook at home most days (not as cheaply as you though). Nevertheless, I eat out on Sundays with my friends. This is my primary social time. I hate to give up all luxuries in life.

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WOUBBIE 2/15/2013 2:46PM

    You can arrange to meet people at non-eating venues, but it's just not as "easy" as just picking a restaurant.

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NAYPOOIE 2/15/2013 11:21AM

    It is certainly more expensive than eating at home. Hate to give up the social aspect of it tho'. Maybe less often, order a salad, and sneak your own meat onto it?

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FCARMICH 2/15/2013 7:42AM

  you could go out but not to eat -- order only tea and excuse it with "not hungry just now" and talk while others eat.

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TEDDYTEDDY 2/15/2013 7:23AM

    When I was on a strict diet or other reasons and hubby wanted to go out to eat I could usually find something healthy on the menu. If I was unable to do that, I would order a beverage which would fall in my guidelines and still have the social side of going out to eat without spending much money. Of course, in most places if there is a waitress you would still be obligated to tip the waitress (if I am ordering something small 1-2$ is what I leave). It may seem to be a rude thing to some people but if you cite medical reasons there may be some forgiveness from the waitress and other diners.

The only other option I can think of is to have the group meet at someone's house or in the church basement and bring your own food or have a potluck (diet potluck?) In the summer it could be an outdoor picnic.

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Thursday, February 14

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hope you all had a happy Valentine's Day!

Breakfast - Coconut Flour Pancakes with butter and splenda; tea with splenda and gelatin
Lunch - soup - bone broth, spinach, tomatoes, riced cauliflower, turkey, lard, fresh herbs
Supper - pork shoulder roast; stir-fried cabbage, carrots and onions
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food eaten today - $3.66

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Coconut Flour Pancakes

Thursday, February 14, 2013

This recipe is for you, Diet Friend! You might need to tinker with it a bit. Something didn't seem quite "right" to me. Maybe the vanilla, since I never put vanilla in regular pancakes. And I have Mexican vanilla, which is pretty strong. Let me know what you think. The whole batch, which I ate as a single serving, cost about 55 cents, not counting the grease for the skillet or the butter or other toppings. But I got the coconut flour on sale. At the regular price, this would cost about 70 cents.

The recipe is slightly modified from one from slightly modified from shecookshecleans.net at

(slightly modified from shecookshecleans.net)

1 egg, room temperature
4 T heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 t sugar equivelent sweetness
2 T coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt

Whisk the egg until frothy - for at least 2 minutes. Add the cream and whisk to combine. Add the vanilla, sweetener, baking soda and salt and whisk again. Sprinkle the coconut flour over the egg mixture and give it a really good whisk. The coconut flour has a tendency to clump so you want to be sure it's completely smooth. Let sit for at least 5 minutes. It will thicken up quite a bit.

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Grease the skillet with lard, or use tallow, butter or coconut oil. Use a gravy ladle to make pancakes with about 2 or 3 tablespoons of the batter. Spread it out with the back of the spoon if necessary. Cook until the pancakes are dry on top and the bubbles stay open, then flip and cook the other side. In other words, cook like regular pancakes.

Serve with butter, etc.

Serving Size: Makes 6 pancakes, about 3" - and very filling!

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NAYPOOIE 2/15/2013 11:25AM

    Thanks, I'll look for it at Freddy's. I was in a store last week that had an amazing number of Bob's flours, it probably has it too. Unfortunately, both those stores are out of town, about 50 miles from here, one north, one south. Mom wanted to go to Brookings, so maybe when I take her we'll make a Freddy run.

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MYLADY4 2/15/2013 9:59AM

    Yum!!!!! Toss in a couple of blueberries and it would be heaven

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BUDGETMAW 2/14/2013 12:57PM

  Naypooie, I found the coconut flour in the health food section of the local Kroger grocery store, which is a chain that includes Fred Meier (sp?) and a couple of other major chains. The flour I got was made by Bob's Red Mill, which produces lots of health food type grains and things. 2 tablespoons (which is all it took to make my batch of pancakes this morning) has 8 total carbs and 5 grams of fiber, for a net of 3 carbs.

Diet Friend, no, it really doesn't taste like coconut. I suppose if you absolutely positively loathed coconut you might taste it a bit, but I didn't notice it.

HoundLover, you don't use any leavening in your pancake batter? No soda or baking powder or anything?

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NAYPOOIE 2/14/2013 12:47PM

    Where do you find coconut flour, and what's the carb count?

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/14/2013 11:59AM

    Coconut flour pancakes are one of my favorites. I don't use a recipe, just mix coconut flour, eggs and full-fat yogurt or whole milk. I found that the batter has to be thicker (not liquid) than pancake batter made with wheat flour but the taste is great.

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DIET_FRIEND 2/14/2013 9:53AM

    Does the flour taste like cocoanut?

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JAIMESIZED 2/14/2013 9:14AM

    Sounds delicious. I want to try these! :)

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Wednesday, February 13

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Breakfast - eggs fried in lard; tea with splenda and gelatin
Lunch - pork shoulder steak, carrots
Supper - Spicy Cabbage Salad with Tuna
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food eaten today - $2.75

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BUDGETMAW 2/14/2013 3:10PM

  I am definitely fortunate (at least when it comes to this sort of thing!) that I am single, no kids, and don't work. It makes it a whole lot easier.

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ACCEPTINGME73 2/14/2013 1:07PM

    I wish I had the motivation to make this type of thing. I am using Atkins shakes for the morning and midday meals and eggs or meat for dinner. Maybe I will try your approach it sure would save me money.

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