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Veggie Beef Soup

Friday, February 15, 2013

Made with whatever happened to be handy, which today happened to be -


1 lb ground beef
4 T lard or drippings
1/2 large onion, chopped (80 g)
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 c broth
2 c canned tomatoes
1 can French cut green beans
4 oz frozen spinach
2 T Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the ground beef in the lard or drippings. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add everything else, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for half an hour to an hour.

Serving Size: 4 servings about 2 cups each

Total cost of batch of soup - $4.33


Friday, February 15

Friday, February 15, 2013

Breakfast - eggs scrambled in drippings; tea with splenda and gelatin
Lunch - Pork and Cauliflower Salad; pork roast
Supper - Veggie Beef Soup
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food eaten today - $3.29


Pork and Cauliflower Salad

Friday, February 15, 2013

With pork at 99 cents a pound again, I'll be eating lots of pork! This salad is based on Sumptuous Pork Salad from the Carbohydrate Addict's Cookbook, but I used less pork. The original recipe calls for 2 cups of pork to 1 cup each of cauliflower and celery. Actually, like most salads, the quantities and proportions can be varied depending on how much of each you happen to have. I tried it with no celery once, though, and it wasn't very good. Some diced red bell pepper would be pretty in this, too.

(slightly modified from the Carbohydrate Addict's Cookbook)

1 c diced, cooked pork
1 c diced or sliced raw cauliflower
1 c diced celery
2 T mayo
1 t mustard (any kind - dijon, spicy, horseradish, whatever) or to taste

Just mix it all up and eat!

I have this as a single serving. The total cost was about $1.06. I used leftover pork shoulder roast that I cooked in the pressure cooker last night, and about 8 oz raw yielded about 1 cup cooked and diced. But it was very fatty. I think with the other pork roast that was on sale last week it wouldn't have taken a full 8 oz to get one cup. I've also used leftover pork shoulder steak, and leftovers from various other pork roasts. You could even use pork loin, which I usually don't like because it seems like it's too dry. It costs more, even on sale, but I don't think it cooks down nearly as much. In other words, just use whatever's on sale.


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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