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Thursday, February 21

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Today's food -

Breakfast - asparagus cooked in butter and cream and then scrambled with eggs; tea with splenda and gelatin
Lunch - salad of cauliflower, hardboiled eggs, ranch dressing
Supper - Veggie Beef Soup and carrots
Evening Tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food eaten today - $3.43

  
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JAMBABY0 2/21/2013 8:57PM

    Awesome job!

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Finally! Hamburger is on sale!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I have been waiting all month for hamburger to go on sale! The closest it came was $2.77 for ground chuck, and I want it for less than $2.00 per pound. Well, Marsh has it for $1.98 starting today. If this were all for real, I would stock up on it. Instead, I mostly buy meat from the Farmers Market, where it does cost more but is, I hope, better for me. One farmer raises his animals only on pasture, and essentially organic, and sells his hamburger for $4.00 per pound, or $3.50 if you place a big enough order. It's a lot leaner than I'd really like, but then grass fed beef usually is. And I asked another farmer at the market about his hamburger, and he said that it's probably about 90% lean, although his is grain finished. And it costs more. Anyway, if you've noticed very little beef in my menus this month, it's because it hasn't been on sale, and pork has.

  
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KICK-SS 2/21/2013 9:12PM

    You can invest in a meat grinder (you can get them that aren't too expensive) and then buy some chuck roast or whatever's on sale and grind it yourself. My son has a grinder, hepaid about $60. for it) and he buys chuck at our local "Cash & Carry" and grinds it. It's fantastic - a good amount of fat too. A food processor can always work too for small amounts, I do that just for myself sometimes, but since the son shares with Mom, that's nice.....

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MELMOMOF4 2/21/2013 8:27AM

    we don't buy hamburger. we buy other meats. but yes ground chuck is very expensive

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Wednesday, February 20

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday's food -

Breakfast - MIM with a smear of lard (instead of butter) and no splenda. I must be getting adjusted to eating less sweetener!
Lunch - asparagus cooked in butter and cream until the cream thickened, then eggs scrambled into it, and everything topped with butter. Expensive, but good!
Snack - tea with splenda
Supper - Cuban Cauli-Rice over romaine with herb dressing
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

total cost of the food eaten on Wednesday - $3.52. The asparagus with cream and parmesan was expensive, but the asparagus needed to be used. I keep thinking that I'm saving money by not eating expensive things that I already have, but unfortunately it doesn't work that way! The 30 day Food Stamp Challenge ends on Sunday, and while I plan to still eat frugally, I've got a lot of things that I had purchased before the Challenge that need to be used. Mostly meat at this point, and some casseroles I made up and froze last summer with zucchini and eggplant.

  


Asparagus and eggs

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I fixed another bunch of the asparagus for lunch. This time I melted a tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet and added 10 ounces of asparagus (after trimming), cut into 1" pieces. Then added 1/4 c heavy whipping cream and turned the heat down low and cooked it for about 5 or 10 minutes, or until the asparagus was starting to get tender and the cream had evaporated enough that it was coating the asparagus. Added three eggs and scrambled them together. Put it in a bowl, sprinkled it with 2 oz of parmesan cheese, and ate it. Much better than the baked asparagus I had a few days ago. I'll probably fix the last of the asparagus the same way. It's good, but wouldn't be worth the price unless the asparagus was really cheap like it was when I got it.

  
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LIVINMYDREAMS 2/20/2013 2:51PM

    I reallly do like asparagus cooked in with eggs. Yummy!

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Tuesday, February 19

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Another cheap day.

Breakfast - MIM with splenda and cream
Lunch - green beans and franks heated in lard
Snack - tea with splenda
Supper - Cherokee Pork Chili, carrot
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

total cost of food eaten - $2.93

I went grocery shopping yesterday, and got a 12 oz package of Jenny O Turkey franks for 98 cents. There were 10 franks, 1.2 oz each. I got home from shopping a little after 1:00 and was hungry and tired, and didn't want to mess with cooking. So I put a couple of tablespoons of lard in a saucepan, and sliced up 3 of the franks and added them to the heat. (I just ate a 4th one out of hand.) Drained a can of French cut green beans and added them, heated them all up and ate them. Not great, but very quick and easy and only $1.02. If I go back out to Walmart again soon, I'll see about getting more of the franks. I don't usually eat processed food, but it is handy to have on hand for days like yesterday when I don't feel like messing around in the kitchen. 1 frank has 70 calories and only 1 carb.

  
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BUDGETMAW 2/20/2013 11:28AM

  Tell me more, Diet Friend. Dried beans that are usually used on baked beans or pork and beans or beanie weinies have a lot of carbs. Do you know of a way to make green beans work like dried beans? If so, I want to know about it!

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DIET_FRIEND 2/20/2013 11:25AM

    I think you should make a pot of beans with the hotdogs cut up in them a la baked beans or beanie weanies.

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