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Monday, February 25, 2013

Here's a recipe for meatloaf. It's not real cheap, but it's reasonably priced. And good. And low carb. And easy.

(adapted from Low Carb Comfort Food Cookbook)

2/3 c heavy cream
1-1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 T dried parsley
1/2 c finely minced onion
1 t salt, or to taste
Pepper to taste
1 oz Parmesan cheese
1 egg

Preheat oven to 325.

Combine all ingredients, mixing lightly. Do not overmix. Put in oaf pan. Bake for about 1 hour or until done.

Total cost, using ground chuck at $2.77 per lb = $5.36, or $1.34 per serving for 4 servings.

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NANCYPAT1 2/25/2013 7:50PM

    Thank you for posting the recipe - it sounds delicious

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well, my 30 day Food Stamp Challenge is over. I overspent a little - $103.13 for the month and I was shooting for under $100, but there were some expensive veggies that I had on hand when the Challenge started that had to be eaten even though they raised the cost of my food. So I'm satisfied. This last week, when all the old veggies were gone, I averaged $3.06 per day.

For the month, I averaged the following daily nutrition -

Calories - 1726
Fat - 130 grams (68%)
Total carbs - 40 grams
Fiber - 14 grams
Net carbs - 26 grams
Protein - 106 grams

And I lost 8 pounds this month.

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BUDGETMAW 2/25/2013 7:31AM

  Honestly, Birgit? I buy my eggs and most of my beef and pork and almost all of my summer veggies at the Farmers Market, though I priced them at the regular stores for this challenge. The rest of my food (and almost everything as I priced it for this challenge) comes from Sam's, Walmart, Kroger (a major chain that's owned by the same people that own Fred Meyers and another big chain that I can't remember), and Marsh (a large mid-Western chain). And a few things from the local health food store/co-op. Mostly Walmart, except for when Marsh or Kroger has a really really good sale, or a very few things (like Juanita's Mexican Style Hominy) that Walmart doesn't carry.

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WOUBBIE 2/25/2013 12:02AM

    That is completely awesome, Maw!

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HOUNDLOVER1 2/24/2013 11:52PM

    Amazing! Great job! Both on the budgeting and on the weight loss. I guess my grocery bill shows me that I am really a picky eater. Fortunately more and more of our food comes from our garden, veggies, fruit and eggs.
Just curious, where do you shop? emoticon emoticon

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Sunday, February 24

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Breakfast - MIM with cream, tea with splenda and gelatin
Lunch - soup - pork broth from cooking the pork roast in the pressure cooker, riced cauliflower, chopped carrots, frozen spinach, eggs
Snack - turkey giblets
Snack - tea with splenda
Supper - turkey skin and other bits
Evening tea - tea with splenda and gelatin

Total cost of food for the day - $2.86



Sunday, February 24, 2013

I cooked a turkey today. Walmart had them on sale for 60 cents a pound in January, so I got 5 of them. Small-ish ones, too, about 11 to 12 pounds each. The one I cooked today was 11.25 lbs and cost $6.75.

I took the neck and giblets out and cooked them in water, and roasted the rest of the thing. I ate the heart and gizzard this afternoon when they were done, and at the skin off the whole turkey this evening. And in case you're thinking that skin isn't "real" food, that was 71 grams of protein and 143 grams of fat. Which, for those of you interested in the fat fast, comes out to 82% fat. I had another cup or so of scraps as I was taking the meat off the bones, plus the meat from the neck and the wing tips, so call it 3 servings of turkey today. I took the meat off of the bones and put it in one and two cup freezer containers - 10 cups worth. That's 13 "servings" at 1 cup each. Then I put the bones and the stock from cooking the giblets and the juices from the bottom of the oven bag into the crockpot, and I'll end up with half a dozen or so pints of good strong turkey bone broth. Plus another "serving" of meat when I clean the bones off again. So 14 servings for $6.75, or just under 50 cents per serving or cup of meat. Plus half a dozen or so pints of broth which I say cost nothing as they are a by-product of the turkey meat. Not a bad deal! Of course, you don't usually get turkey for 60 cents a pound - or at least I don't - but even at 79 cents a pound (a common holiday price) that's less than 65 cents per cup or serving.

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LIVINMYDREAMS 2/25/2013 12:06PM

    Rarely in Ca do we get that kind of price for turkey. I wish!

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GLC2009 2/24/2013 10:21PM

    i love turkey. i love the whole process. you start with the nice turkey dinner, then have sandwiches (which i now make wheat free) and then, the soup!! awesome!

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DIET_FRIEND 2/24/2013 9:21PM

    When you break it down like that, it's easy to see how inexpensive turkey is.

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Tuna or Salmon Loaf

Sunday, February 24, 2013

This recipe comes from lowcarbfriends.com, with minor adjustments. Like I say to bake it in a loaf instead of muffins.

(From lcfriends.com)

Three 5 ounce cans tuna or one 15 oz can salmon, drained well
2 eggs
1/4 cup celery, chopped fine (1 ounce)
2 tablespoons onion, chopped fine (1/2 ounce)
1/4 cup green pepper, minced (1 ounce)
2 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch Old Bay seasoning

Mix all ingredients and spoon into a well greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until puffed, set and lightly browned around the edges.

About $2.50 for the whole batch.

Here’s a recipe for Old Bay Seasoning in case you don't have any on hand:


1 tablespoon celery seeds
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
6 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon whole cardamoms
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
4 whole cloves
1 teaspoon sweet Hungarian paprika
1/4 teaspoon mace

In a spice grinder or small food processor, combine all of the ingredients. Grind well and store in a small glass jar. Best if used within 6 months (date your jar). Be especially sure that the bay leaves are very well ground.


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