BUDGETMAW's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BUDGETMAW BUDGETMAW's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ NO BAKE (SKILLET) CASSEROLES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406610 Someone on my team said that my casseroles sound good but it's too hot to turn on the oven. That's a definite problem with summer veggies - it's too hot to bake or can, or even cook. (Can you imagine cooking on a wood stove in a house with no a/c, and wearing a dozen or so layers of clothes?) <BR> <BR> So, what do you do? Well, many "casseroles" don't really need to be baked. Baking does a few things for casseroles - it gets them hot, finishes cooking the meat and/or veggies, gives the flavo... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 19:29:52 EST PEPPER STUFFING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405479 I used to like Stuffed Peppers, or at least the stuffing. I didn't like the slimy, flabby peppers themselves. Yuck! Eventually I had a flash of brilliance. I could chop up the peppers and mix them with the stuffing and avoid those nasty pepper shells. Success! <BR> <BR> This is one of the recipes that changes every time I make it, because it all depends on what I happen to have on hand. My original recipe calls for a pound of chorizo and a pound of hamburger; lately I've been using all hambu... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 20:03:43 EST ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405070 ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND ZUCCHINI <BR> (from a recipe in The Hoosier Cookbook) <BR> <BR> 1 lb Italian sweet sausages, sliced <BR> 1/2 c onion, chopped (50 gr) <BR> 2 c tomatoes, peeled and chopped (1 lb) <BR> 4 c unpeeled zucchini, shredded (1 lb) <BR> 1 t lemon juice <BR> 1/4 t salt <BR> 1/4 t Tabasco sauce <BR> 1/2 t dried leaf oregano <BR> 1/4 c grated Parmesan cheese (1 oz) <BR> <BR> Brown the sausage in a BIG skillet. My 12" skillet was barely big enough. Add onion and cook for another 5 mi... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:19:21 EST ROPA VIEJA (Cubanish shredded beef) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402058 This the meat that went with the recipe for Cuban Cauli-Rice, which I modified and posted as Spanish Cauli-Rice. Both recipes are from paleomg.com. Here's a link to the paleomg.com's recipe. What I've posted below is what I actually cooked, with changes mostly due to what I had on hand. <link>paleomg.com/crockpot-ropa-vieja-cuba<BR>n-style-rice/ </link> You'll notice that I left out the capers and the tomato sauce (didn't have any), used a green pepper instead of yellow and red, and used a... Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:30:38 EST Saturday, August 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401752 Breakfast - none <BR> Snack - garden tomatoes <BR> 0.00 - from garden <BR> Lunch - broccoli slaw salad <BR> 0.50 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.25 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> 0.05 - tea <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.20 - cream <BR> Supper - liver and onions and bacon <BR> 0.35 - jowl bacon <BR> 0.60 - beef liver <BR> 0.15 - onion <BR> 0.00 - garden tomatoes <BR> 0.20 - cucumber <BR> 0.60 - feta cheese <BR> <BR>... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:40:21 EST SPANISH CAULI-RICE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401455 A few happenstances led to my buying some fresh cauliflower and hence making this tomorrow night. Probably. At least that's my plan. It started when I drove a friend to a local grocery store so he could pay his electric bill. While I was there, I saw that they had 5 oz tubes of the toothpaste I like for 99 cents a tube. So I went back later to get some. While I was there, I figured I might as well get the offal to make my dog's Glop (a gosh awful mixture of beef liver and chicken liver and (u... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:38:06 EST Friday, August 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401418 Breakfast - none <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.00 - tomato from my garden, picked and popped straight into my mouth <BR> Lunch - Cauliflower and Egg Salad <BR> 0.65 - cauliflower <BR> 0.10 - celery <BR> 0.50 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.20 - sunflower seeds <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.00 - tomato from my garden, picked and popped straight into my mouth <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.10 - tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.30 - Curried Beef and Vegetables (1-1/2 servings) <BR> 0.20 - cabbage wedge <BR> <BR> 3.05 - total co... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:43:09 EST CURRIED BEEF AND VEGGIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401417 This recipe comes from one in "Pillsbury 30-Minute Meals with Chicken and Ground Beef." I don't know how old the cook book is, but I'm guessing mid-70s. The original recipe was for soup, but I left out the two cups each of water and beef broth you add at the end to make it soup. I used more veggies than called for, and it could have used more curry powder and more salt, both of which are included in the recipe below. <BR> <BR> I've included the veggies that I actually used. The original rec... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:33:00 EST Thursday, August 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401074 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - Chicken and Egg Salad <BR> 1.00 - chicken <BR> 0.20 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.15 - Mexicanish Beef and Zucchini <BR> 0.65 - cheese <BR> <BR> 3.20 - total cost of the day's food Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:41:56 EST MEXICANISH BEEF AND ZUCCHINI http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401073 MEXICANISH BEEF AND ZUCCHINI <BR> (based on a recipe at http://www.food.com/recipe/zucchini-and-gr<BR>ound-beef-casserole-461077) <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef (2.00) <BR> 50 gr chopped onion (0.10) <BR> 2 garlic cloves, chopped (0.10) <BR> Salt and pepper <BR> 1 c salsa (1.00) <BR> 1 t - 1 T Mexican seasoning (taco, fajita, enchilada, etc.) (or 1 t cumin) (0.15) <BR> 1 lb zucchini, in 1/4” dice (if seeds are big, remove them before weighing) (free - from garden) <BR> <BR> Brown ground beef wi... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:36:57 EST Monday, August 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399924 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - homemade beef broth <BR> 0.15 - cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 2.00 - bacon <BR> 0.35 - eggs <BR> Supper - <BR> 3.00 - beef back ribs <BR> <BR> 5.50 - total cost of the day's food <BR> <BR> Today is the last day of my egg and meat fast, and also the last day of the beef back ribs, so things should get back to "normal" tomorrow. <BR> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:11:06 EST Sunday, August 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399922 Sunday was going to be another egg and meat fast, but I had lunch at Mom's and she made me a big salad while I was working in the yard. I did the egg and meat fast the rest of the day, though. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - homemade beef broth <BR> 0.15 - cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - I ate at Mom's house <BR> Supper - <BR> 3.00 - beef back ribs <BR> <BR> 3.15 - total cost of the day's food Mon, 14 Aug 2017 21:09:38 EST Saturday, August 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399432 Another egg and meat fast day yesterday, so a bit more expensive than usual. Actually, it wasn't the fast that made it expensive but the fact that I had beef for supper. Pork and chicken and eggs are much cheaper. <BR> <BR> It's unfortunate that I'm doing the E&MF at this particular time, since there's so much produce from my garden that I'm not able to eat. But now is when I need it, to get the carbs out of my system from when Libby was here. I'll probably start adding back carbs tomorrow.... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 15:55:57 EST ROASTED CAULIFLOWER SOUP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399113 My not almost-15-year-old (next month) niece was here this week. She's 100% vegetarian and pretty much vegan (plans to become totally vegan once school starts next week), which makes for some interesting times figuring out menus, since I eat a lot of meat. <BR> <BR> We were talking about things she likes or wants to try and she googled some soup recipes. One that she came up with was Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup. She made it for us one day. I was expecting to have to add some cream and/or... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 17:23:58 EST Friday, August 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398983 Boy, did I ever get off track while Libby was here! And after she left, too, but only that day. I dumped some perfectly good food in the garbage to get it out of the house. <BR> <BR> She left on Thursday, and yesterday (Friday) I did an egg and meat fast to get the carbs out of my body. I could have done it a lot more cheaply if I'd had chicken or pork instead of beef back ribs, but the ribs were on sale (99 cents a pound) so I got a package of them. I'm cooking them up one serving at a time... Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:21:22 EST Saturday, August 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396445 Binging (which never looks right - it looks like it should rhyme with ringing or singing) is not only hard on the waistline and the health, it's also hard on the pocketbook. But I'm back on track now. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - homemade chicken bone broth <BR> 0.15 - cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.45 - cauliflower <BR> 0.20 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> 0.25 - ranch dressing <BR> Supper - <BR> 2.35 - roast beef <BR> 0.00 - tomatoes from garden <BR> <BR> 3.55 - total cost of the... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 20:40:11 EST Tuesday, August 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394809 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - homemade chicken bone broth <BR> 0.15 - heavy whipping cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.50 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.15 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Snacks - <BR> 0.05 - iced tea with splenda <BR> 0.10 - egg <BR> 0.05 - mayo <BR> 0.10 - cabbage <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.55 - Slow Cooker International Pork and Veggie Stew <BR> 0.00 - tomatoes from my garden <BR> <BR> 3.00 - total cost of the day's food <BR> <BR... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 19:55:22 EST SLOW COOKER INTERNATIONAL PORK AND VEGGIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394751 "International" because it calls for Thai fish sauce, Italian spaghetti sauce, and French-ish Sunny Paris seasoning! <BR> <BR> The recipe I'm going to give is very very close to Nom Nom Paleo's Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew at <link>nomnompaleo.com/post/8425643634/slow<BR>-cooker-cheater-pork-stew </link> . The main difference is that I cut the veggies up a bit differently and instead of using Penzey's Sunny Paris seasoning, I'm calling for a bit of each of the ingredients in the seasoning... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 15:55:58 EST Monday, July 31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394386 And the month is over! Or will be in another few hours, anyway. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.80 - Chicken Pot Pie Pudding <BR> 0.25 - 140 gr tomatoes <BR> 0.05 - 2 t balsamic vinegar <BR> 0.00 - fresh basil (from garden) <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.05 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Dinner - <BR> 1.05 - Zucchini Beef Pie (1-1/2 servings) <BR> 0.30 - 100 gr cauliflower (trimmed) <BR> 0.10 - 2 t ranch dressing <BR> <BR> 2.60 - total cost of the day's food Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:03:22 EST Sunday, July 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393956 Didn't get the Beef Zucchini Pie made. I was at Mom's house this morning walking her dog and working in the yard, and when she fixed me lunch I found out she was out of bread and the only veggie in the house was some carrots! So I went to Winco and did her shopping and then we played Rummikube, and I didn't get home until about 4:30. The zucchini will last another day. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - 2 c homemade chicken bone broth <BR> 0.15 - 2 T heavy whipping cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:09:13 EST BEEF ZUCCHINI PIE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393813 This is one of the summer veggie casseroles I make in the summer and then freeze to eat the rest of the year. It's good. I don't have any cheddar at the moment, and I've exceeded my July food budget already, so I'm going to use some mozzarella I have in the freezer. It should go just fine with the basil and oregano and garlic and zucchini. <BR> <BR> By the way, did you know you can use soured cottage cheese in lasagna and similar dishes? Including this one? And you can freeze it, too, when y... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:16:29 EST Saturday, July 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393597 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - chicken bone broth (homemade, from bones) <BR> 0.15 - cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.35 - Peanut Salad Dressing <BR> 0.50 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.55 - chicken <BR> 0.05 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.70 - Hamburger Green Beans a la Carbonara <BR> 0.35 - tomato <BR> 0.05 - balsamic vinegar <BR> 0.00 - basil (from my garden) <BR> <BR> 3.70 - total cost for the day's food <BR> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 19:30:06 EST PEANUT SALAD DRESSING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393544 I was looking through an old cookbook this morning, from 1918, and ran across a recipe for "Peanut Cream," which is really a salad dressing. The recipe says to pour it over lettuce or celery, but I used it on broccoli slaw, instead. I added some cooked chicken to make it a main dish salad. It turned out pretty good. Something I might make again. It would probably be good on any kind of cruciferous vegetable - broccoli and cabbage for sure, probably cauliflower and others. It would probably be... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:41:49 EST Friday, July 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393233 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - chicken bone broth (homemade, from bones) <BR> 0.15 - cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 1.70 - Hamburger Green Beans a la Carbonara <BR> 0.40 - tomato <BR> 0.05 - balsamic vinegar <BR> 0.00 - basil (from my garden) <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.50 - chicken <BR> 0.00 - tomatoes (from my garden) <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.80 - Chicken Pot Pie Pudding <BR> 0.10 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.55 - cauliflower <BR> <BR> 4.25 - total cost of the day's food Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:37:02 EST Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393222 Winco has had "jumbo" eggs for 93 cents a dozen for past few months. "Large" eggs have been 88 cents a dozen. Occasionally the jumbo eggs are even less than the large. <BR> <BR> According to the SP Nutrition Tracker, it takes about 16 "large" eggs to equal the protein, fat and calories of a dozen "jumbo" eggs. That means that if jumbo and large eggs are the same price (or really close, like they have been lately around here at Winco), you're basically getting four eggs "free" with every doz... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:56:10 EST CHICKEN POT PIE PUDDING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6393218 This recipe all started with a recipe for Chicken Pudding that I found in "265 choice recipes / collected by the ladies of Trinity Church, Washington, D.C.," c1883. (I like reading old cookbooks.) The recipe called for cutting up some chickens like you would for frying, adding lots of butter and some salt, pepper and thyme, and covering the whole thing with a mixture of milk and eggs, and probably some flour. (I'm not sure about the flour.) It sounded good to me, but it seemed like it would n... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:39:05 EST Thursday, July 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392850 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - chicken bone broth (homemade from bones I'd pulled the meat off of) <BR> 0.15 - cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - (ate at restaurant) <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.50 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.15 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - iced tea with splenda <BR> <BR> 1.25 - total cost of the day's food eaten at home (I don't count the cost of meals eaten away from home) <BR> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:08:37 EST Wednesday, July 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392442 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - chicken broth (from cooking chicken last night) <BR> 0.10 - cream <BR> Lunch - <BR> 1.70 - Chicken Eggplant Casserole <BR> 0.00 - tomato (from garden) <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.70 - Hamburger Green Beans a la Carbonara <BR> 0.35 - cucumber <BR> 0.10 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.15 - tomato <BR> <BR> 4.10 - total cost of the day's food <BR> <BR> The Hamburger Green Beans a la Carbonara is a bit cheaper than usual because I thought I had a pound of hamburger but it was only half... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:38:22 EST HAMBURGER GREEN BEANS A LA CARBONARA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392393 I think this recipe started life as one from Dana Carpender, but I made substantial changes to it. <BR> <BR> HAMBURGER GREEN BEANS A LA CARBONARA <BR> <BR> 1 lb hamburger (2.00) <BR> 50 g raw bacon, in small pieces (0.40) <BR> 100 g onion, chopped (0.10) <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced (0.15) <BR> 1 lb green beans, tipped and topped and in bite size pieces (2.00) <BR> 4 eggs (0.30) <BR> 60 g cream (0.25) <BR> Dash red pepper flakes <BR> Dash nutmeg <BR> Salt and pepper to taste <BR> 120 g gra... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:55:43 EST Tuesday, July 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6392004 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - tomato (from my garden) <BR> 0.00 - lard (rendered at home, cost allocated to the meat) <BR> 1.05 - Ratatouille <BR> 0.25 - eggs <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.00 - chicken skins <BR> 0.10 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.35 - cauliflower <BR> <BR> 2.80 - total cost of today's food Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:37:44 EST Monday, July 24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391587 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.50 - broccoli slaw <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.70 - Chicken Eggplant Casserole <BR> 0.25 - kohlrabi <BR> <BR> 3.00 - total cost of the day's food <BR> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:48:35 EST Sunday, July 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391191 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.25 - eggs <BR> 0.85 - bacon <BR> 0.05 - onion <BR> 0.20 - green pepper <BR> 0.25 - tomato <BR> 0.00 - fresh basil and oregano (from my garden) <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.10 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.70 - Chicken and Eggplant Casserole <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.10 - egg <BR> <BR> 3.50 - total cost of the day's food <BR> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:57:40 EST Groupings, not recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391170 You probably already figured this out, but I'm kind of slow sometimes. <BR> <BR> I seldom make things the same way twice. Something is usually different, because of what I have on hand, or the size of the veggies or the pack of meat, or whatever. I've got three or four (I think the most is 6) different versions of some recipes, because I changed them each time I made them. <BR> <BR> Now I use "groupings" instead. I enter all of the ingredients in my daily nutrition tracker (because it's so... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:47:21 EST CHICKEN EGGPLANT CASSEROLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391162 I've decided I'm going to quit saying whether I think something is good or not. Well, maybe unless it's REALLY good or REALLY bad. I figure that if someone published it, either electronically or in print, then they, at least, must think it's good. And I don't have a very good sense of taste, so most things are pretty blah to me. Bear that in mind, would you please? That I'm not vouching for how good my recipes are. <BR> <BR> This recipe came about because I had an eggplant and some chicken b... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:21:36 EST RATATOUILLE I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390738 This is how I made Ratatouille last night. I made some last summer and froze it in individual servings, and have been eating it with scrambled eggs. Yum! Unfortunately, the recipe I found and used last night wasn't the same one I used last summer. It was still pretty good, though. <BR> <BR> I think that if I were to use this recipe again, I'd cook all of the veggies before baking it. I'm not likely to cook everything separately, so I'd probably cook everything but the zucchini and parmesan t... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 20:27:04 EST Saturday, July 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390728 For three days I didn't even track my food, let alone track the costs. Mostly I ate blueberries (about a pound and a half), sunflower seeds (about 3/4 pound), cashews (about 3/4 pound), parmesan cheese (between a quarter and a half a pound), and most of a quart of cream. About $20 just for those things, plus whatever the rest of it cost. But I'm back on track today, and keeping track of what I ate and how much it cost. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.00 - tea with sugar (at a ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:58:54 EST Tuesday, July 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389165 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.70 - cauliflower <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - celery <BR> 0.25 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.00 - Slow Cooker Pork and Kale <BR> 0.40 - cottage cheese <BR> <BR> 2.90 - total cost of day's food <BR> <BR> Fresh cauliflower is expensive, but sure is good! <BR> <BR> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:08:38 EST Monday, July 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388678 Breakfast - none <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.55 - Oven Fried Chicken <BR> Lunch - salad <BR> 0.55 - Oven Fried Chicken <BR> 0.00 - lettuce from garden <BR> 0.30 - tomato <BR> 0.30 - cucumber <BR> 0.25 - ranch dressing <BR> 0.05 - sriracha <BR> 0.10 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.10 - iced tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.40 - Cracked Slaw <BR> <BR> 3.60 - total cost of day's food <BR> <BR> That's more about what I'd be aiming for if I were aiming for anything in particular. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:13:46 EST Sunday, July 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388276 Boy, was today ever cheap! No breakfast, as usual, and Mom fed me lunch again after I spent all morning working in her yard. I had beef broth (leftover from cooking the beef roast, so "free") with cream for a snack, then chicken, kohlrabi, and cantaloupe (someone gave me the cantaloupe so it was "free," too) for supper. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - ate at Mom's house <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.00 - beef broth (from cooking beef roast) <BR> 0.10 - cream <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.5... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:12:52 EST Oven Fried Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388274 I got this recipe (well, the recipe that's behind this recipe) from The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook, by Erin Chase, 2008. The premise of the book is that she and her husband were having trouble making ends meet, and about the only place they could save money was on food. So she set out to come up with a bunch of meals that cost, you got it, no more than $5 for the family of four. She includes the cost for each ingredient that goes into each recipe and each menu. I was surprised to see how close t... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:06:44 EST Saturday, July 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387900 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - bacon and eggs and ham (Mom fed me after I did yard work for her) <BR> 0.00 - cantaloupe (gift) <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.40 - Cracked Slaw <BR> <BR> 1.40 - total cost of day's food (not counting what was given to me) <BR> <BR> 3.91 - average daily cost of food for the week Sat, 15 Jul 2017 22:01:26 EST Cracked Slaw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387899 Yes, I know - it's really Crack Slaw, as in it's supposed to be more addictive than crack. But as far as I'm concerned it's ok but not all that great. (I don't think Heroin Wings are all that great, either.) And that's even when I actually follow the recipe! <BR> <BR> CRACKED SLAW <BR> <BR> 1 lb ground beef <BR> 600 gr cabbage, shredded <BR> 150 gr carrots, grated (about 2 carrots) <BR> 150 gr onion, thinly sliced, then quartered or eighthed (about 1/2 onion) <BR> 2-3 cloves garlic <BR> 1 T... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 21:59:19 EST Friday, July 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387504 Breakfast - <BR> 0.00 - beef broth (from cooking the beef roast in the InstantPot) <BR> 0.10 - cream <BR> 0.10 - gelatin <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - lettuce (from garden) <BR> 0.10 - celery <BR> 0.10 - carrots <BR> 0.50 - tuna <BR> 0.10 - egg <BR> 0.15 - mayo <BR> 0.10 - tea with splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 1.00 - Slow Cooker Pork and Kale <BR> 0.10 - sour cream <BR> 0.00 - cantaloupe (gift) <BR> <BR> 2.35 - total cost of day's food <BR> <BR> Edited to add the tea and splenda, which I forgot ab... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:37:16 EST Slow Cooker Pork and Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387407 This is in the Instant Pot, so don't know how it will turn out. I wanted to get the recipe down while I remembered what I had used. Here's the link to the original recipe <link>https://www.thegraciouspantry.com/cl<BR>ean-eating-slow-cooker-pork-kale/ </link> <BR> <BR> I have kale in my garden, and I wanted to use that, and I knew I had a package of boneless spareribs (what an oxymoron!) so looked online for recipes. I actually followed this one fairly closely, though the quantities of por... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:59:56 EST Low Carb Roast Beef Hash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387397 I had some leftover roast beef I wanted to use in roast beef hash, but no potatoes for me since I'm eating low carb. Some recipes call for cauliflower instead of potatoes, others for turnips or rutabagas or radishes or daikon, but I didn't have any of those. I did find a recipe that calls for Caramalized (almost but not quite burned) Zucchini, and I did have a zucchini left. I'd give that a try. And it worked! Here's a link to the original Caramalized Zucchini recipe <link>low-carb-scams.co... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:43:38 EST Caramalized Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387393 I had some leftover roast beef and I wanted to make some roast beef hash, but of course no potatoes for me. Most recipes called for cauliflower instead, but I don't have any cauliflower at the moment. What to do, what to do. I found a recipe that called for Caramalized Zucchini, so thought I'd try that. Here's the link. <link>low-carb-scams.com/low-carb-carameli<BR>zed-zucchini/ </link> Most of the recipes for Caramalized Zucchini just cook it for a few minutes - usually 5 - but this recipe... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:30:47 EST Thursday, July 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387070 Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.00 - cantaloupe - gift <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> 1.00 - kohlrabi <BR> 0.50 - cottage cheese (guess) <BR> Supper - <BR> 2.00 - roast beef <BR> 0.15 - onion <BR> 0.20 - carrots <BR> 0.40 - zucchini <BR> 0.00 - drippings <BR> 1.00 - mushrooms <BR> <BR> 5.40 - total cost of day's food Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:10:07 EST Wednesday, July 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387064 Not entirely sure what I ate yesterday, but here's my best guess. <BR> <BR> Breakfast - none <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.30 - broccoli slaw mix <BR> 0.40 - zucchini <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Supper - <BR> 6.00 - roast beef <BR> <BR> 7.40 - total cost of day's food <BR> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 20:00:35 EST Tuesday, July 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386188 Someone dropped off two cases of cantaloupes at the home of a Congolese family I teach ESL to. The family had no idea what to do with them, so I showed them. They insisted that I take one case with me. (I don't think Mom and Dad were very impressed.) I took half of one over to Mom, took five of them to the Refugee Center, and brought the other half melon home with me. They were really big, and a half should last me at least as long as it stays good. It's nice to get free food! <BR> <BR> Brea... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:57:55 EST Monday, July 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386125 Breakfast - <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.15 - butter <BR> Lunch - <BR> 0.75 - yogurt <BR> 0.10 - flax seed <BR> 0.50 - splenda <BR> Supper - <BR> 0.60 - broccoli slaw mix <BR> 0.30 - eggs <BR> 0.10 - mayo <BR> 0.05 - lemon juice <BR> 0.05 - mustard <BR> 0.05 - splenda <BR> 0.15 - sunflower seeds <BR> Snack - <BR> 0.15 - butter <BR> <BR> 3.25 - total cost of day's food Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:43:55 EST