day nineteen


(Click here for an explanation of the project.)

Here’s what we ate for $4.03 yesterday, January 20, 2011.

BREAKFAST

Jess ate some instant oatmeal, everyone else skipped. FAIL. $0.13

LUNCH

1 cup dal palak $0.93
1 cup cooked quinoa $0.36

DINNER

1/3 a breakfast pizza $2.10

DESSERT

leftover birthday party NEXT BEST THING TO TOM SELLECK cake (free – thanks Jordan & Melanie!)

SNACKS

1 tablespoon organic peanut butter $0.11
organic lowfat plain yogurt with lime curd $0.40

total $4.03

When I switch back over from night shift to being awake during the day on my weekends, I usually lose half a day. Today was that day. But that means hurray! It is my weekend – a glorious four day weekend. We need to make the planning and prepping happen again. A big part of what makes us successful in making 3 meals a day that are not packaged, prepared foods is taking that time every evening to make sure a breakfast is made and lunches are packed.

Speaking of not buying packaged food: Levi, Head of Garbage Services in our household, commented tonight about how much compost he keeps having to take out. Um, duh Levi! Did you not notice how little trash you have to take out? We are making so much compost, and so little trash. It is incredible.

When we started this project we envisioned eating a lot of the same ol’ boring stuff again and again, like beans and rice. Or we expected to cave and eat Ramen once a week when we didn’t have time to cook. Somehow we have managed to make all this amazing food and try tons of new recipes. Tonight we just needed something quick and research free, so we revisited a family favorite we have blogged about before, the breakfast pizza. We had a little room money-wise for dinner, but we made it happen for a total of $6.31:

Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza dough $1.29
1/2 tablespoon olive oil $0.07 (to sauté the veggie sausage)
2 links (half a package)Trader Joe’s Italian meatless sausage $1.75
4 ounces fresh mozzarella $1
1 ounce gouda $0.62
2-3/4 ounces reduced-fat feta $0.69
4 eggs $0.68
4 green onions $0.21
1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley

Cheese seems to be the big ingredient that we mostly buy on sale, from the markdown bin, or from the outlet grocery store. That is unless it happens to be a type of cheese that is super affordable at our co-op. And we are learning a little goes a long way.

By the way, that dal palak didn’t seem super exciting at first, but it is one of those things that tastes even better as leftovers. What a great lunch to take to work. Filling and flavorful. And having it for lunch almost saves our otherwise less than stellar nutrition for the day.

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