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Here’s what we ate for $3.87 yesterday, January 21, 2011.
steelcut oats (from 1/3 cup dry) $0.10
2 tablespoons raisins $0.08
1 tablespoon slivered almonds $0.06
2 teaspoons brown sugar $0.02
1 cup dal palak $0.93 (it just keeps going)
1 cup cooked quinoa $0.36
grilled satay peanut sandwich $0.91
organic Cameo apple $0.52
1/3 cup soy milk (with coffee) $0.09
tablespoon of organic peanut butter $0.09
8 ounces plain lowfat yogurt $0.40
1 tablespoon honey $0.06
Woohoo, two-thirds through! I spent so much time today plotting and planning and grocery shopping, it feels good to know it’s downhill from here on out. At the same time, I want to implement a lot of the stuff we’re doing into our everyday lives minus the tight restrictions and all the calculations. Do you have a dry erase board on your fridge with your meals for the week? Or a spreadsheet system? Do tell!
I am not really sure why we are eating so much peanut butter. A banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter is my new favorite snack and I may be a little obsessed, but I don’t know how it has made its way into so many meals. We are trying to eat more protein, but I normally try to keep it lower in fat. Tonight’s dinner had a decadent amount of peanut butter. It had so much peanut butter I was worried about cost and bought some cheaper stuff that was not organic, although we have found the best deal on organic seems to be Trader Joe’s at $2.50 for a 16 ounce jar. That even beats the bulk organic stuff at the co-op.
The first time we made these sandwiches we added seitan. That was pretty spectacular, but we can’t afford store-bought seitan and haven’t found the time to make homemade. We decided to get a little crazy and add a fried egg, and boy was that ever a good idea. And a little Sriracha doesn’t hurt either. Except Levi. He was happy without it.
I chuckled for a good minute when I saw this photo. Poor kid, his mom keeps taking his picture while he eats.
Here’s the cost on dinner:
6 day-old ciabatta rolls $2.66
1-1/2 cups peanut butter $0.96
2 tablespoons soy sauce $0.06
2 tablespoons brown sugar $0.04
2 tablespoons lime juice $0.09
1/4 sliced red onion $0.11
4 ounces bean sprouts $0.45
3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger root (leftover)
handful of cilantro for K only (too small to calculate)
2 tablespoons canola oil $0.06
6 eggs $1.02
Our big score was finding the exact kind of day-old bread we wanted. We would have gone with something else otherwise.
Oh, and I promise no oatmeal tomorrow!