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day eighteen


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Here’s what we ate for $5.69 yesterday, January 19, 2011.

Whoa, hold up, $5.69? WHOOPS! We accidentally went over budget today. What exactly is to blame? An amazing, delicious, mouth watering SALAD. Or I suppose I could blame the avocado banana smoothie. I guess I got a little too cocky about how much fresh produce we can squeeze into one day for five bucks. I’m not going to beat myself up since we’ve been under budget by this much on many other days. There’s always tomorrow.

BREAKFAST

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

LUNCH

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

DINNER

gigantic salad with 1/2 block baked tofu $2.48
2 tablespoons sriracha buttermilk dressing $0.10

avocado banana smoothie $1.03

SNACKS

1/2 cup frothed soy milk (for coffee) $0.13
8 ounces lowfat organic plain yogurt w/ strawberry preserves $0.40

total $5.69

Here’s the cost breakdown on the salad:

1-1/2 blocks extra firm tofu $2.99
1 head romaine lettuce $1.49
1/4 red onion $0.08
1 large organic carrot $0.08
1/2 bunch radishes $0.25
8 ounces broccoli $0.84
5 ounces organic grape tomatoes $1.00
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds $0.09
1 ounce Beemster Xtra Old gouda from clearance bin $0.62

total $7.44
per person $2.48

It was kind of worth it. That salad was amazing. More often than not we eat our dinners served on our smaller salad plates, but this was a full on dinner plate covered in a giant salad. With the rich avocado smoothie and an entire half block of tofu per person, we were stuffed. What can I say, I was trying to boost our protein intake. Usually it is our intention to eat a dinner like this or taco salad once a week, but it almost never happens.

Our tofu baking method isn’t exact, but if people are really curious I could come up with a recipe to post sometime. I didn’t calculate the cost of the various spices used along with a little flour and cornmeal to coat it for baking.

I did, however, post the smoothie recipe separately.

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the avocado banana smoothie

It’s obvious we love avocado around here. I’ve heard tales of delicious avocado smoothies and milkshakes. Apparently you can make a mean avocado milkshake combining avocado and sweetened condensed milk. The closest I’ve come to trying that is an avocado bubble tea. I wanted to try something a little healthier. I couldn’t find a recipe that sounded quite right, so I made up my own. Avocado, honey, and lime? Check, check, check. Get out your blender and give it a try.

AVOCADO BANANA SMOOTHIE

Serves 3.

2 avocados $1.58
juice and zest of half a lime $0.25
2 bananas $0.50
3/4 cup plain low fat yogurt $0.30
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk of choice (we used non-dairy “coconut milk beverage”) $0.28
3 tablespoons honey $0.18

total $2.91 or $1.03 per serving

Put all ingredients in the blender, being sure to follow the avocado immediately with lime juice to prevent it from turning a hideous shade of brown. Blend until smooth. Add a little extra milk as needed to achieve the perfect smoothie consistency.

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