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It’s peanut butter chili time

We didn’t mean to fall of the face of the, er, blogosphere. We’ve gone full speed ahead into our goals for February. I’m walking to work everyday while I’m on a humane work schedule for awhile. Jess is doing yoga again. We’re trying to fit in further exercise at the gym and so far mostly failing at that. We have, however, met our big goal of tracking our food on sparkpeople.com and that is going really well.

We’re also almost completely cooking healthy food at home. I bet you’re wondering what we ate for our first meal out. This Friday Jess worked in Seattle, and Levi and I met her there. Not before stopping in Ballard for some cupcakes and con pannas.

That is the only coffee that has been purchased at a coffee shop so far. We have been pretty content with drinking toddy and stove-top espresso at home.

Strawberry frosted cupcakes with chocolate ganache and some heart sprinkles! The perfect way to celebrate the somewhat stressful end of Levi’s first high school semester. He was doing non-stop homework for the last 3 weeks.

I don’t have pictures of our dinner out. We decided some good ol’ vegan Chinese from Bamboo Garden in Seattle was worthy of our money. We gorged ourselves on fried rice and noodles and deep fried faux chicken, and as always they commented on how tall Levi has gotten. Many of the same people are there that have known him since he was a baby. Perfect place for our first meal out!

We are no longer calculating the cost of everything, but we’re still making a lot of the same food:

We had to make those delicious broccoli quiches again.

And we’re really getting into our groove on meal planning. This weekend we easily plotted out an entire week’s worth of food. That is an improvement over our usual 3 or 4 day ahead plan. I think before too long we will have worked out a perfect spreadsheet for a week of meals. It still is time consuming when you add in making the grocery list and doing the shopping.

Here’s the first of the really successful new recipes we’ve tried since our $5 a day project ended:

vegetarian chili with peanut butter

If you remember the black bean espresso chili, AKA Baller’s Chili, you know we love secret ingredient chili recipes. Well, I now have two absolute favorite chili recipes. Once again I reduced the oil in the original recipe to keep the fat down a little. I figured 1/2 cup peanut butter was enough, so I just used a tablespoon of olive oil to sauté the onion and garlic. This recipe was TO DIE FOR.

If you were dying to know if we are still obsessed with peanut butter, you have your answer.

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day twenty-two


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Here’s what we ate for $4.01 yesterday, January 23, 2011.

BREAKFAST

crustless broccoli-cheddar quiche $0.79
banana $0.25

LUNCH

butternut black bean chili $0.91
quinoa skillet bread $0.34

DINNER

large whole wheat peanut butter waffle $0.18
2 tablespoons cheap-o syrup $0.15
5 slices tempeh bacon $0.45
poached egg $0.17
1/6 a honeydew melon $0.33

SNACKS

1 ounce piece of leek & morel cheese $0.44

total $4.01

Whoa, I am cooked out. We kind of cooked up a storm this weekend. And washed about a billion dishes. However, we have a lot of food that is going to last into the week and beyond. I’ve been making double batches of most things in order to create leftovers and cut down on time spent cooking. I am pretty pleased with the freezer being full of whole grain waffles that were made from scratch. We can eat a little less oatmeal!

We bought cheap-o fake maple syrup. Real maple syrup is soooo expensive. One of my pet peeves is the way so many healthy cookbooks use it like it costs nothing. Who can afford a cup of maple syrup in one recipe? Our compromise has been Trader Joe’s cheaper maple syrup/agave nectar blend, but you can’t always make it to the other side of town for one item.

Not that I ever doubted Martha, but these crustless ramekin quiches were top notch. And the 79 cent price included organic half and half. I love broccoli, but this elevated broccoli to the next level.

We also now have a huge stockpile of homemade tempeh bacon in the fridge. It tastes pretty similar to the expensive store-bought stuff. Now that I know it is easy and the bulk tempeh at the co-op is cheap, I think we’ll be eating a lot more of it. And yes, we did eat peanut butter waffles with syrup, tempeh bacon, and a poached egg on top. I call it The Masterpiece. Levi was a little surprised that it wasn’t whipped cream on top, but it was a pleasant surprise. Seriously, good stuff.

Ooh, and we even got to watch our friend practice for the upcoming barista competition, so we got to have our first real espresso of the month. Oh man, was it ever good. Thanks Panda!

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