Friday, October 12, 2018

Cheap & Cheerful Suppers for October

Friday
  • frozen corn dogs
  • sweet potato fries
  • cinnamon applesauce

Saturday
  • scrambled eggs
  • *roasted potatoes
  • *tomatoes, *zucchini, and Brussels sprouts sauteed together

Sunday
  • *vegetable and bean soup
  • crackers
  • plums 
  • lettuce, cucumber, and *tomato salad

Monday
  • peanut butter and *strawberry jam sandwiches
  • *apple wedges
  • lettuce, cucumber, and *tomato salad

Tuesday
  • ramen, vegetable, and egg soup
  • crackers
  • applesauce

Wednesday
  • sausage, pumpkin, mushroom, sage sauce over pasta
  • *tomato and cucumber salad

Thursday
  • homemade hamburgers on buns, with *tomato slices
  • coleslaw
  • *winter squash
*indicates item is from our garden

Late at night, when I couldn't sleep, I calculated the cost of our homemade burgers. (I know, some folks count sheep. I count dollars and cents.) Anyway, I used 1 pound of ground beef, at $2.24/lb, 4 buns, on markdown for 35 cents/4, tomatoes from our garden, some seasonings, dried onions, and garlic powder, at about 10 cents. So, for 4 quarter-pounders we spent $2.69, or 67 cents each. That's a super deal!

Do you ever calculate the cost of your meals? If so, what do you think is an especially high-value meal to make at home?



11 comments:

  1. The meals sound wonderful and delicious!

    My week was definitely "off" for some reason. I have plenty of items in the freezer and yet I just couldn't get it together. I did have something every day and we did not go out to eat any day.

    We had vegetable/beef/barley soup on Sunday with roast beef sandwiches on homemade buns. I know one day I didn't feel well so I had a baked potato but I don't know what the others had. Another day we had baked chicken with noodles and we also had a corned beef casserole. Last night I had an omelet while my men finished off the corned beef casserole.

    I had made some of the copycat quinoa, black bean and corn wraps for lunches as well as leftover soup or casserole all week. I also made breakfast burritos and oatmeal for breakfast.

    I now have an empty refrigerator with no milk, one dozen eggs, no butter, no lettuce, no coffee creamer, no half and half, no leftovers, no bread. I won't be able to get to the store until Saturday morning. I haven't died of hunger yet so I'm sure we will be able to find something for supper tonight.

    I don't really calculate costs of my meals because they always are so cheap. I would guess they are always pretty low.

    My freezer is packed with foods to make meals, I just have to put that meal plan together. But I don't love to make a bunch and freeze. For me that just seems like a lot of work when I would rather plan the meal and make it each day. My son has requested a tater tot casserole and I have a turkey breast in the freezer that I think I'll make this weekend. I see a couple of meaty soup bones that I probably won't make soup from but maybe broth and use the meat for something else. I have some pork I sliced up for stir fry so that could be made this coming week as well. That pretty much is my meal plan for the forthcoming week!
    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice,
      your meals sounds very delicious.
      When we're out of milk or butter, it does feel like the fridge is practically empty. I bet you managed quite well, though. I suspect that you are a very clever cook!
      Have a great weekend.

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  2. You crack me up. I don't count money but I do choreograph what ever show I am currently working on.

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    1. Hi Out My window,
      I also menu plan and make mental lists of what needs doing when I can't sleep. I figure it beats berating myself for my failures.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. I kinda sorta calculate the cost of my meals, but I don't love math the way you do! Last night we had turkey stew and homemade bread, which was pretty darn cheap to make. I used leftover frozen turkey, potatoes, an onion, and carrots as well as herbs and leftover chicken broth, and you and I both know how inexpensive it is to make bread. I think of meals like that as "peasant meals" because the ingredients are humble and inexpensive (but it sure tasted good!).

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    1. Hi Kris,
      Your "peasant" meal sounds delicious and frugal! Well done!
      Have a great weekend, Kris!

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    2. Kris,
      Your turkey stew sounds amazing! Interestingly, I choose to cook "peasant meals". I know those "throw together without a recipe" meals are often the BEST, right? Throw in a slice of easy to make no-knead bread and you have the most filling and nutritious meal on the planet. Get out of my life fast food!
      Alice

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    3. Thank you, Alice! I've been making the no-knead bread where you stir together flour, salt, yeast, and warm water and let it sit in a warm place overnight and then bake it the next day (there are variations on this recipe)--it's my go-to these days when time is tight but I still want to make a home-cooked meal for my family. Is that similar to the recipe you use?

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    4. sounds exactly the same and mine has variations also!

      Alice

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  4. Fellow math nerd here so I do this ALL.THE.TIME, Lili! (not when I can't sleep, but when awake :) It just brings me satisfaction to put a delicious meal on the table with minimal expense by strategic shopping and planning. Weird, I know. I love many of Beth's recipes on budgetbytes.com. She always costs out her recipes. I like to make them and see how much more I can economize compared to her figures. She does use more organic and less conventional foods than me, but still good for comparison. I agree that those peasant meals can be delish!

    I have made my own bread a time or two and the loaves have been pretty good. I have a goal to do this more often if/when we have company. Normally we don't eat a lot of bread with meals, and I haven't found a recipe that makes a good whole wheat sandwich bread for lunches. Any suggestions?

    Have a good weekend everyone. It finally feels like fall here in NC and I'm celebrating by making a big pot of soup, ingredients bought frugally of course :)

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  5. Good idea, I might try your "counting the money" trick. I often take to bed "solving a problem", hoping a solution would come to me when I wake. Sometimes it does, and I agree doing these mental exercises can be more constructive than tearing ourselves up for mistakes. Oddly, bedtime is my favorite time for doing that, too.

    I must confess, I haven't paid too much attention to meal planning or shopping lately. I have been a bit lost and unfocused for awhile, and not planning much of anything. Yet the days speed by as I am not accomplishing much. I can get lost in the darn-dest problems. Lol, I think I just enjoy problem solving as an activity, and when I learned that art is problem solving I realized that's the attraction. Still working on my projects but now have even more unfinished WIP's. I have given myself permission to live with this insanity, since I am powerless to change, I know I am digressing, but I have come to understand that having unfinished WIP (works in progress) is my MO to test ideas. I have no desire to see the finished objects.

    I know I'm way off topic, but I hope to explain my absence, as I sense you are in transition too. Thank you for having your wonderful blog, as a way to discuss our common interests and to keep in touch.

    YHF

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