What a day, what a day. Can’t wait for the weekend to get a break from blogging! Today I had 2 conversations with 2 different sisters about growing up on canned foods provided by the food bank. Makes me all the more thankful my kids are well fed. This week our eating habits didn’t really change. We’ve been eating how we typically eat and my kids haven’t noticed any change. One vice both my husband and I haven’t partake in a lot is coffee. We usually drink a cup everyday but ever since I gave it up for Lent, I haven’t been drinking very much since Easter. And as for my husband, if I don’t make it, he won’t drink it. Problem solved.
For breakfast my husband had a yogurt ($.64/cup) parfait with home made granola (.30) and a kiwi (.10), one daughter had an egg and cheese breakfast burrito ($.57) and a glass of milk ($.11) , the other daughter a bowl of Cheerios ($.22/cup) w/milk ($.11/cup), and baby boy ate half a banana ($.09) and Cheerios ($.11). I ate a bowl of Cheerios w/milk ($.33) as well. I did manage to make 2 cups of coffee ($.50) to-go for my husband (I get wife points for that). Breakfast was $3.08.
One of my daughters had a friend over so we had one more mouth to feed at lunch time. For the kids I made 2 PBJs ($.85×2=$1.70) , 1 just P-sandwich ($.70), 1 cheese stick ($.29), 2 cups of grapes ($.60), 2 cups of Edamame ($.50), 1 bag of chips ($.30), 1 juice box ($.25), 2 granola bars ($.25×2=$.50), and 1 apple ($.10). Baby boy and I ate left overs from yesterday (freebie) and we each had a glass of milk ($.22). My husband also remembered to bring lunch today .. in fact he ate yesterdays lunch which he forgot to bring to work. He ate 1 giganic turkey bagel (home made) sandwich ($.95), 1 apple ($.10), bag of chips ($.30), granola bar ($.25), and 2 home made peanut butter cookies ($.32). The only person who had a snack was my son. He ate some Cheerios (exciting huh?) ($.11). I offered my kids and their guest a snack but no takers. Total cost of lunch was $7.19
Before I tell you what we ate for dinner I have to tell you about my pre-dinner party for moi. As I was preparing dinner I noticed in my fridge how much cilantro I had left as well as a package of strawberry tomatoes I hadn’t even touched. My mind started to wonder “what could I make with both of these things that would be completely different from what I’ve had this week”. And then it happened. Cilantro Pesto was born. Now I know I’m not the only one who has made Cilantro Pesto but let me tell you, after making some I was loving life.. the foodie life that is. Although I never purchased any olive oil nor did I have pine nuts. This did not stop me. I came up with a lovely recipe which I felt warranted its own blog post.
To make it easy on accounting I will eat ( literally and figuratively) the cost of my little delicacy’s in stead of trying to prorate each tomato bite I ate. The cilantro pesto cost about $.25 for the half cup I made. The strawberry tomatoes I purchased were $1.29. Because I will probably eat this tomorrow I will charge myself $.50 for half the box of cream cheese. This way it will all be free tomorrow. Total cost for this was $2.04
For dinner I made a similar version of the Vietnamese Inspired BBQ Pork salad I posted earlier this month. The slightly adapted version I made today used chicken and I made a few substitutions for ingredients I did not have. For instance, the original recipe I created called for lime and I used vinegar. I made similar substitutions using soy sauce or more fish sauce. The end result was very similar enough to the original that I didn’t notice much of a difference. I used about $.50 of green lettuce, $1 of asparagus, $.10 mung bean sprouts, $.10 carrots, $.10 apple, $.05 of peanuts, $.50 of rice vermicelli noodles, and $2 worth of the remaining chicken I had. The dressing and marinade was about $1 to make. 3 glasses of milk($.33) were served as well as one lemon (.10) to flavor a couple glasses of water. There was only one ice cream sundae served tonight (after her kids went to bed) for a certain late night food blogger. Her dessert consisted of a small 1/2 cup scoop of vanilla ice cream ($.12), some melted chocolate chips ($.10), a spoonful of crushed peanuts ($.05), and the other half of her son’s banana from this morning ($.09). Total cost of dinner and a treat for me $6.14.
Total cost of food served and consumed today was $18.45.