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post #31 of 35
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Thanks so much everyone! I might have to forget the idea of a rotation and just work my way though all these great suggestions!  Tonight I pressed the easy button and did a breakfast for dinner with pancakes, sausage, bacon, and hash browns.  Don't worry, yes, the hash browns were homemade and delicious.  Next time (if I ever get back to this menu) I am thinking about grinding up the sausage fresh.  I have done so before, but just at home for my family, not for a catered event.

 

I promise to serve a real vegetable next week... are we counting coleslaw?  :)

post #32 of 35

Coleslaw is definitely a vegetable.  Just because people like it doesn't make it not healthy!

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post #33 of 35

Once a fortnight I make a cheap but very healthy meal consisting of:

 

A warmed naan bread, on top of this I put some wild rocket with a little drizzle of olive oil. Then I put some home made chicken tikka pieces on top and drizzle over some tzatziki.

 

Tikka:

 

Ingredients
  • 300 grams Greek yoghurt
  •     1 tablespoon dry fenugreek leaves (ground)
  •     1 tablespoon dried mint (ground)
  •     2 tablespoons Tandoori masala paste
  •   ½ teaspoon red food colouring
  •   ½ teaspoon salt

  1. Mix together the marinade ingredients in a non-metallic bowl.
  2. Immerse the chicken pieces, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  3. Heat a karahi or wok until it is smoking, and then add a tablespoon of ghee or the oil.
  4. Spoon half the chicken and its marinade into the karahi or wok and briskly stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove and repeat with the other half, using another tablespoon of ghee or oil.

 

tzatziki
Ingredients
  • 100 ml Greek yoghurt
  •     1 tablespoon lemon juice
  •     1 clove garlic (crushed)
  •     8 cm cucumber (finely grated)
  •     2 stalks chives

  1. Mix together the yoghurt, lemon juice and garlic and fold in the grated cucumber. 
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Decorate with crossed stalks of the chives.
post #34 of 35

If you could find an Einstein's Bagels( or similar ) that is willing to donate their bagels at the end of the day, because they just throw them away other wise, is something i used to make when my brother used to work for Einsteins and would bring home too many bagels is a bagel casserole.

 

Per serving you need about 1 Bagel, 1 egg,1/4 cup of milk and 1 oz of cream cheese, and then flavor with any extra vegetables/fruits/meats you may have left over or are able to get on special. 

 

Could be dicey if you get a weird assortment of bagels that don't really blend well together.(But they throw away at most stores about 2 55 gal bags a night so you should have a decent selection. 

 

Cut bagels and cream cheese into pieces, do 3 layers, mixing in what ever you have to add in. Per bagel mix 1 egg and 1/4 cup milk, season accordingly for either sweet or savory, wrap, refrigerate overnight. Bake at uncovered 350 for an 1 to 1 1/4 hours.

 

If you can get the bagels for free, the food cost per serving should be around $.28 per serving, before adding in any fruits, veggies, or other items. Then again I shop at save-a-lot so my math is based of what milk, eggs, and cream cheese costs were today. (Milk 3.09/gal, Eggs 1.39 1dz, cream cheese .99 per 8oz).

 

Not sure if this is something feasible for your schedule, but might help with your budget if your looking to try and get ahead.

 

With a little bit more cost you could just as easily turn it into a bagel bread pudding, but i've actually never attempted making it, because at the time I had never tried bread pudding(something I wish i had tried sooner in my life) so didn't know how good it was.

post #35 of 35
Also migas would be a fantastic item for low budget use of any left overs...you can get corn tortillas for dirt cheap. Eggs are dirt cheap as well. That with a pork shoulder could make a brinner night that much more affordable.
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