Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Plenty of good food for not much money

We've had some terrific home-cooked meals recently that cost a total of $15 to $20 for three people, even less when you consider that leftovers made a great sandwich, light lunch or snack.

Last Monday, we roasted a whole organic chicken (Whole Foods) seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and salt and served it with a half-pound of organic rigatoni in tomato sauce. The next night we had fluke poached in sake, okra with tomatoes and rice, all from H-Mart.

We also had drug-free Australian lamb chops, instant mashed potatoes and organic spring mix salad, all from Costco. On Friday night, for house guests, we made drug-free Whole Foods hamburgers (99 cents each on sale), served them on sturdy potato-onion rolls from Balthazar Bakery, and prepared two skin-on potato salads -- Syrian (olive oil, lemon juice, allspice and cumin) and Jamaican (hard-boiled egg, mixed vegetables, mayonnaise, black-pepper and salt).

Yesterday, my son and I both snacked on the last pieces of the organic chicken we roasted a week before. For dinner, we had drug- and preservative-free chicken sausage (sun-dried tomato and provolone) and organic salad mix from Costco and the rest of the Whole Foods organic rigatoni.


  1. Our Syrian potato salad is similar, only the recipe I learned added chopped parsley, onion and some Aleppo pepper.

  2. Hey, why not? You get some added color, crunch and a little heat. I'll have to try that.

  3. I am going to have my wife prepare the Jamaican potato salad you mentioned, that sounded quite good.

  4. Good. My guests loved it. You cook the eggs with the potatoes, then shell them and mash them up. The vegetables can go in a few minutes before the potatoes are done.


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