Days 16, 17, 18, 19… Oops!

So I kind of fell off the map there for a sec… sorry bout that. I’m going to do my best to sum up the last few days, which shouldn’t be that difficult since I haven’t been eating very well anyway, and all of my purchases have been grocery trips split with the hubs.

Please note: We are still on the budget!

I just hadn’t been sufficiently inspired enough to post, until yesterday when my boss bought us The Red Fern for lunch (!!) It was everything a vegan in Rochester could ask for, but I am getting ahead of myself.

 

First,

Days 16, 17, 18, 19:

Starting cash:     $105.01

Spent:     $11.40

Ending Cash:     $93.61

 

Purchases:

1 lb carrots @$1.29, 2 bags coleslaw stye cabbage mix @$3.00, 5 lb white potatoes @$1.99, 1 bag sweet Mayan onions @$1.99, 5 oz fresh shitake mushrooms @$3.79, celery hearts @$3.79, yellow mustard @$0.99, 1 box saltines @$1.99, 1 pkg Tofurky beer brats @$2.99, 1 can Manwich Sloppy Joe @$0.99

all divided by 2…

 

Days 16, 17, 18

Breakfasts & Lunches

Consisted of coffee and leftovers; Exciting Stuff. I will leave yesterday’s lunch for last. After all, we save the best for last, right?? I learned this when I was like 4, so I’m stickin’ with it.

 

Dinners:

10/16:  Let’s call this:

The Po’ Man’s Not Clams Nor Chowder

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Heat oil in a stock pot. Add 1 chopped onion, Tbs dry parsley, 1/4 tsp pepper, salt, old bay seasoning (for a fish-haters “fishiness”, or add nori for fish-lovers fishiness), and tsp celery seed, until onion is translucent. Add 1 bunch chopped celery, 5 oz chopped fresh shitakes, 4 med chopped white potatoes, and 6 c broth. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cook 10-15 min until potatoes are tender. Remove 1/2 c water, whisk in 1 1/2 Tbs corn starch, pour back in simmering soup. Add 3 c spinach, 2 Tbs ketchup, and 2 Tbs lemon juice. Cook 5-10 more min to allow flavors to meld. Serve with saltines.

This was inspired by Isa’s new recipe/video:

http://www.theppk.com/2013/10/new-england-glam-chowder-video/

 

10/17:     Sloppy Joes

sloppyjoe

So effing good.

ingredients

1 clove garlic

2 carrots

1 onion

2 stalks celery

1 tsp salt

1 can Manwich sauce

1 cup beef flavored TVP

1 cup water

 

directions

Saute garlic, carrots, onion, celery, salt for 10 minutes. Add Manwich sauce, TVP, water. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the mixture is thick/not watery. Serve on a bed of coleslaw on broiled buttered toast.
Coleslaw:
half a bag of shredded cabbage/carrots
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp Vegenaise
1 tsp salt
directions
blend cabbage/carrots into small bits. Mix with remaining ingredients. Chill before serving.

 

10/18 and 10/19:     Tofurky Beer Brats, Fried Cabbage and Potatoes

Delish…

sausages

eh, figure it out yourself. It’s worth it!

10/19 for Lunch!

The Red Fern!

I had:

chicksalad

Chicken Salad with Sweet Potato Salad. Yums.

… and my boss had:

quesa

Sausage Quesadillas

…and…

plate

a steak compost plate.

You.Must.Go.Here. We also had the mint oreo cookie cake. It was hands down the best cake I have ever had in my entire life. I didn’t get a pic because I couldn’t stop eating it! Go! Now! Here’s the menu! Place your orders!

redfernmenu redfernmenu2

Day 9: $160 Challenge =(a day behind)=

So yeah. I have been slacking on the blog a bit. This blog post is  for yesterday. I have also seriously been slacking on schoolwork this term. My entire day off Tuesday was spent burning Halloween music for work… for fun. I was determined to be productive yesterday. The library opened at 9AM and I was there, slacking off, all day. But first, in trying to avoid losing morning momentum, I opted for Starbucks drive-thru over using the espresso maker at home. I thought I still had money on my card. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to cover it… so, I also bought 2 Luna bars.

 

Day 9:

Starting Cash:     $132.95

Spent:     $3.45

Ending Cash:     $129.50

I’m up $16.03. Not bad! That should at least cover the gas for an outing.

 

Purchases:

1 Venti Blonde Roast, $1.47 after prepaid card was applied, 1 Caramel Nut Brownie Luna bar @$0.99, 1 Peanut Butter Cookie Luna bar @$0.99

 

v— I’m sure you can guess what I had for:

Breakfast:

Hint: it was everything mentioned so far in this post.

I think I’m over the whole Luna bar thing now. *tummy ache*

Lunch:

  • leftover couscous and this particular chili.

Dinner:

The Bearded Lady on Food Face plates!

  • Chickpea Cutlets (Can you tell I am a big fan of the Veganomicon?)
  • Roasted Vanilla Carrots

 

Roasted Vanilla Carrots

ingredients

2 large carrots (this is all we had left; adjust recipe as needed)

1 Tbs vegan margarine

2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. maple syrup

sprinkle o’ salt

directions

Preheat oven to 400. Wash carrots. Mix vanilla and maple in a small bowl. Spread margarine on carrots and place in a small bread pan and sprinkle with salt. Cover with foil and bake 40 minutes. Uncover and pour vanilla maple on carrots. Bake another 20 minutes, turning carrots every 10 minutes to evenly coat.

Her beard is maple mustard. Her hair is BBQ sauce. Ain’t she purdy?

day 10