Well, I’m not really sure these will still be considered ‘frugal’. Maybe I should just rename it to Foodie Friday.
2 weeks ago was vegetarian-ish week. I felt like we have had meat in our menu for quite a bit more than usual due to my sudden obsession with finding discounted mince and cuts of meat at the supermarket so it was time to revert to our more usual ways. I say -ish because a bit of bacon snucked in. I was trying to finish up the bacon in the fridge, so I feel justified. Haha!
Sunday: Green Spinach Quiche
The recipe actually didn’t ask for pastry – but I added it in. My preferred choice of pastry is from Careme Pastry, who are a local SA brand. Expensive, for what you get in volume but so worth it in taste and flakiness. They are made locally in the Barossa Valley and I would use them (and pay the extra, gladly) every single time over any other supermarket brand. Only available from selected Foodlands as well – I have never seen them in supermarkets in other states tho. Sorry!
So this is a Spinach Quiche. It’s incredibly easy to do, even easier because I actually used the Thermomix to do most of it. So it took like 5 minutes to throw together before going into the oven. It made a huge quiche too. Between the three of us (we had a dinner guest), we only tucked away a quarter! So there were plenty of leftovers.
Ingredients: Spinach ($3 for a bunch and I used maybe a quarter of the bunch, bargain!), parmesan cheese, cream cheese, eggs, garlic, salt & pepper.
Cost estimation per serve: $1.50 (incredibly generous estimate without pastry), $2.0 with pastry.
Monday: Red Lentil Dahl + Garlic Naan
Again, another Thermomix recipe. We made the Naan dough first and while that was resting, made the Dahl. I love having the Thermomix especially for week night cooking. Because I also teach privately after coming home from school, my day actually ends around 7pm, sometimes later. So fast cooking is a must.
The dahl was so generous, it made 12 serves. We now have lots frozen in the freezer. The Naan recipe yielded 8 good sized Naans. We froze the leftover dough as well. This will make for a super easy dinner sometime in the near future!
Ingredients: For the Dahl, carrot, coriander, garlic, ginger, onion, red lentils, coconut milk, tomatoes, salt & pepper, and lots of other spices. The Naan is just yeast, bread flour and garlic.
Cost estimation per serve: Between $0.75 – $1 per serve of dahl. And that’s a generous estimation too. Dang, curries are cheap!
Tuesday: Green Eggs and Ham Frittata
What is this? You guessed it – another Thermomix recipe. To be honest, it doesn’t really need it for this recipe but it cuts prep time down to 2-3 minutes. It’s great. Plus it’s a super easy way to whip the mixture without digging out the electric beaters.
I also don’t know why it’s called a Ham frittata when really you are using bacon. This was massive too, it ended up serving 6 serves for us.
Ingredients: sweet potato, bacon, red onion, parsley, garlic, spinach, eggs, cream, feta cheese.
Cost estimation per serve: $2.50 – the feta is the killer here.
The rest of the week was leftovers from the previous days. We actually did have another recipe planned but judging from our leftovers, we decided to postpone that till next week’s cook. We froze what we thought would freeze well and ate like a king for the rest of the week on leftovers.
I missed blogging about the meal plan for the week before vego-ish week, so I’m just going to add the photos here and give a quick explanation as to what they are. I went to the trouble of taking photos, I might as well!
My husband may be a chinese by heritage but his true culinary skills lies in Italian food. He is a wizard at pasta, pasta sauces, any kinds of pasta. We used to make our own pasta even, tho these days it is Barilla for us. When we went to Italy, even the locals told us they use Barilla if they had to use an instant pasta. They had another brand that was also highly recommended but it’s not available here in Australia, so Barilla it is.
And as far as olives are concerned, I feel that the only marinated olives worth consumption are the ones from Evilo Estate in Clare Valley. I didn’t realise they could taste quite so magical till I tasted these ones. And now that I am spoilt by how good these are, I cannot go backwards. It’s terrible, but so good at the same time. If you ever have the chance to go to Clare Valley, make sure that is your stop.
My absolute favourite to order from my fave dumpling places. But no longer, because I’ve come to realise just how easy it is to make it yourself at home. So much cheaper too! Great way to get more tofu into your diet, not that we have that problem. We eat so much tofu as it is… Usually Mapo Tofu goes on rice. But I was feeling like I had a lot of rice recently so put this over sweet potato noodles.
Crispy Noodles with Sichuan Beef and Tofu
Have you ever tried the crispy noodle dish from Asian restaurants? They tend to have lots of sauce to soften the noodles on the plate. Unfortunately I failed to leave enough sauce in the pan while cooking the beef so this became a rather interesting affair of crunchy and semi-soft noodles. Tasty, but next time more sauce please. Those cakes of noodles were the last of the crispy noodles in our pantry too. I’ve been doing great at this whole clearing out the pantry business recently.
We seem to have settled into a rhythm of cooking 3 – 4 days and eating leftovers for the rest of them. My lunches are yielded from our dinners as well. It might not seem like much variety but seeing as our meals vary from week to week, I’m okay with that. Plus frozen leftovers means that it may not be the same week that the leftover is eaten as when it was originally cooked, which creates more variety for future weeks.
Anyways, till next time!