Saturday, February 6, 2010

What I 8 Fri/Sat #lowcarb

Yesterday Pete picked up some pork bits on sale (like ends and pieces of country ribs) and cooked them up in the electric fryer with onion and mushroom and seasonings. We had buttered green beans with them. 50c for the beans, $2.32 for the meat, 35c for the onion, and 59c for the can of mushrooms. All served 2.

Today we had a rack of spare ribs that needed to be cooked, so they spent the day in the oven. I added BBQ sauce that wasn't low carb, so didn't intend on eating any, but ended up have 4 bones from the shorter end. That's all we ate, but later had a little dreamfield's with butter, olive oil, garlic, and cheese. Was a strange day, meals just didn't happen, we just ate when we ate. The ribs had been on sale for $4.80; 1/4 box of dreamfield's 70c, then add a sprinkle of cheese on top, the butter, the olive oil, and the granulated garlic...perhaps another $1, generously speaking.

One-meal day on Friday, just a couple of snacks, really, today - although either could have been a meal.

Tomorrow we'll have to load up with veggies, I'm craving them after not having any today.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

What I 8 Wed/Thurs #lowcarb

Wednesday: a day of mini-meals - some fish, some veggie sticks, some cheese slices, some salami - not all at the same time. Slept much of the day from pain meds, and just nibbled on what we had when I was awake.

Thursday: shrimp salad (with homemade SF cocktail sauce) for lunch; a lovely steak dinner with sauteed onions and mushrooms, and green beans cooked in bacon fat with butter. Will have buttered popcorn later this evening.

I can't believe we finally finished up all of those 2/$1 bags of ready-made salad and greens...but gone they are!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What I 8... #lowcarb

Sunday was some lovely chuck steak that was on its sell by date, and was $2.00 off the package. We had salad with it (the pre-mixed greens that I'd bought for 2/$1.00). Just one meal.

Monday was chicken, mushrooms, chinese vegetables (cabbage, sprouts), and some sugar-free chocolate ice cream as a snack.

Tuesday/today was another one-meal day, consisting of pork chops marinated, with butternut squash medallions, and salad. Also had some veggie straws as a snack.

I'm not feeling much better these days, still having the same issues I wrote about a few days ago, and the constant pain and difficulty getting around affects my appetite; I don't get hungry, or I don't want to deal with the pain caused by going to the kitchen and preparing food.

Recipes - for the marinade: dijon mustard, a few shakes of sesame oil, a few shakes of soy sauce, and a few shakes of liquid smoke, plus onion and garlic powder, ginger, sea salt, cinnamon, and diabetisweet brown sugar sub; marinated for 3 hours at room temp, then roasted on a rack @ 375 for 25 minutes. For the squash medallions, I peeled and sliced a butternut squash, then tossed the slices with olive oil, sea salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of diabetisweet brown sugar sub. Layed the slices on a large sheet pan and roasted them at 425F for 20 minutes, then 375F for 25 minutes after I put the pork in the oven. I turned the medallions once, also at the time I put the pork in the oven.

Pork was $1.29/lb; our package was $2.37 and fed 4 adults with some left over. The squash was 69c/lb and cost under $1.00 (don't remember exactly how much); also fed 4 adults with some left over. Used a 50c bag of mixed greens. Add the salad dressing and seasonings for another $1 - a VERY liberal guesstimate, I'm sure it wasn't nearly that much - and all 4 of us had a great meal for about $5.00 total.

(Have I dispelled the "low carb is so expensive!" myth yet? :).)