Friday, February 26, 2010

The $25 Food Project: Day 3

I’m attempting to feed my 6-foot, 205-pound fiancé for one week for $25. This is our story.

Day 3 is almost over, and Snowmageddon 2010 proved to be excellent for slow cooking a pork shoulder. It ultimately yielded about 26 ounces of meat, meaning we have more than enough leftovers to get us through the week. This is excellent, as is the garlicky fragrance wafting through the apartment. Honestly, I think most people buy crockpots for the free deodorizing.

Husband-Elect is feeling “a little peckish, but not weary or whatever.” I see his point. While the $25 project is working well so far, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for grazing. When this is all over, I’m going to sit him in front of the fridge with the door open and let him pick to his heart’s content.

Also, there will be beer. MARK MY WORDS, SWEET MAN.

But first, today’s numbers!

DAY 3 TOTALS: 2613 calories, 78.2 g fat, 37.7 g fiber, $3.43

1-1/2 servings Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal: 526 calories, 16.9 g fat, 11.2 g fiber, $0.60
1 apple: 77 calories, 0.3 g fat, 3.6 g fiber, $0.17
TOTALS: 603 calories, 17.2 g fat, 14.8 g fiber, $0.77
PREP TIME: 8 minutes

4 oz pasta: 421 calories, 1.7 g fat, 3.6 g fiber, $0.17
3 tablespoons Ragu: 30 calories, 1 g fat, 1 g fiber, $0.09
1/4 bag carrots: 44 calories, 0.2 g fat, 3 g fiber, $0.22
1/4 cup Ellie Krieger’s White Bean Dip: 115 calories, 4.5 g fat, 4 g fiber, $0.28
2 Snickerdoodles: 300, 13.6 g fat, 1 g fiber, $0.20
TOTALS: 910 calories, 21 g fat, 12.6 g fiber, $1.07
PREP TIME: during breakfast, plus 3 or 4 minutes

5 ounces Tasty Kitchen Puerto Rican Pork: 381 calories, 28.8 g fat, 0 g fiber, $0.77
4 ounces No Yolk egg noodles: 420 calories, 1 g fat, 6 g fiber, $0.17
1 tablespoon horseradish: 7 calories, 0.1 g fat, 0.5 g fiber, $0.13
2/3 cup string beans: 30 calories, 0 g fat, 2 g fiber, $0.21
1 clove garlic: 5 calories, 0 g fat, 0.1 g fiber, $0.05
1/2 tablespoon olive oil: 60 calories, 6.7 g fat, 0 g fiber, $0.06
TOTALS: 903 calories, 36.7 g fat, 8.6 g fiber, $1.39
PREP TIME: 10 minutes the night before, about 20 the day of

1/10th loaf Light Banana Bread: 197 calories, 3.3 g fat, ~1.7 g fiber, $0.20

  • It was a starchy day, punctuated by an unexpected request by the Husband-Elect for egg noodles. I was all set to go with a chickpea salad, but the stomach wants what it wants. (Or was that the heart? I forget.)
  • Speaking of egg noodles, they were a fantastic bargain this week. Bags were on sale for $1 each, with a coupon for $1 off two. So, $0.50/bag. Noice.
  • I made up Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal. It’s mostly, uh, bananas, peanut butter, and oatmeal. Go literal or go home, yo!
  • Tomorrow: BACON.

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Barb, Diabetic Snacker said...

Make him some "meringue" cookies. Look up the recipe on google but it's just egg whites, bit of sugar & he'll think he's in heaven for hardly any calories or cash out. Or toasted marshmallows under the broiler works wonders on a tight budget.

CJ said...

Meringues are a great idea.

Or noodle kugel, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies...

p.s. Hope you're startingt to feel better. If we have the same virus, this thing really hangs on.... grrr....

Amy K. said...

Mmm.... noodle kugel. That was already on my menu this week, but thinking about it still makes me smile.