Monday, January 9, 2012

January 9, 2012


Breakfast
Deviled Avocados
serves 2 ~ $1.81 per serving

3 avocados ($3.57)
1 tablespoon mustard ($.05)
1 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon macadamia mayo*

My local store has had excellent prices on avocados over the last few months, sometimes as low as seventy-eight cents each. The prices are going up again so I thought I'd do some things with the last of the lower priced avocados. Getting to know your produce manager can help you save money ... they are who will know what's coming in season, what's going on sale, etc. Also, you can arrange bulk purchases with them for some produce items.

I used to love the mustardy taste of deviled eggs. This isn't identical, probably doesn't even qualify as a "faux food," but it's still mustardy good. Prepared mustard isn't raw ... mustard powder to taste can be used instead.

In a bowl, mash one avocado until mostly creamy but still slightly chunky. Mix in the mayo, mustard, paprika, salt and pepper. Cut the remaining avocados in half and fill with the mixture. Sprinkle with a pinch of paprika.


* macadamia mayo

1 cup macadamia nuts
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon agave
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Blend the macadamia nuts, water, and salt until smooth and creamy, which may take a minute or two. A personal or bullet type blender can be used for this. 



calories: 523
fat: 45 gr
carbs: 26 gr
protein: 4 gr
 
Lunch
Carrot Pear Soup
serves 2 ~ $1.40 per serving

2 pears ($1.40)
6 carrots ($1.00)
1 tablespoon onions, chopped 
2 tablespoons olive oil ($.40)
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Pears are looking good right now, and are priced well, too. This is really simple and comes together in just a few minutes, with the blending taking the most time.

Peel, core, and chop the pears. Peel and chop the carrots. Process all ingredients in a blender until very smooth. This may take several minutes if using a regular blender.


calories: 297
fat: 14 gr
carbs: 45 gr
protein: 3 gr

 
Dinner
Grapefruit Pear Salad
serves 2 - $2.50 per serving
1 grapefruit ($.50)
2 pears, sliced ($1.40)
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 head romaine, chopped ($1.90)
1/4 cup walnuts ($.50)

dressing

2 tablespoons lemon juice ($.20)
3 tablespoons olive oil ($.30)
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
pinch nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

The pears and grapefruit made this a nice summery salad that reminded me warmer weather isn't too far away.

Cut the grapefruit by first slicing off about 1/4" off the top and bottom. Stand the grapefruit up on a cut side and slice along the outside curve of the fruit, cutting away the skin and pith. Use a sharp knife to cut each grapefruit section away from the membrane.
Slice the pears and onions, and chop the lettuce. Toss together and sprinkle the walnuts on top. Whisk together all the dressing ingredients and drizzle over the top.




calories: 304
fat: 17 gr
carbs: 40 gr
protein: 5 gr
 
 Dessert
Chocolate Orange Mousse
serves 2 ~ $.99 per serving

1 ripe avocado, chopped ($.88)
2 bananas, chopped ($.30)
3 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder ($.60)
 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons agave ($.20)
1/2 dropper liquid stevia
1/4 teaspoon orange extract

This wasn't the most photogenic dish I've ever made, but the orange and chocolate went together so well.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor fitted with an "S" blade and process until very smooth. Add coconut oil to room temperature or warmer ingredients only, otherwise the coconut oil will harden into little lumps before it has a chance to blend. Chill for at least a half hour before serving. Top with a few orange sections and/or pieces of fruit and a pinch of orange rind, if desired.






calories: 321
fat: 16 gr
carbs: 41 gr
protein: 5 gr


Total cost for the day: $6.70
total calories: 1,445
total fat: 92 gr
total carb: 152 gr
total protein: 17 gr

Product Reviews
Hurraw!
 
Hello, my name is Lisa and I'm a balmoholic. Seriously. I haven't gone a day without lip balm since I was about thirteen & would probably rather walk out the front door naked than without lip protection. So I was really happy when Hurraw! sent some of their all vegan ~ and raw! ~ lip balms to try! 
The balms, which are downright luxurious but not at all greasy, come in an oval tube rather than round. I found that not only did they stay put in a pocket, they didn't roll off my desk, either. I wasn't a big fan of the chocolate (it was a bit too vanilla-ish for me), but the orange and other citrusy flavors are favorites and are super light and fresh. All the flavors smell and taste totally natural. I didn't detect a false note in the bunch.
And the price is great at $3.29 a tube. These seem to last a long time ... I'd say I would use about a tube per month, maybe even less. At one tube per month, the cost is just $.11 per day. That's some economical lip smacking!
 
That's It!
That's it! sent us a box of fruit bars, which were much enjoyed. These aren't raw, but they're made of just fruit. Which explains the company name. Each bar is made of one dried fruit paired with another. One apple and one pear ... one apple with 10 cherries (my favorite!), and so on. That's it. The taste and texture is a lot like a really thick and chunky fruit roll up, but without any kind of processed taste or feel. It's all fruity flavor explosion.

At first blush, the cost seemed like it might be on the high side, but the bars are about $2.00 each and contain the equivalent of two pieces of fruit. That's really not much more, if any, than I could make something like this for myself.
I thought these were fun, very convenient, fresh and super tasty ... and not prohibitively expensive.
 

4 comments:

  1. Yum, good post! I'm in love with Cherry Hurraw :).

    Ally
    http://confessionsofavintagestoreowner.blogspot.com/

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  2. Lovely menu. I have pears and carrots, that will be on my menu today.

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  3. I love the deviled avocados. One of my favorite recipes that you post. Mmmm!

    Hayden and I reviewed those That's It. fruit bars on our site. She is a huge fan of the pear ones. The company even posted our video on its site. Hayden thinks she's a star now :-)

    I so wish Hurraw would send me some lip balms to review. Those are lip balms I feel safe giving to Hayden.

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  4. 3 Researches SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Fat.

    This means that you actually get rid of fat by consuming Coconut Fat (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medical magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world around!

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