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Galley Notes: Cooking for $15 a day...on a sailboat!

I Dream of Broccoli 
Jun. 24, 2009 5:15 am 
Updated: Oct. 4, 2009 3:46 am
 Hello Everyone! After a week of apartment/dog sitting, it's nice to be back home on the boat. Monday we had dinner with some friends at their house, steak and potatoes on the grill along with a delicious mango/chickpea/apple salad. I hate to say I think this was the only fruit I ate all week!

Yesterday I planned on making portabello mushroom alfredo ($11.55), but then happy hour called. This is the view from our favorite bar, overlooking the harbor. After a few beers, mozzarella sticks, and a basket of fries, we were not hungry for dinner. So it was hot dogs for dinner! T loves hot dogs. Between breafast and dinner he ate 5 yesterday.

Since I have started writing this blog and documenting our meals, I have realized that we do not eat nearly as healthy as I thought. Way too much meat and not nearly enough fruits and vegetables. I fell asleep last night actually dreaming of broccoli. So I am going to try to do better this week- after the alfredo for dinner tonight and the pulled pork pizza tomorrow...

I shouldn't have to go to the grocery store today, so I am up to $49.28 for the week so far, a little under budget.

Have a great day everyone!
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Jun. 24, 2009 12:47 pm
Hi, Barbara! Hot as heck here in KY...so I'm jealous of your view and the ocean breezes! I love brocoli, Hubby is burnt out on it! Keep blogging...I look forward to it everyday!
Jun. 24, 2009 2:48 pm
Love the pics!! I'd hate to write down our food intake. I like to think we eat pretty good, but if I really analyzed it, we probably don't :( And, I don't even want to know what my grocery bill is!! I should, but I'm Scairt!
Jun. 24, 2009 4:27 pm
I know! I like to think we eat veg and tofu everyday when actually we eat pork and cheese...I hope T is not reading this because we are seriously eating well this week! Any suggestions for veg disguised as meat would be greatly appreciated!!
Jun. 24, 2009 6:07 pm
It will probably send your budget into a collision course, but see if you can find 'Smart Dogs'. They're soy, but taste/texture/smell is just like a 'real' hot dog. Also, black beans with TVP rather than ground meat/chorizo is excellent. We do zero meat (other than fish/crustaceans). Dried beans are a great source of protein and rather tasty. Steamed broccoli is really good with a mango salsa dressing - adds some dimension with a bit of sweet and spice - plus, you don't need butter. Now - is that the waterfront at Red Hook???
Jun. 25, 2009 4:17 am
Thanks for the suggestions! And yes, that's Red Hook!
Jun. 25, 2009 12:29 pm
The only thing to watch with those veggie meat-look-alikes is they can be loaded with sodium, additives, dyes, sugar etc. It is easy to assume they are healthy because they are veggie. Check the ingredient list. Not sure they are really healthier than a good, but still a good tasty alternative for people that are vegetarian.
Jun. 25, 2009 12:59 pm
Is produce really expensive there because of having to be shipped in or is it cheap because it is grown right there in that great climate?
Jun. 26, 2009 1:14 pm
Produce is expensive here because it is shipped from somewhere else. There is really no large-scale farming here...the island is made of volcanic rock. We do have local avocados, mangoes, plantains, etc. I wish I had the space for a garden...most things I've tried in containers will grow year-round.
Jun. 26, 2009 6:37 pm
Here's a link to info on the smart dogs: http://www.lightlife.com/product_detail.jsp?p=smartdogs.
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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My very first turkey for my husband! It's called a Black Turkey, and the best I've ever had!
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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