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Meat and a Vegetable 
Jan. 30, 2012 8:00 am 
Updated: Feb. 1, 2012 9:50 am
My husband and I went vegetarian for about a year, for no real reason, we just kind of were tired of eating meat. Gradually over the last year we went back to being meat-eaters, and the only meal requests he makes now are "Meat and a Vegetable". Really, he'd be happy with a piece of meat and a vegetable on the plate. I prefer to eat less meat, so every week it's a challenge to come up with meal ideas to make us both happy.

One of my favorite meals this week was tofu pot pie. I love tofu, he hates it, so some disguising was necessary. I drained the tofu and soaked it overnight in chicken broth, then drained it again, sprinkled it with poultry rub and baked it in the oven for about 45 minutes. The texture and taste was very chicken-like. I combined it with peas, carrots, and broccoli, a can of cream soup, and topped it with biscuit dough. Back in the oven til the top was brown and the inside bubbly. We both agreed it was delicious! Though of course, it wasn't vegetarian with the chicken broth, but it could have been made with veggie broth.

I am also a big fan of the vegetarian chicken patties, and we used them twice this week. First was in "chicken" parmesan, and later in the week sliced over an asian salad. Other meals this week were beef stew in the slow cooker, and reuben sandwiches (corned beef also made in the slow cooker). Frozen raviolis with an alfredo sauce and a tapas night rounded out the week.

We both love tapas nights, as regular readers may know. It's a great way to use up whatever is in the fridge, and ours consisted of mozzarella slices with home (boat) grown basil and some nice balsamic, fried olives stuffed with anchovies, roasted almonds, a cucumber watermelon salad, marinated artichokes, and fresh baked focaccia bread. A pretty addition to the tapas table are the wine bottle oil and vinegar cruets made by yours truly!

We came in under budget for the week, spent $95 out of $105. We actually came in $30 under budget, but I splurged a bit on some Spanish wine for tapas night.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!
Jan. 30, 2012 9:48 am
I have actually been trying to keep a budget my self, and I created a Spread Sheet in excel to try to keep a running count of what I spend for everything not just food. I actually spent more money than I should have this month but plan to shift the overage to next month since the money I spent is actually in the freezer (50 lbs of chicken).
Jan. 30, 2012 12:00 pm
That is wonderful! I love your food ideas event though I am not a vegetarian myself! I have only two questions though: what are tapas and did you really make those glasses yourself because those are amazing!
Jan. 30, 2012 1:59 pm
I don't get Tofu. I just don't get it. Is it good for you to eat? As in, healthful, or is it just better for you than an equivalent amount of protein derived from meat? It must be cheaper to produce yet, in looking at it in the store, that stuff aint cheap. I see people talking about Tofu this and Tofu that and probably 75% is touted as chicken, beef or assorted other. Why go to such great pains to disguise it as something else? What not just have recipes that add a lot of flavour to an otherwise tasteless product? If I wanted beef, I'd have beef, you know? If a vegetarian wants Tofu, then why not jusy eat tofu, flavored however you want? The stuff in the store that is flavoured, what the heck are they flavouring it with? I just cannot imagine the flavourings being all that healthful, but perhaps they are. Is Tofu touted as being 'ground round' simply to designate it as a hamburger substitute? Or is it a flavour designation, meaning that this product has been altered to taste somewhat like beef. .... I have lots of questions lol. I love your Cruets, nice work!
Jan. 30, 2012 3:20 pm
High consumption of tofu has been linked with dementia in older age groups in more than one study
Jan. 31, 2012 5:57 am
Great blog, as always, Barbara! I always enjoy reading these. I love those cruets...I'll check those out in your store. I happen to love tofu, and just like you, my husband hates it...if I can figure out where to marinade it and keep it hidden from him, I'll try your pot pie. I am intrigued.
Jan. 31, 2012 11:40 am
Yes, I really did make the cruets, they are available here: To raedwulf, I really don't know the answer to all your tofu questions! I like to eat it as a protein substitute when I don't feel like eating a piece of meat, like some may eat beans instead. In terms of cost, where I live one chicken breast is $8 and a pound of tofu is $4.
Jan. 31, 2012 5:43 pm
> "one chicken breast is $8 and a pound of tofu is $4." Maybe you should get in on the meat Import Business. I guess fish is the cheapest where you live?
Feb. 1, 2012 9:50 am
Yep! Especially when you catch it yourself = free!
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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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