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Thursday, June 07, 2007
Chef on a Shoestring
Snay - pay attention:

This evening's menu:
  • Chicken breast stuffed with bleu cheese, bacon and mushrooms, topped with melted Parmesan
  • Mushroom risotto with Parmesan cheese and black truffle oil
  • Grilled asparagus salad with peppers, onions and garlic
Sound extravagant? Think again...

Chicken breast stuffed with bleu cheese, bacon and mushrooms, each = $4.00
Mushroom risotto / per serving = $.95
Grilled asparagus, peppers and onions / serving = $1.45
Black truffle oil and fresh Parmesan cheese gratings = < $.10 / serving

Gourmet meal for less than $7, and I have leftovers for at least two more nights at the same price per meal. Lunch was a small salad / Diet Coke, and I had a muffin and juice for breakfast (all bought at work). Less than $12/day, and many days are less than $10 when I cook at home.

Can't cook you say? Sounds too hard? Think again:

Stuffed chicken breast ready to bake = Whole Foods
Mushroom Risotto = Box mix from Superfresh
Prepared grilled asparagus salad = Whole Foods
Fesh Parmesan and truffle oil = pantry staples from Superfresh

Proof that you can eat well and healthy and not live on Pizza, Ramen, and Kraft Mac N Cheese.
posted by Broadsheet @ 7:45 PM  
6 Editorial Opinions:
  • At June 07, 2007, Blogger tfg said…

    Oh boy, do I have that beat. I'll probably post about it.

  • At June 07, 2007, Blogger Broadsheet said…

    Bring it on baby!! I welcome the competition in light of our mutual pet project. And we can all benefit from tips.

    Please don't post vagina recipes. The Taco Warmer 2.0 was just wrong.

  • At June 08, 2007, Blogger anonymouscoworker said…

    Bathtub full of dried ramen: $2.50
    Hot water from spigot: $0.40
    Dinner and a bath: priceless

  • At June 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    sounds tasty and thrifty, though not sure about "healthy": like restaurant food, prepared food is usually loaded with fat and salt to make it tasty. And that packaged risotto is probably a salt-mine. Life was more fun before I had to start worrying about all this *%*%* !! :)

  • At June 08, 2007, Blogger danielle said…


    Fresh asparagus is really easy to make, too. Roast in 375 oven with olive oil, herbs, maybe some lemon, for 6 min. or to desired tenderness.

  • At June 08, 2007, Blogger Malnurtured Snay said…

    I appreciate you thinking of me, Broadsheet, but, um, chicken hasn't been getting along with my stomach lately.

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