This dish tested my lentil balls big time. They sat in sauce for 4 days before I used them and I'm not sure I liked them. I think they would have been fine if used the next day, but after 4 days they got mushy. The flavor was delicious, but the texture not so pleasing. I will probably revise the recipe so they will stand up to 4 days in the fridge.
I took the cup of soup, added more spices, tvp, flax meal and some oats. They were served on my sourdough english muffins with cheese sauce, baby spinach and marinara. I topped them with fried onions. Totally satisfying and I still have enough burger mix for 2 burgers!
That cup of dry lentils sure went further than expected! One main dish protein serving, 8 burgers, 2 large servings soup and 16 meat balls! Obviously, I used other ingredients along with the lentils to create everything, but they were a main component in everything!
I went shopping this morning and spent more than I planned on again. I wanted to keep this month's budget to $60.00. ($15/week)
I have an internal battle to some degree. I don't want to deprive myself so much that this seems HARD... but I want to save as much in my Bulk Buying Fund for future purchases.
Who knows, I may still be able to meet my goal? Obviously, my $3.33 a day equals around $100/month, so anything less is gravy on the cake! (ewwww gravy on cake!)
This is what I bought today for a total of $23.64
8 oz dried apricots
8 oz raisins
1 lb chickpeas
40 freezer bags
12 oz pickled jalapenos
5 green peppers
1 bunch celery
Huge bunch kale
Huge bunch collards
Bulk peeled garlic
2 lbs carrots
2.65 lbs bananas
1 qt soy milk
12 oz orange juice concentrateTofutti sour cream
3 lbs cabbage
I put back a 5 oz container of organic baby arugula, tofutti cheese, grapefruits and zucchini after adding up the total in my head. I really wanted an arugula, grapefruit and avocado salad. Oh well, it made much more sense to get the cabbage for $.39/lb.
I still MAY meet my very lofty goal!
Total spent this month: $42.81
Bulk Food Fund: $24.83