Friday, March 20, 2009

$3.33 a day: Sushi Wrap, Soup and Stew

Sushi Roll Up

The lazy way to eat sushi! Actually, I like eating it as a wrap better than in pieces. This wrap had daikon, brown rice, sesame seeds, carrots, avocado, shan tofu and kale. The sauce was my low fat sesame ginger dressing. Super delicious! Sometimes, only sushi roll ups hit the spot. My oldest son LOVES them too.

Cajun Stew

I had to put the frozen okra to good use.. well, actually, I bought the okra in order to test this recipe. I love the way it turned out. You can find the recipe here.

Buffalo Shan Tofu

This was the baked buffalo tofu.. and it worked out well. You can see the marinade doesn't penetrate it like regular tofu, but it was still good.

Two Cheese Potato Soup

The soup itself was a potato/swiss cheese soup topped with sharp cheddar sauce. I am tweaking my cheese sauce recipes and am really coming up with some tasty stuff! Very low fat too.

My Ebook is becoming a labor of love.. I am trying really hard to write recipe with ingredients that most people have on hand or easy access to AND make the recipes as low fat, whole food and healthy as possible. I hope to have it ready by the end of April.

That brings me to another point. I was going to try to keep my budget to $60 for the month, but it's not possible if I am going to be developing recipes for the book. I am going to use the full $100 this month I think. I still have over 2o bucks in my bulk fund, so maybe I can just dip into that?

I am VERY low on EVOO and quinoa and spices and condiments. Also, I really like being able to use fresh basil (I WILL TRY growing my own herbs once I can get the starter plants.. I live in a basement apartment in NH surrounded by pine trees.. so I get very little light)..

I went for another walk to Hell Mart today and purchased the following:

Brown Rice 1.57
2 lbs yellow split peas 1.44
Blue Bonnet Light .93
Cilantro 1.14
sauerkraut .62

Total: $5.71

Blue Bonnet Light is vegan. I usually use Smart Balance Light, but it was $2.99. Not the healthiest thing, but whatever. I'm doing the best I can right now.

Total Spent this month: $55.30

Total left to spend: $47.93

Bulk Food Fund: $24.83


  1. Yum, yum, YUM!!!!!!

  2. What a great idea to eat sushi as a wrap! Then maybe I wouldn't butcher the sushi with my horrible cutting skills.

    That soup looks divine, as does everything. I can't wait for your e-book!

  3. I have 12 basil seedlings in my living room, and I won't have enough room in my garden for all of them. I wish I could send you some!

  4. holy crap. everything looks so beautiful and delicious. i've been wanting to make sushi rolls with the nori i got at my local thai market.

    inspired by you, i went to my local korean market and got 6 bags of groceries for $45!!

  5. Melody, As usual your food looks so tasty and beautiful. I just love how frugal you are. I buy the cheaper vegan margarine as well. We are on a budget and it is what we can afford. Like you said, not the best but it works. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  6. You've got me craving that sushi! I'm really excited about your ebook Melody.

  7. I make wraps with nori too! Glad to know I am not the only one :o)

    That soup (and your cheese sauce talk) is making my mouth water!


  8. Wow great colour in your photos.

  9. I am absolutely loving all your creations with the Shan tofu!! All of it looks delicious though. (And don't worry about butter, the margarine I buy is the cheapest on the shelf and just happens to be vegan ;))

  10. I hear you on the sushi roll ups. I do the same thing! Sometimes I'm even lazier and just do "sushi bowls" with all of the ingredients thrown in a bowl and eaten with chop sticks! :D

  11. WOW! I cannot get over how amazingly delicious that soup looks! It's so bright and colorful, well all your dishes are really!

    Your ebook is going to be stellar!

  12. add another voice to the "can't wait for the e-book" chorus.

  13. the fact that you're even staying within your original $100 budget while cranking out a cookbook is amazing to me.. and you're finishing it so quickly too!! like everyone else, I can't wait for the ebook!

  14. You had me at "sushi"! I think that's what I'll make for dinner tonight, it really sounds like it would hit the spot. :)

  15. How fabulous to see your recipe on the cnn site!! The stew sounds great. Yay--another way to use okra! :)

  16. I love the way everything looks. Makes me wish I could reach out and grab one of those sushi roll-ups right now. And the cajun stew sounds so spicy and wonderful. I'm looking forward to your e-book.

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  18. Your sushi wrap looks so good that now I'm craving sushi!

  19. i've got a package of 8 nori sheets that i'll give you - turns out i still hate seaweed :)

  20. I am so proud of you! Keep it up and know we love you!!! I can't wait to buy your e-book :)