Weekly Menu – May 18-24

The weather this week is moving back towards seasonally normal temperatures and humidity levels, which means cloudy days with temperatures in the high 60s with some breeziness. I’m taking the opportunity to clean things out of the freezer.

Weekday Main dish Shopping list
Sunday Grilled Pork Kebabs Serve w/tortillas, eggplant
Monday Fish-Fragrant Tofu Tofu, broccoli, eggplant, stock, chili bean paste, soy sauce, black vinegar, sugar, Sichuan pepper
Tuesday Creole Split-Pea Soup Hot links, onion, celery, garlic, yellow split peas, ham hock, paprika, creole seasoning
Wednesday Black Bean, Corn & Edamame Salad Black beans, edamame, corn cut from cob
Thursday Spicy Pork w/Green Beans Soy Sauce, Shaoxing, cornstarch, pork, sesame oil, green beans, ginger, oyster sauce, chili sauce
Friday Fish Stew Hake, shrimp, tomatoes, olive oil, onions, garlic, white wine, tomato paste, green olives, spices
Saturday Chicken Biryani Chicken thighs, basmati rice, yogurt, spices, onions, cashews, raisins, oil

We got a few pork chops on sale at Ralphs and grilled them up for kebabs on Sunday. The leftovers will be part of a stir fry later in the week. Wednesday is leftovers from the previous week. Fish-fragrant tofu is just tofu and some vegetables in a very spicy and odoriferous sauce.  The pea soup is pantry items plus a ham hock and two sausages from the freezer. The fish stew uses up the last of my frozen fish and shrimp. I don’t want it getting old and freezer burned. You can’t salvage fish in that condition. Price wise, the menu isn’t too bad.

Meal Serves Cost Cost/Serving
Pork Kebabs 2 $5.38 $2.69
Sichuan Fish-Fragrant Tofu 2 $3.57 $1.79
Split Pea Soup 6 $4.72 $0.79
Black Bean & Edamame Salad 4 $3.18 $0.80
Spicy Pork w/Green Beans 2 $4.02 $2.01
Fish Stew 4 $13.09 $3.27
Chicken Biryani 4 $3.18 $0.80
  • It’s a little off because the black bean salad was made last week, so the only cost is the two servings from this week.
  • The most expensive meal is the fish stew due to the seafood. The cheapest dish per serving is the split pea soup.
  • Accompanying the soup will be a bowl of braised kale ($0.99) and some cornmeal muffins from the freezer ($0.25/each), so the cost per meal will be $1.79. The sides might be different when the leftovers are served up.
  • The chicken biryani and the black bean salad end up being about the same cost per serving.
  • The most exotic seasoning I’m using this week is some saffron in the fish  stew (just a pinch).

The weekly cost of the dinners, including the kale and muffins, is $37.54, with an average cost of $1.88 per serving. This is more than last week. The overall cost is cheaper than the week before that, but more per serving. Each meal has a good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats.  Most sugars are naturally occurring, and most of the carbohydrates are complex. I feel confident saying these are healthy meals.

This is what obese people eat. We have great, home-cooked meals full of nutritious and tasty ingredients. They are varied, flavorful and satisfying. They are also economical. No, not all obese people eat like this. Then again, not all non-obese people eat like this, either.

One of the points I’m making with my menus is that the stereotypes of what fat people must eat are not accurate. We eat the same stuff everyone else eats, good and bad. The demands that we radically alter our eating habits make no sense when compared to the reality of our consumption.


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