Week 6 Budget and Menu

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SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!! This is both a happy day and a sad day for me. I love football, so the Super Bowl is both a great celebration and a sad end to the season. We like to plan Super Bowl dinners that honor the teams playing, while also using sustainable, organic, local or ethically sourced foods! I’m excited about the teams this year. Although I grew up in Maryland (in the pre-Falcon years), I have to admit that I needed to Google “Baltimore foods” to find out what in the world is from Baltimore other than crabcakes. The results did not really impress me, so I’m sticking with crabcakes and Berger cookies, which I will make myself (recipe to come). San Francisco, on the other hand, had lots of possibilities and we will be using our garden greens for a great Asian-inspired stir fry.

Our Super Bowl week grocery shopping is always over budget and at $121.06, this year is no different. Another reason our shopping is higher? I’m adding tart cherries and tart cherry juice to my diet as an experiment to see if I can deal better with some early arthritis without medication. It is expensive, but certainly a tasty way to address a medical issue!

Budget

  • Locals Seafood (crabcakes): $20.00
  • Mae Farm (Boston butt, bacon): $33.80
  • Other farmers market (kale, apples): $7.00
  • Trader Joes (pot stickers, curry simmer sauce, tart cherry juice, dried tart cherries, pie crust, oatmeal frozen fruit, Ghiradelli chocolate, soy milk):$60.26

Menu

  • Sunday–NC crabcakes with stir fried winter greens, pot stickers, Berger cookies
  • Monday–white bean soup with chard and rosemary
  • Tuesday–Curried chicken over organic rice, greens
  • Wednesday–Carrot-ginger soup, salad
  • Thursday–Quiche with bacon and winter greens
  • Friday–Crock pot pork barbeque and collard greens
  • Saturday–Out for my birthday celebration!

Have a healthy and tasty week!

Shrimp, Fish and Andouille Jambalaya

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It isn’t Mardi Gras yet, and the Super Bowl is still a week away, but I’m in the mood for some spicy, smokey jambalaya! There’s nothing like spicy cayenne and red pepper to clear your head of any winter sniffles and with the chilly weather here, we can all use something hot and spicy. I picked up some NC shrimp and fish at Locals Seafood this week as well as some andouille sausage from Mae Farm. We are using our frozen tomatoes and peppers, homemade chicken stock and our own homemade cajun seasoning. The end result? Yum-a-licious! And enough food to feed us during a busy week! I had never made jambalaya with fish before–it tastes a lot like spicy cioppino, if you’ve ever had that. Ellie wasn’t fond of the seafood, so next time, I may try just chicken and andouille sausage, but Tom and I liked it as is! Which is good, because we have a ton of it!

I adapted the recipe below from THIS recipe on allrecipes.com

Shrimp and Andouille Jambalaya (8-10 main dish servings)

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. andouille sausage, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 1 organic, yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup diced celery (we used fennel instead because we had it on hand)
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup roasted tomato sauce (or tomato paste)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped (or 1 can of diced tomatoes)
  • 1 tbsp. cajun seasoning (see below)
  • 6 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 2 cups organic, basmati rice
  • 1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb. white fish, cut into bite size chunks
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley

Cajun seasoning mix (from THIS recipe at allrecipes.com)

  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together. Set aside.

Jambalaya

  1. In a large stock pot, melt butter over medium heat. When foam has subsided, add the sausage and cook until browned, 3-5 minutes. Remove sausage and set aside.
  2. Add onion, celery/fennel, and green/red peppers to the pot and cook until onion is soft–about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Be careful not to let garlic scorch.
  4. Add tomato paste and return sausage to the pot. Stir well to combine. Add the tomatoes and spice mix. Stir again and cook about 15 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth to the pot and stir well. Raise heat to medium/high and bring to a boil.
  6. Add rice to the pot, stir well to combine. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook for 25 minutes.
  7. Add seafood to the pot, increase the heat to medium/high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking for about 15 more minutes–longer if your mixture is too soupy. It should be thick.
  8. Season with salt and pepper (if necessary) and plate your jambalaya into bowls. Sprinkle with parsely and serve!
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