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    33 cent Meals

    This is a revival of the 20 cent meal thread, with a change to 33 cents to relect the rising food costs in many areas. If you can still do a 20 cent meal though, please feel free to share, and we can be amazed at your area's prices and your ability to sleuth out the amazing sales.

    To get us started, here's a meal based on this week's seasonal spring foods.

    ***Salad Sushi and Root Vegetable Soup***
    Root Vegetable Soup
    Sauteed Greens
    Salad Sushi

    .09 Dark Chicken Meat Roasted 2oz
    .00 Pan drippings from roasting chicken
    .07 Cooked White Rice .75 cup
    .00 Rice water from cooking rice in excess water
    .03 3 leaves romaine lettuce
    .03 Small carrot
    .03 Asian White Radish half
    .00 Greens from radish tops
    .02 Scallion
    .005 Garlic clove half
    .02 White Vinegar 1.5T
    .01 Sugar
    .01 Salt, Black pepper
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    Roast Chicken. Reserve pan drippings.

    Peel well scrubbed radish, julienne, marinate in vinegar and salt. Finely dice radish peels and reserve.

    Cook rice in excess water.
    Make sushi rice.

    Peel well scrubbed carrot, cut off three 1/8 inch slices at wide end and reserve, julienne rest of carrot. Cut three end slices into flower shapes. Finely dice scraps from making flower shapes and peels and reserve.

    Blanch 6 inch piece of scallion green and plunge into cold water to preserve color. Remove immediately and drain.

    Slice white part of scallion into thin slices. Slice remainder of green part into thin rings.

    Greens:
    Cut radish greens into bite size pieces. Cook in small amount of water until just done. Drain and reserve cooking water. Drink cooking water if you like. Slice garlic thinly. Sautee in 1T drippings until lightly cooked. Stir into greens and toss to distribute.

    To make soup:
    Saute white part of onion and diced carrot pieces in 1T of onion drippings. Add 1 cup rice water, diced radish, and a bit of salt. Cut parts of the 3 lettuce leaves not being used for sushi wrappers into .25 inch dice. One minute before serving add lettuce pieces and turn off heat. Just before serving add 3 carrot flowers and green scallion rings.

    Sushi-general:
    Use the widest 6 inch section of the top of the lettuce leaves. Spread 1/3 of the rice mixture on each leaf. Add center ingredients, roll and cut into 4 pieces.

    Chicken salad sushi:
    Finely dice cooked chicken and add black pepper and a bit of salt.

    Pickled daikon sushi:
    Drain marinated radish (can use to dress a future salad)
    Use blanched green onion strip and the drained radish.

    Carrot sushi
    Use julienne carrot.

    Arrange sushi on plate with chicken in the center row or mix within each row with nicest cut side facing up.

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    Thanks for the recipe! I am going to give this some topic some thought. I always loved these topics!
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    I love these too. I'll watch what we eat over the coming days and see if anything fits.

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    Here's another using Winter specials and sales.

    ***Winter Sweet Potato Soup with Onion Focaccia***

    .03 2 oz diced onion
    .01 ham fat
    .06 1 oz minced smoked ham
    .00 2 cups spring or filtered water
    .06 4 oz sweet potato, diced
    .08 2 oz collard greens, slivered

    .08 1/6 homemade(sourdough starter) focaccia with sautéed onions
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    Wow! Great recipes, Amaranth! I'm at the mercy of, and under the direction of a major handicap, related to challenges like this, seeing that we are such a large family, but I'm not discouraged. Dropping by and supporting those who can take part in creative meal options (for pennies) is fun, not to mention, there's a learning side that comes with it.

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    I was hoping you would do something like this again, thank you for posting!

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    under the direction of a major handicap, related to challenges like this, seeing that we are such a large family,
    People with large families are welcome to participate. In this thread, we are listing one person's portion of the meal and the costs. So if your dish makes enough for 8 or 12, just divide the costs by that (see calculator on your computer, probably under accessories under the start button). If you make homemade bread and cut it into 20 slices, list the cost of 1 or 2 slices--whatever is eaten for that meal.

    I was hoping you would do something like this again, thank you for posting!
    You're welcome. Also I'd be happy to create regional meals if people want to let me know what the really good specials are in their areas in various weeks.

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    Great point, Amaranth. Going to review this topic in the days to come in hopes of sharing a recipe or two.

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    bump..I'm still working on some recipes, don't want this to get lost

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    Chickpea Curry 25 cents per meal
    http://www.womenthrive.org/index.php...=1127&Itemid=1
    Serve with 8 cents of cooked rice for a 33 cent meal

    Spicy refried beans 7 cents per serving
    http://www.womenthrive.org/index.php...=1128&Itemid=1

    Polenta-biscotti style 9 cents per serving
    http://www.womenthrive.org/index.php...=1134&Itemid=1
    They suggest topping the slices with marinara and basil.

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