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Week #1 Menus – Cooking for One on $100/Month

08.31.2011 · Posted in Food Tips, Recipes

Week numero uno has come and gone along with the shopping and cooking but as promised in my post Can A Single Person Eat at Home for $100 a Month? I’m going tell you what I cooked and ate during the week.

Remember, I started with a fairly well stocked pantry and freezer so I needed to buy only a few pantry replacements, namely dried beans, split peas, oil and can of salmon.   I spent a total of $66.86 this week and will only need to spend about $10.00 each week for the next 3 weeks for milk, greens and fruit.   My neighbor gave me 4 huge, ripe avocados last week, 2 of which made a superb guacamole for the Nachos Grande I served to my card club on Thursday.  That comprised my free acquisitions for the week.  Those freebies add a lot of value to your diet so if you happen upon an over-turned truck of watermelons on the highway be sure to grab one or two.

Food preferences are very individual but for the most part I’ll eat anything except rutabagas.  As far as beverages go, I drink a lot of water but I do enjoy wine and mixed cocktails when my budget allows.  It’s very hot in the tropics so I drink water, at least 2 quarts a day.  It is essential to replacing the fluids lost in perspiring. My only daily indulgence is 2 cups of cafe au lait and a glass of my homemade ginger beer on a really hot afternoon. Drinking commercial pop daily is not healthy for your budget or your body.  Save the pop for a treat.


BreakfastToast (No-Knead Potato Bread) and butter; coffee with cream and sugar

LunchChile (homemade with 2 links of Sweet Italian sausage and dried red beans topped with cheddar cheese);  homemade corn bread;   Homemade ginger beer

 Note:  Soak 1 lb of red beans overnight and cook  for 2 hours. Freeze 1 cup of cooked beans for rice and beans, freeze 3 cups for refried beans, make chile with the remaining beans.  Freeze leftover chile for card party on Thursday.  Freeze leftover corn bread.

DinnerSpinach salad with tomato, onion, zucchini, black olives, vinaigrette;  Roasted chicken and sweet potato (1 thigh and drumstick)

Note:  Carve the chicken breasts into slices and shredd meat off remaining thigh and drumstick, reserve remaining carcas for chicken stock.

SnackChocolate Sorbet


BreakfastCoffee, cream and sugar

Mid morning snackMango smoothie (freeby mangoes frozen when in season, yogurt, honey, orange juice)

Lunch – Avocado and tomato sandwich with yogurt cheese

Dinner – Salmon patties with garlic aioli; spinach salad with tomato, spring onions and mango vinaigrette


Breakfast – Homemade Banana Muffin with butter; coffee, cream and sugar                                                                                                                           Note:  Made 6 Texas sized muffins and froze 5.

Lunch – Chicken noodle soup; toasted cheese sandwich made with potato bread                                                                                                       Note: Homemade stock made from carcas of Monday night’s chicken, add shredded chicken from thigh and drumstick.  This made 4 servings of chicken noodle soup;  froze the leftover soup.

Dinner – Stewed tomatoes and okra with bacon over rice;  Homemade Corn bread (frozen on Monday) and butter                                                  Note: Saved the leftover rice for pork fried rice and made 1 jar of pickled okra with the remaining fresh okra not used.

Snack – Chocolate Chip cookies and coffee


Breakfast – Yogurt, mango and honey;  toast and butter; coffee, cream and sugar

Lunch:  Nachos Grande for Card Club;  Iced Tea with Lemongrass and honey

Dinner:  Card Club leftovers including Chile,  Avocado and Olive Dip, tortilla chips, salsa, yogurt cheese and cheddar cheese


Breakfast – 2 Pancakes and syrup, coffee, cream and sugar

Lunch – Avocado BLT on potato bread;   Homemade ginger beer

Dinner – Tilapia with Mojo Isleño sauce, cole slaw

Cocktail – orange juice and rum


Breakfast – Orange juice, Banana Muffin and coffee with cream and sugar

Lunch – Chicken (2 breast slices from chicken frozen on Monday) and avocado sandwich on Potato Bread

Dinner – Pork Fried Rice  (last 2 scallopini of pork used and rice from Wednesday ) with veggies (celery, carrot, Anaheim pepper);  pot of Oolong Tea

Snack – Almond Panna Cotta


Breakfast – Pancakes, eggs and bacon; orange juice;  coffee, cream and sugar

Lunch – Spinach quiche

Early Dinner – Chicken and Rice with Jalapeno Casserole; Texas Pea Salad

Dessert – Almond Panna Cotta and chocolate chip cookies; coffee

Be sure to check back next week for Week #2 Menus – Cooking for One on $100/Month.  If you’re single, how much do you spend a month for food?  Go take my poll at my previous post  Can A Single Person Eat at Home for $100 a Month?  If you’d like a detailed list of the groceries purchased, please leave a comment and I’ll follow up with a post.


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