FOOD - JoannaSableCooks fast, delicious and less expensive meals than takeout

Blog Post Aug 05, 2014

By Joanna Sable

There is nothing more satisfying than proving the McDonald’s of the world wrong. Let’s think about the $7 Big Mac deal.

Yes, you get the meat, which is the lowest grade there is; the bun with chemicals for “freshness”; and fries doused with a week’s worth of sodium. To wash this joyous meal down, we have a drink full of sugar and chemicals. There is your $7 meal.

Now let’s say you are going to the fast-food restaurant with the average family of four people. We are now at $28. I haven’t included tax and I won’t for my rebuttal.

Let me show you what we can make for $28. It will be quick just like the meal, but it will feed your body, brain and soul.

We will make pasta and meat sauce, a salad and garlic buns.

Here is the list and pricing.

1 can of 16 oz tomatoes, 99 cents

1 pkg of pasta 900 ml, 99 cents

1 pkg medium ground beef, $3.49

1 onion, 25 cents

2 clove of garlic, 10 cents

1 carrot, 10 cents

1 stick of celery, 20 cents

Fresh basil, a bunch, $1.29

Salt, pepper and olive oil, $1

4 crusty buns, $1

1 head of romaine, $2.50

Dressing, oil and vinegar, $1

Total amount, $12.91

OK, let’s get cooking. This will take no more than 20 minutes.

Pasta sauce

Wash; dice all veggies including the garlic. In a pot add 2 tbsp olive oil and heat. Toss in veggies before the garlic, let soften, five minutes, add garlic, one minute and add ground beef. Cook until all the pink is out of the meat. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, stir and reduce to a quick simmer and cover.

In another pot add lots of cold water and some salt, make it taste salty. Boil and add pasta, cook until slightly soft but still has a bit of a bite.

Drain pasta and dump on top of sauce. Stir through and remove from heat.

Wash lettuce, drain well, tear it up and place in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and a 1 tbsp of vinegar, red wine, white wine or balsamic. Salt and pepper and toss.

In the toaster oven or regular oven heat to 350 F. Cut buns, rub with cut garlic clove, spoon on olive oil and toast.

Put pasta on the table with buns and lettuce and voila.

You have quite a bit of money left. Add some good cheese to the pasta, maybe a cucumber and some radishes to the salad, a bit of fresh fruit and frozen yogurt for dessert.

I hope you get my point. By the time you get in the car, drive to McDonald’s, buy your food wait and eat this meal can be made.

Your kids will now have time to get homework done and you will eat as a family at the dinner table and converse.

Now, I am really not being flippant. Yes, it is work, but it is important work and there are many more easy quick recipes.  

I know this does not take into account the grocery visit, but every family must do this once a week. This meal is designed to incorporate foods that can hang out for a few days.

We can make a meatloaf smothered in barbecue sauce with smashed potatoes and broccoli with melted cheese for well under $28. Add a few buns.

Here is that menu and shopping list. No prices this time, but I think you can trust me on this.

1 lb medium ground beef

1 lb lean ground beef

1 slice of bread that you will soak in just enough milk to cover

1 garlic clove

1 onion

1 zucchini, we need more veg!

1 bottle of smoky barbecue sauce or just mix ketchup with honey and heat.

1 head of broccoli, don’t buy the waste of money crowns. If cauliflower is on sale or you like it more, buy it.

1 block of any cheese that makes you happy. It is cheaper and easy to grate. Put it in the freezer before grating

Olive oil, by now you should have some in the pantry.

New potatoes, or any thin-skinned potatoes.

Cooking.

Wash and place potatoes in cold water with some salt, bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced with a knife tip.

Heat the oven to 375 F.

In a bowl add meat, bread soaked in milk, finely diced onion and garlic.

Wash and grate zucchini and toss. Add salt and pepper, mix well, form into a loaf and place on a foil lined baking sheet for easy clean up.

Cover in barbecue sauce, or your version, and bake for 30 minutes or until juices run clear when pricked with a knife.

On another baking sheet, place washed broccoli that you have trimmed off one inch of the base and cut into long spears. Sprinkle it with olive oil, salt, pepper and grated cheese that was made easy to grate by freezing it.

Bake the broccoli in the same oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Drain potatoes and smash with a bit of butter or olive oil and milk. This will give the kids more nutrients. Keep on the skins they taste great and also add fiber and nutrients. If you are a cheesy family, grate some cheese over top.

Eat and enjoy.

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. I know many of you already do all this, but talking about it is important. So many say that McDonald's is a treat. Real ice cream is a treat; home-baked cookies are a treat, burgers from a burger joint making their own is a treat.

Please check in with me with thoughts, comments and ideas. I do so appreciate your feedback.

Joanna

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My name is Joanna Sable and I am a Cordon Bleu-trained chef. For many years I owned my own catering company. I also worked for my mother, Myra Sable’s company, Sable and Rosenfeld foods. I now own The Bumper Crop, www.thebumpercrop.com, a gourmet food company that packs the bounty of small Ontario farmers’ fruits and vegetables into funky jams and pickled products. I love to teach and write about food and take the fear out of it. Join me on my adventure. I can be reached at jsable@thebumpercrop.com. Check in with questions and viewpoint

FOOD - JoannaSableCooks fast, delicious and less expensive meals than takeout

Blog Post Aug 05, 2014

By Joanna Sable

There is nothing more satisfying than proving the McDonald’s of the world wrong. Let’s think about the $7 Big Mac deal.

Yes, you get the meat, which is the lowest grade there is; the bun with chemicals for “freshness”; and fries doused with a week’s worth of sodium. To wash this joyous meal down, we have a drink full of sugar and chemicals. There is your $7 meal.

Now let’s say you are going to the fast-food restaurant with the average family of four people. We are now at $28. I haven’t included tax and I won’t for my rebuttal.

Let me show you what we can make for $28. It will be quick just like the meal, but it will feed your body, brain and soul.

We will make pasta and meat sauce, a salad and garlic buns.

Here is the list and pricing.

1 can of 16 oz tomatoes, 99 cents

1 pkg of pasta 900 ml, 99 cents

1 pkg medium ground beef, $3.49

1 onion, 25 cents

2 clove of garlic, 10 cents

1 carrot, 10 cents

1 stick of celery, 20 cents

Fresh basil, a bunch, $1.29

Salt, pepper and olive oil, $1

4 crusty buns, $1

1 head of romaine, $2.50

Dressing, oil and vinegar, $1

Total amount, $12.91

OK, let’s get cooking. This will take no more than 20 minutes.

Pasta sauce

Wash; dice all veggies including the garlic. In a pot add 2 tbsp olive oil and heat. Toss in veggies before the garlic, let soften, five minutes, add garlic, one minute and add ground beef. Cook until all the pink is out of the meat. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, stir and reduce to a quick simmer and cover.

In another pot add lots of cold water and some salt, make it taste salty. Boil and add pasta, cook until slightly soft but still has a bit of a bite.

Drain pasta and dump on top of sauce. Stir through and remove from heat.

Wash lettuce, drain well, tear it up and place in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and a 1 tbsp of vinegar, red wine, white wine or balsamic. Salt and pepper and toss.

In the toaster oven or regular oven heat to 350 F. Cut buns, rub with cut garlic clove, spoon on olive oil and toast.

Put pasta on the table with buns and lettuce and voila.

You have quite a bit of money left. Add some good cheese to the pasta, maybe a cucumber and some radishes to the salad, a bit of fresh fruit and frozen yogurt for dessert.

I hope you get my point. By the time you get in the car, drive to McDonald’s, buy your food wait and eat this meal can be made.

Your kids will now have time to get homework done and you will eat as a family at the dinner table and converse.

Now, I am really not being flippant. Yes, it is work, but it is important work and there are many more easy quick recipes.  

I know this does not take into account the grocery visit, but every family must do this once a week. This meal is designed to incorporate foods that can hang out for a few days.

We can make a meatloaf smothered in barbecue sauce with smashed potatoes and broccoli with melted cheese for well under $28. Add a few buns.

Here is that menu and shopping list. No prices this time, but I think you can trust me on this.

1 lb medium ground beef

1 lb lean ground beef

1 slice of bread that you will soak in just enough milk to cover

1 garlic clove

1 onion

1 zucchini, we need more veg!

1 bottle of smoky barbecue sauce or just mix ketchup with honey and heat.

1 head of broccoli, don’t buy the waste of money crowns. If cauliflower is on sale or you like it more, buy it.

1 block of any cheese that makes you happy. It is cheaper and easy to grate. Put it in the freezer before grating

Olive oil, by now you should have some in the pantry.

New potatoes, or any thin-skinned potatoes.

Cooking.

Wash and place potatoes in cold water with some salt, bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced with a knife tip.

Heat the oven to 375 F.

In a bowl add meat, bread soaked in milk, finely diced onion and garlic.

Wash and grate zucchini and toss. Add salt and pepper, mix well, form into a loaf and place on a foil lined baking sheet for easy clean up.

Cover in barbecue sauce, or your version, and bake for 30 minutes or until juices run clear when pricked with a knife.

On another baking sheet, place washed broccoli that you have trimmed off one inch of the base and cut into long spears. Sprinkle it with olive oil, salt, pepper and grated cheese that was made easy to grate by freezing it.

Bake the broccoli in the same oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Drain potatoes and smash with a bit of butter or olive oil and milk. This will give the kids more nutrients. Keep on the skins they taste great and also add fiber and nutrients. If you are a cheesy family, grate some cheese over top.

Eat and enjoy.

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. I know many of you already do all this, but talking about it is important. So many say that McDonald's is a treat. Real ice cream is a treat; home-baked cookies are a treat, burgers from a burger joint making their own is a treat.

Please check in with me with thoughts, comments and ideas. I do so appreciate your feedback.

Joanna

---

My name is Joanna Sable and I am a Cordon Bleu-trained chef. For many years I owned my own catering company. I also worked for my mother, Myra Sable’s company, Sable and Rosenfeld foods. I now own The Bumper Crop, www.thebumpercrop.com, a gourmet food company that packs the bounty of small Ontario farmers’ fruits and vegetables into funky jams and pickled products. I love to teach and write about food and take the fear out of it. Join me on my adventure. I can be reached at jsable@thebumpercrop.com. Check in with questions and viewpoint

FOOD - JoannaSableCooks fast, delicious and less expensive meals than takeout

Blog Post Aug 05, 2014

By Joanna Sable

There is nothing more satisfying than proving the McDonald’s of the world wrong. Let’s think about the $7 Big Mac deal.

Yes, you get the meat, which is the lowest grade there is; the bun with chemicals for “freshness”; and fries doused with a week’s worth of sodium. To wash this joyous meal down, we have a drink full of sugar and chemicals. There is your $7 meal.

Now let’s say you are going to the fast-food restaurant with the average family of four people. We are now at $28. I haven’t included tax and I won’t for my rebuttal.

Let me show you what we can make for $28. It will be quick just like the meal, but it will feed your body, brain and soul.

We will make pasta and meat sauce, a salad and garlic buns.

Here is the list and pricing.

1 can of 16 oz tomatoes, 99 cents

1 pkg of pasta 900 ml, 99 cents

1 pkg medium ground beef, $3.49

1 onion, 25 cents

2 clove of garlic, 10 cents

1 carrot, 10 cents

1 stick of celery, 20 cents

Fresh basil, a bunch, $1.29

Salt, pepper and olive oil, $1

4 crusty buns, $1

1 head of romaine, $2.50

Dressing, oil and vinegar, $1

Total amount, $12.91

OK, let’s get cooking. This will take no more than 20 minutes.

Pasta sauce

Wash; dice all veggies including the garlic. In a pot add 2 tbsp olive oil and heat. Toss in veggies before the garlic, let soften, five minutes, add garlic, one minute and add ground beef. Cook until all the pink is out of the meat. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, bring to a boil, stir and reduce to a quick simmer and cover.

In another pot add lots of cold water and some salt, make it taste salty. Boil and add pasta, cook until slightly soft but still has a bit of a bite.

Drain pasta and dump on top of sauce. Stir through and remove from heat.

Wash lettuce, drain well, tear it up and place in a bowl. Add 1/4 cup olive oil and a 1 tbsp of vinegar, red wine, white wine or balsamic. Salt and pepper and toss.

In the toaster oven or regular oven heat to 350 F. Cut buns, rub with cut garlic clove, spoon on olive oil and toast.

Put pasta on the table with buns and lettuce and voila.

You have quite a bit of money left. Add some good cheese to the pasta, maybe a cucumber and some radishes to the salad, a bit of fresh fruit and frozen yogurt for dessert.

I hope you get my point. By the time you get in the car, drive to McDonald’s, buy your food wait and eat this meal can be made.

Your kids will now have time to get homework done and you will eat as a family at the dinner table and converse.

Now, I am really not being flippant. Yes, it is work, but it is important work and there are many more easy quick recipes.  

I know this does not take into account the grocery visit, but every family must do this once a week. This meal is designed to incorporate foods that can hang out for a few days.

We can make a meatloaf smothered in barbecue sauce with smashed potatoes and broccoli with melted cheese for well under $28. Add a few buns.

Here is that menu and shopping list. No prices this time, but I think you can trust me on this.

1 lb medium ground beef

1 lb lean ground beef

1 slice of bread that you will soak in just enough milk to cover

1 garlic clove

1 onion

1 zucchini, we need more veg!

1 bottle of smoky barbecue sauce or just mix ketchup with honey and heat.

1 head of broccoli, don’t buy the waste of money crowns. If cauliflower is on sale or you like it more, buy it.

1 block of any cheese that makes you happy. It is cheaper and easy to grate. Put it in the freezer before grating

Olive oil, by now you should have some in the pantry.

New potatoes, or any thin-skinned potatoes.

Cooking.

Wash and place potatoes in cold water with some salt, bring to a boil and cook until easily pierced with a knife tip.

Heat the oven to 375 F.

In a bowl add meat, bread soaked in milk, finely diced onion and garlic.

Wash and grate zucchini and toss. Add salt and pepper, mix well, form into a loaf and place on a foil lined baking sheet for easy clean up.

Cover in barbecue sauce, or your version, and bake for 30 minutes or until juices run clear when pricked with a knife.

On another baking sheet, place washed broccoli that you have trimmed off one inch of the base and cut into long spears. Sprinkle it with olive oil, salt, pepper and grated cheese that was made easy to grate by freezing it.

Bake the broccoli in the same oven for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Drain potatoes and smash with a bit of butter or olive oil and milk. This will give the kids more nutrients. Keep on the skins they taste great and also add fiber and nutrients. If you are a cheesy family, grate some cheese over top.

Eat and enjoy.

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration. I know many of you already do all this, but talking about it is important. So many say that McDonald's is a treat. Real ice cream is a treat; home-baked cookies are a treat, burgers from a burger joint making their own is a treat.

Please check in with me with thoughts, comments and ideas. I do so appreciate your feedback.

Joanna

---

My name is Joanna Sable and I am a Cordon Bleu-trained chef. For many years I owned my own catering company. I also worked for my mother, Myra Sable’s company, Sable and Rosenfeld foods. I now own The Bumper Crop, www.thebumpercrop.com, a gourmet food company that packs the bounty of small Ontario farmers’ fruits and vegetables into funky jams and pickled products. I love to teach and write about food and take the fear out of it. Join me on my adventure. I can be reached at jsable@thebumpercrop.com. Check in with questions and viewpoint