Bobby’s cousins were in town today (they live in Portland currently) and we had a lovely lunch with them at our favorite Vietnamese restaurant. It seems like we take all of our visitors there! I had the same salad that I got when I went last week with my coworkers: Lotus Root Salad with Shrimp and Pork. The pork was so lean and flavorful – delicious, as always.
I also had pieces of both shrimp and veggie spring rolls (dipped in peanut sauce) as well as a sample of the Chicken salad that our cousins ordered. And I had a few bites of Bobby’s beef soup (pho) – that broth is so good.
After our leisurely lunch (we talked so much and had such a wonderful time with them), we took them to our favorite grocery store – Milk Pail, a small partially open-air market. We got our groceries for the week for a total of $21.60… which brings us to $125.14 for the Thanksgiving Challenge. I think we made it! We still have 2 extra meals leftover to eat out, and I don’t think we’ll have to buy anything else for the rest of the week. It’s too soon to celebrate now, but I think we did it! I’ll do a more detailed post regarding how I felt during the challenge after it’s officially over.
I found something amazing at Milk Pail - honeycrisp apples for $0.59/pound. I got no less than 6.5 pounds. I am so happy. So I had one when we got home:
For dinner I kept it simple:
- Gliding Calm baked tofu
- Vietnamese cabbage salad (sliced cabbage, shredded carrot, sliced onion, sliced celery, and basil; topped with a sugar/fish sauce/lemon juice/water dressing)
- Wild rice with smart balance – about 1/2 cup
- more pumpkin puree with smart balance (seconds on this)
And dessert was a staple as well:
- 2 Honeycrisp apples with lemon juice (shared with Bobby – this pic is of the first)
I also had 2 of the Chocolate Raisin Peanut Pumpkin Cookies that I baked yesterday for the BSI contest. Yummy! I am staying out of the kitchen for the rest of the night though.
Hope you all have a wonderful start to this very short week!