Meal #1: cabbage and pork

We made a ground pork and cabbage stir-fry as one of our first Challenge meals, and I expect it’ll be typical of our diet during the rest of the Challenge.

The pork and cabbage were bought before the Challenge. I subtracted the cost of the pork ($4.32) from our Challenge budget, but I don’t know how much the cabbage cost, so I didn’t make any adjustments for it. I figure we’ll have groceries left over by the Challenge ends, counted against the Challenge budget, but not consumed during the Challenge. I’m going on the assumption that everything will work out in the end, but I’m also letting you know so you can call me out if you think I’m cheating too hard.

Ground pork and cabbage stir-fry
This was a pretty simple dish, using one pound of ground pork and half a head of cabbage as the primary ingredients. The basic idea is really simple:

  1. Brown meat (including flavourings like ginger, salt and pepper, coriander, garlic, etc).
  2. Remove meat and  set aside.
  3. Put cabbage (julienned) in same cookware (no cleaning necessary), toss and cover. Let steam until cooked.
  4. Combine with meat and serve.

This particular rendition of the dish turned out not to be so tasty. Hide thought it was fine, but I felt like it lacked oomph. Next time, I’ll add more tasty things, like garlic and soy sauce.

I think it’s a pretty good value, though, because it’ll probably feed us for three meals (served with rice). The cabbage was probably around $2, so about $1 a meal for this dish.

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