Up Up and Away


Coming soon to a grocery store near you.  
Higher prices for meat products.

According to the website and the meat prices have risen 6.2% since January, 2010. Even hamburger is way up and is predicted to go even higher this year.

This increase was much higher than the increase in all food items, which has risen only 1.8%  The only commodity that increased more than meat this past year is gasoline which has gone up 13.4%

Some people blame this meat price increase on the weather. Some blame it on China. Some blame it on more meat exports.

I have read some reports that the same people who gave us the housing bubble and subsequent economic scare of 2008 are now gambling with the money they got from the bailout that saved (?) our economy. And what are they gambling on this time? Why food, of course. See Meat Milk Prices Going Up 2011.

I don’t want to play the blame game! For my purposes on this blog it gets us no where. No matter who, or what, or why, unarguably, the cost of meat is going up AGAIN  this year.

And to make it worse, unemployment is not going down.  So money for food for many people will be even tighter this year than last.

Last year the mantra was, ‘eat meatless once a week.’ Guess this year we need to continue that and maybe eat meatless twice a week now.

So this week I am going to share some new Meatless Dishes with you and revisit a few I shared with you last year.

Featured Recipe    Tuna Fish & Egg Open Face Sandwich

Tuna fish, even canned tuna fish, is a very inexpensive and very nutritious.

Canned tuna fish is an easy source of protein. Eggs, as I wrote about a few weeks ago,  are another good source of protein. And both are very inexpensive. And today’s recipe uses both.

“Tuna is an excellent source of protein, and while some vitamin and mineral losses occur during canned tuna processing, the protein nutritive values are not dramatically changed. Tuna is an excellent source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, protein, potassium, selenium, and vitamin B12. It’s a very good source of niacin and phosphorus.”

Not bad for a lowly can of tuna fish.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

1 can of tuna fish

3 eggs

3 slices bread

3 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 slices bacon

Olive oil

NOTES: Any kind of bread you like. I like whole wheat in this or a nice crusty Italian. But any bread works well.

You can substitute mayo, butter, or drizzle a little olive oil on the toast if you don’t like mustard with your tuna fish.

If you want to ‘kick it up a notch,’ add some pepepr flakes or cayenne pepper.

You can also add salt and pepper to the sandwich. I don’t as there is enough salt with the bacon for me.


Really for me this was a last minute addition. I remembered I had some celery in my fridge that I needed to use up before it spoiled.

This is what you do:

Hard boil the eggs and cool completely and then slice into rounds.

Fry the bacon (or microwave it) till crisp and drain on paper towels. Crumble the bacon.

NOTE: Since I use a small amount of bacon (meat)  in this recipe, technically this is not really a meatless recipe. It  is mostly a meatless recipe. If you want to make it meatless, leave the bacon off. But you will miss a truly great sandwich if you do!!

Mince the celery.

Drain the tuna fish. Mix the diced celery into the tuna fish.

Toast your bread.

Spread the mustard on the toast.

Arrange the egg slices on top of the toast.

Place a couple of tablespoons of the tuna fish celery mixture on top of the eggs.

Drizzle with a bit of olive oil. I know you can’t really see the olive oil in the picture. But it is there.

Top with some crumbled bacon.

Serve with a salad or some fruit.

Super delocious!!!!!

Eat and enjoy. Or as the French would say, Bon Appetit!!!


1 can of tuna fish                  $0.50*                       

3 eggs                                 $0.30

3 slices bread                       $0.42

3 tsp Dijon mustard               $0.10

2 slices bacon                       $0.82

Olive oil                               $0.24

Total cost = $2.38
Cost per person = $0.79

*I wait till it is on sale and stock up.

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It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

J.K. Rowling

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