Value Meals at home.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
I was inspired by another Spark member to create a meal today to share with family and friends at a cost of less than $5.00 per serving. When I first read her blog, I thought that would be fun and maybe a little challenging. So I decided all my ingredients would be readily accessible at any normal grocery store, no exotic ingredients, healthy, tasty and menu items I would serve and be happy to share.
I thought about what we like to eat, what I fix when the children and grand children all visit and I came up with 5 menus that easily met the criteria. They included pizza, a chicken dish, a beef dish, and 2 bean dishes, with a whole grain serving and a dessert. My cheapest meal was about $1.40 per person (chili with brown rice) to the pizza at $3.40 per person. Today was the challenge day, and I wanted something different, so I started planning. The result is
Chicken Pepper Pot with Potatoes. My whole grain is Corn Meal Muffins, not my recipe but one found here on Spark People (Low cal/Low Fat Corn Meal Muffins) The total cost was about $1.50 per person and the recipe serves 4 generously. We divided the pot into 4 equal bowls just to see what it looked like before we ate. Now DH has a quick dinner for next week and I have one terrific meal for a lunch.
In these times when so many people are without jobs, are losing jobs and have reduced earnings, this is a meal that would feed a family well and healthy. I did not count the electric used for 20 minutes on the stove top and 20 minutes in the oven for the muffins. That is not a long cooking time, I used only one burner and one pan.
So many people say it costs too much to eat healthy, but it all depends on what you buy. If I had to eat out, that $1.50 would not go far. This week I was on the road at lunch time, and I bought a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole grain bun, with a thin slice of tomato, a single leaf of head lettuce, with a glass of unsweetened tea and a bag of fresh apple slices. It cost me $7.90. I was glad to have a healthy lunch, but $7.90 would have fed 4 adults 4 times or 16 total meals. This makes it difficult for me to justify eating out very often. I think I need to spend a lot more time cooking quick meals Thanks ASOBFALLS, for waking me up.