This meal is from a while back, but the sales it’s based on roll around pretty regularly. My basic formula of meat/fruit/cooked veg/raw veg/starch is still how I tend to think about pulling a meal together, since 2/5ths of the family would very much prefer foods not touch.
(I Daydream of Casseroles. That’ll be the name of my parenting book. Chapter titles include: Shoes: How to Keep Track of the Suckers, Snot and the Removal Thereof, What’s that Smell?, and How to Poop Alone. )
- peaches $1.55
- pasta, 16oz. $0.99
- blueberries $0.88
- 2 cloves garlic $0.12 (~70c/bulb, 12 cloves/bulb)
- tomatoes garden!
- basil garden!
- butter, 2 T $0.22 ($3.49/lb for 32T)
- half an onion $0.11 (8 onions, 3lbs, for $1.79 = 22c/onion)
- chicken, 1 lb. $1.99
- spinach $2.50 (half of a 1lb box for $5)
Grand Total: $8.36
Clearly, not everyone has a garden, so the extra spent there would but you right about $10. This meal had everyone happy with the pasta, chicken and fruit, the kids not excited about sliced tomatoes with salt or the steamed spinach, and me glad to have a healthy meal in about 30 minutes.
Stay tuned for the next $10 dinner! Cheep cheep!