Deb Rebel wrote:
If you can eat them, legumes and eggs are your best protein sources, and if you have your own hens, they eat scraps too as part of their feed, which helps defray their cost.
Tyler Ludens wrote:One of our most frugal meals yet:
Roast roots with a side of greens. Potatoes and carrots (free), olive oil (.10), chard (free). Cost per serving .05.
Tyler Ludens wrote:My husband might object if I told him he has to forage for his dinner!
jack vegas wrote:One big factor missing from this discussion is calories. A "plate" of food for under a dollar is pretty easy, if you reduce calories to a low enough value. ....
jack vegas wrote:One big factor missing from this discussion is calories. A "plate" of food for under a dollar is pretty easy, if you reduce calories to a low enough value. Suggest some attempt at calculating calories along with recipes. Ideally a split of protein, fat, and carbs too! I assume a plate is a meal, so something that is roughly 1/3 of 1,500-2,500 calories would be nice.
jack vegas wrote:I I will repeat however that without a qualifier, under a dollar has little meaning.
jack vegas wrote:I'll bow out of the conversation since it appears to be a lot more about tasty recipes than the meal costing less than a dollar.
jack vegas wrote:I will repeat however that without a qualifier, under a dollar has little meaning. ... How many calories is in the under a dollar meal? If the nutritional value is too low, then under a dollar is not really that inexpensive.
Thomas Partridge wrote:Polenta has become the new staple breakfast during the week in our family. My wife boils a cup of cornmeal (or corn we have ground for the purpose) and adds to it either a handful of frozen fruit or if I am feeling like I want something a little heartier she will put cheese and/or meat in it. It is like oatmeal except you can add veggies, meat, and or cheese to it instead of just fruit.
For lunch we have been sticking with soups (which of course are already under a dollar a plate) and for dinner we generally have a big dose of protein in the form of a chicken leg quarter or a slice of pork loin (both under a dollar if you wait until they are on sale) and a side of some extra veggies if we need more (we generally don't).
roberta mccanse wrote:I get the vegetables thing. I like veggies, I garden and can and I freeze kale and spinach to throw into soups etc. later. But don't any of you people eat bread? Cake? Chocolate covered cherries?.
roberta mccanse wrote:I get the vegetables thing. I like veggies, I garden and can and I freeze kale and spinach to throw into soups etc. later. But don't any of you people eat bread?
Candace Williams wrote:One of the best ways to make meals cheaply is to preserve food for later when it is in season.
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