After spending $2500 on food last month with Mr. HECC I’m on a mission to cut my food budget in half. I’ll be documenting recipes I make for myself since Mr. HECC follows a specific diet and has his meals delivered, leaving me to be cooking for one. Cooking solo is tough because it’s so easy to waste food. I’m seeking out simple, easy meals that allow you to buy the right serving size for a meal fresh so that nothing goes wasted.
Breakfast: $1.50 / meal (~250 calories)
Lunch: $3.00 / meal (~350 calories)
Dinner: $4.50 / meal (~600 calories)
Tonight’s $5 Dinner is Chicken Pappardelle
- $.76- .3lb chicken breast (non-organic)
- $.60 – 1 tbsp tomato paste (cento tomato paste)
- $.50 – basil herb blend (fresh basil would go to waste so I opted for the tube stuff)
- $.55 – half zucchini
- $.60 – diced tomatoes from can
- $.78 – 2oz fancy Pappardelle pasta
- $.20 – 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
The pasta was a splurge (the fancy pasta display called to me) but it’s still a reasonably-priced meal for my first attempt at an affordable dinner. I found I only needed a half zucchini for this dish, so I’m saving the other half and making it again tomorrow for lunch!
Health Check: Breakdown of Calories & Carbs…
- 152 calories / 0 carbs — .3lb chicken breast
- 35 calories / 7 carbs — 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 5 calories / 0 carbs — basil herb blend
- 16 calories / 3 carbs — one zucchini
- 25 calories / 5 carbs — $.60 – diced tomatoes from can
- 210 calories / 40 carbs – 2oz fancy Pappardelle pasta
- 120 calories / 0 carbs — 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
$4.00 for 564 calories / 44g carbs
*in order to save even more money on this receipe, I could do the following:
- cheaper pasta!
- buy chicken on sale / frozen chicken?