Since I bought a pile of groceries today after moving in to my new space I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to see the cost of my dinner tonight. I pulled out a new recipe book - 21 Day Sugar Detox. Essentially this book has a lot of low-carb recipes and I wouldn't consider it a traditional 'I-juice-everything-detox' but more of a 'let's-eat-more-vegetables-and protein' detox.
I bought all the ingredients for 'Artichoke & Lemon Chicken with Capers'. A google search of this exact recipe will give you countless very similar recipes if you didn't necessarily want to purchase 21DSD. The version I have is great, since it is a one pot (or pan) creation.
The dinner was delicious and it included a rather tasty roasted dandelion tea - I recommend the drink at least!
Capers are a bit too salty for my liking but I am a huge artichoke fan. While buying the ingredients for this dish I actually bought one of the jars of marinated artichoke hearts - which I will most likely consume straight from the container. I added a classic Heidi Salad to the side: greens, balsamic vinegar, and cherry tomatoes cut in half with kitchen scissors. Trying to cut them while holding them in my hand really is the fun part.
The breakdown:Chicken thighs - $6.10
Lemon (3) - $2.69
Artichoke - $3.49
1/2 Red Onion - $.99
Capers - $2.79
Olive oil - not calculated
Greens - not calculated
Tomatoes - not calculated
Total cost represents one plate, this recipe made enough for two.
Total Cost: $8.03
I'm not sure what I think of the price. Is it typical of most meals I consume? Can I eat cheaper without sacrificing taste, preparation, or health?