Thursday, November 11, 2010
What you need:
2 Large Carrots, Juiced (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 Cup Kefir, your favorite flavor
3/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries
Juice carrots if using fresh carrots. Blend ingredients in blender until smooth. Enjoy! Makes 16 ounces.
Carrots - A 5 lb bag of carrots is $3.09 at my local grocery store. This has 20-22 carrots in it, making each carrot $0.16 - $0.14. We'll use the higher price.
Kefir - A carton of Kefir is $3.99. Using 1/2 cup servings allows 8 servings per container, which brings it to $0.50 per serving.
Blueberries - A 48 ounce bag of frozen blueberries is $9.89 (Publix brand). This allows 6 cups per bag of blueberries, so we're working with 6 smoothies. This brings the blueberries to $1.65 per cup.
This brings the total cost of 1 smoothie to $2.47, making it cheaper, fresher and healthier than any store bought or restaurant smoothie.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
The breakdown of the cost will follow the recipe. Note: Prices may vary by store and location. The prices provided are from my local grocery store, directly from my receipt.
Basic Biscuit Recipe
What you need:
2 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup no-trans-fat tub butter or margarine
3/4 cup (almond) milk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place flour into large mixing bowl and cut in butter until crumbly. Gradually add in milk and stir until the dough comes off the side of the bowl. Lightly flour a flat surface, pat and fold dough until it is no longer sticky. Use a biscuit cutter or roll into balls. Bake 10-12 minutes.
Self-Rising Flour - A $2.99 package of flour has approximately 19 cups of flour in it. This totals $0.16/cup ($0.32 for this recipe).
Margarine - A small tub of no-trans-fat margarine is $2.49, which makes the cost $0.41/half cup.
Almond Milk - A $2.99 half gallon of almond milk contains 8 servings (1 cup is a serving) making each serving $0.37.
One batch of 10 biscuits will cost $1.10. You could make about 6 batches of biscuits and still have left over milk and flour to use in other recipes.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
There is a misconception in our culture that it is cheaper to buy prepared food than to cook from scratch. I'm going to show you that this just isn't true.
Note: Prices may vary by store and location. The prices provided here are from my local grocery store.
What you need:
10 cage free, organic eggs ($2.99/dozen, $0.24/egg)
16 ounce package of ground sausage ($2.99)
1 cup cheddar cheese ($2.00 for a 2 cup package, $1.00/cup)
1 batch of basic biscuits ($1.10/batch, 10 biscuits/batch)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown sausage in pan over medium heat. While sausage is cooking, lightly beat eggs in a separate bowl. Place browned sausage in a single layer of a casserole dish. Sprinkle half of the cheese over sausage. Pour eggs over sausage and cheese and sprinkle the top with remaining cheese. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake 25-30 minutes or until eggs are cooked through.
The McDonald's $1 Sausage Biscuit is just that - sausage on a biscuit. I was able to make a sausage, (organic) egg and cheese casserole and biscuits for just $7.58! And it tastes great!
Those who are familiar with me know that ground sausage is not a typical menu item around here. I don't like it, and I don't consider it healthy. However, I understand that not everyone likes or wants to eat the way I do. Many people, especially hard working men, love ground sausage. In an effort to stay with the sausage theme, meet the eaters palates and stay within cost, I went with regular ground sausage. At home, you can make this meal healthier by using organic turkey sausage or turkey bacon for close to the same price.
Note: The cheese was on sale, 2 packages for $4. However, even at it's regular price (about $0.50 more) the total cost of the meal is still under $10.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
What you need:
1/2 cup fresh carrot juice (2 large fresh juiced carrots)
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
1/2 cup (a handful) fresh spinach
1 cup fresh or frozen fruit
Blend ingredients together and enjoy. If you're using fresh fruit you may want to add some ice for thickness. For those worried about not liking the taste of the carrot juice or spinach, I promise it is barely noticeable. Add a couple of tablespoons of fat-free fruit yogurt to cover the taste more, but it really isn't needed.