I always seemed to get wrapped up in talking (My husband would not be surprised by that.) and getting everything laid out perfectly that I forget to photograph my setup before people start diving in. Once again, I had a dinner at the church for 20, with the request that it be mostly vegan due to some allergies and such related to some of the participants. I chose falafel on pitas, but I also had some items to use up and didn't know how to make a vegan tzatziki. So, I made an organic yogurt dill sauce and a cake with cream cheese icing glaze with just a few special jelly beans Paul's aunt sent us for Easter. They were gorgeous colors and had more exotic flavors. I just couldn't help but have them top the cake. This time because the dinner came up on me rather unexpectedly, I made more of what I had on hand than basing my meal on a cheaper menu. So, let's see what it cost.
- $3.16 Garbanzos (Publix)
- $0.80 Tahini (Publix)
- $1.20 Carrots-for salad and falafel (Aldi)
- $0.12 Garlic-for salad and falafel (Aldi)
- $0.01 Flour (Aldi)
- $0.02 Cumin-for salad and falafel (Trader Joe's)
- $0.15 Olive Oil-for salad and falafel (Publix)
- $2.00 Quinoa (Costco)
- $0.25 Olives (Walgreens)
- $0.01 Salt
- Free Banana Peppers (Our Garden)
- $.10 Onion (Aldi)
- $0.01 Celery Cube (from freezer)
- $2.60 Pitas (Publix)
- $0.04 Lemon Juice-salad and sauce (Publix)
- $1.00 Yogurt (Publix)
- Free Dill (Friend)
- $2.50 Tomatoes (Publix)
- $1 Lettuce (Publix)
- $0.80 Cake (Publix)
- $0.41 Eggs (Publix)
- $0.18 Oil (Target)
- Free Cream Cheese (Publix)
- Free Powdered Sugar (Publix)
- Free Vanilla (Gift)
- Free Jelly Beans (Gift)
- $16.36 Total-Less than $1 a person!
Well, I must say, that amazes me. I know the cost of food is going up. At least you know you can make up this meal and keep it in the freezer (falafel and pitas) or fridge (quinoa salad) for a week and be able to feed your family a great, healthy meal at a fabulous price. In fact this whole set up went over so well, I'm scheduled to teach it at the church's cooking class in July. What a great, fun way to witness.
Be on the look out for the recipes.