Here is my first attempt at figuring out the cost of a meal! I'm figuring it out based on the amount of an ingredient I use. So - if you went to the grocery store and bought everything it would cost more because you'd most likely have to buy "extra" of some of the staple ingredients.
We had a lovely rare Georgia snow here last weekend and I decided it was the perfect time to make some soup! Here's what I did:
I peeled and sliced two potatoes and cooked them over medium heat in 2 cups of chicken broth.
Meanwhile, I sauteed 1/2 of an onion, chopped, in a 1/4 cup of butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. After the onion was tender I threw in 1 tsp minced garlic and cooked until fragrant. Then, added 1/4 cup of flour and a tsp each of crushed rosemary, salt, and thyme along with a 1/4 tsp of pepper. I then gradually stirred in 1 1/2 cups of milk and stirred often over medium-high heat until the mixture boiled. I let it boil for two minutes.
By this point the potatoes were tender. I used a potato masher to slightly mash the potatoes (in the chicken broth)
I then poured the potatoes and broth into the flour/milk/spice mixture and stirred well. Let it cook there for just a couple more minutes and then you're good to go!
I included a bit of cheese and bacon on top which is not included in the price breakdown.
Cost Breakdown (rounded)
2 potatoes 2.00
1.5 cup milk (organic price) 1.25
¼ cup butter .25
½ onion .35
1 Tsp minced garlic .20
¼ cup flour .05
Various spices .50 (estimate)
2 cups chicken broth 1.25
Total: $5.40 - - - makes 4 servings, so $1.35 per serving
I'd never made potato soup before - but I was pleasantly surprised with this! Very creamy and very easy. (And cheap I discovered while breaking down the price.)
And then after your insides are all warm with potato soup you should go outside and make an odd looking snowman.