Monday, March 12, 2012
Dinner for Many
having a large community of people to pitch in on meals makes dinner time easier and more economical.. but even as a group funds can be tight at times. this doesn't mean we have to go hungry, just be smarter about how food is distributed.
as an example, i wanted to make a stew for dinner today, but only had enough meat and veggies to make dinner for 4-6. most times there are 6 to 8 people at the table, so in order to stretch the meal for a larger group, we had to get creative.
i took my basic stew recipe, and cut the meat and veggies into thinner pieces than i usually would. i then thickened the liquid to more of a gravy consistency by adding a little more flour and bisto, and a different mixture of spices so that it would taste good over some rice. since it's winter, fresh leafy vegetables are more expensive being not in season, thus many meals consist of root vegetables and starches.
rice is cheap, filling and delicious, and makes it much easier to stretch a meal to feed more people. pasta works well too, but with this particular meal, rice is the better choice. now for a breakdown of the cost of today's meal.. keeping in mind that only small portions of each ingredient are needed, not the whole bag or bushel.
potatoes- $1.5o worth
carrots- 25 cents worth
spices, flour, bisto and water- less than a dollar
so for just under $10 [canadian] enough food was prepared for 8-12 servings, all bellies full and tastebuds satisfied. this is far cheaper than each individual making their own meals, buying frozen dinners, pre-made pasta packages or fast food.. and far more economical considering the energy used to prepare it. judging by the round of silence at the dinner table, it must have been a tasty meal:)