We've had some terrific home-cooked meals recently that cost a total of $15 to $20 for three people, even less when you consider that leftovers made a great sandwich, light lunch or snack.
Last Monday, we roasted a whole organic chicken (Whole Foods) seasoned with cinnamon, allspice and salt and served it with a half-pound of organic rigatoni in tomato sauce. The next night we had fluke poached in sake, okra with tomatoes and rice, all from H-Mart.
We also had drug-free Australian lamb chops, instant mashed potatoes and organic spring mix salad, all from Costco. On Friday night, for house guests, we made drug-free Whole Foods hamburgers (99 cents each on sale), served them on sturdy potato-onion rolls from Balthazar Bakery, and prepared two skin-on potato salads -- Syrian (olive oil, lemon juice, allspice and cumin) and Jamaican (hard-boiled egg, mixed vegetables, mayonnaise, black-pepper and salt).
Yesterday, my son and I both snacked on the last pieces of the organic chicken we roasted a week before. For dinner, we had drug- and preservative-free chicken sausage (sun-dried tomato and provolone) and organic salad mix from Costco and the rest of the Whole Foods organic rigatoni.