day ten

(Click here for an explanation of the project.)

Ten days down! That means we’re one-third into our 30 day project. I can already tell I’m going to miss this when it’s over.

Here’s what we ate for $4.24 yesterday, January 11, 2011.


banana & steel cut oatmeal brulee $0.22


leftover blue cheese & pear grilled mini sandwiches $1.44
3 clementines $0.66


shaksouka* split 3-ways $1.12
3 small pieces raisin bread $0.57


2 large organic carrots $0.16
6 ounces stove top espresso with 1/3 cup frothed soy milk $0.07 (still using free coffee beans)

total $4.24

I can’t believe that fancified breakfast was possibly our cheapest yet. If I had known it was only going to come in at 22 cents a serving, I would have thrown in some pecans or walnuts. I got the idea from two peas and their pod. In the evening, Jess doubled that recipe and portioned it into seven ramekins. In the morning I sliced up some banana, layering a third a banana over each ramekin. Then I sprinkled 2 teaspoons of brown sugar on top and put them under the broiler for a couple minutes, watching carefully to pull them out before they burn. We recommend doing this right before serving as the bananas don’t hold up well in the fridge.

At 86 cents a pound bulk, steel cut oats cost 30 cents per dry cup.

And then there was dinner. Ahhh, dinner.

There seems to be a lot of different ways to spell this food: shaksouka, shaksuka, shakshuka, shakshouka. Everyone seems to agree it is Middle Eastern dish primarily made of tomato and egg, and it is cheap. Other than spices, the costs were:

1 tablespoon olive oil $0.13
1 small onion, diced small $0.20
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped $0.03
1 28-ounce can organic diced tomatoes $1.99
6 eggs $1.02

total: $3.37 or $1.12 per serving when split between the three of us.

I really think it could use some heat, and we had even purchased some peppers and forgot to use them. We did remember to add a little parsley from our own plant.

* Somehow Serious Eats left the tomatoes off the recipe. A little googling and I figured out it takes a 28 ounce can of tomatoes. We splurged on organic, the whole meal was so cheap.


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7 responses to “day ten

  1. caitlin

    steel cut oats are my totally awesome breakfast JAM. Did you know that you can cook them overnight? and not even in a crock pot. You need 1 part oats to 3 parts water. I roast them for a minute or two in the pot, then add the water, bring it to boil, and then turn it off, put a lid on it, and go to bed. in the morning it’s done. awesome.

    • misterkrista

      Oh, that version sounds so much easier than all the slow cooker versions I looked at where you had to put a bowl inside the crock pot.

      • caitlin

        I am pretty lazy as a breakfast eater on weekdays. warm weather = smoothies and cold weather= steel cut oats. This way of making it is so awesome and fast and, well, lazy! After you start eating steel cut oats all other oatmeal is so gross in comparison.

  2. All of your food has looked amazing! And you take stunning photographs of food, which is no easy task. Keep up the good work!

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