day seventeen

(Click here for an explanation of the project.)

Here’s what we ate for $4.58 yesterday, January 18, 2011.


steelcut oats (from 1/3 cup dry) $0.10
2 tablespoons raisins $0.08
1 tablespoon slivered almonds $0.06
2 teaspoons brown sugar $0.02


chickpea of the sea sandwich on whole grain bread $0.92
2 large organic carrots $0.16


kimchi quesadillas $1.61
green salad with radish and carrot $0.55
1 tablespoon sriracha buttermilk dressing $0.05


1/2 cup frothed soy milk (for coffee) $0.13
Gala apple $0.50
8 ounces organic plain yogurt with strawberry jam $0.40

total $4.58

Important lesson: we have got to plan and shop for meals for every single day of my work week before it starts. Otherwise it means a 6pm grocery run and really late dinner.

It was inevitable that we’d try some other tricks with kimchi after we fell in love with the grilled kimcheeze sandwich. And then Serious Eats had an entire slide show of things to do with kimchi Why didn’t I think of the next logical step: kimchi quesadillas?

Of course, we cut back a little on ingredients in part for cost and fat cutting, but also because how in the heck did that fit that much inside a quesadilla? We also added tofu that had been pressed, pan-fried in sesame oil, and tossed with a splash of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. Here is our adaptation with cost calculation:


for each serving of one large quesadilla:

2 10-inch flour tortillas $0.34
1 cup (2 oz.) grated cheddar cheese $0.24
1/3 cup kimchi $0.58
1/6 block extra firm tofu $0.33
1 teaspoon sesame oil $0.10
1 teaspoon canola oil $0.02 (to brush the tortillas for frying)
splash of rice wine vinegar and soy sauce

total $1.62

The only huge bargain price there is the cheddar cheese. We’re still slowly working through 2 pounds of Tillamook cheddar we got before the project for $3.99.

We also finally scored on organic yogurt – three giant tubs on clearance for $1.59 each! Hurray, generous serving of organic yogurt for 40 cents!

Oh, and if you decide to try the sriracha buttermilk dressing, we were too wussy for that level of heat. We started out making a half recipe and had to make a whole recipe using only half the sriracha. Levi decided he doesn’t like sriracha. He complains so little, I think it had a big impact!

I’d really like to read the Sriracha Cookbook, but our library doesn’t have it yet.


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4 responses to “day seventeen

  1. Emma

    Oh my gosh, thanks for that slide show, I never realized that you could do anything with kimchi besides eating from the jar with your fingers… Ill be trying some of those. You guys should make some, super easy and even more tasty and cheap.

    • Once it gets a little warmer, I want to start a fermentation festival in our kitchen and kimchi is on the short list! It’s a little chilly right now, and I’m not prepared to be discouraged.

      We are very into kimchi as a condiment, especially when pair with cheese… like quesadillas or grilled cheese. It’s, like, totally fusion.

  2. caitlin


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