Last night's supper cost only $.39 per person. Yes, that says thirty-nine cents! I'm sure you are protesting, "There's no way! You have to be exaggerating!"
Here's how I did it ...
EJ cooks supper on Wednesdays. This week I taught him how to make vegetable beef soup in the crock pot which he served with fruited jello salad and slices of homemade whole wheat bread. After everyone was satisfied and full, we had 2 c. of vegetable beef soup left over.
Yesterday evening, I warmed up the leftover beef soup, added thickening, made a double pie crust & turned that little bit of soup into beef pot pie. It was served with a lettuce & tomato salad. This meal fed 5 people with 1 serving of beef pot pie leftover for Mr.B's lunch pail.
Here's the cost breakdown:
vegetable beef soup - a leftover
pie crust & thickening - $.83
lettuce & tomato salad - $1.26
Total: $2.09 OR $.39 per person (6 servings pot pie / 5 servings salad)
Stewardship of ones resources is not just about purchasing sale items or even second hand items. It involves adopting a lifestyle free of waste and making the most of what one has. I could have served the 2 cups of leftover soup to Mr.B or the littles for dinner accompanied by some fruit or a salad. However, by preparing a pie crust and adding thickening, I was able to stretch what many would see as 1 or 2 servings of food into 6 servings.
I hope you will be inspired to make the most of your resources.