Sunday, July 23, 2006

Food on the Cheap II

This week I'm going to try to cook every weeknight except for Friday. I have a friend flying in from LA for the weekend, so I'll definitely be taking a break from cooking that night.



Here what this week's groceries cost me:

Beans

1 can black beans: $1.49
1 lb black beans, dried: $1.59
1 lb kidney beans, dried: $0.99
1 lb pinto beans, dried: $0.99

Grains
5 lbs brown rice: $4.99

Vegetables
1 can green beans: $1.29
1 can peas: $1.59
1 can spinach: $1.59
1 can tomato sauce: $1.69
1 red bell pepper, organic: $2.45
1 lb carrots, organic: $1.29
garlic: $0.59
zucchini: $0.88

Soy
2 quarts soy milk, plain: $3.99

Dairy
2 quarts yogurt, nonfat non-rGBH: $6.58

Eggs
1 dozen eggs, extra large fertile: $3.49

Misc
baking soda (instead of toothpaste): $1.39

Total: $36.87

When I'm being good, I eat 5-6 meals a day with the usual set-up as follows:

Breakfast: soy milk or yogurt
Snack 1: yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, or sunflower seeds
Lunch: plain beans
Snack 2: yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, or sunflower seeds
Dinner: various
Snack 3: yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, or sunflower seeds

As you can see, things are rather plain for most of the day. It takes some getting used to, but it definitely heightens the pleasure from eating a good, home-cooked meal later that night.

The number of eggs I eat in a week (10) might seem alarming. But there's a growing body of evidence that shows saturated fat has a much larger effect on LDL cholesterol than actual dietary cholesterol. Even with eggs in my diet, my overall saturated intake is very low, averaging around only 8g a day.

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