This is my 5th post in this series, showing people how much real food actually costs, as opposed to the myths continually spread by folks who make so many blanket statements and false claims about real food being “so much more expensive” than junk and/or processed food. Here is the archive for this series.
This meal was another “gotta hurry, gotta leave” meal — and trust me, I have plenty of those days. So this is hardly one of my more sophisticated meals in this series. I had a pound of pastured lamb that was thawed, so I made up some meatballs. I mixed the meat in with feta cheese crumbles, thyme, and herbs de provence. I was out of fresh mint, so I used a dash of pure mint extract. I then formed some balls and I browned them on the stove in coconut oil. I then put them into a cast iron dutch oven and stuck them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes at about 375 degrees.
The salad was a mix of mixed greens and some escarole lettuce I had lying around. I added one hard-boiled egg (I always keep a supply of those in the fridge), and then I made a light dressing from extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, and herbs. I opened a jar of my homemade, canned spicy ketchup and covered one meatball with the sauce. Then I quickly sautéed some fennel and put that on the meatballs, and a small amount in the salad. Costs are as follows: