Monday, October 27, 2008

Meatless Monday - $3.50 Plus Whatever Bread Costs Me to Make

I haven't posted many of these lately because practically every night has been meatless. But we just ate the most divine soup that I had to share:

Bean Soup With Kale

The kale was from my dad's garden; I kept the flower and put in in a vase on the table. The beans were dried limas that I had had forever but not cooked because Epu claims not to like them. He didn't even guess what kind of beans they were, and raved about the soup. Oh, I also threw in the last few hot peppers from my dad's garden, the only few green beans from Nutmeg's second bean crop, and the last cherry tomatoes from my grandma's garden.

So I guess I should call this, "Last Gasp of Harvest Soup" or somesuch. Anyway, with a loaf of warm whole wheat from the machine, it was sublime. It's not vegetarian cause it has almost 3 cans of chicken broth in it, but it's crazy cheap -- mostly free garden veggies, less than $1 worth of beans, an onion, a 75-cent can of tomatoes and $1.50 worth of broth.

By the way, has anyone out there seen calculations of how much it costs to make a homemade loaf of bread? I just have no idea how many cups are in 5 pounds of flour, I guess that's my main problem.


*Hippie* said...

There's 4 cups in a pound, so a 5lb bag has 20 cups. I use a cracked wheat recipe that cost me $1.27 and it makes either 16 rolls or 2 small loaves. That is using canola oil and rice milk so my boys can eat it... vegetable oil and regular milk would make it a bit less. The generic bread at walmart is $1.54 for wheat and it doesn't taste near as good!! I made bread all last week and was so happy... now I'm out and I need to make more... I have to run out for oil though.

Joey said...

If you liked the Bean and Kale soup recipe, you should check out the Moroccan Pumpkin Stew, featured right now on the Meatless Monday website, The recipe archives in general are a great resource for finding affordable, tasty meatless meals.

Cutting meat from your diet once a week is a great way to save money and is great for you. I work for an non-profit public health campaign called Meatless Mondays, which strives to encourage all Americans to cut out meat one day a week (just on Monday!) in order to reduce public rates of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer. The added bonus is that fruits, veggies and starches are also a lot easier on your wallet also. The Meatless Monday website,, is a great resource for recipes that are cheap, delicious, and good for you. In this economy, who can afford to be a full time carnivore anyway?