Last night's dinner was an easy one that I just threw together.
Broiled Tilapia, Asparagus, and Quinoa
3/4 cup quinoa – $0.94
1 1/2 cups chicken stock – $0.00
0.9 lb organic asparagus – $4.47
2 tbsp lemon juice (bottled), divided - $0.20
4 cloves (4 tsp if jarred) diced garlic, divided - $0.20
2 tsp olive oil - $0.40
1. Mix stock and quinoa in a pot. Bring to boil, lower heat, let simmer 15 minutes or until stock absorbed. Or use your rice cooker
2. Meanwhile, snap ends of asparagus and put in saute pan with 2 tsp garlic and a little water. Put lid on. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until crisp tender. Sprinkle with 2 tsp lemon juice.
3. While that is cooking spread oil in baking pan and put fillets on top. Sprinkle evenly with 2 tsp each lemon juice and garlic. Sprinkle with pepper to taste. Put in 400 degree oven about 5 minutes, then turn on broiler until fish flakes easily (about 5 minutes).
Total Cost – $6.21 for 2 full adult servings and a serving of quinoa for the Kid
The asparagus was a MAJOR splurge for us ($4.97/lb? are they crazy?), but it has been so long since we have had it and the husband requested it when we were at the store, so I bought it. With another vegetable instead this would have been a pretty cheap meal, though it was still much cheaper than if we had ordered the same thing at a restaurant!