The $10 Meal

A small portion of roasted chicken and whole grain bread complement this plate full of healthy vegetables. Cost?  Chicken ($.79/lb on sale,) Romain lettuce salad mix ($4//5lbs), mixed fresh veggies ($2), day-old bread ($1) and home-made soup $0 not shown).. Oh...and lemon water. Tip: cook enough chicken to use for two or three meals.

A small portion of roasted chicken and whole grain bread complement this plate full of healthy vegetables. Cost? Chicken ($.79/lb.) Romain salad mix ($4/5lbs), mixed fresh veggies ($2), bread ($1) and home-made soup $0 not shown), & lemon water..

The $10 Meal: YEP, you can feed a family of six for around $10. Our cooking guide, classes, and this website show you how. To make it possible, you will plan meals ahead of time with your family, prepare meals using low-cost natural ingredients and share the event with people you love.Here are a few guidelines regarding the $10 meal.

  • This is not a diet plan.There is no “DO NOT EAT” list.
  • We do, however, suggest that you add a wide variety of whole foods with natural ingredients for use in your meal plan
  • Our meal examples include small meat and dessert portions.Think of these as condiments.
  • The larger part of our meal focuses on colorful above the ground veggies, below the ground vegetables, legumes, whole grains & some added fruit.
  • Meals start with soup and salad because they are inexpensive, filling, and nutritious.
  • Calorie and nutritional information is not listed. For precise nutritional information, there are websites and handbooks that can give you the data.
  • Consult your doctor for any special needs. or if making significant changes in your eating plan.

“The key is to use a lot of different whole, natural food throughout the week.Use processed foods sparingly to avoid sugars, fats, and toxins.”

The $10 Budget

  • Staples like sugar, spices, and dressings are not included in our $10 cost.
  • Cost of leftovers (PLANNED-OVERS) is also not included except except meats.. Preparing inexpensive soups relies on incorporating “free” planned-overs..
  • A great deal of money can be saved when buying bulk quantities:Repackage them for future meals or divide them up with friends.
  • Under “Tips & Tricks”, posts will suggest other strategies such as: utilizing coupons and store specials, buying store brands, planning to use vegetables in season, and purchasing less expensive meat cuts.
  • Cooking once for several meals, planning to use leftovers () , and using slow cookers saves energy and time.
  • Make your own soup bases, spice mixtures, sauces, and dressings from scratch. In the stores, processed dressings are expensive items loaded with salt, fats and preservatives.
  • This list is just the “Tip of the iceberg.” You and our authors will be adding ideas in our forum, Facebook, and Twitter feeds. Feel free to join us.