I am not a food photographer. Actually, I take terrible pictures of just about anything. But I thought I would include pictures of the actual meals, not just something I google. I will try my best to make it pretty though.
Breakfast:Breakfast this morning was eggs, toast and juice. Some of my kids prefer hard-boiled eggs and some of them prefer fried eggs. So, I got up early enough to make fried eggs for the ones who like fried and cook up some toast. Those who like hard-boiled just ate some of the remaining hard-boiled eggs from Easter last weekend. I bought the eggs for $1.25/dozen (Easter special). The loaf of bread was $1.19 and I used about 1/4 of it. The English muffins were free after spending $6 at the bread store. The apple juice was $1.49/64 oz and we drank 1/3 of it. The grape juice was $1 for concentrate, which we drank about half.
Cost of Breakfast:$.91 eggs
$2.22 total=$.32 per person (seven people)
My husband, when he works the day shift and leaves at 7 a.m., takes two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a blender bottle (those shake blender things) of chocolate milk. I would estimate his breakfast costs about $1 when all is said and done. Factor that into the equation and it's $3.22, which equals $.40/person.
Four of my children eat lunch at school. My husband gets a free burger for his lunch at work. This is really about what I feed my family, though. My husband is a grown man and makes his own decisions about what he eats and I don't have a lot of say in it. Make no mistake, he eats what I fix when he's home, but when he's not around, I don't have a lot of control over what he chooses to eat. So we will ignore the fact that he has a Coke, burger and fries every day of his life for at least one of his meals. Moving on.
The four children take a sandwich, usually consisting of lunch meat, a piece of fruit (or some fruit), a snacky side (crackers), and a dessert. In Utah, they got milk at school (it was only $.25, here it is double that, too much for four kids every day of the week). So they drink water for their drink.
Sandwich, per person cost=$.45 (they usually take one half a sandwich; the meat costs $2.49 and it lasts about two weeks for each of them as they each like a different kind, then the mustard and the cheese, which only two of the kids take cheese)
Piece of fruit=between $.15-$.50, depending on the fruit and the price. Choices include a sliced up or whole apple, a banana, an orange, a bunch of grapes, some strawberries, a handful of blueberries, etc.
Snack=pretzels, animal crackers, graham crackers, leftover homemade rolls, dried fruit. I would say about $.15
Dessert=today it was a couple pieces of Norwegian candy sent to us by our exchange student's family (whom we hosted last year). Usually it is home-baked treats. I would say no more than $.15.
Cost of lunch:$.45 Sandwich
$1 Total per person
At home, we each have a sandwich (peanut butter and honey, usually), a piece of fruit, and a dessert and a glass of milk. I would estimate about the same for that, $1/person, because of the milk.
Tonight's dinner took a little more work than I usually do. We had oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, a tossed salad and a fruit salad.
bone-in, skin chicken thighs and drumsticks
Place the chicken pieces in a foil-covered cake pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika. Bake at 350 for 1 hour, covered, then remove cover and bake for 30 more minutes.
I got the chicken for $.88/lb on sale, so I spent a total of $7 on all the chicken together. I used half of it for tonight's dinner and put the rest in the freezer.
The usual-peel and slice potatoes and boil until soft, then mash. I added a bit of milk and butter. The potatoes were $1.99 for a 5 lb bag (I could always find them cheaper in Utah, but oh well) and I used half of them.
1 can cream of chicken soup, chicken drippings, 1/2 cup milk with 3 tsp flour
I had the ingredients in the pantry, but cream of chicken soup is usually around $1/can.
Lettuce, $.99 for the head and I used about 1/4, so $.25
Cucumber, $.49 for one cucumber and I used 1/3=$.17
Sprinkle of grated cheese=$.20
Salad dressing=$.20 worth, would be my guess
Bunch of grapes=$.50
Cost of Dinner:$3.50 chicken
$.82 Tossed Salad
$.90 Fruit salad
We had leftovers as well, which will be part of a meal I serve later this week.
Total cost for food on Monday: $17.22 or $2.18/person