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My $4.97 Organic Dinner – Who Said Organic is Always So Expensive?

My $4.97 Organic Dinner - Who Said Organic is Always So Expensive?

The one complaint that I always hear is that organic food is so expensive. For the most part, organic food is slightly more expensive. This is because our government subsidizes conventionally-grown food, making the prices artificially low. However, if you shop correctly, organic does not have to break your bank. Several months ago, I wrote […]

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The one complaint that I always hear is that organic food is so expensive.

For the most part, organic food is slightly more expensive. This is because our government subsidizes conventionally-grown food, making the prices artificially low.

However, if you shop correctly, organic does not have to break your bank.

Several months ago, I wrote a post where I showed my friend Brian, someone new to organic food, how to create a nutritious organic breakfast for about $1.  Well, it was $1.14 to be exact but who is counting.

Last night, I did a similar experiment but this time with dinner.

I decided to make quinoa with lettuce, tomatoes and toasted walnuts. All organic, of course.

COST OF EACH INGREDIENT
Organic Quinoa: $1.48
Organic Walnuts: $1.26
Organic Hot House Tomatoes: $1.99
Organic Spring Mix Lettuce: $0.24

Total Cost of this Dinner: $4.97

It took me about 20 minutes to prepare and it tasted fantastic.

I washed the quinoa 3-4 times under cold, ultra-purified water.

Then I put the quinoa in a pot with water (ratio: 1 cup of quinoa and 1.5 cups of water), brought it to a boil, shut the heat off and then covered it until it became fluffy.

I washed the lettuce and tomatoes, using my Vermont Soap Organics Fruit and Vegetable Wash, and then chopped them.

Normally, I like my nuts raw. But for this dish, I like to have the walnuts heated so I put them in the oven.

That’s it. Very easy, very inexpensive.

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12 Comments

  • Talia says:

    This is such a simple, but brilliant recipe for not only an inexpensive, but hearty and delicious vegan dinner! What kinds of dressing would you recommend to add to it? I always add lemon juice to everything, but I’d like to try something new on my quinoa.

    Thanks again for your inspiring blog!
    Talia

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Talia,

      You could you olive oil and lemon, which is very simple.

      Thanks for your support and interest in my blog!

      Live well,
      Max

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Absolutely!

    Cheers,
    stephanie

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Yum Max!
    Great post! I am sharing it my my fellow co-workers and customers.

    All the best,
    stephanie

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks so much for sharing it with your co-workers. I really appreciate it!

      If a person shops correctly, organic can definitely be affordable.

      Live well,
      Max

  • Joseph says:

    It looks very colorful. I am sure it tasted great.I would add some avocado in the middle, but this of course may change the price.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Joseph,

      Yes, it did taste great. Adding an avocado is a fantastic idea and it would add a few dollars to the price. Nevertheless, you are still talking about an organic dinner for under $10, which is very affordable.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Live well,
      Max

  • Food Babe says:

    Love this Max – you tell em! Check out a new easy low cost recipe on Food Babe too! http://foodbabe.com/2011/06/14/careful-with-your-corn-non-gmo/

  • Hi Maxwell,
    Great post to encourage people to buy organic! Once I gave up most processed foods, I just shifted that money to organics. I spend a bit less overall than I used to on groceries.

    By the way, any quinoa sold in stores has been processed to remove the bitter coating (called saponin). So you only need to rinse it once as you would any grain. If you grow it yourself, it’s another story. Thanks again for the terrific post!

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Stephanie the Recipe Renovator,

      Thanks so much for your kind words!!! I just like to wash it a few times to make sure it is clean, that is all.

      I appreciate your input!

      Live well,
      Max

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