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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 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.

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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