A Fantastic Tasting Organic Dinner for Two for Under $15…Here’s How

The one criticism that I hear all of the time about organic is that it costs too much.

Yet, if you take the time to shop correctly and cook at home, organic can definitely be affordable.

Here is how the costs broke down to make this great tasting quinoa dinner, and every single ingredient was organic.


Before I cooked, I went to my local organic market and bought the following items.


Organic Cherry Tomoatoes: $4.19
Organic Spring Mix: $2.48
Organic Avocado: $1.49
Organic Walnuts: $1.36
Organic Quinoa:$1.32

Total Store Items – $10.84


I also used some ingredients that were already in my kitchen, and those costs need to be included as well.

For the items below, I took the price of the item and made a rough calculation of how much I used of each. The resulting number is the cost below.

Organic Sauerkraut: $1.57 (1/3rd of $6.29)
Organic Black Sesame Seeds $0.06 (1/50th of $3.19)
Organic Dulse Flakes: $0.12 (1/50th of $5.97)
Organic Pitted Kalamata Olives: $1.74 (1/4th of $6.99)

Total Home Items – $3.50

Total Store Items: $10.84
Total Home Items: $3.50

Total Cost of Dinner: $14.34

There is not a chance that I could have gone to any organic restaurant and gotten this meal for anything close to $15.

Aside from the price, the numerous ingredients were super-high in minerals, vitamins and nutrients, and the sauerkraut provided the beneficial bacteria that our bodies need.

Even better was how good this organic dinner tasted, and it only took about 15 minutes to prepare.


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  • Patricia Wilks says:

    Hi max, great post. Your meal looks delicious. I’ve been adding sauerkraut to my salads since you suggested it a while back and like the combination.
    However, I was surprised to read your comment about grapefruit seed extract. I have been taking it, saw info about it somewhere ,ordered from Amazon after seeing so many positive comments. Perhaps you can do a column on the ins and outs of grapefruit seed extract in the future.
    Thanks for all your excellent posts.
    Cheers, Patricia

  • Louise says:

    Looks delicious! I’m trying to branch out from steamed veggies and brown rice and tofu. Have become lazy about cooking!

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Greetings Max,

    Here is my bill buying exactly you bought at wfm:

    Organic walnuts $1.29 ( 0.13 lb @$9.95/ib)
    Organic tomatoes $4.99
    Organic avocado $2.00
    Organic quinoa $1.22 (0.33 lb @$3.69)
    Organic spring mix $1.86 (0.31 lb @$5.99)

    Total $11.36 (w/out my 30% discount)

    Total w/discount
    Next time I will shop at our two great local coops and
    and update you on the costs.


    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      This is great! Thanks so much!

      Organic can be affordable but you just have to know how to shop and cook at home.

      I look forward to your updates soon!

      Live well,

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