Food Budgeting Lists

Through our own experience shopping in the East Portland Area, here’s how much you can expect things to cost. Use these lists when planning how to spend your money on local produce. As you can see, buying local and organic produce can be just as affordable – or more affordable – than buying conventional produce and pre-made, processed, meals.


 At Farmers Markets


At the Grocery Store


 Comparing the Costs


 Our Recipes 

With these costs in mind, we have budgeted out how much the meals that we make in our class and for our cart cost. All of the produce we buy comes from local sources. All of the non-perishables are organic. The costs are reflective of that. If you want to lower the costs of your ingredients, refer to our page that lays our which produce should be bought organically versus conventionally.

  • Papusas: The wole meal costs $7.35 and makes 6 pupusas with leftover beans and filling. 6 papusas is two servings, so each serving is $3.68, not including the leftover beans and filling.
    • olive oil- $15 for 34 oz bottle (40 cents for this meal)
    • pinto beans- $2.60/ lb ($1.30 for this meal)
    • garlic- $2 per head (40 cents for meal)
    • kale- $4/lb at farmers market ($2.50 for this meal)
    • mexican cheese- $4 for large chunk ($2 for meal)
    • masa harina- $10 for 5 lb bag (75 cents for meal)
  • Chard and Potato Curry with Coconut Milk Sticky Rice: The whole meal costs $17.05 and serves 4 people with leftovers, costing $4.26 per person not including the leftovers.
    • Coconut Sticky Rice
      • black sticky rice- $10 bag that makes 16 servings ($2.5 for this meal)
      • coconut milk- $3/can
      • cinnamon- $6 for 1.5 ounce bottle (10 cents for this meal)
      • nutmeg- $7 for 1.5 ounce bottle (10 cents for this meal)
    • Chard and Potato Curry
      • zucchini- 50 cents each at farmers market ($1 for this meal)
      • onion- $2.99/ lb ($1 for this meal)
      • garlic- $2/ head (40 cents for meal)
      • potatoes- 2.99/lb ($2 for this meal)
      • kale- $4/ pound ($1.75 for this meal)
      • swiss chard- $4/ pound ($1.75 for this meal)
      • cilantro- 30 cents/ounce (15 cents for this meal)
      • coconut milk- $3/ can ($3 for this meal)
      • turmeric- $4.30 for 1.5 ounce bottle (10 cents for this meal)
      • cumin- $6 for 1.5 ounce bottle ($10 for this meal)
      • coriander- $5 for 1.5 ounce bottle (10 cents for this meal)
  • Hoppin’ John, Cornbread, and Coconut Milk Gravy: The whole meal costs $23 and serves 8 people, so costs $2.75 per serving.
    • Hoppin’ John
      • kale/collards- $4/lb at farmers market ($8 for this meal)
      • garlic- $2/ head (40 cents for meal)
      • onion- $2.99/ lb ($1 for this meal)
      • black eyed peas- $2.19 per lb (organic)
      • herbs and spices: paprika, oregano, red pepper flakes, thyme, basil, and cayenne pepper (50 cents total for this meal, adn can be collected around your neighborhood)
    • Cornbread
      • whole wheat flour- $5 for 5 lb bag (organic) (25 cents for this meal)
      • molasses- $5 for 15 oz bottle (33 cents for this meal)
      • apple cider vinegar- $2.80 for 16 oz bottle (less than 1 cent for this meal)
      • coconut milk- $3/can
      • 7.5 for 12 oz bottle ($1.50 for this meal)
      • baking powder
      • salt
      • fresh herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme) (optional, and can be collected around your neighborhood)
    • Coconut Milk Gravy
      • 1 tablespoon coconut oil- $7.5 for 12 oz bottle (30 cents for this meal)
      • 1 can coconut milk- $3/can
      • ½ cup black eyed peas broth
      • 1 tsp salt
      • 1 tsp pepper
      • 1-2 tablespoons of flour (less than 1 cent for this meal)
      • a few tablespoon of the same spices and herbs (50 cents total for this meal, or can be collected around your neighborhood)
      • ½ cup chopped yellow onion (50 cents for this meal)
      • 1 tablespoon white wine, optional (40 cents for this meal)
  • Savory Chickpea Pancakes with Salad and Roasted Tomatillo Dressing

 

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