One word. Eggs. My tween boys – ages 10 and 11 - love their meaty meals, but the reality is now that they’re eating adult-sized portions, serving beef or chicken every night of the week will put us in the poor house faster than I could cook the food. Fortunately, they love eggs and whipping up a frittata once a week is essential for my bank account, not to mention my busy weeknights.
For the four of us, I use 8 eggs plus whatever leftovers might be lingering in the fridge. This week I had two sausages, one third of a bunch of kale and a few loose ends of assorted cheeses. I served this with a side of green beans and hunk of toasted country bread. I estimate that the total cost for this meal, before the addition of the cheeses, was about $7.43. Add in the cheddar topping (about 1/3 cup) and I’m sitting at less than $10 for a meal that four people. Hungry tween boys included.