Eating well on a Poverty Budget, Day Five

I ventured into another Mission bodega to see what other generosities could be found. Again plentiful cheap fruit but the other vegetables were hit or miss. I had just come from a run and was hungry. I was ready to make a deal and get back home to cook breakfast. I got a nice bunch of dandelions for $1.49 and two bananas for .18¢

Dandelion greens are great. Loaded with minerals and good for you liver. The best way I like to cook them is to blanch them for a few minutes in boiling water and then saute quickly in oil and then sprinkle with lemon juice.

Dandelion greens w/ eggs & onions


Dandelion w/ greens, eggs, onions and toast. Melon and banana with cinnamon. English breakfast tea.

Total Cost: $1.66


One issue on this budget program is eating on the go. I don’t particularly endorse eating popcorn as a meal but for a low-budget healthy snack-it’s pretty good.

Popcorn with Nutritional Yeast
Leftover Popcorn

 This total amount of popcorn plus nutritional yeast cost: .34¢ !

Bread with banana .20¢


This is what I made with the bag of Salmon parts from Duc Loi. I boiled the salmon parts for about 40 minutes with a small piece of kombu seaweed and ginger. I have to admit that I don’t know the cost of the seaweed but a small little piece like that not too much.

I used cabbage because I had purchased some with the intention of making some kim chi but bok choy or other greens could be even better. Green onions and cilantro (.33¢ a bunch for at Food Co.) gave it a lovely flavor. Soy sauce sprinkled on top. It’s  a little oily but it’s tasty I’m getting my Omega-3’s kind of way.  Not the best for small children, watch out for bones!

I don’t want to rely on white pasta  (even though it’s enriched)  for filling me up on this challenge but it’s cheap and it does. Grain with its germ still intact or included in the case of whole wheat pasta make more sense from a health point of view.

Salmon (Trim) Soup

Salmon trim soup with cabbage, pasta, green onions, cilantro, soy sauce $1.66

Total spent today: $3.86

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