Saturday was Slow Food USA’s $5 Challenge — to serve a meal for less than the cost (per person) of a fast food value meal.
I spent nearly all of last week catching up with a class I just transferred into, so after cramming about three weeks of work into one week… I had kind of forgotten I had signed myself up for this challenge until I got a reminder email that morning.
In keeping with the challenge idea of $5 being equivalent to fast food, I didn’t want to make anything fancy or complicated. Just something you could come from work and throw together rather than ring up the pizza place or hit the drive-through. It’s not the prettiest meal, but filling and tasty (and even dessert, too).
And so, for a grand total of $3.77 per person, I made kale stamppot with some local kielbasa, and an apple cake:
This was A LOT OF FOOD. I ate the portion in the photo above and was almost immobilized by food. We picked at the leftovers a little yesterday and I sent my husband to work with more today and there’s STILL some left, so I calculated for dividing the meal between four adults (assuming they were all pretty hungry).
A pound of Kielbasa from Millport Dairy: $8
Big bunch of kale: $2
About a pound and change of potatoes: $1
Butter: $2 (in the stamppot and the cake)
Spices, baking soda, etc.: less than $0.05
$15.13 / divided by 4 = $3.78
A serving size of kielbasa is 2 ounces and the cake made 8 servings as well, so these are big portions for four people. (I probably could have even divided it up six ways instead, making this meal $2.52 per person.) And everything, with the exception of the spices and the flour, came from the Greenmarket.