Is it possible to eat well on a budget? Of course, anything is possible. Friday was grocery day. I went to the market and spent 75 € for ingredients to prepare three fresh, homemade dinners for our family of four, roughly the price of one dinner for two at a favorite tapas bar.

Grocery list:

Meats & Seafood (38 €)

  • 1 kilo beef (rump), tied for a roast
  • 3 large bone-in chicken thighs (6 pieces) & 8 chicken sausage links
  • 350 g. salmon filets
  • 1 kilo rock muscles

Legumes (5 €)

  • 500 g. cooked garbanzo beans
  • 500 g. cooked potato salad mix: potato, carrots and peas

Fruits, veggies and herbs (17 €)

  • 500 g. cherries
  • 1.5 kilo peaches
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 kilo tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bunch of purple onions
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 bunch of mint
  • 1 bunch of parsley

1 bottle of Otazu 2013 Rosé (9 €)

Items already at home: salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, yogurt, eggs, baguette (6 €).

Meal plan:

  • Dinner 1: Roast beef, bean salad & greens; desert: desert: cherries or peaches, yogurt.
  • Dinner 2: Muscles, salmon filets, gazpacho soup; desert: desert: cherries or peaches, yogurt.
  • Dinner 3: Roast chicken thighs with sausage pieces, green vegetable salad, sautéed garbanzos with eggplant; desert: cherries or peaches, yogurt.

All fresh, nothing processed, delicious, and healthy.

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