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Offline Strawberry&Rasberry

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How much should I spend on a meal?
« on: July 15, 2017, 06:36:05 PM »
I am going the route of food prep.  It's a situation where you don't want to spend time cooking everyday so you prep the meals in advance by putting them in bags and microwaveable containers.  Usually people prep food for about a week in advance because that is all their refrigerator could store.  I could prep for about 2 weeks. Some people have larger refrigerators and could prep for months.

The most important question is how much I should spend on a meal given that I can spend anywhere from 2-3 dollars a meal which contains rice, potato, tofu, chicken, egg, apple, orange, carrots to 8-12 dollars a meal which contains rice, clams, shrimp, fish, lobster, spinach, broccoli, artichoke, watermelon, grapes, etc.  The calories are the same and the nutrition like protein and fat the same but the food total items costs are different given that some types cost significantly more than others.

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Re: How much should I spend on a meal?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 02:07:43 AM »
You could mix it up a little bit so week 1 chicken, week 2 seafood etc

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Re: How much should I spend on a meal?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 03:42:47 AM »
Haochijile literallyChina, I think that's about right.  I could do the 2-3 dollars the first week and alternate with more gourmet items or alternatively do both and mix it up along the way.  So it would be more like 1 day 2-3 then next day 8-12.  I think sometimes I might even go the full vegan route for a day or two for either lunch or dinner to further mix it up.  Something like tempura of an assortment of vegetables and throw in a couple trail mix and snack bars.  Btw it's more about prepping for lunch and dinner right now as I'm thinking more about traditional Chinese breakfasts like Youtiao with soymilk in the future to replace the cereal and grits situation I have now.

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Re: How much should I spend on a meal?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 08:38:17 PM »
Instant noodles and greens from your garden should cost you only 25c a meal plus it doesn't take long to prepare.  Maybe add some msg so that you won't get tired of the taste.

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Re: How much should I spend on a meal?
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2017, 03:37:40 PM »
Instant noodles and greens from your garden should cost you only 25c a meal plus it doesn't take long to prepare.  Maybe add some msg so that you won't get tired of the taste.

Lol.

Around $5 a meal is good but it depends on your budget. If you want to save to the max then $3 a meal is reasonable. My cost is around $5 a meal. I can afford more but I don't eat that much meat. I eat lots of rice and fruit. Alcohol is the real budget blaster.  :)

Btw, are you guys banned on eb?

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Re: How much should I spend on a meal?
« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 01:07:23 AM »
Meat is the most expensive.  For me it averages around half of the cost of food easily.  Imagine a meal that includes battered shrimp, maybe like 6 pieces 300 cal.  Well that's 3 dollars right there.  But shrimp isn't going to give you all the protein or all the calories so you have to get it from something else like snow crab.  Well 30-35 grams of protein is my target so I guess that's another 6 ounces of crab which is another 4 dollars.  Veggies and fruits, add another dollar, and bread and other miscellaneous items add another dollar.  Of course you can always mix and match because you try to buy bulk, but really seafood is what gets you.
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Offline Olive Juice

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Re: How much should I spend on a meal?
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 06:52:28 PM »
May I ask if you're eating to fill your stomach or are you eating to fuel your body?

 


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