Today, I’m sharing one of my favourite frugal breakfast recipes of all time. It’s incredibly healthy, restaurant-worthy delicious, it comes together in 6 minutes flat… and it costs a measly $2.74 per serving! A win-win-win-win in my book.
Before I delve into the recipe, here’s a quick explanation of how I crunched the numbers:
- I saved my food shopping receipts so I knew what I paid at the time of purchase
- I did some fun arithmetic (thanks, Google, for all the assistance with measurement conversions):
- I worked out how many servings were in a whole food or package, then divided the number of servings used to make the recipe (e.g. my 860 ml container of coconut oil provides approx. 57 1 Tbsp servings. 1 Tbsp = 15 ml. 860/15 = 57(ish).
- As you read the recipe below, you’ll notice a dollar amount in brackets after each ingredient. This represents the cost of the specific quantity of ingredient listed (e.g. “2 free-range eggs ($0.98)” means each egg costs $0.49).
- At the end, I simply added the cost of each ingredient line and came up with the total cost of the recipe.
- Note: the recipe below makes just one serving. A larger recipe would require a further step – dividing the total cost of the recipe by the number of servings it makes – to give the cost per serving. Simple math, right? 😉
Let’s get cookin’!
Eggs on Spinach with Avocado & Tomato Slices
1 Tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil ($0.33)
2 free-range eggs ($0.98)
1 cup organic baby spinach ($0.53)
½ an avocado, sliced ($0.50)
5 grape tomatoes, halved ($0.40)
Total cost = $2.74
1) Melt coconut oil in a pan over medium heat.
2) Add eggs and cook to your preference (I love sunny side up for this recipe).
3) In the meantime, prepare spinach on a plate and slice the avocado and tomatoes.
4) Assemble the meal however you like! For presentation’s sake, I follow this order: eggs on top of spinach, tomato halves and avocado slices on the side, take photo, play with filters, EAT.
One thing you’ve probably already picked up on is that this meal has the potential to be even cheaper than the whopping $2.74 I paid. Yes, that is 100% true. I could have used butter, conventional eggs, or non-organic spinach and shaved off close to $1. However, I am on several missions in life. Not only do I believe in spending my money wisely and cooking my own meals, I also believe the foods we choose to eat are investments in future health. That is why I’m willing to spend a little more on certain foods (this topic deserves a post of its own, so more on this down the road).
Now, if you were to order a similar dish at your favourite local diner, how much do you reckon it would cost you? The answer depends largely on the cost of living in your city/country, but for me here in my mid-sized city in Ontario, Canada, I’d most likely be dishing out anywhere from $8-12 for this very simple meal.
Some food for thought…. next time you’re debating a brunch outing, why not host at home? Cozier, healthier, and much more affordable!