Sunday, March 28, 2010

Day 43- PIZZA!!!

So I had pizza.

Wait, let me take a step back. First I finished my chips. Not the best breakfast, but full of tasty calories, fat, and salt. Om nom nom.

Ok, *Then* I had pizza.
For price breakdown-
The dough contains
  • between 19 and 24 cents in flour
  • less than 10 cents in yeast (I use less than suggested)
  • less than 1 cent salt
  • about 2 cents italian seasoning
  • about 1 cent garlic powder
  • less than 6 cents oil
  • less than 1 cent sugar
  • water (included in rent)
So no more than 45 cents a recipe. Most likely less than this, and a recipe can make from 2 to 4 pizzas. I made 2.

Toppings on this one were

  • fresh Roma tomato
  • 4 stalks asparagus, chopped, fresh
  • 1/8 roasted eggplant
  • 1/16 red onion
  • 1/2 recipe almond cream with garlic and italian seasoning.
The toppings took me over a dollar for the day. The onion was free, but the almond cream sauce was easily 35 cents, the tomato about 25, the asparagus around 15, eggplant (with oil and salt) probably 15. Almond cream sauce was the price for the whole batch, but still.

After making a second pizza for dinner (just cream sauce, onion, eggplant this time) my total food cost for the day was about $1.50.

I don't have a picture of the second pizza. It was ugly.

Each pizza was easily big enough to feed two people. If I'd grown the veggies instead of buying them I could have knocked between 55 and 60 cents off. Now if only I had enough self control to let the dough rise before chunking it out, or to see if I'm full before I eat the other half, I could have lowered the cost for the day.

But if I had lettuces growing, and company for lunch, I could have fed two people pretty well for $1, right? I'm *sure* I could magic up a salad dressing for less than 10 cents.

I think I might need to price out a couple more things as I make them. I don't know if I think pizza is good enough for a day and a half's food cost. Maybe I won't make it again until i have fresh grown stuff to put on it...

Thanks Kim, for the idea of pricing meals. Who'da thought homemade pizza was so expensive?


  1. No kidding! Talk about great motivation for portion control.

    Question about the almond cream - is it sweet? I'm trying to imagine it on the pizza, but I've never had it so I'm drawing a blank.

  2. this one isn't. it the recipe from... day 21, I think- with the gnocchi. it's unsweetened, and with the flavorings i used- little lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, oregano, it's more like an alfredo sauce. I used a little more water than i should have, and it firmed up nicely in the oven. It's basically just blended almonds.