May 1: “Indian” lunch; Puttanesca with black bean rotini


We’d planned on going out for lunch but changed our mind at the last minute. Instead, one pack of Trader Joe’s Chicken Tikka Marsala and some Madras Lentils substituted

  • The Madras Lentils were $3.99 for the pack or $2.00 per serve
  • The tikka marsala prepared meal is $4.99 or $2.50 per serve.

Lunch today cost $4.50 per serve.


We decided to give the black been rottini another try, but with a sauce where the color would not matter: puttanesca or ‘slut spaghetti’.

It was much more successful with the dark colored sauce.

  • Anchovies are $1.59 a can and half was used, or 40c per serve
  • Garlic and seasonings add about 10c per serve
  • The rotini¬†was $2.99 or $1.00¬†per serve
  • Canned tomatoes were $2.19 or 73c per serve
  • A jar of pitted olives is $2.99 but only half is used in the recipe or 75c per serve.

Dinner tonight cost $2.98 per serve.

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