According to the USDA, the average weekly food cost in September 2011 for a family of four on a “thrifty” to “low-cost” budget was $125.70 to $187.70. On the high end, that’s an average of nearly $9 per meal, or $2.23 per serving. With peanut butter ringing up at less than 20 cents per serving, consumers can truly spread it on thick… to fill up and fuel up!
Chefs love peanut butter, too. José Andrés, chef of the much publicized America Eats Tavern, features a PB&J sandwich – among other historical dishes – on the part-restaurant-part-exhibit’s lunch menu, informing guests that “nut butters were originally considered a health food, and only grew into a sandwich filling…toward the end of the 19th century.” Priced at a hefty $8, the classic sandwich of course can be replicated at home for pennies on the dollar.
Or, think outside the loaf, and try the following PB recipes, each costing less than $2 per serving:
- Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding – $0.88 per serving when using regular pancake syrup and whole wheat hard rolls. Real maple syrup adds about $1 per serving.
- Southern Peanut Soup – about $1 per serving
- Edamame Dumplings with Thai Peanut Sauce – about $1.93 per serving (recipe from Robin Asbell, author of Big Vegan: More Than 350 Recipes – No Meat, No Dairy, All Delicious (Chronicle Books, 2011)).
Blog post – 11/8/2011. To view previous posts, click on the Spread the Love blog bar below.