- 3 salmon fillets (4oz each) -- $3
- 2 T dijon mustard -- 10 cents
- 2 T honey -- 10 cents
- 1 C brown rice -- 13 cents Purchased a clearance box that was mildly dented; only 79 cents!
- 1 1/2 C mixed vegetables -- 50 cents
Made exactly 3 servings as my daughter generally eats an entire fillet on her own. That means each meal was about $1.28.
A lot of people don't eat salmon because of the expense and they're right that it can be a big hindrance. I buy my salmon fillets from Aldi. They are individually packaged, boneless and skinless. A bag of 4 fillets costs $3.99. Each time I open a bag I put 1 fillet aside in my freezer, so every 3 bags I open generates another meal's worth of salmon. Since we eat salmon once a week on average, I spend $12 a month for 4 meals of salmon.
When I lived in Virginia there was no Aldi. Instead I would wait until a sale and then buy 10 packages of fish. The sale price was a bit less than what I pay now, so I can imagine that if Aldi ever has a sale on salmon I'm likely to but at least a 2 month supply in one swoop, if not more. I feel I can justify the cost of using salmon if I keep the sides inexpensive. Brown rice is generally inexpensive and goes nicely with salmon; using frozen veggies is also pretty inexpensive.
How I made it:
- Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly spray a small pan of your choice.
- In a small bowl mix the dijon mustard and honey.
- Place fillets in pan and spoon mustard mixture over fillets -- about 1 T per fillet.
- Place fish in oven and prepare rice and mixed vegetables.
- When everything is done cooking, place rice and vegetables on plate and place a fillet over the rice. It looks fancier this way, but if you don't like your food to touch, just divy your plate into thirds.
- I will buy those veggies that steam in the bag if there's a good sale. Generally though I just buy the family size bags when they're running about $1 to $1.50, dump what I need into my micro-cooker, add a splash of water, and nuke for 4 minutes. Way cheaper than the steamer bags, but they do require the extra steps of pouring and adding water!
- I use instant brown rice that takes 10 minutes, which is about how long it takes my fish to cook -- so convenient!