Feeding an Army: Easy and Cheap

22 Dec

A friend of mine recently recruited me to feed his rather tired and hungry film crew as they prepared to film the final scene of his movie. I was tasked with feeding eleven people, one of whom had a gluten allergy. Here’s what I made.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Sauce: Red wine (reduced), crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper Meatballs: Hot Italian sausage meat (sliced open and removed from skin), ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmesean cheese, garlic powder, olive oil.

Skin the sausages and mix the meat with the ground beef. Add eggs, bread crumbs, and Parmesean cheese to meat and thoroughly mix. Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic powder and drizzle olive oil. Bake at 400 F.

Fish Tacos 

Fish: Filet of fish (I used Tilapia), limes, Cajun seasoning (not entirely sure what’s inside, but I assume that it has at least paprika, salt, and cayenne pepper), oil.

Prepare marinade for fish by mixing lime juice with Cajun seasoning. Marinade fish in mixture for 30 minutes. Add fish and marinade to pan and poach the fish in the juices. Remove the juices and fry in a little bit of oil until excess Cajun seasoning forms a crust on the fish. Pico de Gallo: Fresh tomatoes, red onions, fresh cilantro, limes (I used 2)

Chop tomatoes and red onions, mince cilantro, and mix. Add juice from lime. Let sit.

Chop the fish into bite sized portions, serve with chopped fresh lettuce and pico de gallo inside a hard shell corn taco.

What’s cool about this meal isn’t the food itself, but the price of the ingredients and the time it took to make. The total of my grocery bill for this little venture? $32. How long did it take me to shop and cook by myself? An hour and a half. Granted I had a few things already in stock, like parmesean cheese, eggs, spices, and bread crumbs, but overall, pretty cheap, and pretty fast. Easy, cheap, tasty, filling: can’t get much better than that.

1 Comment

Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Cooking


One response to “Feeding an Army: Easy and Cheap

  1. Azusa!

    December 22, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    Yes! I especially liked the Fish Tacos. You should be our traveling cook.


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