(Made this last night and it is sooooo yummy).
1 bag mixed green and yellow lentils (given to me by a friend who didn't want them - so free to me, retail value about $1.00)
5 carrots (the last from my CSA - cost estimated at 60 cents)
1 onion (40 cents)
1 quart bag frozen heirloom tomatoes (from my CSA - estimated value $1.00)
1 head organic elephant garlic (I traded flats of white peaches from my orchard for a bag of organic garlic from a neighbor, so free to me but....I believe these sell for about $1.50 each)
3 wineglasses tap water
Spices: loads of basil, parsley and sage from my garden. Some sea salt, cracked black pepper, and some Old Bay Spice Seasoning. (est. cost 25 cents)
Dump everything in crock pot, turn on high, and go to work.
Come home 8 hours later to amazing delicious food smells!!!!!!!! Cook 2 more hours (while salivating), then eat.
I had 2 bowls. It was awfully delicious for such a simple recipe. No fat, high fiber....I think this would be delicious with rice, too, or could be a filling for crepes or a tortillas.
My cost: $2.25
Street value: $3.75
I estimate that this will feed two adults for 4 or perhaps 5 meals, so the average cost per serving is somewhere around 25 cents.