When we had out of town guests I had made some purchases we normally don't make at the local BJ's warehouse. One was a double pack of chicken and caramelized onion meatballs. The price was 9.99 and probably had a total of 30 meatballs.
I this week got three eggplants in reduced produce (they were all fine, I really wonder why they mark this stuff down, but am grateful that they do) .59 cents a pound again, total spent $2.53.
One can of Tuttoroso tomatoes from the can can sale (.69) and one can of Contadina tomato paste (.25) a tablespoon of chopped garlic and basil from the freezer (last years harvest). So far we have gotten 8 servings out of it, and I'm thinking there might be 2 or 3 more left, so we will say 10 servings. $1.34 a serving for protein and vegetable. Not bad.