Food in Italy does not have to be expensive

When I first thought about coming to Italy, one of the considerations was the cost of food and restaurants. How expensive was it going to be?

Having a kitchen was an expected thing, but for someone like me who is kitchen challenged, I was a little nervous on how it was all going to happen.

I learned about the market on Wednesdays, and how inexpensive everything was. A full bag of groceries – 4 potatoes, 8 zucchini, 2 red peppers, 2 small onions, 3 large spinach bunches, and about 8 cups of full green beans was about 3EU. This was enough for me to have dinners for the week.

Veggie dinner potatoes spinach red pepper onion green beans zucchini
Veggie dinner potatoes spinach red pepper onion green beans zucchini

I brought with me some Body by Vi protein powder which I have twice a day, breakfast and lunch, so I don’t have to think about it. I bought some cooking cocoa for about 1EU, and I have nescafe for my morning coffee, so I make a mocha shake with ice for lunch. So so yummy. And refreshing!

I have a gas stove hooked up to a tank. I have never used a gas stove before, so did not realize the height of the flame is important. Well it is. Combine that with a pot that is too small for the burner, and can you guess what happened to the handles of the pot? I have to buy a new pot.

Size of the flame and the burner really does matter
Size of the flame and the burner really does matter

In addition to the protein shakes I have for breakfast and lunch, sometimes I will have a small snack of Crustinis, cream cheese and jam. If I have run out of veggies, this becomes my dinner. Believe it or not it is very filling.

Sometimes a dinner, sometimes a snack: cream cheese, crustini and jam
Sometimes a dinner, sometimes a snack: cream cheese, crustini and jam

Dinner can be inexpensive at the restaurant if you have a panini or a pizza. The pizza here is sublime with a thin thin crust and yummy cheese and veggies on top. These will run you between 4EU to 6EU.  When I get a pic of the Spinach pizza, I will post it up. So yummy.

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