The ingredients: Fresh silver salmon, $7.99/lb, costco. 1/2lb serving, about $3.50
1/2lb of green beans, $1.99/lb, farmers market plus 2 cloves garlic, about $1.25
Olive oil, dried basil and thyme, butter: $.50
So this dinner is about $5.25 a serving.
First, if you want to eat cheap, cook larger amounts all at the same time. Here's dinner tonight, fish sandwich tomorrow, all from the same fish. Specifics: In a large pan, melt 1/4 cube of butter. Heat until it bubbles to get most of the water out of it. Add the dried basil, a pinch of salt and some onion powder. Stir a little, and then put your fish in, skin-side down.
I fry fish skin-side down so that when I flip it the skin helps hold it together so I can keep the fish in one piece. I like my salmon seared on the outside but well-done in the center, so that's how I cook it, but the current rage is all about rare fish. Look, if you want rare fish, eat sushi.
Take your green beans and snap them into 2-3" lengths. Take the stem off and throw a handful of beans and a minced clove of garlic into a heavy pan with 1/8 cup of olive oil. Let those beans cook until they're a little brown and shriveled. once they're a little brown, toss in the rest of your beans and saute them until they're hot and a little soft -- 2-3 minutes. Toss in another clove or two of minced garlic towards the end of this.
You might want to use MORE olive oil -- I put 1/8th cup as a starting point, but the olive oil is your sauce for the beans, your salad dressing if you will, and it tastes good. So experiment.
You want the different bean textures -- well done, almost raw -- and you want the crisped garlic and the soft-cooked garlic. what makes this dish really good is the contrast between all of the different flavors.
Serve the fish and beans warm, with a heavy pinch of kosher salt on them. Yum!