Food for Thought Meal Project My Meal Essay

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Food for Thought Meal Project

My meal for the Food for Thought project is themed around one of my favorite foods: Mexican food. The meal starts with Chicken Quesadilla for an appetizer, a Mexican Burrito Bowl for the main dish and Flan for dessert. I found three recipes online for each part of the meal, and to plan a meal for ten guests I had to do calculations to know how much of each ingredient I needed. Then I created a cookbook, which you can read below, to show how each recipe is prepared and cooked.

Appetizer -- Chicken Quesadilla (Serves 5 People)

You Will Need:

chicken breasts (cook them and shred into small pieces) - $8.99

bag of cheese (use the Mexican blend) - $3.99

dozen soft flour tortillas - $3.50

stick of butter - $0.50


jar of salsa - $3.25

tablespoons of sour cream - $0.80

head of lettuce - $0.79

jalapeno peppers - $1.25

TOTAL COST: $23.07 for original recipe, $46.13 for 10 guests ($23.07 x 2 = $46.13)

First, to make this recipe for a party of ten guests, I need to multiply everything by 2 because the original recipe serves 5 people.
That means I need 4 chicken breasts (2 x 2 = 4), 2 bags of cheese (1 x 2 = 2), 2 dozen soft flour tortillas (1 x 2 = 2), 2 sticks of butter (1 x 2 = 2), 2 jars of salsa (1 x 2 = 2), 8 tablespoons of sour cream (4 x 2 = 8), 2 heads of lettuce (1 x 2 = 2), and 12 jalapeno peppers (6 x 2 = 12).

To make one quesadilla, warm a pan with butter in it to medium heat, and then take a tortilla and fill one half of it with cheese and chicken. Fold it over to make a half-moon shape, and place the quesadilla in the pan. Next, press down on the quesadilla with a spatula to crisp the other side, then flip it over and press the other side. When the cheese inside has melted and the tortilla becomes brown and crispy, take it out of the pan and cut it into 4 pieces. Each guest can then add salsa, sour cream,.....

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