Reporting back here daily has been harder than I anticipated. So even though I am keeping track of my spending daily for one week, it may take me just over a week to get it written. Here is how day 3 went.
Breakfast - Oatmeal with almond milk
estimated cost = $0.50
convenient - yes
Lunch - leftovers from dinner (Swiss chard, beans, onion, cauliflower) eaten cold
estimated cost = $1.75
convenient - extremely, doesn't get easier that that.
Dinner - Quinoa with onion, black beans, corn, fresh cilantro and other dried seasonings.
estimated cost - $5.00 ($1.00 per serving). Lot's of leftovers, probably 5-6 servings total.
Convenient - Moderately, about 45 minutes total prep and cook time.
Total cost for the day for 1 person = $3.25.