I say most recent, because you might have cooked it already today, or might want to use yesterday's, etc. Is the cost of that meal typical, or was it cheaper or more expensive than a usual meal? What could you have done to reduce the cost, and is that something you're willing to do? How many did it feed?
My question, so I'll go first. The last main meal I cooked was lentil curry on Wednesday night. The total was approximately $6, which is within my target range. I try to keep most evening meals around $4-6. I could have reduced the cost a couple of ways. I used French lentils because I like the texture better than those of regular lentils. But that really would have only saved me somewhere between 25-50 cents. I used cauliflower, which was the main cost of this meal. I think I paid $2.50-3 for that fresh cauliflower, if it's available frozen I haven't seen it but that might be cheaper. I could have subbed cheaper veggies, like broccoli, carrots or peas, or a combination. But we REALLY like it with cauliflower. I buy brown jasmine rice which costs more than white rice or regular brown rice, but like the lentils, that wouldn't save me a lot and this is the rice I like. So yes, I could have shaved a few dollars off this meal but I didn't want to. Some week when money is super tight, that might be a choice I'll make. It served 4 adults, one toddler, then the toddler took it for lunch and there was enough left for 2 adult servings last night.