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center-of-the-plate cost

center-of-the-plate cost
 n.— «Because whole grains offer long-lasting satisfaction, they offset what the hospitality industry calls “center-of-the-plate costs”—the expensive, high-protein foods, often rich in saturated fats, that are traditionally served in all too generous portions.» —“Getting Your Grains — and Greens, Too” by Martha Rose Shulman New York Times Mar. 23, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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