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« Reply #140 on: September 04, 2012 05:48:38 PM »

People have been pinning homemade bisquick chicken pot pie, so I tried it.  I changed it a lot, though, so lets see how much it costs.

crust:
3/4 cup bisquick: .50
1/2 cup milk: .12
1 egg: .15
1 tablespoon paprika: .10
1 tablespoon garlic salt: .05
1 tsp salt: .02
1 tsp pepper: .02

filling
3 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless: 1.00
chicken gravy: 1.00
1/2 onion: .50
about 10 mushrooms, sliced and cut in half: .50
1/2 cup frozen corn: .12
1/2 cup frozen peas: .12
1 cup frozen broccoli: .30
1 tablespoon chicken seasoning: .20
clove of garlic, chopped: .12
frozen spinach from my garden: .05
other spices I can't remember so use whatever floats your boat: .30

Oh crap, that's 5.25.  But it's seven servings.  So that is technically two dinners for us.  You could make it cheaper by omitting some of the spices, but I am a fan of spices.

Here's how I made it.  Boil the frozen chicken thighs until you can cut them.  Microwave the frozen veggies until they aren't frozen anymore.  Chop up the onions and the mushrooms and chicken and your choice of garlic/spices and shove 'em in a pan and cook them until they reduce.  Add the chicken.  Add the rest of the vegetables that you microwaved for almost a minute.  Pour it in a greased 8x8 casserole dish.  Pour a can of chicken gravy on top.  Mix it up.  Mix up the crust recipe.  Dump it on top.

Stick the whole thing in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Surprisingly, the result was really good.
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« Reply #141 on: September 04, 2012 06:09:47 PM »

Awesome Gilie!  I bet if you made your own bisquick, you'd come in around $5 too.  Cheesy 

http://www.budget101.com/mixes-myo-copycat-etc/2877-bisquick-mix.html
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« Reply #142 on: October 07, 2012 05:32:12 AM »

I made a clean-the-fridge stew last night which ended up making six servings, which for the two of us is awesome!

Beef Stew, adapted for fridge cleanout

1 cup chopped leftover roast beef: $2
2 cups steamed greens given to me by the school lunch lady in a giant tin, because guess what teenagers don't eat? Steamed greens!: free
2 potatoes: 25 cents
5 cloves garlic, crisped in olive oil: 25 cents
thyme, oregano, dill and red pepper: 50 cents
package of frozen celery, carrot and onion given to me by a friend who was moving: free
1 yellow onion: 75 cents
Big can of diced tomatoes: 1.00
splash of red wine: 5 cents
1 teaspoon beef boullion: free because it was the last little bit scraped out of the jar
2 cups water

Cook in crockpot on high for five hours. Eat when potatoes are tender.

4.80 for four dinner and two lunch servings! Yay! I could have kept it under $5 even without the free stuff, using the big bag of carrots and potatoes.
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« Reply #143 on: October 09, 2012 11:23:50 AM »

I have been making chicken and dumplings since it is getting cool again. And it is so simple!

You need:
-one small whole chicken ($3.75)
-3 cups flour ($.40)
-3/4 tsp. baking soda ($.05)
-3/4 tsp. salt ($.05)
-4 1/2 tbsp. shortening ($.30)
-1 cup milk ($.20)

Comes to $4.75, yeah??

I employ my crockpot for the chicken, just dump it in and cook it on low for 4-6 hours. Remove all the meat and return what is left to the crockpot. Fill it with water and leave it on low overnight. In the morning remove the meaty and bone bits and you have homemade stock! I prefer to make mine one batch ahead so I can cool it in the fridge and skim off the fat that rises to the top. Throw the stock and shredded chicken into a pot and bring it to a simmer. Next combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and stir. Mix in the shortening (the best way I have found is with yours hands) and slowly pour in the milk. Some people roll out their dough and slice it into ribbons but I just use a teaspoon and drop it into the simmering chicken and stock. Allow the dumplings to cook for a minute and VOILA! Southern chicken and dumplings.

Last time I made this, we each had a large bowl and there were still four large servings left. And it is soooo good!
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« Reply #144 on: October 09, 2012 01:25:16 PM »

Hmm I don't know if it counts when you use coupons but I did pretty good with last night's dinner. Bird's eye voila skillet meals were on sale AND I had a coupon for each (2) bags. I got each bag for 0.75
So

Bag#1 0.75
Bag#2 0.75


$1.50 for dinner for 4. Not bad!

Tonight it's potato soup and homemade bread. I used chicken broth I had frozen from when I boiled some chicken for chicken salad sandwiches.
Chicken broth...free
preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'Potatoes..........1.00')
Cup of milk......0.25?
Few strips of bacon 0.50
salt and pepper   0.10
Margarine         0.25
Cheese     1.00
for bread
3 cups flour   .25
2 TBSP oil      .25
yeast           .25
water  free


Sooo 3.85 for a loaf of bread and a big pot of soup. Will be dinner for 4 with enough left over for my husband and I both to take to work for lunch tomorrow.
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« Reply #145 on: October 16, 2012 05:03:31 PM »

Roasted Chicken Apple Sausage and Brussels Sprouts with Mashed Potatoes

2 *fully cooked* chicken apple sausages 1.75  (Found these on sale at Aldi for $3.50 a pack)
1 bag Brussels sprouts 2.00 (not sure on size, but it said "3 servings")
1 1/3 cups instant potato flakes .25
2 T Butter or margarine .20
2/3 cup Milk or non-dairy milk .40
Garlic powder .02
Pinch of Parsley .02
Salt .02
Pepper .05

Total: $4.71

Slice the ends off the sprouts, then slice in half lengthwise. Spray a shallow baking dish lightly with olive oil or cooking spray.  Add the sprouts and then spray lightly again, tossing to coat.  Sprinkle on some salt, pepper & garlic powder.  Roast at 350 for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, slice the sausages on the diagonal. Add to roasting pan and return to oven for another 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sprouts are golden and the sausages are just taking on color.  Do not over cook the sausages, as they will dry out.  Meanwhile, make instant potatoes according to package directions, adding in seasonings to the boiling water.  Serve a bowl full of fluffy potatoes on one side, with the sprouts and sausages beside them.

I have to add that this was a really satisfying dinner, and I'll be making it again!
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« Reply #146 on: October 29, 2012 10:07:52 AM »

Pepperjack Stuffed Turkey Meatballs
Ground Turkey chub, 80% lean, 1.70 at the Aldi
4 oz Pepperjack cheese 0.90
1 egg 0.25
spices 0.30
Oats and Cornmeal as filler 0.25
13 Meatballs: 3.40

Meatballs, I have found, are very similar to meatloaf, so it is pretty hard to mess these up.  Just throw all your favorite spices in the meat, along with an egg (binder) and a filler (I used oatmeal, but you could use breadcrumbs or cornflakes).  Then, cube some pepperjack cheese and wrap the meatloaf mixture around the cheese.  Spray your pan and bake them at 375 for 30 minutes.

Side dishes - cornbread and peas
1 box jiffy cornbread  0.50
1 egg 0.25
1/3 cup milk 0.06
 9 servings cornbread .81

bag frozen Peas 0.50
spices 0.15
1 tbsp butter 0.10
2 servings peas .75


Success! Dinner was $4.96.
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« Reply #147 on: December 08, 2012 07:53:43 AM »

ooh, I just found this thread, I am excited to join. My Girlfriend and I are both diabetic and we really want to get healthier so this will be a challenge because I have noticed that the less expensive foods are usually much more carb oriented, like rice, pasta, french bread, etc. So we will see how we do. Recently we had this dinner:

1bag of black eyed peas 1.25
Left over ham from Thanksgiving 1.50
1/2 onion .30
a dash of liquid smoke .10
Ham soup base mix .20
cajun seasoning .10
Jiffy Cornbread mix .50
1 egg.17
1 pitcher of salada raspberry green iced tea .40

We cooked the beans in a crock pot, and they turned out amazing. This recipe fed three adults dinner three times and two of us lunch once. The total for the entire recipe is $4.52 including the yummy iced tea! so per dinner for three is was $1.50 a night! It's hard to beat that! The green tea only lasted one day, because my girlfriend and I both drink an entire pitcher of green tea a piece a day, because it really, really helps with our diabetes and a few other health concerns too. Seriously, I know I am going off topic here but I used to think that supplements and alternative medicine was a lot of hooey but since I have been drinking at least 5 cups of green tea a day i have had to be on less medicine for my diabetes because it lowers your blood sugar.
Our grocery budget is $50 per person per week, for all food not just dinner. We try to have as many things like this recipe as possible that way we can afford a few special nights where we can cook something more elaborate each month.
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« Reply #148 on: January 03, 2013 01:08:33 PM »

I have been trying to do the flexitarian thing lately because the doctor says I have high cholesterol.  Really, though, I am doing it for a lot of reasons, not just cholesterol, including weight-loss, healthier diet, less carbon footprint, cheaper grocery bill, etc, etc.  I am also trying to expand my cooking expertise.  I've made teriyaki black bean veggie burgers,  chickpea sandwich spread, and lentil sloppy joes.  The veggie burgers come out around fifty to seventy five cents a patty, depending if I bought my ingredients at the local supermarket or the aldi.  The chickpea spread makes 5 hearty sandwiches for about $1 to $1.50; it's much cheaper than tuna. 

The best thing I have eaten lately, though, was chicken wraps with leftover lentil sloppy joe and coleslaw.  They were just outstanding, and now I am going to calculate to see if it fits under the $5.00 for 4 servings.


Lentil Sloppy Joe
lentils - 1 cup, .30
can tomato sauce .29
green pepper, 1/4 cup, diced .30
onion, 1/4 cup, diced .30
garlic 1 tsp .10
paprika, cumin, mustard, brown sugar .30
Total $1.59

Use half of this concoction for sloppy joes on one night, with pickles or coleslaw topping and some hamburger buns.  I'm not super fond of the lentils as a stand-alone because the texture is odd to me, but it is excellent with other things.

For four chicken wraps:
chicken breast, 8 oz, 2oz per wrap: 1.20
1/2 of a small container of coleslaw, purchased at Dillon's deli: .61
half pack of tortillas: 1.00
half the lentil mixture: .80
Total $3.61

We had mandarins as the side, so add another dollar, but it still came under $5.
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« Reply #149 on: January 26, 2013 03:34:08 AM »

wow You guys are amazing! I have a family of four. And i fear  the heartattack it would give me if I figured out what I spend per meal!

Two teen girls in the house. Always running late with stuff after school. I do use a slower cooker lots. And that helps.

I should give this a try and sit down and plan like I use too!!

food for thought.

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