Awesome! Thanks! We shop at Aldi's in Wichita too. :)
Favorite Meal $5 or less - Page 24
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 can Cr of Mushroom
1 can Cr of Chicken
2 TBS Mayonaise
2 large chicken breasts cut in half
Preheat oven to 375
Combine all ingredients in a glass baking dish
Bake for 45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear
Serve with noodles or rice and voila! One of my (picky) family's favorite dinners :)
(you can also add a can of sliced mushrooms and it's like chicken stroganoff)
Our family favorite is:
1 lb hamburger
1 box mac & cheese
1 can tomato soup
1 can vegetable soup
1 can mixed veggies
Brown hamburger, drain. Cook noodles as directed on box, drain. Mix together noodles, hamburger, dried cheese powder, soups, and veggies. Now a choice: you can heat thru on the stove top OR you can place in a casserole dish and bake in 350 oven for about 30 minutes. If you choose to bake as a casserole, a little cheese on top is nice.
Depending on sales, this meal comes in at just about $5 but is a complete meal - not just a protein or carb -- and is surprisingly tasty!
Here are a couple of tried and true "Cheapie" meals my family likes.
This is really good for lunch. Serve it really cold.
- 1 pkg small shell noodles
- 1 can of tuna, whatever size you have, drained.
- 2 cups of frozen peas, still frozen (they defrost really fast and make the salad nice and cold)
- 1 cup mayonnaise (or to taste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the shells according to the package directions. Drain noodles, then rinse them with cold water.
- Throw everything into a bowl, and mix until well blended. Be sure to salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce, surrounded by tomato wedges for a pretty presentation.
Frugal Chicken Parmesan (Serves 4)
This one might be pushing the $5 dollar mark a little, but not by much!
- 1 jar of spaghetti sauce, any kind will do
- 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half crosswise with kitchen scissors
- 1/2 cup dry Italian style bread crumbs
- 4 ounces spaghetti or angel hair pasta or linguine
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- Put the chicken pieces between two sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper and pound, using a meat tenderizer, or a heavy pan, or a rubber mallet from the garage!, until the cutlets are about 1/4-inch thick.
- Bring 2 quarts of salted water to a boil in a large pot.
- Dump breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Working one cutlet at a time, dip both sides of each into bread crumbs, pressing well to adhere. Set aside on a wire rack set over a cookie sheet (this step helps breading stay put). If there are any crumbs left in the dish, dip them again a second time to get even coverage.
- Cook pasta in boiling water and cook according to package directions. Preheat oven to 400.
- Heat 1/8 cup of the oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch skillet. Add half the chicken and saute until golden brown on each side, about 5 minutes total. Remove the wire rack and place the cooked chicken on the cookie sheet.
- Top each cutlet with a portion of the cheese.
- Drain the noodles, then return to the pan. Add the jar of sauce and stir to mix. Heat on low, stirring occasionally, until sauce is hot.
- Bake cutlets until cheese melts and is spotty brown. (10-12 mins).
- To serve, put a portion of pasta on each plate, then a portion of chicken on top of it. Serve with microwaved steamed veggies.
I do have a blog with 106 dinner ideas on it, but they are definitely not all $5 meals.
If you want to check it out, go here: http://preciseisnice.blogspot.com/2012/05/106-dinner-ideas.html
Edited by dweygandt - 7/15/12 at 4:09pm
Pack turkey dogs 1.99
Flour Tortillas from bakery outlet or Walmart 1.00
2 cans great value or Texas Pete brand coney sauce 50 cents per can at bakery outlet or Walmart
1/2 cup 2% cheddar cheese
Place a little of the chili in bottom of microwaveable pan roll hot dogs in tortillas the cover with the rest if the chili sac
Sauce, sprinkle cheese on top cover your pan and place in microwave for 5-7 min on high or oven on 350 for 15 min or until cheese is melted this is a good easy inexpensive meal that my family really enjoyed.
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Tostadas- you can you meat, or no meat if youre tight on cash.
Tostadas- found preformed shells at $ tree. Honestly, they work just as well for these tex mex tostadas.
Can of refried beans- 75 cents
Lettuce- .50 cents for half the head
Cheese- 1$ for the amount you use from block
and any other condiments you like, onion, tomato, sour cream, avocado.
These are VERY inexpensive to make you most people have the condiments on hand. If I make these using hamburger meat, I add some black beans to stretch the meat.
Soup, Homemade chicken noodle soup, extremely inexpensive and if you have some bread toast if in the oven, healthy and inexpensive.
Chicken and rice- Chicken breasts are often .99 cents a pound, so about to pounds chicken breast, rice and a veggie that you have on hand, once again healthy and inexpensive.
baked spaghetti with or without meat it still comes in under 5$.
home made breakfast sandwhich
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Our family favorites are
Grits & Eggs: 1Cup dry grits & 1 1/2 cup water 1/2 milk a few tbsn butter & salt then fry or poach how ever many eggs each person wants. I use almost a dozen eggs for 4 people.
Egg Gravy over toast: hard boil about 4 to 6 eggs, make a bachemel or simple white gravy dice boiled eggs add to gravy add fresh cracked pepper & serve over toast
Chillighetti: 1 pack spaghetti noodles, 2 cans chilli with beans, 1 can tomato soup. cheddar cheese. mix all cans together with about 1/2 to a cup of cheese & serve over pasta & top with more cheese if you like.
Chili dogs; 2 packs of hot dogs (I buy a case of Oscar Meyer hot dogs at Sam's for like $4) buns, chili, shredded cheese
Soft tacos: 1 pack flour tortillas, ground beef & taco seasoning, sour cream, cheese, diced tomatoes & spanish rice if I have it on hand
Meat Loaf/ Meat balls: 1lb ground beef (when ground beef is on sale I stock up) 4 eggs, 2 cups bread crumbs or crushed saltines (I make my own from old bread) chopped onion & bell peppers (I get it in the freezer section pre chopped for like $.88) garlic salt, pepper, 1/2 milk, meatloaf I use a pack of liption onion mix for meatballs I add 1 cup parm cheese, parsly & basil. I make the batch then freeze for later.
Omlets: Eggs, milk, cheese, what ever cheap veggies are on sale or hand, garlic salt, pepper
Gnocchi Florentine: Gnocchi is about $2 a box, frozen chopped spinach 1/2 bag, chopped onion, garlic, parm cheese, 2 tbspn butter, 2 tbspn flour, 2 cupa milk, then add veggies & cheese till heated through.
Tuna Noodle Casserole: 2 cans tuna, 1 bag peas & carrots, chopped onion, egg noodles, shredded cheddar cheese, make a béchamel or white sauce with equal parts butter & flour & 1 cup milk for each tbspn of flour used add salt & pepper to taste
Skillet Lasagna/ lasagna casserole: 1/2 lb ground beef, chopped onion, cooked pasta, pasta sauce, mozz cheese, béchamel or white sauce. Mix sauces together then add beef & onion, add pasta stir & serve or if making casserole top with more cheese & bake till heated through & cheese is bubbly
French Toast Casserole: Leftover or cheap french bread cubed to big cubes, 8 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/4 teaspoon ground Nutmeg, 1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) butter, melted, 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar.
- In a small bowl combine brown sugar and melted butter and pour on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.
- 2Arrange slices of bread in the baking dish overlapping if necessary.
- 3Combine milk, eggs, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a bowl and pour evenly over bread slices.
- 4Sprinkle chopped pecans over bread slices.
- 5Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 4-12 hours.
- 6In the morning, take the casserole out of the fridge for at least 10 minutes while you are preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
- 7Bake casserole for 30-35 minutes. If top starts browning too quickly place a foil loosely over the top of the casserole for the last 10 minutes or so. You want it to cook long enough to make sure the bottom part is cooked but don't dry it out completely.
- 8Remove casserole from oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup.
It's soooo goodand super easy to make. It's even better as leftovers the next day.
An easy cheater way to make 1 of those bags of frozen skillet meals feed a family of 4 is to add a bag of frozen broccoli and 1/2 box or bag of cooked pasta with some butter or olive oil & if it's a creamy sauce just add 1/2 cup milk to make more sauce.
Shrimp Alfredo: I get the cheap small (not salad) shrimp in the freezer section, 1 box or bag spaghetti pasta, I make my own béchamel sauce and add the frozen shrimp to the sauce and simmer till they are heated through, serve over pasta. If you already have some white wine on hand just a splash of it to the sauce makes it extra special and yummy!