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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Family Meals for Under $5 - Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole

Family Meals for Under $5 - Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole
Works For Me Wednesday

"...Weekly grocery circulars often read “feed a family of 4 for under $10!”. I’m sure most of you have laughed at this as I did. As a result, I began to wonder what does dinner really cost for my family of 8? So I set a challenge for myself and I figured if I kept it under $5, I was doing good..."

I came up with this weeks recipe one night when I was desperately trying to figure out what to make for dinner out of what I had in my house - ever been there? So instead of running to the store, I adapted a recipe I had for scalloped potatoes and ham with what I had and what my family likes. Here is the result.
 
Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole
2c diced turkey ham - 1.42 lb for Festive brand @ Wal-Mart = .94
1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup = .50
8 potatoes, scrubbed and diced - .07 ea = .56
2 green onions, sliced - 39c pkg - .03ea = .06
½ c powdered cheese sauce from Provident Pantry = .88
Mixed w/ 1c warm water to make 1 c sauce
 
Mix soup and sauce in a 13 x 9 dish. Add potatoes, ham and onions. Stir to mix well. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 oven for 1 hr.
 
Serve with tossed green salad and steamed carrots
 
Tossed Green Salad
½ head Romaine lettuce = .75
1 carrot grated = .09
1 sm tomato on the vine @ .96 lb = .25
 
Steamed Carrots
10 carrots scrubbed and sliced = .90
Steam until tender
 
Total = $4.93

Alternative Options
I realize many who read this may not have powdered cheese sauce or know what it is. Think of it as the cheese sauce that comes in a box of cheap macaroni and cheese. I buy it in a #10 can to have in my food storage since my family LOVES cheese. More about food storage in later posts.
I’ve included a couple of alternatives to this, along with their prices and subsequent totals.
 
1 10.5 can cheddar cheese soup = $1.39
If you choose this option omit the steamed carrots to keep your total under $5
Option 2 Total = $4.54
 
2. 2 c grated cheddar cheese - $3.78 2lb loaf on sale - .34c = .68
¼ c milk = .03
Option 3 Total = $4.76

Hope you enjoy your meal...
 
Live less, live more
--Renee

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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for the post. It is really funny, but not too long ago someone gave our family a bag of the dry cheese you used, with absolutely no instructions on how to use it. Now I have a recipe to use it up with. Thank you for your help.

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  2. I've never heard of the powdered cheese sauce. Do you know who carries it?

    I love ham and potato casseroles ...

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  3. Jerralea,

    To answer your question, there are numerous stores available online that sell food storage or bulk food. Because of your question, we added a link on the side nav bar called "Food Storage Links". Hope that helps and we'll be adding more links soon.

    --Renee

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  4. I haven't bought from Provident Pantry before--haven't even heard of them! I'll have to check them out. I bought cheese powder from Walton Feed.

    Sometimes we feed our family of 7 for as much as $5. My goal this last month has been to feed our family for $2 a meal. We've been doing really well at this!

    Tonight was more money, but it has leftovers, so it will take us into another meal for at least 2 more people.

    We had creamy chicken enchiladas with corn. We added artichokes and a green salad (lettuce only) from the garden. We had brownies for dessert, which ups the price a bit; the brownies were $1.25.

    This is a lot for us in one meal, though. We have been having lots of salads from the garden and homemade bread.

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  5. I really enjoy the blog $5 Dinners, but one thing that I have noticed about her recipes is that they wouldn't feed my family. We only have 4, but my husband and 12 year old daughter eat a lot! Your recipe has a lot more bulk!

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