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Friday, May 8, 2009

Family Meals for Under $5 - Skillet Potatoes

Family Meals for Under $5 - Skillet Potatoes

...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...

This week it’s breakfast for dinner. A local grocery store had eggs on sale so I knew it was a great time to do something a little different. Aside from being extremely cheap, this meal can be made pretty quick.
 
Skillet Potatoes
1c chopped celery = .16
½ c sliced green onions -39c/pkg = .09
2 cloves garlic, minced = .04
1 cube chicken bullion, dissolved in 1 c hot water = .08
¼ c water
8 potatoes, cubed = .48
1 c carrots, julienne = .18
3T butter -$1.68 lb = .15
 
In a large skillet cook celery, onion and garlic in butter till tender. Add bullion, water, potatoes to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling then reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer 15 min or till potatoes are tender. Uncover, simmer 5 min more or till broth is slightly thickened, stirring often.
 
While potatoes are cooking prepare the eggs.
 
Scrambled Eggs
2 doz eggs - on sale for 25c/doz = 50c
2 green onions, chopped - 39c /pkg = .06
1 Roma tomato, chopped -97c/lb = .15
1 ½ c grated cheese - $3.99/2 lb loaf select varieties = .54
3 T butter - $1.68 lb = .15
 
In a large skillet melt butter. Meanwhile wisk eggs till fluffy. Add eggs to skillet and cook till partially done. Add tomatoes and onions and continue cooking till done. Add cheese and stir to distribute. Serve immediately.
 
Serve with toasted English muffins - 68c/ 6ct pkg = 1.36
Orange juice from concentrate - 98c = 98c
 
Total = $4.92
 
I threw in the English muffins and orange juice because I knew I could. Trade the English muffins for toast and just have water and you can come in quite a bit under $5
 
Live less, live more
--Renee

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