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Friday, May 22, 2009

Family Meals for Under $5 - Sloppy Joes

Family Meals for Under $5 - Sloppy Joes

"...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 weeks recipe is a kids favorite, Sloppy Joes. You should like it too since it’s pretty quick to make. The recipe was a friends submission in our church cookbook. Thanks Tamara. I used ground turkey since it was on sale. There were some good deals that helped make this an under $5 meal. Since there is no dairy make sure you get your 3 servings of milk at another time in the day, or you could top these with some grated cheddar cheese (37c/cup).
 
Sloppy Joes = $2.48
Frozen Corn (16 oz bag) = .98
Tossed Green salad = $1.15
 
Total = $4.61
 
Sloppy Joes
1 ½ lb ground turkey ( $3.98/5lb chub) = $1.20
½ c onion chopped = .13
½ c bell pepper diced (44c ea) = .22
1 10.75 oz can condensed tomato soup = .50
¼ c water
2T ketchup (38c/24 oz bottle) = .01
1T Mustard = .02
1t Worcestershire sauce = .02
½ t salt
¼ t pepper
1 pkg 8 hamburger buns (38c/pkg) = .38
   
Brown meat, onion and bell pepper till meat is done. Add soup, water, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Simmer, uncovered for 10 min. Split and toast buns. Serve meat mixture on buns.
 
Salad
½ head Romaine lettuce (1.68/ea ugh) = .84
½ cucumber, sliced (44c ea) = .22
1 carrot grated = .09
 
You may have noticed that I have a tossed green salad at most of my meals. It’s what I grew up with and now continue with my own family. I remember my mom saying that you should always have something green with your dinner. A salad is an easy and healthy way to do that. Plus, you can vary the ingredients so much. I always use a leafy lettuce - no iceberg, since it’s more nutritious.

Finally, when the garden is in, the salad is cheap and plentyful, so make sure to plant a garden. For great gardening tips checkout our raised bed gardening blog.

Live less, live more,
--Renee

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