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Friday, June 26, 2009

Family Meals Under $5 - Spaghetti

Family Meals Under $5 - Spaghetti

"...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..."

We all know spaghetti is the way to go if you want to have a cheap dinner but you'll be amazed at just how far under $5 I was able to go.

I tried some new things on my family too and was pleasantly surprised at their response. I usually get a lot of "Uughs" when I try something new but not this week! I hope you'll like it too.

Spaghetti with tofu & tomato sauce - $3.27
French Bread - .50
Salad - Free

Total -$3.77

Tofu and tomato sauce
Medium/firm tofu - $1.28
1/2 onion chopped - .13
2 cloves garlic, minced - .04
2c tomato sauce - .32
basil - free from the garden
oregano - free from the garden
1 1/2 lbs penne pasta - $1.50

French Bread - .50 on sale at Super 1 Foods

lettuce -free from the garden
broccoli - free from the garden
spinach - free from the garden
beet greens - free from the garden

Tofu can be an inexpensive alternative to meat. I buy the medium/firm type and crumble it. It generally takes on the flavors of what you cook it with so I browned my onion and garlic first, then added the spices, then added the tofu and cooked it a little to crumble it. Finally I added the sauce and let it simmer for about 15 min.

Having a garden is a great way to cut expenses. On top of that the food value is so much better than what you'd buy in store. If you've never had a garden before I suggest you try it out. You can start out small by having just a few plants in containers. Before you know it you'll be hooked.
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.

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