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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Family Meals Under $5 - Farmers Casserole

Family Meals Under $5 - Farmers Casserole

This is a great meal that can even be made ahead and frozen. I made a couple of changes to keep it under $5 but it's still delicious. Instead of running to the store to get the exact ingredients I used what I had on hand. It just goes to show how you can tweak something a little bit to save money on your grocery bill. The changes that I made are in parenthesis.

Farmers Casserole - $2.68
Mixed Veggies - $.78
Corn Muffins - $.78

Total - $4.24

Farmers Casserole
6c Frozen shredded hash browns (I just shredded 4 potatoes to get 6c - huge savings. If you are going to freeze this you should blanch the potatoes first) - 4 potatoes = .32c
1c Pepper Jack cheese (I used mild cheddar that was on sale for $3.50/2lb loaf at Fred Meyer. Sharp would have been better) Cheese = .31c
1c diced fully cooked ham (I used Jennie O Turkey Ham/$1.42lb) = .76c
1/4c sliced green onion (I used the tender green tops of the onions in my garden) = free
4 eggs = .44c
1 12 oz can evaporated milk (too expensive for me - I just used regular 2% milk here) =.18c
1/8t pepper
1/4t salt

I also added a 4 oz can of diced green chilies since the cost was so low and I didn't use the pepper jack cheese = .67

In a large bowl beat eggs & milk. Stir in potatoes, onions, salt, pepper, ham and 1/2 of the cheese (and chilies). Pour into greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 40-45 min or till center is set. Top with rest of cheese during the last 5 min of baking. Let stand 5 min before serving.

16 oz bag of frozen mixed veggies = on sale for .78c

Corn Muffins
1c flour = .11c
1c cornmeal = .20c
2-4T sugar
1T baking powder = .03
1/2 t salt
2 eggs = .22c
1c milk = .12c
1/4 c cooking oil = .10c

In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl combine wet ingredients. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry and stir till just combined. Spoon into greased muffin cups till 2/3 full. Bake in a 425 oven for 12-15 min.

As I was writing this I decided to go a little farther and see just how much I saved by making the changes that I did. Below is the cost of the ingredients as they are on the recipe and the cost of my substitutions.

Potatoes -1.32/.32
Cheese -.72/.31
Ham -1.48/.76
Onion -.09/free
Eggs -.44/.44
Milk -.88/.18
Chilies - na/.67

Total 4.93/2.68

As you can see with just a few tweaks I saved $2.25.

Most recipes can handle a few changes here and there. Before you run to the store (and spend even more money on gas) look in your fridge and see what you can do with a little creativity. Who knows it may even turn out better.

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1 comment:

  1. Try this new family meal I recently found
    It's great for the kids and everyone that joins